The Forum for Contemporary Turkish Studies

Director: Dr. Tsameret Levy-Daphny

 

The focus on Turkey as one of the countries of the Mediterranean in the modern era, springs from the desire to promote pioneering research on this topic in Israel. Whereas earlier Israeli scholarship on the Ottoman Empire is of high quality and noteworthy, it seems that expertise on the modern Turkish state is relatively marginalized. Therefore, at the institute we have brought together leading and young scholars who are dealing with modern Turkey, in the hope of generating scholarly and public knowledge about a country that plays a key role in our region – economically, politically, and militarily – and that in our view has not received the academic attention it deserves. In this the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute is becoming one of the only venues in Israel for historical, sociological, and theoretical study of Turkish society since the beginning of the twentieth century.

 
The forum’s members, from a variety of disciplines, present their work each month with the intention of formulating a shared research agenda aimed at a reexamination of contemporary Turkey. Scholars from Israel and abroad who deal with modern Turkey are invited; at these meetings they present their work and provide feedback on the research of participating students. The topics discussed include processes of increased religious observance and of secularization, the influence of the process of unification with Europe, globalization in Turkey, agents of conservation and change in contemporary Turkey, Turkish-Israeli relations, and the Turkish civilatory project.

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