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Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program

Providing an interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary Turkey in connection with global developments

photo credit: Danielle Nicole Elliott

Upcoming Events

Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Article Workshop

The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program at Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute of Global Affairs will launch a year-long series of virtual workshops to support early career scholars preparing an article for publication by a peer-reviewed journal.  We invite applications from junior scholars working in all branches of the Social Sciences and Humanities on themes related to Turkey and its diasporas.  The accepted papers will be grouped in two or three and matched with a panel of experts who will read the works and provide feedback at a virtual discussion forum.  We will make an effort to include an expert of the writer’s choice in this panel.  The accepted applications will be asked to provide a draft of their work two weeks before the scheduled workshop date.  The frequency of the workshops will depend on the volume of applications which we will be accepting on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.  The inaugural session will take place in October 2020.  To be considered for the first round submit your application, including a CV and 500-word abstract of your article by September 13, 2020 through the application form.

If further questions or for assistance with the application form and process please contact


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Turkish translation of We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled, book by Wendy Pearlman
Northwestern Professor of Political Science Wendy Pearlman’s book, We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria (New York: HarperCollins, 2017) now has a Turkish translation. It
was published in July by Bilgi Yayınevi under the title Bir Köprüden Geçtik: Suriyeli Direnişçiler Anlatıyor.

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New Episode Keyman Podcast: Deniz Duruiz converses with Seçil Yılmaz, historian of the late Ottoman Empire and the Middle East and an expert on epidemics, drawing paralells between her historical research and biopolitics today. Listen here.

Due to university and governmental restrictions and guidance in response to the coronavirus outbreak, our regular onsite programming has been interrupted at this time.

More on past events here

Turkish Language

Turkish Program

Turkish is one of the world's 15 most widely-spoken first languages with about 80 million people speaking Turkish as their first language. Learn more about courses and activities in the program video, and find out how to remotely participate at Turkish Table bi-weekly, one-hour meetings bringing together speakers of Turkish at all levels of competency in an informal practice setting. 

Turkish Program details

Turkish Courses

Turkish Language courses are lined up for Fall Quarter 2020! Registration open later this August. For questions or information contact Prof. Oya Topçuoğlu.

Courses have included introductory level and intermediate level Turkish language and a culture and cuisine course focusing on the complex relationships between food, culture and society.  Field trips brought students to local Turkish restaurants and events to explore contemporary Turkish culture, including music, film and literature.

Turkish course schedule

Turkish Language Students

Turkish language students at Northwestern have been recipients of several awards and academic opportunities. 

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Recent Events

ONLINE TALKS ON TURKEY | Emerging Powers, Falling Stars: Brazil and Turkey in the 21st Centurytalk panel university of sao paolo
How Brazil and Turkey descended into chaos, crisis and authoritarianism
in the course 
of the 2010s 
June 25th, 2020
Speaker: Karabekir Akkoyunlu, Visiting Scholar, Universidade de São Paulo,
IRI- Instituto de relações internacionais
Discussant: Bilge Yabancı, Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow, Università Ca’ Foscari Venice
Chair: Kerem Öktem, 2019-2020 Keyman Visiting Professor, Northwestern University, Department for Political Science

Local elections in competitive authoritarian regimes: visiting professor kerem oktem
Turkey's 2019 municipal elections
as critical juncture | Mar 9th, 2020
Talk by 2019-2020 Keyman Visiting Professor Kerem Öktem (University of Graz)


Gelin (The Bride) | Feb 21st, 2020gelin film flyer
Co-Presented with Block Cinema/Block Museum of Art
Film by Ömer Lütfi Akad, 1973, Turkey


Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora | Nov 11th, 2019devi mays
Co-presented with the MENA Program and The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies
Talk by Devi Mays, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies (University of Michigan)

Making Sense of Turkey’s Syrian Policy | Nov 7th, 2019 visiting speaker burak kadercan and visiting professor ioannis grigoriadis
Talk by Keyman Visiting Speaker Dr. Burak Kadercan (United States Naval War College)
Commentary by Keyman Visiting Professor Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis (Bilkent University)


Keyman Visiting Professor Ioannis N. Grigoriadis: Faculty and Students lunchtime colloquium | Nov 8th, 2019
Talk by Keyman Visiting Professor Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis (Bilkent University)

The Rise of Populist Majoritarianism in Turkey and Greece | Nov 4th, 2019grigoriadis.jpg
Co-presented with the MENA Program
Talk by Keyman Visiting Professor Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis (Bilkent University)

Unmixing the Holy City: Coexistence and Segregation in Early 20th Century Jerusalem | Oct 18th, 2019
michelle camposJewish Studies Faculty/Graduate Student Colloquium
Talk by Michelle Campos,  Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History (University of Florida)


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Our People

Our community is the core of the program. Learn more about the Keyman program's visitors, affiliates and leadership.
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Research Opportunities

Scholars and students interested in Turkish studies can explore research opportunities, including grant and fellowship opportunities.
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Discover courses taught by our staff and affiliates. Subjects range from sociology to history.
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