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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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Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow Call for Applications

The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the study of Turkey and its diasporas in a global or a comparative perspective for scholars of the Social Sciences and Humanities. We welcome and encourage applications from early career scholars whose work focuses on nondominant and underrepresented groups including but not limited to religious, ethnic, and LBGTQ minorities and otherwise marginalized groups.

Fellowship Term: September 1, 2023 to June 30, 2025.

Application Deadline: January 13, 2022.

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degree by February 1, 2022. Candidates who received their Ph.D. before September 2018 are not eligible to apply. They may not hold another position during their fellowship, and the fellowship cannot be deferred.

Visit the postdoctoral call for applications page for more information

Our Program and Work

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

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The Latest Keyman News

Explore news stories, media mentions, and announcements covering events, awards, and accomplishments at Keyman.

News and Announcements

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New book review by Oya Topçuoğlu, Keyman Faculty Board member

A new book review by Oya Topçuoğlu, Keyman Faculty Board member, was recently published. Prof. Topçuoğlu’s review of the book, Plundered empire: acquiring antiquities from Ottoman lands, is now available via open-access with Bryn Mawr Classical Review.

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Keyman Faculty Board member Özge Samancı fellow appointments and upcoming book

Keyman Faculty Board member Özge Samancı recently appointed as a Kaplan Institute Faculty Fellow and nominated as a Fellow at the Forecast Mentorship Program in Berlin. Prof. Samancı’s upcoming graphic novel Evil Eye, with Uncivilized Books, to be released Fall 2023.

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Keyman Program Article Workshop

Online workshop series for early career scholars of Social Sciences and Humanities, working on themes related to Turkey and its diasporas and preparing an article for publication, matches scholars with expert discussants.  Series concludes with spring sessions, and during academic year 2021-22 holds new sessions along with additional call for applications.

Keyman Events

An important component of the Keyman Program is our events. Below you will find a curated selection of our upcoming and recent events.

Featured Event

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2021 Keyman Conference

Queer Conditions/Kuir Haller: Social and Political Change in an Age of Authoritarianism.

June 4,  June 11 and June 18

The annual Keyman Conference brings together scholars from around the world to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing Turkey from a global perspective. This year's focus will be Queer and Gender Studies, analyzing the role of gender identity and dynamics in facilitating reproduction of power structures, and mobilization of historically marginalized groups seeking to expose, challenge, and ultimately dismantle those structures.  This analysis tracks shifting relationships and opportunities for political action in a deeply polarized Turkey. 

Upcoming Events

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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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Ways to Engage

Learn about the many ways to engage with the the larger Turkish studies & language community at Northwestern.

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