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Calling all Graduate Students in Turkish/Turkic Studies: "Graduate Student Pre-Conference"

The American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) is pleased to announce the tenth annual "Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies". This Pre-Conference was established to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of AATT. The Pre-Conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Turkish Studies and AATT.

The tenth annual Pre-Conference will take place on November 22, 2014, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), taking place in Washington D.C. November 22-25, 2014. Pre-Conference participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the MESA conference.

The Pre-Conference is designed to encourage research making significant use of sources in Turkish and Turkic languages by graduate students in Turkish and Turkic Studies enrolled at institutions in North America. It will promote contact between students at various institutions and allow for feedback from faculty discussants participating in the Pre-Conference. Another goal is to help students progress towards more formal presentations at national conferences such as those of MESA, CESS, and organizations devoted to specific disciplines.

AATT will award a limited number of travel awards to help subvent the cost of student participation.

Students are also encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions.

Students should submit 250-word proposal for a paper together with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Current institutional affiliation (department/university)
  3. Adviser's name
  4. Educational background (undergraduate and graduate degree programs)
  5. Current status (taking courses, preparing for exams, researching dissertation, writing dissertation, defended/deposited dissertation)
  6. Title of dissertation (if applicable)
  7. Contact information (email, telephone number, preferred mailing address)

The deadline for submission of proposals is October 1, 2014.

Graduate students already presenting a paper at the larger meeting (MESA or CESS) are not eligible to participate concurrently in the Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies. Unfortunately AATT cannot consider requests for travel support for graduate students enrolled at institutions outside North America.

Proposals should be submitted by email to:

  • Professor Uli Schamiloglu
    Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • - OR -
  • Professor Erika H. Gilson
    Department of Near Eastern Studies
    Princeton University

Applicants will be informed of the selection committee's decision by October 10, 2014.

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