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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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Consortium for European Symposia on Turkey CEST Symposium 2024

Call for Papers: Turkey, Europe, and the Limits of Liberal Normativity

We invite participants to join us at the home of the Copenhagen Criteria to present research on what role, if any, norms regarding democracy, constitutionalism and human rights can play in an era of increasing geopolitical conflict and transactionalism. What spaces exists for scholars, activists, lawyers and others in Turkey to intervene in this authoritarian slide, not the least on the subnational level? What modalities remain for European actors and institutions to promote democracy and the rule of law in Turkey when they are struggling with democratic challenges at home?


2024 Annual Conference. Looking Turk-ish: A Modern Identity Reframed

Each year, the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program convenes a conference around a chosen theme. This year's conference will be dedicated to the role of visual objects and technologies in the making of modern Turkish identity, and it will take place in Northwestern University’s Evanston campus on May 31- June 1, 2024

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Our Program and Work

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

The Latest Keyman News

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

  • Congratulations to MENA Languages professor and Keyman Faculty Board Member Dr. Oya Topçuoğlu for being one of the authors of the article “Language Learning Through Three Iconic Cities” included in the book Sharing Less Commonly Taught Languages in Higher Education.  

  • Read Keyman Faculty Board Member Emrah Yıldız's newest publication "Zainab’s traffic: spatial lives of an Islamic ritual across Southwest Asia" in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. His ongoing research project "Outsmarting ‘smart’ sanctions: currency, mobility and security across Iran and Turkey" has received a Post PhD Research grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Emrah has also been awarded the Global Horizons Junior Fellowship for the 2024-2025 academic year by The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden.
  • The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program 2022- 2023 Annual Newsletter is out now!

Featured Video

View a recording from our most recent event.

Book Talk w/ Elise Massicard “Street-Level Governing”

Watch the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program's most recent event recording, Book Talk: Street-Level Governing, with author of Street-Level Governing: Negotiating the State in Urban Turkey, Dr. Elise Massicard, SciencesPo Paris, CERI and commentator Dr. Bilge Yabanci, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow Northwestern University & Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

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.

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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