2017 Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards Submission

The theme for the 2017 edition of the annual Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards given by Sabancı University is "Europeans with Legacies from Turkey in Everyday Life." The deadline for submission has been extended to February 1, 2017.


The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award involves a Jury Prize that will be awarded to an individual who has made distinguished contributions on the above-mentioned theme. In addition to the Jury Prize, Essay Awards will be given to three researchers under 45 years of age. An independent and international jury will select the Essay Award and Jury Prize awardees.

Award Theme
Labor migration from Turkey to major European capitals began in the 1960s through bilateral agreements. This initial wave of labor migration was soon followed by family reunifications. -The migrants and their families who arrived in European cities were initially referred to as "guestworkers" signalling their temporary and foreigner status. A steady increase in the numbers of guestworkers and their families in Europe eventually led to the adoption of a shift from a temporary to a permanent discourse. Such a shift has nowhere been better expressed than in the words of Max Frisch who famously said: “We have summoned a work force, but it is people who are coming”  (Man hat Arbeitskräfte gerufen, und es kommen Menschen). By the end of the twentieth century, the more widely used concepts were "Euro-Turks," "Turkish Germans," as well as "Euro-Muslims" who were increasingly second and third generation European borns with legacies from Turkey, fully imbedded and quite effective in their European settings but cognizant of strong family, cultural heritage, and religious ties in Turkey. These population flows have led to the questioning of the convergence between nationality and citizenship which had long been a distinguishing feature of modern politics. It has led to the creation of new lives, interactions, conflicts as well as different modes of coexistence. Daily encounters of cultural and religious differences, while enriching the everyday lives of ordinary people have simultaneously produced conflicts that shaped the contours of the main political cleavages in Europe today.

Papers that highlight the multiple aspects of such encounters constitute the core of this year's award theme.

About the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award:
•    All entries, which may be coauthored, must be new and original works, not published previously in any form.
•    Essays must be of the format and size of a regular academic journal article (25 to 35 pages, in double-space format, including references).
•    An abstract of 500 words embedded into the original essay and a short CV of the author(s) are required.
•    Entries must be submitted in English, in the form of a Word document to the following address: award.sabanciuniv.edu
•    Essay Awards will be given to three researchers under 45 years of age. This category includes 10,000 USD for each of the three award-winning essays selected by an independent and international jury from among submitted essays.
•    The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award involves a Jury Prize of USD 25,000 that will be awarded to an individual who has made distinguished contributions on the above-mentioned theme. The same jury will select the Jury Prize awardee.
•    More information: award.sabanciuniv.edu