Koç University

International Summer School


Special Programs

The Princeton Global Seminars

As part of the 2010 International Summer School, College of Social Sciences and Humanities has a partnership with Princeton University. This partnership aims at providing students with a unique international educational opportunity.

In 2010, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies will offer six Global Seminars: in Goa and Madurai, India; in Istanbul, Turkey, at Koç University, and Cairo, Egypt, at American University in Hanoi, Vietnam, at Vietnam National University; in Shanghai and Xi'an, China, at Fudan University and Northwest University in Accra, Ghana, and London, England, at Queen Mary University of London ; and in Seoul, South Korea, at Ewha Woman's University.

Each seminar, open to 12-15 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, is designed to provide students with new opportunities and incentives to explore the international dimensions of their academic interests. It is led by faculty who have created a unique program of study that can only be fully experienced by traveling to the city and country at the heart of its subject matter. Daily lectures by seminar faculty and guests, daily language classes, weekend excursions to sites relevant to the course, and community service are in the prospectus of these seminars.

The Global Seminar in Turkey

In 2010 marks the third time the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies will offer a Global Seminar in Turkey. "Islam, Empire, and Modernity: Turkey from the Caliphs to the 21st Century" will be taught in Cairo, Egypt, at American University in Cairo, and in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, from June 12 to July 24, 2010. Led by Professor of Near Eastern Studies M. ?ükrü Hanioğlu and Senior Lecturer in Near Eastern Studies Erika Gilson, the seminar will introduce students to the rich history, culture, language, and literature of Turkey.

Description of the course:

As the capital of the Eastern Roman and Ottoman empires, Istanbul was the seat of military might, ceremonial pomp, and official state policy for sixteen centuries. Like Turkey, the city is a bridge between two cultures, two continents, and two major religions. Recently Istanbul and Turkey have been undergoing a fresh cultural renaissance, powered in large part by the impetus to join Europe. Through the Global Seminar in Turkey, students expand their knowledge of a major culture's past and present. In addition to the classroom sessions that include discussions on different aspects of Turkish culture, students are encouraged to explore Istanbul-ultimately, Istanbul itself becomes the classroom.
The seminar begins with ancient civilizations and ends with Turkey in the twenty-first century. It provides an analysis of change and continuity in Turkish society with a strong focus on history and on major cultural transformations. Students read at least one book on a major subject to be discussed in the course.
The seminar will meet in Cairo for one week and then move to Istanbul. Classes meet four times a week and feature daily lectures by the Princeton faculty and guests, daily instruction in elementary Turkish, weekly community service, and weekend excursions.

Faculty :

M. Şükrü Hanioğlu, a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, lectures primarily on late Ottoman political and diplomatic history, late Ottoman history, and Turkish political life. Hanioğlu's teaching interests have taken him to Istanbul and Bosphorus Universities and the Turkish Naval Academy, as well as to Columbia University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago. He is the author of a three-volume work on the history of the Committee of Union and Progress from its founding to the Young Turk Revolution (1889-1908). The three volumes were published in 1986, 1992, and 1995. He holds a Ph.D. from Istanbul University.

Erika Gilson, a native of Istanbul, is a senior lecturer in Turkish in Princeton's Department of Near Eastern Studies. She has taught all levels of Turkish and introductory Ottoman at Princeton as well as at Columbia University. Her publications include: Intermediate Turkish II: Manual for Individualized Study, and The Turkish Grammar of Thomas Vaughan: Ottoman Turkish at the End of the XVIIth Century According to an English Transkriptionstext, Near and Middle East Monographs, N.S. II. A lifelong student of languages, Gilson began her studies at the University of Heidelberg and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


Saturday, June 12: Arrive Cairo, Cairo International Airport (CAI)
Monday, June 14, through Saturday, June 19: Classes and excursions in Egypt
Sunday, June 20: Arrive Istanbul, Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (IST)
Monday, June 21, through Friday, July 23: Classes and excursions in Istanbul
Saturday, July 24: Depart Istanbul

Application Details

An application consists of:

- Open only for History & ARHA students
- A completed application form
- Essay of no more than 500 words describing your motivation for taking the seminar. What do you expect to gain from the program, and what challenges to you anticipate?
- Your Koç University transcript (a copy is sufficient)
- Your résumé
- One letter of recommendation from a Koç University faculty member



HIST 350 History of Byzantium and Constantinople from Severus to the end of Heraclius' reign
Kutlu Akalın

Focusing on the birth and development of Byzantium and Constantinople until the end of Heraclius' reign (641). Political and social history as well as art history. This is going to be an intensive historical survey of the city of Byzantium/Constantinople. The students will be introduced to the rich source-material through extended primary-source readings. At least two sight-seeing trips will be conducted. The political narration will be blended into the social and cultural history of the period.

HIST 245 History of Istanbul
Nina Ergin

This course will examine the multi-layered history of Istanbul, focusing primarily on the built environment. In a chronological fashion, the course will explore changes and continuities in the urban space in relation to the city's political, social and economic history, from the Byzantine imperial capital to its transformation into an Ottoman city, and from an Ottoman into a modern city in the Late Ottoman and Republican periods. Within the chronological framework, the course will give a thematic overview over fortifications, imperial palaces, mosques, churches, synagogues, modest neighborhoods, commercial centers, and spaces for civic ritual and entertainment.


SOCI 350 Structural Change in Istanbul: Power, Citizenship and Identity (Ayfer Bartu)


MUSC 350 Selected Topics: Listening to Istanbul: Music in Context
Ozan Baysal

The aim of this course is to give a musico-sociological investigation of the musics of Istanbul as a window to have a deeper look at the city's cultural mosaic. Different styles and genres of music will be covered throughout history, all of which will be reflecting the expansion of a city's culture, its transformations, developments and influences. Overviews will be provided by the instructor and the students are expected to read scholarly and popular texts from across a variety of sources, and listen to a rich repertoire of recordings. They are also expected to participate in class discussion. Musical training or background in music is not necessary.

LITR 101 Introduction to Gender: Women and Istanbul
Işıl Baş

We will start from the Ottoman times and come to the present period examining the way women have experienced Istanbul. We will read texts written by both Turkish and foreign writers. We will peek into the harem life, pass through the early periods of The Turkish Republic, observe how the tension between the old and the new capital influenced the women's lives and making the present times our final stop, we will study what it means to be a woman and how women interact with the great city in the modern day Istanbul.

Litr. 103 Introduction to Contemporary Lit: Orhan Pamuk and Istanbul
Özlem Öğüt

LITR 105 Introduction to Contemporary Literature: American Writers in Istanbul: Melville, Twain, Hemingway, Baldwin.
Kim Fortuny