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Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program

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

News & 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.  

Our inaugural session application process is complete. The next session application call will occur in January 2021. Thank you for your interest and participation! 

If further questions on the application process please contact


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Keyman Modern Turkish Studies shares our annual program newsletter for AY 2019-2020, in recognition and celebration of members and colleagues of our program.

 bir kopruden gectik: suriyeli direnisciler anlatiyor

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, published in July by Bilgi Yayınevi under the title Bir Köprüden Geçtik: Suriyeli Direnişçiler Anlatıyor.

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The Keyman program welcomes our 2020-2022 Keyman postdoctoral fellow Anoush Tamar Suni!anoush suni




karabakh panel flyer

In the recent panel “Nagorno Karabakh in Perspective: Roots and Directions of Conflict” Thomas de Waal, senior fellow with Carnegie Europe (specializing in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region) and Laurence Broers, Caucasus programme director at London-based peacebuilding organization Conciliation Resources participated in a discussion on the conflict, moderated by Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow, Anoush Tamar Suni. Full recording here on our visiting speakers page.

From “The Eastern Mediterranean in Uncharted Waters: Preventing a Crisis in the Making," Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis

Keyman Modern Turkish Studies hosted a webinar, “The Eastern Mediterranean in Uncharted Waters: Preventing a Crisis in the Making," welcoming back (virtually) 2018-19 Keyman Visiting Professor,  Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis, (Bilkent University). Dr. Grigoriadis discussed regional political developments and growing tensions between Greece and Turkey and took questions on the subject, with an introduction by Keyman Program Director, İpek K. Yosmaoğlu. Find the full webinar recording and event summary on our visiting speakers page

In the latest special episode of the Keyman Podcast, our new Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Anoush Tamar Suni interviewed Dr. David Leupold on his new book Embattled Dreamlands: The Politics of Contesting Armenian, Kurdish and Turkish Memory, which explores the intertwined histories of Armenian, Turkish, and Kurdish communities with a particular focus on the violent history of the Genocide of Ottoman Armenians in 1915.  Full episode 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

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. For questions or information contact Prof. Oya Topçuoğlu.

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

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"kaçak: forms of informality and commodity in modern turkey" | Nov 14th, 2020
a virtual symposium of ethnography connecting global scholars to co-present a panel on informality. Each panelist tracked a single commodity, and showed the many forms kaçak [conventionally translated into English as the equivalent of “smuggled good,”] takes in the hands of concrete social actors under historically specific material conditions. Co-sponsored by the anthropology department, MENA, the Crown Endowment for Middle East Studies, and co-streamed in Istanbul with Mekanda Adalet —Istanbul. 


 Nagorno Karabakh in Perspective: Roots and Directions of Conflict | Oct 27th, 2020laurence broersthomas de waal
Panel discussion with Thomas de Waal (Senior Fellow Carnegie Europe) and Laurence Broers (Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House; Caucasus programme director at Conciliation Resources). Moderated by Anoush Tamar Suni, Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow.

 The Eastern Mediterranean in Uncharted Waters: Preventing a Crisis in the Making | Sept 16th, 2020
Webinar with Keyman Visiting Professor Dr. Ioannis N. Grigoriadis (Bilkent University)


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 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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