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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

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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Courses

Discover courses taught by our staff and affiliates. Subjects range from sociology to history.
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Keyman Podcast Series

Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program Podcast is a platform scholars of contemporary Turkey to talk about their academic work and its social and political implications. It's hosted by postdoctoral fellow Deniz Duruiz. To know when the latest episode has been posted, follow us on Soundcloud and iTunes.
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News

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2020 Keyman Visiting Professor, Dr. Kerem Öktem
The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program welcomes 2020 Keyman Visiting Professor, Dr. Kerem Öktem, esteemed University of Graz scholar working, inter alia, with Director İpek Yosmaoğlu on book project: ’Jewish - Turkish Entanglements’ based on the Symposium they convened in Graz in 2018. Learn more about our visiting professor in our visitors section.

Events

Mar
9
2020
Keyman Visiting Professor talk, "Local elections in competitive authoritarian regimes: Turkey’s 2019 municipal elections as critical juncture"

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road

Kerem Öktem, 2019-2020 Keyman Visiting Professor presents his talk, "Local elections in competitive authoritarian regime...

Apr
13
2020
Dr. David Leupold on "Embattled Dreamlands: The Politics of Contesting Armenian, Kurdish and Turkish Memory"

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Kresge Hall, 1880 Campus Drive

Dr. David Leupold, postdoctoral research fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin (ZMO), discusses his book ...

May
29
2020
Keyman Annual Conference on Turkey:Queer Conditions/Kuir Haller: Social and Political Change in an Age of Authoritarianism

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road

Each year, the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program brings together scholars from around the world to discuss some of t...

Turkish Language

Turkish is considered a "critical foreign language" by the US Department of State. Turkish speakers are in high demand for work in both government and the nonprofit sector. Turkish is one of the globe's 15 most widely-spoken first languages. About 80 MILLION people speak Turkish as their first language.

Turkish Program

Turkish is considered a "critical foreign language" by the US Department of State. Turkish speakers are in high demand for work in both government and the nonprofit sector. Turkish is one of the globe's 15 most widely-spoken first languages. About 80 MILLION people speak Turkish as their first language. Learn more about courses and activities in the program video.

Turkish Program details

Turkish Courses

Previous offerings have included introductory level as well as intermediate level courses and a recent course on Turkish Food Culture and Cuisine exploring the complex relationships between food, culture and society.  Along with regular coursework, classes have included field trips to Turkish restaurants and events in the Chicago area while exploring contemporary Turkish culture, including music, film and literature.

Turkish course schedule

Summer in Turkey!

Dominic Balestrieri-Fox (WCAS '20), who recently won an American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) fellowship to study Turkish in Istanbul!

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Turkish Language Table

These bi-weekly, one-hour meetings intend to bring together speakers of Turkish at all levels of competency in an informal setting and provide opportunities for conversation practice. Discussion includes different aspects of Turkish culture, with conversation over Turkish tea and snacks.

 

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