About CEST

The Consortium for European Symposia on Turkey works to advance the field of Turkish studies in Europe and provide opportunities for young scholars through academic events that promote idea exchange, visibility, and networking.

In 2014, CEST began organising annual conferences, hosted at rotating member universities. In 2021 CEST will inaugurate a summer school aimed at providing young scholars with the tools they need to succeed in academia.

The project is funded primarily by Stiftung Mercator, with additional contributions from the Swedish Institute, Stockholm University, and other CEST institutions.

Current Activities

Theme: Turkey and the Mediterranean: linkages, connectivities and ruptures

Hybrid format with a Virtual Workshop in September 2021 followed by a face-to-face Symposium in November

Theme: Intersectionality

The Summer Schools bring together young scholars from Turkey and Europe. Postdoctoral students and early career scholars (less than five years since Ph.D.) will get a solid grounding in methodology and other career building skills.

Publications and Past Events


Kerem Öktem

CEST Chair
Professor of International Relations at Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

Paul T Levin

CEST Director
Director, Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies

Jenny White

Jenny White

CEST Vice Director
Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies

Lea Nocera

CEST Member
University of Naples "L'Orientale"

Kader Konuk

CEST Member
Director, Turkish Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen

Elise Massicard

CEST Member
Research Professor, CNRS/CERI Sciences Po

Yavuz Köse

CEST Member
Chair for Ottoman and Turkish Studies, University of Vienna