15 November 2011
Public ESI event in Istanbul at Bilgi University: Ignorance, fear and prejudice do Europeans get Turkey?
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Ignorance, fear and prejudice – do Europeans get Turkey? Video: ESI / Jonathan Lewis.
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15 November 2011, 14:00-16:00

Istanbul Bilgi University, Academic Board Room, Dolapdere Campus,
Kurtuluş Deresi Cad. No:47, 34440 Dolapdere – Istanbul

Ignorance, fear and prejudice – do Europeans get Turkey?


The European Institute of Istanbul Bilgi University and the European Stability Initiative
are pleased to invite you to the panel discussion

Do European media paint a realistic picture of Turkey? Are there issues under-represented or over-represented? What other sources of information – for example, the migrant communities – do Europeans use to form their image of Turkey?

These questions will be discussed by Gerald Knaus, Director of the European Stability Initiative, who will present the results of one year of detailed monitoring of the coverage of Turkey in the media of five EU countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Further panellist are Senem Aydın Düzgit and Peter Widmann, both from Bilgi University's European Institute.

Opening: Prof. Dr. Yeşim Atamer, Deputy Director of the European Institute


Bilgi University     ESI       European Commission

This event is part of the ESI’s project “A changing Turkey and a critical Europe” co-funded by the European Union

About us
Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com