In honor of the late Sakıp Sabancı, Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees of
Sabancı University, the Sakıp Sabancı International Research Awards
are given each year in the eld of social sciences.
THIS YEAR’S THEME IS
LIVING TOGETHER, DIALOGUE & COOPERATION
WITHIN DIVERSITY IN TURKEY
Few would disagree that one of the most pressing issues facing Turkey today concerns living together, dialogue and
cooperation within diversity. Following the trajectory of modern nation-states, the Turkish Republic imagined a
community sharing a common language, ethnicity, religion, cultural tradition, and social philosophy. However, the
Republic was founded upon the ruins of a multilingual, multiethnic, multireligious, multicultural Empire charac terized by great diversity. Everyday practices of living together between dierent communities were disrupted by
war and mass violence. During the last few decades, the Pandora’s box of the past has opened, and citizens of
Turkey are faced with the task of coming to terms with the past in order to achieve coexistence and peace. What
are the lessons of the past for devising contemporary ways of living together? What can be learned from the experination, and exclusion in the past and/or in the present? Widespread public debate and successful mobilization on
the basis of identity politics and human rights by/for diverse peoples of this land in recent years demonstrates the
robustness of civil society in Turkey. Yet the experience of violence and the inexibility and resistance of the
nation-state, whether at the level of the military, governments, the mass media, or individuals and groups in
society, has led to greater polarization, making the possibility of living together ever more dicult. What are the
political, economic, social, historical, and cultural factors that contribute to polarization and stand in the way of
engaging in constructive dialogue and cooperation? How can political, legal, economic, social, cultural, moral, and
aective structures and practices be mobilized to mend the rupture among groups and individuals? How can
dialogue and cooperation between institutions and individuals representing dierent political and social
persuasions be enhanced?
Essays providing path-breaking theoretical analyses and innovative suggestions on this theme are welcome.
The deadline for submissions is ursday, January 15th, 2015.
The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award involves
a Jury Prize of 25,000 USD. e Jury Prize will be awarded
to an individual who has made distinguished contributions on the above-mentioned theme. An independent
and international jury will select the Awardee.
In addition to the Jury Prize, Essay Awards will be given
to researchers under 45 years of age. is category
includes 10,000 USD for each of the three award-winning
essays selected by the same jury from among submitted
For further information:
Conditions for the Essay Award competition are:
• All entries, which may be coauthored, must be new and
original works, not published previously in any form.
• Essays must be of the format and size of a regular
academic journal article (25 to 35 pages, in double-space
format, including references).
• An abstract of 500 words embedded into the original
essay and a short CV of the author(s) are required.
• Entries must be submitted in English, in the form of a
Word document to the following address: