Istanbul and Bodrum-Mugla: Urban Space and Religion in Turkey *CLOSED*

Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 1 - July 31, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty leader: Prof. Berna Turam (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Information Session: Jan 17th 3:30-4:30PM Renaissance Park (Second Floor Kitchen Area)

Term: Summer: II

Courses: SOCL3471 Social Conflict & Community Services Abroad

INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations


This course is designed as a fieldtrip research course, in which students develop their independent research projects in close collaboration with the Faculty Leader.  The driving interest of the research projects is to explore the increasingly controversial relations between the new pious Muslim elite and the old secular elite.  We will conduct hands on research on the fault-lines that divide the residents of the highly contested neighborhoods, such as Tesvikiye, Eyup, Taksim and Beyoglu in Istanbul.  How do ordinary people contest the borders that separate religion and politics?  How and why is secularism (separation of religion and politics) so controversial in the context of Turkey and the Middle East?

As most of the contestation against the pro-Islamic government has taken place in Istanbul, our focus will be on in urban space and religion.  Broadly speaking, we will explore how urban space, specifically neighborhood, is contested by ordinary residents, who differ and/or disagree over religion and the type of secularism.  However, we will also bring in gender, class age and possibly ethnicity as other factors influencing political discontent and contestation.  Students will read an exciting literature and be encouraged to ask questions about politics of Islam, religion, piety and secularism.


INTL 4944 Dialogue of Civilizations

SOCL 3471 Social Conflict and Community Services Abroad

Host University

Bosphorus University

Eligibility Requirements

No prerequisites required. Students will be asked to demonstrate, via interviews with the faculty leader(s),  adequate levels of maturity, open-mindedness and adaptability in order to participate on a dialogue program with a multi-cultural group.  Preference will be given to students who demonstrate particularly strong competency in topics related to Turkey or Germany, Middle East/European Relations, diaspora & conflict studies, globalization studies, Islamic studies, gender studies, and participant observation research.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.



Students will be staying in a 3 star hotel in Istanbul and Mugla


Istanbul and Bodrum-Mugla