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The American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) is pleased to announce the tenth annual “Graduate Student Pre-Conference" for graduate students in a range of disciplines enrolled at institutions in North America. This Pre-Conference was established to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of AATT. The Pre-Conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Turkish Studies and AATT.

There will be two tenth annual Pre-Conferences in 2014, one will take place during the annual CESS Conference held October 24-26, 2014, and the other on Saturday, November 22, 2014, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, taking place in Washington, D.C. Pre-Conference participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the conferences.

The Pre-Conference is designed to encourage research making significant use of sources in Turkish and Turkic languages by graduate students in a range of disciplines enrolled at institutions in North America. It will promote contact between students at various institutions and allow for feedback from faculty discussants participating in the Pre-Conference. Another goal is to help students progress towards more formal presentations at national conferences such as those of MESA, CESS, and organizations devoted to specific disciplines.

AATT will award a limited number of travel awards to help cover the cost of student participation. Students are also encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions.

Students should submit a 250-word proposal for a paper together with the following information:

1. Name

2. Current institutional affiliation (department/university)

3. Adviser's name

4. Educational background (undergraduate and graduate degree programs)

5. Current status (taking courses, preparing for exams, researching dissertation, writing dissertation, defended/deposited dissertation)

6. Title of dissertation (if applicable)

7. Contact information (email, telephone number, preferred mailing address)

The deadline for submission of proposals is September 1, 2014.

Graduate students already presenting a paper at the larger meeting (MESA or CESS) are not eligible to participate concurrently in the Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies. Unfortunately AATT cannot consider requests for travel support for graduate students enrolled at institutions outside North America. 

Proposals should be submitted by email to:

Professor Uli Schamiloglu
Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Professor Erika H. Gilson
Department of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University

Applicants will be informed of the selection committee's decision by September 10,  2013.

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