The Roundtable Discussion in Brussels



Deadline: 1 March 2020


Dear TEPSA Friends, 


We are very happy to invite you to the roundtable discussion Bridge Over Troubled Water: Researching and Teaching EU-Turkey Relations, which will take place on 12 March 2020 at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels. The discussion will gather renowned scholars, think-tankers, policymakers, practitioners and civil society representatives from both Europe and Turkey, who will explore the current state and future outlook of the uneasy yet persisting relationship between the EU and Turkey.


Organised in the framework of the Erasmus+/Jean Monnet network “VIADUCT – Enhancing Visibility of the Academic Dialogue on EU-Turkey relations”, the conference aims at exploring innovative ways and new agendas for teaching and researching EU-Turkey relations. The roundtable discussion will be further complemented by a high-level keynote speech and the presentation of the VIADUCT Working Groups’ results, commented by political science scholars and legal academics. The event will also be an occasion to explore future projects, seminars, and broader research activities in this field.


Be part of the discussion, exchange your views, and listen to the findings of three years of research and teaching activities!




9:00 – 10:00 Coffee and registration

10:00 – 10:30 High-level keynote speech

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 – 12:30 Round table on EU-Turkey relations: bridges burned?


Chair: Stefano Braghiroli, University of Tartu




 Zeynep Ayata (Koç University, Istanbul)

 Ilke Toygür (Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid)

Presentation of the VIADUCT Working Groups with comments from the round table


12:30 – 13:00 Concluding remarks


 Özgehan Senyuva (Middle East Technical University, Ankara)

 Funda Tekin (Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin)

 Wolfgang Wessels (University of Cologne)


13:00 Lunch

Attendance to the event is free of charge.

Please note that no travel or accommodation costs can be reimbursed.