The Ninth METU Conference on International Relations THE MEDITERRANEAN IN THE WORLD SYSTEM: STRUCTUR

Venue: METU Northern Cyprus Campus

Location: Güzelyurt, Cyprus

Event Date/Time: May 20, 2010 End Date/Time: May 22, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 05, 2010
Paper Submission Date: May 07, 2010
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The METU Conference on International Relations is the oldest annual conference in
Turkey on international relations and brings together scholars from all around the
world as well as from Turkey to discuss a wide variety of topics organized into
approximately 40-50 panels and roundtables. The Department of International
Relations, METU Ankara will organize this year’s conference in cooperation with the
Department of Political Science and International Relations, METU Northern Cyprus
For the 2010 conference, the organizing departments welcome proposals for panels,
roundtables, and individual papers on the theme of “The Mediterranean in the World
System: Structures and Processes.” The Mediterranean region has increasingly
become one of the most dynamic regions in the world. The issues and topics such as
economic cooperation, the political economy of the Mediterranean, migration
movements, cultural identity, energy geopolitics, social movements, political reform
processes, the role of religion, changing security perceptions, and the boundaries of
Europe are influential in defining and transforming the current political and scholarly
In this context the conference aims to address the following questions: What are the
implications of the process of globalization on issues relating the Mediterranean
region? What are dynamics and motives behind the international initiatives within the
region? Are these international initiatives such as Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the
southern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy, the US Greater Middle
East project and NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue complementing or competing
against each other? In what way did 9/11 change the security perception and
conceptualization in the region? What is the role of Islam on regional security in the
Mediterranean? What is the influence of history on the current political climate of the
region? How do ethnic identities shape and influence inter-communal relations within
the Mediterranean area? What are the factors that influence environmental politics
and marine affairs in the Mediterranean? How do migration movements affect
bilateral and multilateral relations and cooperation? Are there any prospects of a
viable solution to the Cyprus problem? Is it possible to talk about boundaries of
Europe in the Mediterranean? What are the specific epistemological and ontological
questions that arise in relation to these issues?
The Conference will therefore address a wide range of issues that concern
Mediterranean countries with a particular emphasis on the local and international
responses given to these issues.
A non-exhaustive list of possible themes for the Conference is provided below.
· Constructing a Region: The Boundaries of the Mediterranean
· Security in the Mediterranean
· Mediterranean Geopolitics
· Political Economy of the Mediterranean Area
· Migration Movements in the Mediterranean Region
· Mediterranean Environmental Challenges and Regional Politics
· Issues Relating to Religion and Identity
· Regional and Domestic Conflicts
· Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation
· Ethnic Identities and Community Relations
· Problems of Cultural Heritage in Disputed Territories
· The Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean
· Cyprus Issue
· Turkish- Greek Relations
· Turkey and the Middle East