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CEERES Event: “Reading the Residues: Fortune Telling Cafes in Istanbul,” film screening and lecture, April 15

April 15, 2010 (Thursday).  Coffee Futures and “Reading the Residues: Fortune Telling Cafés in Istanbul” – A Joint Film Screening and Lecture

By Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (University of Michigan) and Zeynep K. Korkman (UC-Santa Barbara).  Film Studies Center, Cobb 307 (5811 S. Ellis Ave); 7:00pm

Coffee Futures and “Reading the Residues: Fortune Telling Cafés in Istanbul” – A Joint Film Screening and Lecture

By Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (University of Michigan) and Zeynep K. Korkman (UC-Santa Barbara)

Speaker: Zeynep Korkman
Director: Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

Korkman’s talk, “Reading the Residues”, focuses on coffee fortune telling as a window to reexamine conventional categories used to understand Turkey’s identity in relation to Europe.

The documentary film, Coffee Futures, weaves individual fortunes with the story of Turkey’s decades long attempts to become a member of the European Union. Promises and predictions made by politicians, both foreign and domestic, are juxtaposed with the rhetorics and practices of everyday coffee fortune telling.

Sponsored by the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies in conjunction with the Film Studies Center, the Anthropology of Europe Workshop, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Turkish American Cultural Alliance.

This event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. Please call the Film Studies Center to make a reservation at 773.702.8596. If you need assistance accessing the venue, please contact (773) 702-0875 or

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Call for Proposals: “The Turks and Islam,” Indiana University, Deadline: May 1

Call for Proposals: “The Turks and Islam”
The Indiana University Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Chair will host a
multidisciplinary international conference entitled “The Turks and Islam” on
September 11, 2010 in Bloomington, IN, USA. The conference will explore the
many aspects of the Turkic-speaking peoples’ interactions with Islam
throughout the centuries. Scholars, independent researchers, and advanced
graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to send paper proposals
(approximately 200 words) along with brief CVs to Professor Kemal Silay
( All papers presented at the conference will be considered
for publication in an edited volume.

Deadline for proposals: May 1, 2010.

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Call for Papers: Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference, Ankara, Turkey; Deadline: February 26

Call for Papers

Second Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference (2010)

Dates: July 29-30, 2010

The Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) announces that its second regional conference will be held the summer of 2010 in Ankara, Turkey. Conference registration is open to the public. For more information, see the information on CESS’s website:

Those wishing to present a paper at the conference are welcome to submit a proposal in accordance with the guidelines below.

Conference dates: 29-30 July 2010

Conference host and location: Center for Black Sea and Central Asia (KORA), Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey (

The program will feature approximately 20 panels in sessions running from Thursday morning through Friday evening. There will also be a reception for conference attendees on Thursday, 29 July and organized tours for conference participants (for an extra fee).

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. However, each panel will take place in a single language and no translation will be provided.

Call for Paper and Panel Proposals
Panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia are welcome. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, and Central and Inner Asia. Practitioners and scholars in all humanities and social science disciplines with an interest in Central Eurasia are encouraged to participate.

Submissions of pre-organized panels are strongly encouraged and will be given some preference in the selection process. Panels should take place in a single language, either Russian or English. Individual papers are also welcome and will be assigned by the program committee to an appropriate panel with a chair and a discussant. CESS members wishing to organize panels are encouraged to use the Central Eurasian Scholars Network to make contact with interested colleagues.

Please note that due to a high level of interest in CESS conferences and the small size of the program, we anticipate that the selection of papers will be extremely competitive. We encourage all who hope to attend to consider working with colleagues to arrange a pre-organized panel, as this will improve your chances of acceptance.

Submission of Proposals
The Conference Committee only accepts ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS – please fill out the web form for a panel or individual paper proposal at: Those who don’t have access to the website may contact us at and we will e-mail the submission forms in MS Word format.

The following information is required for submissions; we suggest that you prepare the text before accessing the website so you can simply paste the information into the form (but do not send it without the form!):

FOR PAPER PRESENTERS: 1) Name, 2) Current institutional affiliation, 3) Title/position, 4) E-mail, 5) Postal address, 6) Telephone, 7) Fax, 8 ) Title of Paper, 9) Abstract of Paper (a summary of the paper of 200-300 words in Russian or English; abstracts longer than 300 words may be rejected) 10) Any audio-visual equipment requests (specify — e.g., overhead projector, slide project, video player), 11) A brief, one-page CV or biographical statement which contains the information which the panel chair may require for introductions, and includes the presenter’s educational background (highest degree, year awarded, awarding institution,
and field of study).

FOR PANELS: Proposals may be submitted for regular panels (with presentation of scholarly papers) and roundtable panels (featuring discussion of a current topic in the field).

Regular panels MUST have three or four paper presenters, a chair, and a discussant. In addition to the information for each of the paper presenters on the panel (as indicated above), the following are also required: a) a title for the proposed panel, and b) name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel chair and discussant.

Roundtable panels are NOT for formal papers but for discussion and must have between three and six presenters and a chair (no discussant is required). As roundtables are oriented towards a more informal discussion, no paper proposal is expected from roundtable panelists, but please provide information for each of the presenters on the panel (as indicated above, with the exception of an abstract), as well as a) a title for the proposed roundtable, and b) name, affiliation, and contact information of the panel chair.

Panels should be formed to work in just one language (either Russian or English).

Only complete panels with a full set of panelists, a chair, and a discussant (for regular panels) will be considered for acceptance. If a panel or roundtable as proposed does not include a full complement of panelists, the panel may be wait-listed until it is complete. Pre-organized panels should be thematically coherent and may be organized/sponsored by a scholarly organization (optional).

The deadline for proposals is February 26, 2010. Please do not submit your proposal until it is complete. In the case of panels, this means having complete information on all panelists. Once your paper or panel proposal information is complete, please fill out the appropriate webform, available at:

SPONSORED PANELS: CESS encourages other institutions supporting the study of Central Eurasia, such as regional scholarly associations, to organize “sponsored panels” at the CESS conference — i.e., panels organized by the sponsoring institution, involving their members and receiving their imprimatur.

Commitment to Participate:
By submitting a proposal, you are indicating your serious intention to participate in the conference — including your commitment to take the necessary steps to obtain any required visa or funding — unless prevented by circumstances out of your control. You will be asked to confirm your commitment in May after your proposal is accepted and all participants will be required to have their membership in good standing and their conference registration fees paid by 1 July or they will be removed from the program. Exceptions will be made only in cases where transfer fees make the pre-payment of registration fees prohibitively expensive. All requests for exceptions to the pre-payment rule must be made to by 1 July.

Please also note that CESS policies do not allow papers to be read in absentia. Presenters who do not attend the conference will have their papers removed from the final program.

Because withdrawal after the program has been put together is very disruptive, harms the quality of panels, and prevents us from including people in the program who would indeed be able to attend, CESS rules stipulate that those who withdraw after 1 July without a good reason are barred from participating in the conference the following year. After 1 July, no registration fees can be refunded. Those who fail to appear at the conference without notice to the Conference Committee will be considered “no-shows” and will be barred from participating for the next two years.

E-Mail Contact:
Since all communication with prospective participants are via e-mail, and we will require your confirmation of participation in April after proposals are accepted and again in June when all of your visa and travel arrangements should be in place, it is vitally important that you make sure we always have an e-mail address that will reach you. If we lose contact with you after your proposal is accepted, you will be dropped from the program, will be counted as a “no-show”, and will not be able to participate in the conference.

Program Limitations:
No participant may present more than once at the conference, including roundtable presentations. A presenter may give one paper and serve as a discussant or chair, however. Without special justification, the program committee will not schedule any individual to appear on more than two panels as a presenter or discussant.

Schedule of Key Dates:

Deadline for submission of panel/paper proposals: Friday, 26 February, 2010.
Note: Submissions after this date may be accepted only in the case of special justifying circumstances and at the discretion of the program committee.

Notification of acceptance: by April 30.

The Conference Committee will provide, upon request, mailed or faxed invitation letters to support an application for a visa or travel funds; these will be sent in the second half of June.

Deadline for payment of pre-registration, withdrawal from the program, and notification of audio-visual requests: July 1.

Papers should be submitted to chairs/discussants: by 14 July.

Paper presenters will be informed via e-mail in the middle of May of the e-mail addresses of their panel’s chair and discussant, to whom they should send their papers by the deadline.

Conference: 29-30 July 2010

Arrival to Ankara is on the afternoon of Wednesday, 28 July. Registration opens in the afternoon. Panels begin Thursday morning, 29 July, and continue through Friday morning, 30 July. There will be a reception on the evening of 29 July.

Each conference presenter is required to have a current CESS membership. To join CESS or check on the status of your membership, go to

Payment of registration fees IS REQUIRED in advance for everyone attending the conference. The fee covers a reception on Thursday. The fees are as follows:

Registration fee: For regular fee attendees: $80US for CESS members/$100US for non-members
Registration fee for scholars residing in Central Eurasia:   $50US for CESS members/$70US for non-members

Note: citizens of Central Eurasian countries currently studying/researching outside of the region as well as citizens of non-Central Eurasian countries currently studying/researching in Central Eurasia are considered regional scholars.

Registration fees for presenters must be paid by July 1. After this date, any presenter who has not paid the fee or has not specifically requested to pay on-site will be REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM.

Travel and Accommodations
There will be on-campus accommodation which includes guest houses and dormitories.  On-campus lodging is only 10-15 minutes walking distance from the conference venue. The price for a single room will be approximately 24 USD and for a double room 30 USD.  The place is very clean and comfortable with wireless internet access.  The guest houses also offer breakfast with an extra fee and there are food halls near dormitories. A large food court is available on-campus.

Another option is hotels nearby and at the city center for those who would not like to stay on campus. Ankara has very nice hotels with a wide range of prices.The rates of the hotels are much higher than that of the on-campus accommodation. The average is between 50-150 Euros per nights including the breakfast.

Virtually all informational questions about the conference can be answered by consulting the above-mentioned web pages. If you don’t have web access, or if you don’t find the answer to your questions there, you can contact the conference organizers by e-mail at

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Young Turkey/Young America Exchange Program for Future Leaders, Deadline: February 7

World Learning (WL) in partnership with the Foreign Policy Platform (FPP)-Turkey will implement in 2010 the Young Turkey/Young America: A New Relationship for a New Age, Political Challenges for Future Leaders program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State ( The overall program goal is to support and promote the participation of young Turkish and American leaders in a transatlantic dialogue on foreign policy issues. Through the program, 14 young emerging leaders from Turkey and 14 young emerging leaders from the U.S. will gain knowledge and leadership skills to become more engaged in their communities, and get to know each other’s country, as well as learn about each group members’ ethnically, religiously, and nationally diverse background.  Each participant from Turkey will be paired, for the entire program, with an American in the program.  The pair will be in home stays in their partner’s respective home and  arrange job shadowing and a volunteer project  in each other’s country.   A joint project created and carried out by the pair throughout 2010 will be included.

The program is comprised of a trip by the group from Turkey to the US in May 2010 followed by a trip by the Americans to Turkey in November of this year.

For the first segment, fourteen grantees from Turkey will travel to the United States for a three week long experiential program that includes interactive seminars, mini-internships and visits with think tanks and U.S. government offices.  The US portion of the program is divided into four components:

  • The program will start in Washington DC.  Both the US and the grantees from Turkey will participate in a joint week-long program focused on foreign policy
  • After the DC based segment, each Turkish grantee will travel to and stay with his/her American peer.  The American participant will arrange a program in his hometown for his counterpart to include job shadowing and a volunteer activity.
  • The Turkish group will reconvene in Cleveland, Ohio to look at multiculturalism and local politics.
  • The program for the participants from Turkey will end in Washington, DC during which the bi-national teams will participate in an action-planning meeting with the U.S. counterpart connected by skype .

Over the summer following the Turkish visit to the US, each pair of Turkish and American participants will continue to work on their joint project.  The two groups will meet again, in November 2010, in Ankara for a two-week program which will include:

  • The group of Americans and grantees from Turkey will participate in a series of meetings with government and nongovernmental officials with the focus on foreign policy.
  • During the next program segment each American grantee will travel to and stay with his/her counterpart for a few days.  Similar to the segment in the US, the  host team member will arrange a program for his/her American guest  to include job shadowing, a volunteer activity and opportunities to get to know the local community.
  • The program will end in Istanbul with training workshops and action planning.

Accommodation in Turkey will include double-occupancy hotel and youth centers as well as home-stays with Turkish families and peers. A small stipend will be provided during the participants’ time in Turkey to cover basic incidental expenses. The cost of international and domestic travel, program -related ground transportation, and all the other programmatic and logistical arrangements will be covered by the project.

The American program participants will be selected from emerging leaders, age 21-35, involved/interested in international affairs from governmental and non-governmental organizations, NGOs with youth development focus, universities, active politicians, journalists, businesspeople, think tanks, and/or cultural figures. Diversity is particularly crucial for this program.  To select the best candidates, we will review applications based on clearly defined criteria, including:

  • Proven commitment to democracy, pluralism, nonviolence, and a free society
  • Openness to dialogue and new ideas
  • Good potential to play an increasingly important role in the U.S. society;
  • Interest in participating in the program and sharing the experience with colleagues and the public.

U.S. participants need to commit to join their Turkish counterparts during the Washington, DC program; host them in their homes for a few days; participate in the action-planning skype meeting at the end of the U.S. –based segment; take part in the Turkey based program, and work on a joint project.

Preference would be given to applicants who have a strong interest in Turkey and/or the region and have not previously visited the country.

Application Deadline: February 7
For more information, including how to get an application form, please contact Vlad Spencer at

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Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Concert Series: Music of Turkey, January 17

• When: Sunday, January 17, 2010 @ 6:00 PM

• Where: International House, 1414 E. 59th St.

• Why: “Under the direction of Issa Boulos, the Middle Eastern Music
Ensemble (MEME) at the University of Chicago promotes the exchange of
musical ideas and Middle Eastern cultures through a variety of programs
and events based in Chicago. The focus of this concert series will be
music traditions from Turkey.”

• How: Free. For more information, visit

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Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop: “A Metallurgical Analysis of a Set of Bronze Clothing Pins from the Site of Tell Atchana, Turkey”, by Stephanie Selover, October 29

On October 29, the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop will hear Stephanie Selover (University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) present her paper “A Metallurgical Analysis of a Set of Bronze Clothing Pins from the Site of Tell Atchana, Turkey.”

Time: 5-6:30pm , October 29.

Location: Haskell Hal(5836 S. Greenwood Ave), mezzanine 102

For more information on this and other graduate workshops at the University of Chicago, please visit:

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Fellowship: National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for Research in Turkey 2010-2011, Deadline: November 1

The American Research Institute in Turkey takes pleasure in inviting applications for advanced fellowships made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Fields of study cover all periods of history in the general range of art, archaeology, literature, and linguistics, as well as interdisciplinary aspects of cultural history. Scholars who have completed their formal training and plan to carry out research in Turkey may apply. The application regulations and format for researchers are posted on the ARIT website: Permit.htm. Please use the ARIT application format accessible on the ARIT website at:http// For further information, email, or visit the website: Deadline: November 1.

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