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Call for Applications: Conference: ‘Turkish Studies from an Interdisciplinary Perspective’

Georgetown University

May 7, 2014

Dr. Sinan Ciddi, Executive Director

Institute of Turkish Studies, Georgetown University

Dr. Paul T. Levin, Director

Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies 

Eligibility and required documents

The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) , based at Georgetown University and the Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University (SUITS) invite Ph.D. students whose research on Turkey and/or Ottoman Empire have an interdisciplinary focus to submit abstracts that are no longer than 150 words. Individuals whose abstracts are accepted by a review committee will be invited to present an extended paper at a one day conference that will be held at Georgetown University on May 7, 2014. Participating students will be placed within a designated panel, which will be chaired by an established scholar already working within the field of Turkish Studies.

Students from all disciplines in the social sciences and humanities are encouraged to submit applications. Applicants must have successfully completed all their coursework requirements and be classified as ‘ABD’ status by their institutions. For the scope and framework of the conference, please see below. All applicants are required to submit the following materials:

-       Title and abstract (no longer than 150 words)

-       Full name, address and email of applicant

-       University affiliation

-       Current resume


All applications and questions must be emailed to by no later than November 15 (5pm EST). Late or incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. All individuals will be notified of the result of their application via email no later than December 1, 2013.


Successful applicants will be eligible to receive a round-trip domestic (flights originating from the United States) economy class airfare to and from Washington DC and in addition a $250 honorarium for conference expenses incurred. 

Publication Potential

Selected student papers from the conference proceedings may be published. Full details regarding this potential will be released in due course. 

Conference theme and Framework

Interest in Turkish Studies has increased significantly over the last several decades. A field which was mainly dominated by studies in Ottoman history is now increasingly represented by most of the major disciplines in the social sciences and humanities: Political Science, International Relations, Anthropology, Literature, Cultural Studies, and Archeology. In October 2002, a number of established scholars whose research focused on different academic disciplines related to Turkey convened a one-day conference at Georgetown University, the proceedings of which appeared in the form of a book titled Turkish Studies in the United States. The focus of the conference, and ultimately the book was to answer several important questions:

“What have been the main trends in Turkish Studies during the past two decades? What particular and substantive issues have scholars working in various disciplines addressed? Have the books and articles published in recent years on the Ottoman Empire and contemporary Turkey made a significant contribution to the mainstream scholarly literature?” and finally “What are the likely areas of new research and conceptual development in the near future?” (Quataert & Sayari 2003)

A full decade after the publication of this volume, the Institute of Turkish Studies at Georgetown University (ITS), and the Institute for Turkish Studies at Stockholm University (SUITS) have decided to come together and take this debate two steps further. The Quataert & Sayari volume surveyed the state of the field and the different chapters assessed the contributions from research in Turkish studies to their respective disciplines in American academia. The current project, however, expands the geographic scope to include European scholarship as well. Moreover, rather than survey the field of Turkish studies and assess its contributions to broader scholarship, it asks contributing authors to demonstrate the vitality and relevance of the field through original empirical research.

Studies on Turkey from an Interdisciplinary US and European perspective

As directors of the two institutions mentioned above, we are interested in achieving two important goals: To facilitate a process which will allow both established and emerging scholars, whose research is focused on Turkey,

1.     To emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the research they conduct, and

2.     To demonstrate its relevance to disciplinary debates of interest to colleagues outside the field of Turkish studies as well.

One of the frequent criticisms made against the field of Turkish Studies is to highlight the idea that it is not a field, and that its practitioners are too narrowly focused on Turkey as a singular country. Consequently, criticisms declare that the nature of research that appears is too narrow, with little to no generalizable conclusions being generated in published material, relating to the particular discipline in question. Whilst such criticisms are valid to a point, both Ciddi and Levin contend that Turkish Studies is a field – having its own journals, academic programs, and institutions – and indeed a field that is thriving and growing, as evidenced by the recent establishment of the younger of the two institutes behind this initiative. Moreover, the “cross-sectional” nature of an area studies field such as ours encourages interdisciplinary scholarship and cross-pollination and as such holds great potential for theoretical innovation. Hence, it is unsurprising that in the last decade since the publication of Turkish Studies in the United States, a considerable amount of interdisciplinary research has begun to flourish that is focused on Turkey but which also speaks to a wider audience and asks broader questions.

In our capacity as Turkish Studies center directors and guest editors of a special December 2014 edition of Turkish Studies journal, we have invited leading scholars from the major disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to contribute newly authored articles that not only focus on furthering our knowledge on Turkey itself, but articles which derive conclusions that add to existing knowledge about a particular aspect of one or several disciplines.

In addition, we are now inviting Ph.D. students, whose research is at an advanced stage (ABD), and focused on Turkey to submit articles for presentation at Georgetown University alongside their senior peers. Whilst the articles of established scholars will be published in Turkish Studies journal in December 2014, students will be given a valuable opportunity to present their work before their experienced peers, receive feedback and have the possibility of getting their work published at a later date.

The common themes intended to draw all articles together in the volume and the conference is the interdisciplinary nature of the research presented by each author/authors, and the self-conscious demonstration of and reflection on how it advances not only our understanding of Turkey but also scholarship beyond the field of Turkish studies. Authors are free to utilize a variety of research methods (data analysis, in-depth interviews, comparative or single-case studies to name a few) to answer their chosen research question, but the organizers would like stress the importance of the interdisciplinary appeal of both the content and findings of their research.



This spring, the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the first ever Conference of Central Asian Language and Linguistics (ConCALL) at Indiana University during the weekend of May 16 & 17, 2014.


We are now accepting submissions for 20-minute paper presentations (with 10 minute post-presentation questions and discussion) on topics related to Central Asian languages and linguistics within the conference theme: “Building a Bond: Strengthening the Central Asian Language Community.”

Presenters will have the opportunity to submit to the published proceedings of the conference.

SUBMISSION can include, but are not limited to:

·         linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics)

·         acquisition (first and second language acquisition)

·         pedagogy

·         education

Submission should consist of a titled abstract of no more than 500 words (not including examples and references) in .pdf format sent as an email attachment to by the deadline of Friday, January 3, 2014.

Submissions will be sent for peer review, and submitters will be notified of acceptance no later than Monday, February 3, 2014.

QUESTIONS regarding submissions may be directed to Amber Kennedy Kent at

QUESTIONS regarding the conference may be directed to Dr. Öner Özçelik (Director, CeLCAR)

For more information, please visit our conference website at


Proposal Submission Deadline:                       Friday, January 3, 2014

Acceptance Notification:                                  Monday, February 3, 2014

Registration Deadline:                                      Friday, March 28, 2014

Conference Date:                                               Friday and Saturday, May 16 & 17, 2014


ICTLET - UTEOK 2014 Conference

June 19-21, 2013 in Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University

VII. Uluslararası Türkçenin Eğitimi-Öğretimi Kurultayı, 19-21 Haziran 2014 tarihleri arasında, Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi’nin ev sahipliğinde gerçekleştirilecektir. 

Her yıl düzenlenen Uluslararası Türkçenin Eğitimi-Öğretimi Kurultayı, yüksek bilimsel niteliği ve mesleki gelişimi destekleyici yönüyle taşıdığı akademik değerin yanında, Türkçe ve Türkçenin eğitimi-öğretimine emek veren tüm meslektaşlarımız ve paydaşlarımızı bir araya getirmesiyle de alanın bilimsel ve sosyal gelişimine katkıda bulunan önemli bir etkinliktir. 

VII. Uluslararası Türkçenin Eğitimi-Öğretimi Kurultayı’nda, t...emel ve uygulamalı çalışmalarını paylaşmak üzere, alanda çalışan akademisyenleri ve öğretmenleri bir araya getirmeyi amaçlıyoruz. Temel dil becerilerinin eğitimi-öğretimi, öğretmen ve akademisyen yetiştirme, öğretmen ve öğrenci tutumları, iki dillilik ve çok dillilik, yabancı dil olarak Türkçe öğretimi, edebiyat öğretimi, okul öncesi Türkçe eğitimi-öğretimi, Dilbilim ve Türkçe öğretimi gibi konuları içeren çalışmalarımızı ve deneyimlerimizi paylaşmaktan mutluluk duyacağız. 

Bu çerçevede, deneyimli akademisyen hocalarımızı, mesleğe yeni adım atmış genç akademisyen arkadaşlarımızı, yurt içinde ve yurt dışında Türkçenin eğitimi-öğretimi alanında çalışan okutman/öğretmenlerimizi yaptıkları çalışma ve uygulamaları paylaşarak alanın gelişimine katkıda bulunmaya davet ediyoruz. 

Kurultaya ilişkin her türlü soru, görüş ve önerinizi adresine yazarak bizimle paylaşabilir; ayrıntılı bilgi ve güncellemeler için adresini ziyaret edebilirsiniz. 

Siz değerli misafirlerimizi Muğla’da ağırlamaktan onur duyacağız. 

Katkı ve katılımınız dileğiyle.


2013 APSA MENA Workshop

The American Political Science Association (APSA) is accepting applications for participation in the 2013 APSA MENA workshop hosted by the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt.  Applications are accepted till May 3, 2013.

The 2013 MENA Workshop, entitled “Varieties of Democracy” will be held from September 8 to 21 at AUC. Led by a joint team of US- and MENA-based scholars, this event is a unique professional opportunity for early-to-mid career faculty, as well as senior PhD students with a focus on social science research. Workshop participants will engage in seminar discussions, share methodological challenges, and present and peer-review manuscripts in progress.

This is the link to our APSA MENA Workshop website , where you can find more information about the program; eligibility requirements and application details; in addition to the online Application.

The application deadline is May 3, 2013 at 5 pm (EST).  

Questions can be sent to



This summer, there will be various Startalk programs for teacher training which include Turkish, each one with a different focus. Only one, however, at Boston University, is solely for teachers of Turkish, while the others are generic treacher training sessions.


University of Wisconsin-Madison has joined more than twenty-five other universities nationwide in an effort to help address the U.S. military's need for critical language specialists who understand foreign cultures and can communicate in regions of strategic and economic importance.  

In summer 2012, UW-Madison was awarded funding for Project GO (Global Officers), an initiative to support ROTC students in learning critical languages and studying abroad. Project GO is jointly sponsored by the Department of Defense and the National Security Education Program (NSEP).

UW-Madison’s Project GO funding provides fellowships for ROTC students from all branches of service to enroll in academic-year or summer domestic or study-abroad programs in Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu. In addition, summer study abroad of Chinese is funded.  Students who gain proficiency in one of these languages may become eligible for language incentive pay.

UW-Madison is an international leader in language education and research, offering instruction in dozens of modern and ancient languages. In addition to traditional academic-year programs, opportunities for language learning here include intensive summer institutes and a wide range of study-abroad options. For a listing of languages that were offered on campus during summer 2013, please visit:

For applications and additional information, visit the Project GO at UW-Madison website, or contact Mallory Zink at 608-265-1471.



STARTALK- Bridges to Children: Languages Through Community Advocacy at Indiana University

 For novice or experienced teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Persian, or Turkish


·         Start online: May 13 -May 31, 2013

·         [week one- online orientation and registration] – [week 2+ 3 readings and online interactions]

·         Continue- residential on-campus: June 7- 28, 2013

·         Application Deadline: Monday 13 May  (see website below)

·         Full tuition Scholarship

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Bridges to Children is a Teacher Training Program with intensive professional development with weekly instruction of children in community-based sites. Starting with a three-week online course (May 13-31) to introduce participants to teaching principles through readings, we continue with a 3-week residential program in methods of teaching. Here the teaching practicum begins (June 7-28) combined with daily methods/teaching with collaborative lesson planning for immediate application and post-teaching reflection in a supportive team environment. The Indiana University setting offers easy access to the teaching settings. The program emphasizes personalized professional development for novice to experienced teachers interested in working with youngsters ages 3-13 (pre-k to grade 7). ACTFL standards-based instruction, lesson and unit planning for developmentally appropriate teaching are key aspects. Participants should have at least a fair command of their language, a strong affinity for children, willingness to plan and teach in pairs, and be willing to design a community-based program. Six (under)graduate credits will be earned upon successful completion and counted toward certification. Materials and books provided.  See the attached flier or visit the website below for additional information:

Fall 2010 Enrollment Figures

We would like to thank all AATT members, instructors, and administrators who helped us collect information for our student count for Turkish language instruction in Fall 2010. Please click to see the report.
Collected and submitted by Suzan Özel


Fall 2009 Enrollment Figures

For the 2009 List, please click to see the report.

Suzan Özel

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