Society, Politics, and Economy in Modern Turkey: Sociology of Turkey - Maintained by Tugrul Keskin
We are at a point in our work when we can no longer ignore empires and the imperial context in our studies. (p. 5)
― Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Study Abroad: Turkish Society, Politics and Economy

Sociology of Turkey:
A Non-Orientalist Approach to Turkey and Turkish Society

Summer 2013 / June 17 – July 7
6 Credits - INTL 499/505

Center for Turkish Studies - International Studies                               
Participating Universities:

Program Date:
June 17 - 28, 2013 – Istanbul
June 29 – July 6, 2012 – Canakkale, Izmir, Gocek, Konya and Ankara.

Instructor: Tugrul Keskin
Assistant Professor of International and Middle Eastern Studies, Affiliated Faculty of Black Studies, Sociology and Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Studies Coordinator (INTL) – Portland State University

Instructor: Najm al-Din Yousefi
Assistant Professor of History/Religious Studies and Middle East Studies Coordinator - California State University – Chico 


Pasalimani, Istanbul - Summer 2012
Backgammon Game (Tavla) in Uskudar - Summer 2012
Camlica Summer Qur'an Course, Uskudar - Summer 2012 

Istanbul - Summer 2011

Friday, October 12, 2012

Study Abroad: Sociology of Turkey - June 17-July 7, 2013

Dear all,

My colleagues and I are organizing a Study Abroad Course to Turkey: Sociology of Turkey: A Non-Orientalist Approach to Turkey and Turkish Society  - June 17-July 7, 2013.

This 6-credit, four-week course (INTL 499: Senior International Experience) will include lectures by well-known scholars on Turkish history, politics, society, and economics in the morning; while the afternoons will include visits to historical sites, museums, other relevant locations in Istanbul, or to meet with government officials, political and religious leaders, and business organizations. 

Lodging will be at a hotel in Uskudar, which is conveniently located next to a ferry station. Students will attend class lectures and discussions from 9 to 12PM Monday through Fridays at the Institute of Middle East at Marmara University. We will spend two weeks in Istanbul and one week travelling in Ankara, Konya, Gocek, Izmir and Canakkale. Turkey has a population of more than 70 million and is one of the most diverse countries in the Middle East, at the intersection of Europe and Asia, with many different political, religious and ethnic groups. Over the last decade the Turkish economy has been one of the greatest examples of growth in a developing market, and this has fueled important social and political changes. In this course, we seek to understand and explore these trends in Turkish society.

This study abroad course is designed in collaboration with the Institute of Middle East at Marmara University and cosponsored by the Center for Turkish Studies at PSU. All applicants will be interviewed either by phone or Skype.

The Program Fee is $3,100—$3800 depending on student enrollment, and includes tuition/ fees, accommodations, breakfast, and local transportation. Additional student expenses not included are airfare, visa fees, and personal expenses. 
Gocek, Mugla - Summer 2012
Misir Carsisi (Spice Bazaar) Eminonu, Istanbul - Summer 2012
Koycegiz, Mugla - Summer 2012
Sahkulu Alevi Community, Kadikoy-Istanbul - Summer 2012
TURAN Foundation, Istanbul - Summer 2011

If you are interested in participating in this study abroad course, please do no hesitate to see contact me. I can give you more detailed information about the course.

This class is not a touristic course about belly dancing nor whirling dervishes. This study abroad course is about hard core Turkish Politics and Society from an insider and Non-Orientalist perspective. If you would like to learn about Turkish political parties (AK Parti, CHP, MHP, Isci Partisi, Saadet Partisi, TKP, Yesiller Partisi, BDP, Ulku Ocaklari), religious organizations (Cemevleri, Alevi Foundations, Tarikats-Zikirler) , think-tanks, the educational system, we strongly recommend you to take this study abroad to Turkey course. You will not stay an isolated five stars hotels or university dorms in the middle of nowhere. You will stay in the historical neighborhood of Uskudar on the Asian side of the city, living within Turkish society and learning about Turkish Transformational Politics . The experience will expand your understanding of modern Turkey in the context of globalization, the economy, Islam and the Middle East. 

We hope to see you in Istanbul this summer.

Best and selam to all, Tugrul

SETA Foundation, Ankara - Summer 2012
Camlica, Uskudar-Istanbul - Summer 2012
Turkish Workers Party (Aydinlik Gazetesi ve Isci Partisi) - Summer 2011
Green Party (Yesiller) - Summer 2011
Turkish Communist Party (TKP) - Summer 0211
Republican People's Party (Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi) - Summer 2011

AK Party (JDP) Istanbul - Summer 2011
Fatih University - Summer 2011