2013-14 Koc Lectures

Posted on September 20th, 2012 by Med Studies Staff in Stanford Turkish Studies Initiative

Stanford University‘s Mediterranean Studies Forum and Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies are delighted to launch an annual lecture series in collaboration with Center for Globalization and Democratic Governance (GLODEM) at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey. As part of this three-year project, affiliated faculty members from each academic center will visit the other institution for a week, delivering a public lecture and meeting with affiliated faculty and students. The extended visits aim to create a wide-ranging exchange of ideas and also explore interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities between faculty and student affiliates of the participating centers.

The first lecture at Stanford was delivered by Prof. Ziya Onis on November 13, 2012 about “The Triumph of Conservative Globalism: The Political Economy of the AKP Era.” Prof. Onis also presented an academic seminar, titled “Turkey and the Arab Spring: Between Ethics and Self-Interest” on November 15, 2012. In the week of March 18, 2013, Prof. Robert Crews (Department of History) and Prof. Shahzad Bashir (Department of Religious Studies) will visit GLODEM to discuss their recent book, Under the Drones: Modern Lives in Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands, and also present their current work, respectively titled “Global Drug Wars” and “Present Pasts: Metaphor and Meaning in Historical Narratives”. Event details are available on GLODEM’s website.

Next year, Prof. Sener Akturk will visit Stanford in the week of October 28, 2013, delivering a public lecture and an academic seminar about his recent book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey. In March 2014, Prof. Joel Beinin (Department of History) will visit Koc to present his ongoing research. Details about these events will soon be posted on our website. Stanford faculty and students interested in meeting with Prof. Akturk during his Stanford residency may contact the Mediterranean Studies Associate Director Dr. Burcak Keskin-Kozat at medstudies@stanford.edu.

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