Teach Turkey Project: A Curriculum Development and Research Support Program
The Teach Turkey is a curriculum-development project for university and community college faculty who teach and conduct research in social science and the humanities.
The project aims to
- Equip researchers in social sciences and the humanities to better analyze Turkish history, culture, and politics
- Enable university instructors to incorporate information about Turkey into teaching their respective disciplines
- Aid graduate students interested in researching Turkey through exposure to cutting-edge research related to Turkey
- Forge lasting relationships between those who study or teach Turkey in Georgia
and those who do so in Turkey
"Turkey's economic dynamism and geopolitical importance—it straddles Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia and now has the world's 16th-largest economy—have increased its influence regionally and globally." (US Congress CRS report on the Republic of Turkey, April 2012)
Turkey's regional influence coupled with its growing economy have resulted in increased interest in the country on the part of policy-makers, businesses, the media, and academic institutions. Internal politics within Turkey have changed dramatically over the last decade with the ascent of a conservative government. Good relations between the West and Turkey have become increasingly critical due to changes resulting from the Arab Spring in the Middle East.
Turkish Studies is a dynamic field with a wide range of applications. There is, therefore, a need for deeper understanding of Turkey culturally and politically as US-Turkish relations deepen and US-Turkish business relationships grow. Academic institutions, researchers, and professors have the unique opportunity to teach about this country to students who will later become policy-makers, researchers, and journalists or business leaders.
How to be part of Teach Turkey:
If you are a faculty member and interested in teaching about Turkey or incorporating topics related to Turkish politics and society into your courses, please contact us.
Departments/majors accepted into the program:
International relations / Area Studies
Journalism/ Communication/ Media Studies
We are now accepting applicants for Spring/Summer 2013 Teach Turkey project.
The program involves three stages: a half-day workshop in February, a 10 day trip to Turkey in June, and an academic reunion in November. The February workshop is open to all who are interested and will provide more information about the application process for the Turkey trip.
The workshop, international travel, and follow-up presentations in the academic reunion aims to equip attending faculty with the tools to develop an engaging curriculum that incorporates Turkey-related issues, such as Turkey's bid for EU, Turkey and the Middle East, women's issues, Islam and politics in Turkey, Turkish economy, and press freedom in Turkey. Issues like arts, music and architecture will be covered provided that there is a sufficient number of applicants for these topics.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide basic information about Turkey, as well as some opportunities to begin to consider Turkey's most pressing social and political issues that will incite curiosity about the possibilities of studying and teaching Turkey.This workshop will also inform the participants about the fees and requirements for the trip. The following topics will be given as lectures from university researchers and professors:
How can an understanding of Turkey's Ottoman past inform our understanding of Turkey's current political and social situation?
DEMOCRACY IN THE TURKISH REPUBLIC
Is Turkey a good political role model for the Middle East? How can a study of Turkish democratic development improve our understanding and analysis of fledgling democracies in Arab Spring countries?
RELIGION IN TURKEY
What is the current status of Islam's place in politics in Turkey compared to its past? Is Turkey becoming "more Islamic" in its political identity? If so, how will this affect its political and business relationships with the US, EU and the Middle East?
What are barriers to press freedom, and how have Turkish journalists sought to overcome those barriers?
Trip to Turkey
- Meet with professors from top universities in Turkey who are publishing cutting-edge research in the social sciences and humanities
- Hear members of the Parliament in Ankara from multiple parties discuss their party's vision for Turkey
- Attend lectures given by professors in Turkey's top universities, with discussion opportunities to follow
- Experience Turkish culture first-hand through cultural activities and interactions with host families
- Visit and tour key historical sites in Istanbul, Izmir, Konya, Gaziantep and Ankara (depending on the itinerary)
- Discuss research ideas inspired by the trip
- Reunite with fellow trip participants to discuss ways to incorporate Turkey into teaching curriculum
- Reinforce relationships formed between Georgia's and Turkey's universities
- Develop projects that might be to the benefit of both American and Turkish researchers
Information on the pre-Trip Workshop
9:00am – 1:30pm February 21, 2013 – Thursday
Two Midtown Plaza, Suite 1010
1349 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
This is a half day workshop. The program will conclude at 2:00pm.
Admission: $20 (lunch will be provided)
For more information please contact:
Mustafa Sahin, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Affairs