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Conceptualizations of the European “Self” and “Other” in Political Levels of the Contemporary European Union: Representations of the EU and Turkey within the Current Enlargement

Caner Tekin
Institute for Social Movements

My PhD Project

Conceptualizations of the European “Self” and “Other” in Political Levels of the Contemporary European Union: Representations of the EU and Turkey within the Current Enlargement

Caner Tekin, teaching assistant and PhD candidate at the Faculty of History, studies European identity through a historical and conceptual approach. His research highlights the relevance between European historical values and conceptualizations of the European Union and Turkey at the European and national politics. It scrutinises the official documents about Turkey released at the European Parliament and the media statements produced in Germany, France, and Britain in the 2000s. Caner Tekin organised his workshop on the relationship between European identity and representations of European history. The Institute for Social Movements hosted this event on 9 and 10 September, with 9 expert participants in total.

Conferences

Creating European Identity through History: Representations of the Past in Contemporary European Politics
The European Union's political elites and primary documents suggest a distinct European identity shaped in history. Yet, whether there is an uncontested history of the EU always remains in question. In order to discuss this issue, the idea of uniform European history, scholars from far and wide came to sit on the workshop, “Creating Identity through History: Representations of the Past in Contemporary European Politics” organised by Caner Tekin and chaired by Professor Stefan Berger at the Ruhr University Bochum. The participants addressed a historical and political question: What are the motivations before creating a common historical narrative of Europe and what are the underlying factors of and challenges to this process?