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Call for Applications: Turkey Winter Term Study Excursion, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (Jan 2020 | Istanbul, Turkey)

October 18, 2019


Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

About the Excursion

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard is again offering a Winter Term Study Excursion in Turkey, this year focusing in Istanbul for January 2020 for Harvard college undergraduate students. The program’s itinerary is still being determined. In years’ past,  the program included time in Istanbul includes visiting monuments such as the Sultanahmet and Suleymaniye mosques, the Hagia Sophia Museum, and other monuments from the city’s Byzantine and Ottoman past. Students will explore the deep layers of history found in the old city and along the Bosphorus, taking time to sample Turkey’s exquisite cuisine along the way.

This trip is ideal for Harvard college students with history or literature interests as we explore Aegean Turkey and Istanbul.  Preference will be given to undergraduate students who concentrate in Near or Middle Eastern Studies.

Required Readings (provided by the Program):

Kafadar, Cemal. Between Two Worlds: the construction of the Ottoman State. Berkeley: Univ of CA Press, 1995.

Necipoğlu, Gülru, The Age of Sinan (selections). Princeton: Princeton Univ Press, 2005.

Zurcher, Erik. Turkey: a modern history, 3rd ed. New York: I.D. Tauris, 2004.

Tanpinar, Ahmet Hamdi. The Time Regulation Institute. New York: Penguin Books, 2013.

Pamuk, Orhan. Istanbul: memories and the city. New York. Knopf, 2005.

Recommended Readings

Fromkin, David. A Peace to End All Peace: creating the modern Middle East. New York: Holt, 1989.

King, Charles. Midnight at Pera Palace: the birth of modern Istanbul. New York: W.W. Norton Company, 2014.

Mazower, Mark. Salonika, City of Ghosts. London: HarperCollins, 2004

Pamuk, Orhan. My Name is Red. New York: Knopf, 2001.

Elif Shafak. The Bastard of Istanbul. New York: Viking, 2007.

Logistical Information

This course is not for credit, and will have required readings. Nine students will be admitted to the program, which will be led by an advanced doctoral student in Turkish studies.

There will be a $500 program fee.  Students will be provided accommodations, all travel costs, two meals per day, and reading materials.  Students are expected to cover additional meals and other personal incidental costs.

Travel dates are still being determined.

To apply, please apply using CARAT (Centralized Application for Research and Travel) by October 18, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.

Application available at:  Center for Middle Eastern Studies January 2019 Winter Term Study Excursion to Cunda Turkey.

The application will ask for your Harvard transcript, resume, one letter of recommendation from a Harvard professor, and a statement of purpose. Your statement of purpose should address your interest and academic background in Middle Eastern Studies and should be between 300-500 words.

Questions about the program should be directed to Jesse Howell.