Grants Program

Research Grantees 2018-2019

Research Grants (ITS-Koç Holding Fellowship in Turkish Studies)
Bam Willoughby
Cornell University
Africana Studies

"The Labor of Being Arap: Land and the Production of Turkish History"

Bam Willoughby is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the field of Africana Studies at Cornell University. Their dissertation takes African descended Turkish people and their relationships to land as indexes of Turkish history. Exploring 'arap' relationships to the lands they inhabit as well as the landscapes of their own lives expands the surface area of modern Turkish history. By prioritizing 'arap' relations to space within a modern Turkish state rather than those of conventionally engaged populations their dissertation reveals both the necessity of elsewhere sites of historical inquiry as well as the primacy of African genealogies of being within a contemporary Turkish landscape. With the summer language grant Bam will be taking Ottoman Language courses at Ibn Khaldun University.
Dissertation Writing Grants (Heath Lowry Distinguished Fellowship)
Dilyara Agisheva
Georgetown University
Department of History

"Colonial Encounter and Russification of the Legal System in Crimea in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries"

Heath W. Lowry Dissertation Writing Fellowship will support me in the writing process and will enable me to finish my dissertation during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. My dissertation research project focuses on the legal history of Crimea starting in the late eighteenth century, following into the period of annexation by the Russian Empire that began in 1783. Prior to the Russian annexation, Crimean legal institutions were firmly grounded in Islamic law and Ottoman judicial practices. For generations, the Crimean judges and scholars served as conduits for the transfer of knowledge and culture between their own locale and the Ottoman Empire. In this project, I want to uncover the impact of the Ottoman influence upon Crimean legal culture and how that has transformed in the period following the annexation. My dissertation research was mainly conducted in the national libraries and archives of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey.
Dissertation Writing Grants
Harun Buljina
Columbia University
Department of History

"Bosnia's Last Ottoman Generation"

Harun Buljina is a Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University's Department of History with a focus on the late and post-Ottoman Balkans. His dissertation examines the reformist careers of the last generation of Bosnian Muslim intellectuals to study in the Ottoman Empire. Consisting of both theological scholars and lay literati, their transnational networking and print entrepreneurship forged a vital intellectual link between the Balkans and the Ottoman center in the Empire's final decades, while simultaneously making tangible the emergent idea of a wider "Islamic World." The Institute of Turkish Studies' Dissertation Writing Grant will support Harun in completing the writing of his dissertation during the 2018-19 academic year..
Elizabeth DeLuca
University of California, Irvine
Department of Anthropology

"Care in Crisis: Old Age, the Compassionate City, and the Turkish Welfare State"

Elizabeth DeLuca is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation, "Care in Crisis: Old Age, the Compassionate City, and the Turkish Welfare State" follows the technopolitical efforts of policy experts, medical professionals, and government officials as they attempt to plan and provide for the welfare of older city residents. With support from Fulbright-Hays and the National Science Foundation, she conducted ethnographic and interview-based research from 2016-2017, primarily in Istanbul and Eskişehir. An ethnographic portrait of municipal care during the political turmoil of late 2010s Turkey, her work reveals urban elder care programs within a complex moral landscape of mayoral authority, neighborhood relations, and medical expertise. The generous support of the Institute of Turkish Studies Dissertation Writing Grant will allow her to complete her dissertation and prepare manuscripts for publication during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Basak Durgun
George Mason University
Cultural Studies

"Cultural Politics of Urban Green Spaces: The Production and Reorganization of Istanbul's Parks and Gardens"

Basak Durgun is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Cultural Studies Program at George Mason University. In her dissertation research, Basak examines how competing social actors - the state, real estate developers, social movements, gardeners - invest in and govern urban green landscapes and reimagine Istanbul's future through their engagement with urban nature. Drawing on participatory, ethnographic field work and framing urban green spaces as a product of socio-ecological relationships, Basak's research centralizes the social, political and economic assemblages that invoke, appropriate, and reinvent urban nature in the remaking of global Istanbul, relationships people forge through green landscapes, and the changing patterns of access, scarcity, loss, political struggle, public participation, and cultivation in Istanbul's green landscapes. During the 2018-2019 academic year, with the support of ITS Dissertation Writing Grant, Basak will complete and defend her dissertation.

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Publication Subvention Grants
Kemal Karpat
University of Wisconsin-Madison

International Journal of Turkish Studies

Kemal H. Karpat is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recognized internationally as one of the leading authorities of Ottoman history and modern Turkey, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hilldale Award of the University of Wisconsin, and the Turkish Grand National Assembly's highest Parliament Honorary Award for his outstanding achievements in the international arena and contributions to Turkish and Ottoman Studies. Prof. Karpat is the honorary member of the Turkish Historical Society, and the author of many books and articles, including The Politicization of Islam (Oxford, 2001).
Kent Schull
SUNY Binghamton

The Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies

Kent Schull is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Binghamton University, SUNY. He received a Doctorate and MA in history from UCLA and a Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford. He is also a twice Fulbright Scholar to Turkey. Schull's general research and teaching endeavors focus on the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East during the 19th and 20th centuries. Research specializations include socio-legal history, state formation, criminal justice, incarceration, identity, and Islamic criminal law in the Ottoman Empire and broader Middle East. His first book, Prisons in the Late Ottoman Empire: Microcosms of Modernity (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), investigates the intersection between Ottoman prison reform and the everyday lives of prisoners and prison officials. His second book, a co-edited volume entitled Living in the Ottoman Realm: Sultans, Subjects, and Elites (Indiana University Press, 2016), looks at the transformation of what it meant to be Ottoman during the empire's long existence as it transformed from a pastoral-nomadic polity, to a conquest state, world empire, and nation-state by the end of its existence. His third book, another co-edited volume entitled Law and Legality in the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic (Indiana University Press, 2016), looks at the intersection of law, legitimacy, and legality in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey from the early modern era till the early Turkish Republican era. His current research projects include comparative criminal justice between the Ottoman Empire and its Eurasian contemporaries during the long nineteenth century; an investigation of Ottoman POWs and "Enemy Alien" expatriates during WWI; the role of prisons and prisoners in the Ottoman war effort during WWI; Mormon Missionary and Relief efforts among the Ottoman Armenian populations, and the codification and transformation of Islamic criminal law and practice during the late Ottoman Empire.

Kent Schull is currently the editor of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA) and the book series editor for Edinburgh's Studies on the Ottoman Empire (Edinburgh University Press).

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Summer Language Study Grants in Turkey for Graduate Students
Chloe Bordewich
Harvard University
History & Middle Eastern Studies

Chloe Bordewich is a Ph.D. candidate in History & Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. She received an AB in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and was a fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Cairo from 2012-13. Chloe's dissertation, tentatively titled "Empires of Suspicion: Intelligence, Power, and Social Trust in Ottoman Egypt" examines the intersection of mass politics and state secrecy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is also interested in the politics of memory and use of literary sources alongside the traditional archive. With the generous support of an ITS Summer Language Study Grant, Chloe will be studying at the Ottoman Studies Foundation's Intensive Ottoman and Turkish Summer School in Cunda, Turkey. This program will provide essential training for dissertation research in the Ottoman State Archives in Istanbul beginning in September 2018.
John Perugini
University of Arizona

With the gracious support of the Institute of Turkish Studies, I have the opportunity to live in Istanbul where will be studying C1 Turkish three days a week over the course of two months. This structure will allow for my continued linguistic progression while also permitting the time to conduct preliminary research with citizen watchdog groups in preparation for my future doctoral research.

Specifically, I am curious to see how these citizen watchdog groups operate at an important juncture in the trajectory of Turkish politics—the 2018 Presidential Election. I also believe this to be a truly important moment for conceptualizing and understanding the role that citizen watchdog groups can play in Turkish society, and equally important, how these groups conceive this role and whether or not it can be sustained in the years to come.
Alison Terndrup
Boston University
History of Art and Architecture Department

Alison Terndrup is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art and Architecture Department at Boston University. Thanks to the support of an ITS Summer Language Study Grant, she will complete the Late Ottoman course at the Intensive Ottoman and Turkish Summer School in Cunda this summer. Improving her reading and translation skills is necessary for the dissertation research that she will carry out at the Ottoman State Archives. Her research focuses on a group of official painted portraits of Sultan Mahmud II (r. 1808-1839), bound together by their shared use of the sultan's visage, clad in his modern military uniform. The portraits, which were disseminated within the empire and abroad, buttressed the sultan's centralizing efforts during a series of sweeping military and civil reforms passed in the 1820s and 1830s. Her dissertation is concerned with the portraits' function as propaganda and their ceremonial activation within diplomatic and political contexts.
Bam Willoughby
Cornell University
Africana Studies

"The Labor of Being Arap: Land and the Production of Turkish History"

Bam Willoughby is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the field of Africana Studies at Cornell University. Their dissertation takes African descended Turkish people and their relationships to land as indexes of Turkish history. Exploring 'arap' relationships to the lands they inhabit as well as the landscapes of their own lives expands the surface area of modern Turkish history. By prioritizing 'arap' relations to space within a modern Turkish state rather than those of conventionally engaged populations their dissertation reveals both the necessity of elsewhere sites of historical inquiry as well as the primacy of African genealogies of being within a contemporary Turkish landscape. With the summer language grant Bam will be taking Ottoman Language courses at Ibn Khaldun University.

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