SSIIM Paper Series Vol. 10

New Diversities in Istanbul: Setting a research agenda for studying migration and the city
by Kristen Biehl

Through presenting the case of Istanbul, this paper aims to highlight the relevance and timeliness of setting a research agenda which locates dynamics around new and international migrations to the city within the particular context of urban space, which as both real and imagined embodies layered and conflicted meanings about living with diversity in the past, present and future. To this end, the paper is divided into three sections, focusing first on the unique history of migrations to Istanbul and the rich urban research tradition around these migrations, second on international migrations to Turkey and the state of research in this field, and third, on the study of multicultural co-existence in Istanbul through conceptions of cosmopolitanism.

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