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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

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. 

Conference Dates: June 3-4, 2022

This is a hybrid event in Harris Hall Room 108 and via Zoom


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Our Program and Work

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

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News and Announcements

Keyman Program Annual Newsletter AY 2021-2022
The 2021-22 Academic Year Newsletter has arrived.
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Transience and Blackness: West African Futures in Istanbul, with Alize Arıcan

Alize Arıcan (Rutgers University) presents, "Transience and Blackness: West African Futures in Istanbul," a talk as part of the interdisciplinary series, “Reflections on Whiteness, Blackness, and Race in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey” Wednesday, May 25 @ 12p CT via Zoom

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Book talk: Christine Philliou (UC Berkeley) on her book Turkey: A Past Against History with discussant Cemil Aydın (UNC)

Christine Philliou (UC Berkeley) presents a talk on her book Turkey: A Past Against History with discussant Cemil Aydın (UNC) Wednesday, May 18 @ 12p CT via Zoom

Featured Video

View a recorded lecture from our speaker series.

Book Discussion with Jenny White, Ergün Gündüz, and Özge Samancı

Book 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) with Turkish-English translation by Anoush Tamar Suni (Keyman Postdoctoral Fellow).

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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

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