Grant Name: Anna Lindh Foundation Intercultural Research Grant

CIES Researchers:

  • Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Professor, Department of International Relations; Director, Center for International and European Studies (CIES), Kadir Has University (Project Director)
  • Cihan Dizdaroglu, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Baskent University; Senior Associate, CIES.
  • Bezen Balamir, PhD.; Director, Istanbul Policy Center

The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University has launched a new research project entitled “Global Crises, Common Problems, Collective Solutions” funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation. The 7-months project (starting date: 15 December 2020) is implemented by the CIES as the project leader with its partners FOTOESSA for Education, Research, Action in Greece, the University of Cyprus, and the Centre for Cultural and General Studies (ZAK) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

The project aims to explore how the intercultural dialogue practiced by CSOs can be a steam engine and a pool for ideas and approaches, in tackling challenges in the Euro-Med area, especially with regard to the emerging societal (including inter-state & inter-communal) environment in the Covid-19 era and its consequences. Hence, through a process of identification of the challenges, the objective is to introduce policy recommendations and guidance for further research. The focus will be on 3 relevant domains: Youth, Intercultural Cities and the Media. The research will explore how the pandemic has affected their role, impact and the established new priorities.

The research will be conducted in 4 participating countries: Turkey, Greece, Cyprus (across both communities), and Germany. The research outputs include:

  • A mapping the existing literature and relevant resources,
  • A mapping of Intercultural Dialogue best practices,
  • A targeted survey to the CSOS in each of the four partner countries, including the first of its kind among the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities,
  • Stakeholder interviews to outline the needs and other useful inputs,
  • Evidence-based recommendations on how to refocus intercultural dialogue (based on the aforementioned outputs).

The results will be rendered in the form of two publications, to be disseminated to the project stakeholders including CSOs in the Euro-Med region and beyond, policymakers/practitioners, and researchers.

You may see the participant information statement here.

You may see the targeted survey here.