Grants

2019-2020 ISTANBUL RESEARCH INSTITUTE GRANTS

Istanbul Research Institute commits itself to support researchers who could expand the literature in the field of Istanbul studies with novel approaches and un-earthed sources. To this end, we have called for applications in four grant categories in 2019: Post-Doctoral Research and Writing Grant, Research and Write-Up Grant for PhD Candidates, Travel Grants, and Conference Grants. We cherish the fact that our calls attracted a great number of hard-working researchers who put enormous effort into proposing their valuable research for the grants we offered. With great delight we introduce the researchers whose projects we took pride in supporting.

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH AND WRITING GRANT

Sinem Erdoğan İşkorkutan

Research Subject: Festivity and Representation in the Early Modern Capital: The 1720 Imperial Celebrations in Istanbul.

Education: Boğaziçi University. History of Art, Architecture and Visual Culture, PhD.

Recent publications:

“Between Representation and Reality: A Critical Evaluation of Surnames of the 1720 Festival and Unknown Archival Sources,” Journal of Ottoman Studies Association 6 (1) (June 2019): 121-140.

“Chasing Documents at the Ottoman Archive: An Imperial Circumcision Festival Under Scrutiny,” The Medieval History Journal 22 (1) (May 2019): 156-181.

RESEARCH AND WRITE-UP GRANT FOR PHD CANDIDATES

Mine Yıldırım 

Research Subject: Şiddet ile İhtimam Arasında: Köpeksizleşen İstanbul.

Education: The New School for Social Research. Political Science, PhD candidate.

Recent publications:

 “Şiddet ile İhtimam Arasında: Dört Ayaklı Şehir ve İstanbul’un Köpeksizleştirilmesi,” Cogito ​Dergisi 93 (Spring 2019).

“Hayvan Tecritinin Dışı ve Ötesi: İstanbul’da Sürgün, Yıkım ve Şiddet Coğrafyaları,” ​Beyond İstanbul: İstanbul Yollarında Kentsel Politik Ekoloji 4 (2019): 87-100.

TRAVEL GRANTS

Aristotelis George Nayfa

Education: University of Edinburgh. Byzantine History, PhD candidate.

Recent conference proceedings:

“Buying Favor with the Emperor: A Look at the Financial Stratigraphy of Roga Salaries of the Tenth-Century Byzantine Court,” The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s 20th International Graduate Conference, 2018.

“From the Darkness Came Light: The Emergence of a New ‘Working Class’ in 6th and 7th Centuries Byzantium,” 'Hurt and healing: people, texts and material culture in the Eastern Mediterranean. The 19th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Birmingham', June 2018.

Destination where research is planned to be conducted: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington D.C.

Pamela Armstrong

Current Position: Senior Research Fellow, Campion Hall, University of Oxford.

Recent publications:

“Ethnicity and Inclusiveness in the development of religious cults: St Christopher the Dog-headed and St George” in Fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium, Byzantine Identity and the Other in Geographical and Ethnic Imagination, Istanbul, 71-82.

“Some Byzantine and Ottoman Pottery Types circulating in Anatolia and the East Mediterranean,” in XI. AIECM3 Uluslararası Orta Çağ ve Modern Akdeniz Dünyası Seramik Kongresi, Ankara, 231-240.

Destination where research is planned to be conducted: Istanbul.

Pelin Tünaydın

Education: University of Washington. Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies, PhD candidate.

Recent publications:

Guest editor, special dossier: “Romanlar, Sınırlar ve Göç(ebelik)” [The Roma, Borders/Boundaries and Migration/Nomadism]. Toplumsal Tarih 260 (August 2015): 67–92.

“Irkçılık ile Antikomünizm Arasında 1950-1951 Bulgaristan Göçü ve Romanlar” [The 1950–1951 Immigration Wave from Bulgaria and the Roma between Racism and Anti-Communism]. Toplumsal Tarih 260 (August 2015): 84–92.

Destination where research is planned to be conducted: Joseph Regenstein Library of the University of Chicago.

Sarah Knight

Current Position: University of Leicester, School of Arts. Professor of Renaissance Literature.

Recent publications:

 “Not with the Ancient, nor yet with the Modern: Greville, Education and Tragedy,” in Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance, ed. by Russ Leo, Katrin Röder and Freya Sierhuis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018): 195-209.

“La mise en scène de l’érudition au cours des processions universitaires élisabéthaines,”

in Théâtralisation des arts et des lettres de la Renaissance anglaise, ed. by Yona Dureau (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2018): 177-194.

Destination where research is planned to be conducted: Istanbul (Topkapı Palace Museum, Salt Araştırma, Orient-Institut Istanbul, Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes).

Saro Dadyan

Education: Koç University. Comparative Studies History and Society, ongoing MA.

Recent publications:

Sergüzeşt-i İstanbul (İstanbul: Yeditepe, 2019).

“Mimaran-ı Hazreti Şehriyari: Sultan II. Abdühamid’in Şehirciliğe ve Mimariye Yaklaşımı ve Dönemin Saray Mimarları,” Uluslararası Sultan İkinci Abdülhamid ve Dönemi Sempozyumu, 22-24 Ekim 2018, Yıldız Teknik University.

Destination where research is planned to be conducted: Bellinzona Canton Archives, Switzerland.

Sinan Ekim

Education: London School of Economics and Political Science. International History, PhD candidate.

Recent publications:

 “Istanbul Elections Fuel Hope for Turkish Democracy, but an Uphill Battle Awaits,” IAI Commentaries, June 2019.

“Turkey’s Local Elections: Why Do They Matter?,” IAI Commentaries, March 2019.

Destination where research is planned to be conducted: Ankara (Archives of the Ministry of Education, Archives of the Ministry of Interior, National Library).

CONFERENCE GRANTS

Ceren Abi

Education: University of California. History, PhD candidate.

Recent publications:

"Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda Arkeoloji Siyaseti Üzerine," Toplumsal Tarih (2017).

"Young Turk Revolution," The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism (2016).

Conference: Middle East Studies Association of North America 2019 Annual Meeting.

Location: Arizona, USA.

Abstract: Istanbul under occupation (1918-1922) has a reputation of being a hotbed of decadent and scandalous nightlife, where occupiers and occupied lived through a sensational half-a-decade. American jazz musicians, a dizzying array of British, French, Italian, Scottish, Indian, and Madagascan soldiers along with oh-so-unforgettable Russian refugee women with their short hair filled old and new places of entertainment, whether a luxurious club, a public park or a makeshift gambling tent. What is not generally mentioned in this narrative is what came immediately before. People think that World War I was devoid of this kind or any entertainment. My paper focuses on entertainment during World War I (1914-1918) in the Ottoman capital. It will discuss the impact of the war on entertainment, how the relationship between non-Muslim and Muslim Ottomans played out in the streets and various recreation venues of Istanbul in times of extreme tension and hardship. I will assess the visibility practices of non-Muslim Ottomans and their engagement with the Muslim Ottomans as well as Germans who were allies of the Ottomans in the war. I will also assess the introduction and proliferation of Germans and other allies in Istanbul’s entertainment scene. Using documents ranging from museum correspondences to military orders from the Ottoman, Republican and Military Archives in Turkey, Central State Archives in Italy, the National and Military Archives in France, the National Archives and the British Library in the UK, and the American National Archives in Washington DC, along with newspapers, I argue that the war created unique circumstances and opportunities to engage in various types of leisurely activities. Some of these activities had the somber veil of the war, which necessitated active performance of patriotism, while others were as decadent and happy-go-lucky as their post-war counterparts. This paper makes the point that war brought not only human suffering – such as the expulsion of enemy nationals from the Ottoman Empire who played important roles in the capital’s entertainment scene – but also important changes in which the very boundaries of what is entertainment was redrawn. Accordingly, this paper questions the impact of war on an already rapidly changing social and cultural relations and practices of the capital city’s new and old inhabitants played out in the urban space.

Özde Çeliktemel Thomen

Education: University College London. Centre for Intercultural Studies, PhD.

Recent publications:

“Regulating Exhibitions at Cinema-houses in Imperial Istanbul”, SineCine 9(1) (Spring 2018): 81-112.

“Early/Silent Film Collection of TRT Archives: Gateway to a National Film Archive in Turkey”, in Audio-Visual Heritage Space and Its Protection, eds. by Deniz Bayrakdar, and Özlem Avcı. (2017) (“It’s Your Story, Don’t Lose It”, Turkish National Commission for UNESCO): 75-84.

Conference: Middle East Studies Association of North America 2019 Annual Meeting.

Location: Arizona, USA.

Abstract: The arrival of cinema to the Ottoman Empire in late 1896 was connected to a number of Western European and North American entrepreneurs’ keenness in making profit from exhibiting and renting films, and selling their devices. The organisers of film exhibitions in imperial Istanbul during this time were artists, business people and foreign itinerant exhibitors who were in tune with the latest technology. Author Sami Paşazade Sezai described the carnival-like atmosphere on a Ramadan night in 1898 in Istanbul, with advertisements for shadow theatre (karagöz), commedia dell’arte, and cinema found side-by-side. Sezai evaluated this situation in terms of the contrast between East and West, with cinema as ‘the great innovation,’ bringing the ‘new world’ to ‘ancient Asia’. Other testimonies from the audiences show that they were curious to see the latest novelty of the West. Itinerant exhibitions became gradually popular, and screenings took place in coffeehouses, pubs, schools and mansions in the city. Cinema and entertainment in imperial Istanbul has two research objectives: firstly, to explore the cinematic experience of audiences within the background of already rooted entertainment culture and secondly, to examine the infrastructural challenges that legislators and operators faced. Specifically, it will ask what was the role of cinema’s technology in the modern subjectivity of audiences. In other words, what did this new technology mean for the audience? What was the specific requirements of film screening practices in terms of its modern devices and the use of power sources? This paper makes use of archival sources, press reviews, memoirs and literary works of the late nineteenth century.

Sezen Kayhan

Education: Koç University. Design, Technology and Society, PhD candidate.

Recent publications:

“Open-Air Cinemas of Istanbul from the 1950s to Today” Space and Culture (2018): 1-16.

With İpek Azime Çelik. “TV Series Production and the Urban Restructuring of Istanbul”. Television and New Media 19(1) (2018): 3-23.

Conference: 10th Annual Small Cinemas Conference.

Location: Lisbon, Portugal.

Abstract: In the last decade, Istanbul witnessed the rapid proliferation of alternative film exhibition spaces such as museums, cafes, art and cultural centers in specific neighborhoods. This increase is mainly resulted by the three forces which are the monopoly of dominant distribution companies, authoritarian pressure of the government and urban gentrification in Istanbul. These places provide space for independent and censored films and are crucially important for independent and experimental filmmakers, as well as documentary and short filmmakers which have very limited or no theatrical release. In Istanbul, the microcinemas are generally small DIY projects that connects filmmakers with their audience. The attendees foster intimate and communal relations with each other and the creative crews of the screened films. With analyzing these spaces, this study investigates the changing relation between film exhibition, audience and the city. It discovers how urban transformation, authoritarian cultural policies and economic capital changed cinema-going and urban cinephilia in Istanbul.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Istanbul Research Institute offers a variety of grants to researchers working on projects related to its departments of Byzantine, Ottoman, Atatürk and Republican-Era studies, and its “Istanbul and Music” Research Program.

Applications can be prepared in English or Turkish. Click here for the Application Form.

The deadline for all applications is August 11, 2019. All awardees are announced by September 15, 2019.

Former fellows of Istanbul Research Institute can re-apply for a grant after five years have passed since their previous fellowship year. Former fellows who received an Istanbul Research Institute grant from 2015 onward are not eligible to apply for a grant in the 2019/2020 academic year.

An applicant is free to apply for more than one type of grant in the same application period, but can be awarded with only one grant.

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH AND WRITING GRANT

Every year, Istanbul Research Institute awards 1 researcher a Post-Doctoral Grant to support innovative research on Istanbul. This grant may be used to support work for preparing publications from PhD theses as well as for new research.

The grant amount for the 2019-2020 academic year is TRY40.000. This amount will be paid to the recipient in instalments to be determined according to his/her research/writing schedule.

Eligibility Requirements

*To have received a PhD degree no more than five years ago from a social science or humanities department of a university in Turkey or abroad.

Application

Candidates are required to submit the following documents, as Word/PDF files, to be reviewed by the Grant Committee not later than August 11, 2019 and send by email to fellowships@iae.org.tr.

Required documents

*Application form

*Detailed CV

*Description of the aim, method, and scope of research, max. 3.000 words

*Basic bibliography

*Schedule for research/writing covering the grant period

*Writing sample (published articles, if any, are preferred)

*PhD graduation certificate/transcript

*Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the advisor of the researcher). These letters will be sent by the recommenders directly to fellowships@iae.org.tr and the subject of the mail must read “[LAST NAME OF APPLICANT]-letter of recommendation.”

RESEARCH AND WRITE-UP GRANT FOR PHD CANDIDATES

Every year, Istanbul Research Institute awards 1 PhD candidate (who has passed the comprehensive exam and became ABD-all but dissertation) a Research and Write-Up Grant to support innovative research on Istanbul. This grant may be used for field/archival research necessary for the PhD thesis or for writing the thesis itself.

The grant amount for the 2019-2020 academic year is TRY30.000. This amount will be paid to the recipient in instalments to be determined according to his/her research/writing schedule.

Eligibility Requirements

*Having passed the comprehensive exam, to be registered as a PhD candidate at a social science or humanities department of a university in Turkey or abroad.

Application

Candidates are required to submit the following documents, as Word/PDF files, to be reviewed by the Grant Committee not later than August 11, 2019 and send by email to fellowships@iae.org.tr.

Required documents

*Application form

*Detailed CV

*Description of the aim, method, and scope of research, max. 3.000 words

*Basic bibliography

*Schedule for research/writing covering the grant period

*Writing sample (published articles or a thesis chapter preferred 

*Document showing success in comprehensive exam/transcript

*Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the thesis advisor of the researcher). These letters will be sent by the recommenders directly to fellowships@iae.org.tr and the subject of the mail must read “[LAST NAME OF APPLICANT]-letter of recommendation.”

TRAVEL GRANTS

Istanbul Research Institute awards 5 researchers every year a short-term travel grant to support innovative research on Istanbul. This grant may be used only to support field/archive work necessary for a specific research and not for any other needs (such as tuition payments, purchasing of equipment, conference attendance, etc.). This destination of the travel does not need to be Istanbul.

The grant amount for the 2019-2020 academic year is TRY5.000.

Eligibility Requirements

*To visit another city for a short term for the purposes of an advanced research (MA, PhD, post-doctorate, article, book, etc.) on Istanbul.

*Researchers already resident in the city of research on another grant cannot apply for this grant.

Application

Candidates are required to submit the following documents, as Word/PDF files, to be reviewed by the grant Committee not later than August 11, 2019 and send by email to fellowships@iae.org.tr.

Required documents

*Application Form

*Detailed CV

*Description of the aim, method, and scope of archival/field research, specific archives and fields to be visited, as well as the planned period of visit, max. 500 words

CONFERENCE GRANTS

Every year, Istanbul Research Institute awards 5 master’s or PhD students or independent researchers a conference grant to support innovative research on Istanbul by enabling them to present papers abroad at conferences/symposia/workshops or to organize a panel at a conference. This grant may not be used to support field/archive work necessary for a specific research and not for any other needs (such as tuition payments, purchasing of equipment, etc.). The grant amount for the 2019-2020 academic year is TRY5.000.

Eligibility Requirements

*To be presenting a research paper on Istanbul at a conference/symposium/workshop or other scholarly activity outside of Turkey OR organizing a panel at a conference/symposium/workshop or other scholarly activity outside of Turkey.

*To be registered on a PhD or MA program at a social science or humanities department of a university in Turkey OR to be an independent researcher living in Turkey carrying out advanced research.

Application

Candidates are required to submit the following documents, as Word/PDF files, to be reviewed by the Grant Committee not later than August 11, 2019 and send by email to fellowships@iae.org.tr.

Required documents

*Application Form

*Detailed CV

*Student certificate/transcript for MA and PhD students

*Summary of the paper accepted to the event/panel

*Letter of acceptance to the event