A new Diaspora? Reconfigurations of political positioning of Turkish institutions and Turkish people in Germany

This research studies institutional forms and conceptual imaginaries employed by the Turkish government on the one hand and residents of Turkish origin on the other, connected to their political activities in Germany. During the AKP era, a general re-­orientation of Turkish foreign policy could be observed, which also impacted the outreach towards Turks residing abroad and their descendants. This engagement of Turkey has manifested itself in various aspects from granting her citizens abroad external voting rights to a policy that encouraged institution­alization. At the same time, the AKP started to use the term “diaspora”, a denominator that stresses identity bonds to a community outside of the place of actual residence. In the vein of this new “diaspora political” engagement, certain political activities could be observed amongst Turkish people in Germany. Inter alia, pro-AKP/Erdoğan organizations entered the political stage.
The project examines strategic positioning and political activities of selected migrant organizations in Germany, which are confronted on the one hand with integration expectations in German society, and on the other hand with a determined trans­nationalization and diaspora policy of the Turkish AKP government.

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Turkey’s engagement with its diaspora during the pandemic | 2020

Göğüş, Sezer İdil (2020): Turkey’s engagement with its diaspora during the pandemic, Fieldwork meets crisis, 14.10.2020.

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Negotiations in the Field: Citizenship, Political Belonging and Appearance | 2020

Göğüş, Sezer İdil (2020): Negotiations in the Field: Citizenship, Political Belonging and Appearance, in: Kušić, Katarina/Záhora, Jakub (eds), Fieldwork as Failure: Living and Knowing in the Field of International Relations, Bristol, UK: E-International Relations Publishing, 28–35, https://www.e-ir.info/publication/fieldwork-as-failure-living-and-knowing-in-the-field-of-international-relations/.

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‘Puzzling’ Moments in the Field: Dilemmas of Positionality and Self-Reflexivity | 2019

Göğüş, Sezer İdil (2019): ‘Puzzling’ Moments in the Field: Dilemmas of Positionality and Self-Reflexivity, PRIF Working Papers No. 46, Frankfurt/M.

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Local elections in Turkey | 2019

Göğüş, Sezer İdil (2019): Local elections in Turkey. Can they steer the future of Turkish politics?, PRIF BLOG, 4.4.2019.

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Die neue Diasporapolitik der Türkei und Türkeistämmige in Deutschland | 2018

Göğüş, Sezer İdil (2018): Die neue Diasporapolitik der Türkei und Türkeistämmige in Deutschland, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte (APuZ), 23.11.2018, http://www.bpb.de/apuz/(...).

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New Alliances and Old Traditions in Turkish Politics | 2018

Göğüş, Sezer İdil (2018): New Alliances and Old Traditions in Turkish Politics, PRIF BLOG, 26.7.2018.

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What's in a Name? IYI Party - Good for Turkey? | 2017

Göğüş, Sezer İdil (2017): What's in a Name? IYI Party - Good for Turkey?, PRIF Blog, 14.12.2017.

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Die Türkei und die EU | 2017

Göğüş, Sezer İdil/Dembinski, Matthias (2017): Die Türkei und die EU. Der Bruch der europäisch-türkischen Beziehungen und Perspektiven für neue Wege, PRIF Spotlight 1/2017, Frankfurt/M.

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Referendum in Turkey: Open Debate is Essential for Societal Peace | 2017

Göğüş, Sezer İdil (2017): Referendum in Turkey: Open Debate is Essential for Societal Peace, Friedensakademie-Blog, 3.4.2017.

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