Grants Program

Summer Language Grant Award Winners 2013-2014

Samuel Dolbee
Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

I will be using the Institute of Turkish Studies Summer Language Grant to study Ottoman orthography at İstanbul's Yıldız Technical University. With a particular focus on hand-written documents, the training will provide crucial skills for my dissertation research, which deals with the environmental history of disease and infrastructure in the late Ottoman Empire and interwar period in the territory between Aleppo, Mosul, and Baghdad.
Annie Greene
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Annie Greene is a second-year doctoral student in the NELC Department of the University of Chicago. Her research interests fall within the realm of multilingual print-culture in Ottoman Iraq in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. She is specifically interested in the first official newspapers and private literary journals published in Arabic, Hebrew, and Turkish in Mosul, Baghdad, and Basra, the network of intellectuals and writers who worked on these gazettes, and their overall contribution to the multilingual late-Ottoman cultural sphere. Thanks to ITS, she will spend her summer studying Turkish in İstanbul and Cunda.
Alana M. Henninger
Criminal Justice program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Alana Henninger is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Criminal Justice program at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The generous support from the Institute of Turkish Studies Summer Language Study Grant will allow Alana to study Turkish in İstanbul in preparation for her dissertation research. Alana will be conducting a mixed method, cross-country comparison of institutional responses to honor violence in Turkey, Israel, and England. Advancing her knowledge of the Turkish language will allow Alana to better conduct observations of, and interviews with, key stakeholders who are providing responses to honor violence in Turkey. The purpose of this research is to provide a model for an American response to honor violence, respond to the arguments concerning the codification of honor violence, and discuss the broader implications of institutional responses that address violence against women yet respect religious customs and norms.
Stefan Hock
Department of History, Georgetown University

Stefan Hock is a first year Ph.D. student at Georgetown University. He is interested primarily in changing notions of gender and sexuality in the Ottoman Empire and their relationship to the Tanzimat reforms in the nineteenth century. He has written in the past on women's movements in the 1940s and 1950s in Turkey in order to rethink the paradigmatic periodization of Republican women's history. Stefan is using the summer language grant from ITS to participate in an Ottoman Turkish language course at Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi in İstanbul during the summer of 2013. He received his BA from Quinnipiac University in 2010 and his MA from The George Washington University in 2013.
Edgar Melgar
Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. My research focuses on the global intellectual history of ideologies of reform in the Middle East and Latin America, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Prior to joining the program at Princeton, I completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, with a thesis on representations of Japan in nineteenth-century Mexican literature, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature at Yale University. With the support of the Institute of Turkish Studies, I will attend the Summer Ottoman Language Program at Cunda, and will later spend time in İstanbul, conducting archival research at the Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi for an ongoing project exploring the history of the Egyptian and Sudanese troops sent by Said Pasha to support the armies of Maximilian during the French intervention, from the perspective of Ottoman, French and Mexican archives.
Kristen Stoeckeler
Theatre Historiography Program, University of Minnesota

Kristen Stoeckeler is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Theatre Historiography program at the University of Minnesota. Her work investigates the role of performance in relation to processes of identity-formation and community-building, local and globalized LGBT rights movements, and international human rights discourse. Her work focuses on contemporary performance practices in LGBT community in İstanbul, as well as local and global performances of LGBT identity and community. Kristen will be using her grant to fund her Turkish language studies in İstanbul this summer.

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