Bing Overseas Studies Program in Istanbul, Winter 2015

Application deadline: Sunday, May 18
Faculty leaders: Ali Yaycioglu and Kabir Tambar
Article in the the Stanford Daily: click here.


Stanford Undergraduate Archaeological Field School Summer 2014 @Çatalhöyük, Turkey 


Come excavate a 9,000 year old archaeological site in Central Turkey!

Application deadline: Tuesday, Nov. 5th at 5 pm

We are currently accepting applications from students who want to gain practical, hands-on experience in archaeology and laboratory analysis, learn about prehistoric life, and have the experience of a lifetime! Student researchers will spend four weeks living and working with a team of the world’s premiere experts in archaeology to recover evidence of life in central Turkey 9,000 years ago. Stanford freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and coterminal master’s students are eligible to apply.

To receive an application, or for more information, please contact Allison Mickel:

For more information about Çatalhöyük, visit:

Click here for the Field School Flier

Professor Ian Hodder’s ongoing excavation at the site of Çatalhöyük in central Turkey


Professor Hodder has been conducting the excavation of the 9,000 year-old Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük  in central Turkey since 1993. The 25-year project has three aims – to place the art from the site in its full environmental, economic and social context, to conserve the paintings, plasters and mud walls, and to present the site to the public. The project is also associated with attempts to develop reflexive methods in archaeology.

Istanbul to be one of the new locations for Stanford’s Bing Overseas Studies Program


Planning is underway to launch a winter quarter program in Istanbul in January 2015 in partnership with Koç University.







Istanbul Bing Overseas Seminar


As part of the 2012 Stanford Bing Overseas Seminars, Prof. Ali Yaycıoğlu (Department of History) offered a three-week undergraduate seminar in Istanbul, Turkey. The course, titled “City of Empires: History, Memory and Global Experience in Eastern Mediterranean,” approached contemporary Istanbul as a world historical city being rapidly transformed by globalization. Among the 155 Stanford students who applied to participate in the seminar, 15 were selected to travel to Istanbul in September and to explore how the city’s inhabitants and public authorities make sense of this transformation by re-engaging with the city’s multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-imperial past. Students met with local historians, architects, artists, religious figures, and activists; participated in a number of field trips to historical sites; and explored the re-imaginings of the city by photographing and sketching various neighborhoods. Their work highlighted the ways in which different groups and institutions negotiate and compete with each other about what to remember and what to forget, what to present and what to conceal, what to restore and what to leave out, what to write and where to be silent. Prof. Yaycıoğlu and the seminar assistant Zekeriya Uğur Pece (Ph.D. Candidate in History) worked with the students to showcase their fieldwork in an on-campus exhibit during the 2013 Autumn Quarter.

Istanbul Bing Seminar on Stanford Daily

Istanbul Bing Seminar on Stanford News

Istanbul Bing Seminar on Turkish Daily Milliyet

Turkish Film Poster Exhibit

Turkish Film Poster Exhibit was held between 3-14 October, 2011 in the South Portal Lobby of Cecil H. Green Library and between 1-4 December, 2011 at MESA (Middle East Studies Association) annual meeting in Washington, Marriot Wardman Park Hotel.
The Exhibit featured rare, yet highly sought-after, hand-drawn film posters that date back to the early 1950s offering the best examples of the Turkish film industry’s golden years. Turkish Film Poster Exhibit highlighted concepts such as foreign adaptations and imitations, Western and Eastern influence and representations of gender, minority, or majority, and as a result provided a base for discussion between Turkish cinema and other cinemas. The exhibit was curated under the guidance of Burcu Karahan (Turkish Language & Literature Lecturer, Department of Comparative Literature) in
collaboration with John A. Eilts (Curator for Islamic and Middle Eastern Collection in Stanford University Libraries), and David Giovacchini (Bibliographer for the Arts in the Islamic World in the Islamic and Middle Eastern Collection, Stanford University Library.)

Programming was made possible by Stanford University’s Mediterranean Studies Forum, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, and the Stanford University Arts Initiative, Stanford Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, and Stanford Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Turkish Cultural Foundation.



“Turkish Film Poster Exhibit: Posters from the Golden Age of Turkish Cinema Reflect a Changing Society” by Kareem Yasin