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Dr. Ali Bilgic receives ESRC Grant

Dr. Ali Bilgic has been granted a United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant as a co-investigator in the project ‘Exploring Civil Society Strategies for Democratic Renewal’. The project, which will be conducted by a consortium consisting of The University of Sheffield, University of York, City University of London, and Bilkent University, will examine new global social movements through dialogue among academics and practitioners. The key objectives of the project are to direct a critical scholarly lens on the current \'crisis of democracy\' experienced the world over, to examine how contemporary civil society, social movement and protest actors understand and contribute to democratic politics, to identify a variety of popular tactics or strategies used to express and articulate claims on government and to illuminate the conditions for their success or failure.
Reflecting the crucial role of Turkey at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, its recent experience of confrontational civil society strategies from 2013 onwards and its proximity to the Arab uprisings of 2011, the stakeholders will be discussing confrontational strategies for civil society at a Seminar to take place at Bilkent University.