Two-day Conference in Istanbul – Nation-building and Nationalism in Turkey and Europe

Call for Papers

8 October 2015

The Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms of the University of Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute in Turkey, invites scholars to submit their proposals for a two-day conference on nation-building and nationalism in Turkey and Europe. The conference will be hosted at the Netherlands Institute in Turkey, Istanbul from 25 until 27 May 2016.

The main objective of this conference is to consider the rise of nationalisms and pan-nationalisms in the late Ottoman Empire and nation-building in the early Turkish Republic within a broader European context. The demise and collapse of the Ottoman Empire coincided with the rise of nationalist and pan-nationalist ideologies in the centre and peripheries of the empire. In this conference we aim to investigate the formation of ethnic and other post-imperial identities in the former Ottoman Empire and consider these within a broader framework of emerging post-imperial identity formation in Europe. 

We would like to ask applicants to write their papers within the context of one of the following themes:

  • The impact of ethnic and other post-imperial identity formation processes on nation-building in the post-imperial era
  • The effects of nation-building projects and nationalisms on cultural memory in Turkey and its surrounding region
  • The revaluation of the Ottoman past in nationalist discourses of the former Ottoman lands
  • The dialectics between local (urban) and national identity formation in the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic

Abstracts (maximum 200 words) and a short biographical note should be sent to by 15 November 2015. Please note that this is a pre-circulated paper conference.


Published by  Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies