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Development Through the Creative Industries in Turkey - Workshop EoI Call

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Workshop venue: Istanbul, Turkey

Workshop dates: 16 October 2019 (evening networking event only) and 17 October 2019 (all day plus an evening networking event)

Expressions of interest deadline: 10 September 2019, 16:00

The AHRC is pleased to announce a call for UK researchers to attend a workshop in Istanbul on ‘Development through the Creative Industries in Turkey’. Organised in partnership with the Istanbul Development Agency (IDA), with the UK funding coming from the Newton-Katip Celebi Fund, the event will bring together experts from both countries to explore how the Creative Industries play a critical role for growth and prosperity in the Istanbul region.

The event will convene approximately 40 experts from the UK and Istanbul region and draw on a range of disciplinary perspectives including but not limited to design, cultural studies, the creative and performing arts, heritage, history, museum studies and digital humanities. It will seek to facilitate collaboration between academics, businesses, policy professionals, community groups and other organisations, with the aim of promoting a greater understanding of the relationship between cultural and creative organisations as stimulators of economic growth; the factors that lead to high-figure growth in the creative industries; and the social value of the creative and cultural sector.

A key aim of the workshop is to enable researchers and key stakeholders from the UK and Turkey to develop new partnerships with a view to longer-term collaboration. Discussions at the workshop will inform an AHRC call for Research Networking projects, which will launch shortly afterwards.

The AHRC expects to support the attendance of around 15-20 UK-based researchers across a range of arts and humanities disciplines, with IDA identifying a similar number of participants based in the Istanbul region.

The workshop will start with an evening networking event on Wednesday 16 October in Istanbul. There will be an all day workshop on Thursday 17 October, followed by an evening networking event. There may be an optional opportunity for attendees to visit some IDA-funded Creative Industries projects on the morning of Friday 18 October (TBC).


Expressions of interest to participate in the workshop are invited from Creative Industries personnel and UK-based researchers. Whilst there is no restriction in terms of disciplinary and industry background, applicants should have a particular interest and expertise in the topics noted above and be able to articulate this in their expression of interest. Academic applicants must be based at UK Research Organisations (ROs) or Independent Research Organisations (IROs) meeting the AHRC’s standard eligibility requirements. Applications are welcome from all disciplines within the arts and humanities, from full or part time researchers at all stages of their careers, including early career researchers.

Closing Dates

Closing Date: 10/09/2019

Closing Date: 10/09/2019, 16:00

How to make an application

To apply to attend, please complete the Smart Survey: Development through the Creative Industries in Turkey - Workshop EoI Call

Further Information

Further details can be found in the Development through the Creative Industries in Turkey -Workshop EoI Call Guidance (PDF, 98KB).

It is important to note that this workshop is not intended to be a stand-alone event, rather it is an opportunity to network, share experiences and begin discussions that will foster future collaborative activity. As above, it is anticipated that longer term, the workshop will enrich and bring new dimensions to other networks and forums working in this area and involving research collaboration between the UK and Turkey. 


For more information please email: newtonfund@ahrc.ac.uk.

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