Itir Toksöz

Itır is originally from Edremit, a large town on the Aegean Coast in Turkey. After leaving her hometown for her studies, she has lived in both cities of the world which have land both in Asia and Europe: Çanakkale and Istanbul. She has earned a BA degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Marmara University in Turkey in 1998, a DEA degree in Strategy in International Relations from Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne in 1999 and a Ph.D degree in Public and International Affairs from Northeastern University, Boston in 2007. She has taught several courses in International Relations in the USA and Turkey. She is now an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Dogus University in Istanbul and the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at the same University. She is also the Erasmus Exchange Program Departmental Coordinator for the Department of International Relations. Her main areas of research is civil-military relations, threat perceptions, science and technology in international relations and human security. As well as these traditional security issues, she also studies international relations through films, cartoons, music and other arts. She is a member of the T:AP (Transcend: Art and Peace) network. Itir also loves composing her own songs and writing her own lyrics, poetry, tales and essays. She adores traveling, the seaside, the cosmopolitan cities, the juncture of civilizations and her ultimate goal in life is sharing life itself through a “meeting of the minds.”

Itır TOKSÖZ Uluslararası İlişkiler alanında doktora sahibidir ve ABD ve Türkiye’deüniversitelerde dersler vermiştir. Şu anda kendisi Istanbul-Türkiye’de Uluslararasıİlişkiler alanında Yardımcı Doç. Dr. olarak çalışmaktadır.

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June 9, 2011
When I was a high school student, my friends and family and I, had a favorite topic of discussion: What kind of a city is ideal for a university student life?
May 25, 2011
I’d like to warn our dear readers: This piece is likely to be a somewhat dark one.
April 19, 2011
The day I am writing this, I am sick. I was supposed to go to the Polish Consulate to do a visa application this morning, as I will be teaching at one of our partner Universities for a week there next month within the Erasmus Exchange Program. I woke up with a runny nose, sore throat, aching muscles and fever. Actually there were the signs that I was catching a cold or a virus or something by Saturday but I thought I would get over that quickly. I did not. So I could not go to the consulate to do my application and I called work and told them that I would not be able to come to work today.
March 22, 2011
Today writing about ethics in academics became a necessity, after all that has been happening in Japan for the past week.
February 17, 2011
January 18, 2011
I am a person who is easily bored. It is in my character. I get tired of things easily. Not just of things, but also of people, of places, of food, of music etc. Once I achieve something, for me the taste is gone. I then jump on the next idea to get a new natural high out of what I do. This does not mean that I am a restless soul in every way. Luckily I harbor a stable core as well which lets me keep life-long friendships, favourite cafes that date from my university years or keepsakes from years ago. But this does not change the fact that I need novelty to feel alive every so often.
December 7, 2010
Every morning I wake up, get dressed, put on my make-up, drink a glass of cold milk with no sugar and then I walk to the University. It takes me about 10 minutes. Living in a huge metropolis like Istanbul where most people have to commute for at least an hour or more and change a few public transportation vehicles to get to work, I must say I am blessed by my morning exercise of walking to my office, which is kind of like a second home to me.
November 4, 2010
It was two weeks ago, Monday. I knew the deadline for my next post at UVenus was coming up. I thought I would write about the office space and how we academics have our own ways of designing and decorating our offices. I was moving my office on the same day so it felt all the more relevant. I did not have to look for any other topic; spontaneously, simultaneously with what was going on in my life, I would write my piece during the week. However, something changed my plan of writing about this topic that seemed to come naturally…
September 30, 2010
Istanbul, Turkey As academics, we are expected to be doing two things on a regular basis: to read a lot and to write a lot on topics related to our profession. This expectation implies that an academic by default has to be comfortable with the idea that her time (other than teaching) will be devoted to reading and writing
July 27, 2010
I am not going to dismiss it with “Oh. I don't know how it really happened.” I know exactly how it happened: how I ended up presenting 4 papers and acting as a panel discussant at two back-to-back conferences in Sydney within a span of 8 days this July.  

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