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Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program

Promoting dialogue and scholarship to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary Turkey.

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2022 Keyman Annual Conference on Turkey - Call for Papers

Each year, the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program brings together scholars from around the world to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing Turkey from a global perspective. This year the conference’s theme will be “Heritage.” Within the purview of this conference, we follow a capacious and interdisciplinary approach to questions of heritage, including tangible, intangible, and natural heritage within the territory of contemporary Turkey and surrounding regions. 

Application Deadline: February 19, 2022

Conference Dates: June 3-4, 2022


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Our Program and Work

Understanding contemporary Turkey in connection with global social processes, problems and conflicts.

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Upcoming online events for Winter & Spring

Discussion with Jenny White (author of graphic novel Turkish Kaleidoscope: Fractured Lives in a Time of Violence), Ergün Gündüz (illustrator of Turkish Kaleidoscope), and Özge Samancı (author of graphic novel Dare to Disappoint);  conversation with Banu Gökarıksel on book project, The Neighbor Who Might Kill You: Encounter and Difference in Urban Turkey, with commenter Kabir Tambar (Stanford University). Stay tuned for updates on our event calendar.

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Zerrin Özlem Biner book discussion with Anoush Tamar Suni

Conversation with Zerrin Özlem Biner (University of Kent) on her book, States of Dispossession, with discussant Anoush Tamar Suni (Northwestern University) on Wednesday, Feb 2 @ 12 pm CT. Register here.

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Series Keynote Lecture by Eve Troutt Powell
Keyman Program’s talk series “Reflections on Whiteness, Blackness, and Race in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey,” continues winter quarter with keynote lecture, "Posing Slaves for the Camera: Race and Memory in Representations of the Enslaved, Khartoum 1882,"
by Eve Troutt Powell, cultural historian and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Register here.

The Turkish Studies & Language Community

The Turkish studies and language community at Northwestern is interdisciplinary, extending from the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs to the Block Museum of Art.

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