“Europeanization of Political Discourses on Discrimination” Seminar Takes Place at EMU

A seminar titled “Europeanization of Political Discourses on Discrimination” took placed at the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Department of Political Science and International Relations (PSIR).

The seminar was headed by Vice-Chair of EMU PSIR Department Assist. Prof. Dr. Umut Bozkurt and introduced the researched results of PSIR Department academic staff member Assist. Prof. Dr. Berna Numan’s research, which highlighted the EU’s setting rule and principle for any discrimination case within the European Union.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Berna Numan, started her presentation by explaining the enactment process of the EU anti-discrimination law in 2000, based on the 13th clause of the Amsterdam Treaty. Assist. Prof. Dr. Berna Numan’s research investigated the change of discourse in numerous EU countries between 1996 and 2000 by using content analysis. The research yielded findings about vertical and horizontal Europeanization.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Berna Numan noted that the data she collected for her research verified the ‘misfit’ hypothesis which is one of the prominent theories in European Integration literature. In other words, her research confirmed the politicizing of the integration process to EU law, for countries that are having problems with accord to law. The seminar that had a large attendance ended with Assist. Prof. Dr. Numan answering audience questions.

Source: Eastern Mediterranean University