Exploring Intersectionality – Building Solidarity across EU-Turkey Borders: Inclusive Education in Times of Forced Migration and COVID-19

Digital Conference. Deadline for Registration: November 10, 2020

Global dynamics of change such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the strengthening of anti-immigrant discourses, and neoliberal transformations impact – among other spheres – educational policies, processes, and practices. These developments also tend to exacerbate educational inequalities and injustices. This becomes particularly evident with regard to the situation of children seeking protection in Turkey and the European Union. They face numerous barriers and multiple forms of discrimination in migration societies and their educational institutions.

At the same time, increasing forced migration to Turkey and the EU over the last decade has further fueled the debate on how to deal with plurality in education. In this respect, various initiatives in migration societies such as Germany, Greece, and Turkey have emerged. They draw attention to the situation of marginalized groups in education systems by empowering their voices and promoting the societal and political-pedagogical debate on inclusion, anti-discrimination, and educational justice.

In four panels, this digital conference explores and discusses the complex challenges arising from the claim of an “education for all” during and after the pandemic. The event brings together researchers, educational practitioners, activists, and civil society initiatives from Turkey and the EU that focus on questions such as:

  • How does the current strengthening of symbolic and material borders, e.g. due to the pandemic, affect children’s right to education and non-discrimination?
  • How do different categories of marginalization and layers of oppression intersect when it comes to the situation of “refugee children” within different education systems and settings in Turkey and the EU?
  • Which inclusive approaches, projects, and strategies are able to tackle exclusionary dynamics in education while being sensitive to multiple forms of discrimination and belonging?
  • How can notions of solidarity go beyond solutions formulated by nation-states and be fostered across EU-Turkey borders when addressing global educational inequalities and injustices?

The digital conference is free and everyone is welcome! The event will take place on Zoom. To take part please The event will take place on Zoom. To take part please register here until November 10, 2020: register here until November 10, 2020

Curated by
Ellen Kollender & Joanna Krzemińska

Hosted by
IPC-Sabancı University-Stiftung Mercator Initiative, Sabancı University

Migration Research Center at Koç University (Mirekoç), Istanbul
Feminist Autonomous Center for Research, Athens

Further information and conference program (PDF)