Birgit Schlyter

MICS - Turkey and Eurasia

The general point of departure for the planned activities within the MICS frame is to form and consolidate a network for Nordic and Eurasian scholars within the humanities and the social sciences. More specifically, the rationale is to promote cooperation and scholarly advances within issues pertaining to Migration, Identity, Communication and Security in Eurasia. These four, closely intertwined, processes denote key societal challenges which scholars and practitioners alike will need to confront continuously within the foreseeable future. The primary form of activity within MICS are international workshops (one for each letter of the acronym) for invited participants from all academic career stages, from PhD students to established full professors. MICS will also provide a platform for research training for junior scholars. The program of activities will be formulated and implemented by a Swedish-Danish core team consisting of senior scholars from the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Malmö University, Roskilde University and the Danish Institute for International Studies. The program activities will largely take place at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, which is a natural and strategic location, given that Turkey is both a central point for observations and a crucial ground for analysis with regard to the confluence of and interaction between the four MICS processes in Eurasia. The workshops will be located to Istanbul, Roskilde/Copenhagen and Malmö.