International Summer University for International Leadership 2018


The 2018 International Summer University will take place in Istanbul, from July 8 to July 21. This year, Bahçeşehir University will host the program entitled “Mobility, Migration, Refugees and Xenophobia”.The International Summer University is an annual program under the patronage of UNESCO with the participation of 35 prestigious universities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and America.

This year’s two-week course will provide a broad, theoretical discussion of human mobility and the impact of migration on economic and political processes, globalization and social change. It will include some discussion of key literature and major debates on contemporary migration from a number of disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences and provide a deeper understanding of some of the dilemmas facing policy-makers at both national and international level as well as a better comprehension of how to transfer theoretical knowledge to more specifically policy-oriented engagements.

Our international panel of lecturers will be discussing migration from different countries in the Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, in both contemporary and historical settings. Discussions with refugees themselves will centre on issues like how to listen to refugee stories, how they should be used and who is justified in using them. We will all reflect on how religious communities respond to the local immigration situation and how individuals and communities engage with the issues from an ethical or value-based belief system. Field trips will enable students to engage in participatory observation of migration interfaces in Turkey.