The New School International Field Program: 2013

The purpose of the seminar is to explore issues of politics, economics, social and intergroup relations, environment and human rights, among others, within the context of Turkey’s growing regional and global role. With Turkey’s unique constitutional order as its main focus, the course will assess the advantages and the limits of Kemalism in rapidly changing globalized world order. More specifically, sessions will address Turkey’s historical legacies, the development an institutionalization of Atatürk’s actor, and the concomitant changes in Turkey’s internal and external identities. The seminars will be organized around students’ research interests and insights from their internship placements. Students are encouraged to share their reflections and observations as they negotiate their way through the political, economic and social spheres of their experience in Turkey.

On the Roof of the World

İstanbul with Everita Silina (Director); Dana Heitz; Jill Boyd; Asa Ann-Sofie Persson; Bari Schwartz; Sharif Hassanein; Florencia Barendelli; Diana Rusu; Jeremiah Johnson; Joel Arken; Kiah Shapiro; Sara Bissen and Alexi-Noelle O’Brien-Hosein.

One Box of Turkish Delights at The New School, wrapped in Osmanlis, Byzantium, Ottoman, and Anatolian varieties!

The Ottoman Empire began as many other Turkish states had begun. The Ottomans traced their history back to a legendary founder, Osman. According to legend, Osman was divintely chosen to found a great empire. While a guest of a respected Muslim preacher, the story goes, Osman went to bed and had a dream:

A moon arose from the holy man’s breast and came to sink in Osman’s breast. A tree then sprouted from his navel, and its shade compasses the world. Beneath this shade there were mountains, and streams flowed forth from the foot of each mountain. Some people drank from these running waters, others watered gardens, while yet others caused fountains to flow.

-James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles, The Modern Middle East: A History, 3rd ed. Oxford University Press, 2011. p23 “From Late Antiquity to the Dawn of a New Age.”