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)
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Study Abroad to Turkey: Society, Politics, and Economy in Modern Turkey - June 17-July 8, 2013

Dear all,

My colleagues and I are organizing a Study Abroad Course to Turkey, Society, Politics, and Economy in Modern Turkey: A Non-Orientalist Approach to Turkey and Turkish Society  - June 17-July 8, 2013.


If you are interested in participating in this study abroad course, please do no hesitate to contact me or Najm Yousefi.

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 accept students from all over the world and all different universities and course credits are transferable.  

We hope to see you in Istanbul this summer.

Best to all, Tugrul

Society, Politics, and Economy in Modern Turkey:
Sociology of Turkey
A Non-Orientalist Approach to Turkey and Turkish Society

Summer 2013 / June 17 – July 8
6 Credits - INTL 499/505
You can also obtain graduate or 8 credits with a special arrangement

Center for Turkish Studies/International Studies                               

Instructor:  Tugrul Keskin - Portland State University
Instructor: Najm al-Din Yousefi – California State University - Chico
University Advisor: Talip Kucukcan – Marmara University
University Advisor: Birol Yesilada – Portland State University

Participating Universities:
California State University - Chico
Marmara University, Istanbul
Portland State University

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

Instructor:              Tugrul Keskin      Cell: 202-378-8606          E-mail: tugrulkeskin (at)
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 – Email: nyousefi (at)
Assistant Professor of History and Middle East Studies Coordinator - California StateUniversity – Chico

This 6-credit, four-week course 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.

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