Istanbul, Turkey and Berlin, Germany – Diaspora and Urban Studies in Europe and the Middle East (Closed)
- Summer 2 Semester - June 30- July 30, 2013
- Summer 2 Semester - Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and program may fill at any time. Final deadline – January 24.
Faculty leader: Prof. Berna Turam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (email@example.com)
Courses: SOCL3471 Social Conflict & Community Services Abroad and INTL4944 Berlin-Istanbul Dialogue of Civilizations: Diaspora and Urban Studies in Europe and the Middle East
This program will provide students with an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the contrasting issues surrounding the Turkish migrant population in Berlin, Germany, and the counter understanding of these immigration issues from Istanbul. The second part of the program will extend to Istanbul, the largest metropolitan area in Turkey.
In both cities, our focus will remain on socio-political contestation in urban space over religion, gender, class and possibly ethnicity. Put differently, we will explore how urban space, specifically neighborhood, is contested by ordinary people, who differ and/or disagree over religion, gender and class? Students will read an exciting literature and be encouraged to ask questions about neighborhood politics. In what ways and why are urban space and political processes intimately mapped onto each other? Under what conditions and why does it become difficult to share the city and/or a particular neighborhood? What are the similarities and differences between minority/diaspora neighborhoods (such as Kreuzberg Germany and Tesvikiye in Istanbul) and less contested homogeneous urban space? What role does gentrification play in all of this urban politics?
SOCL3471 Social Conflict & Community Services Abroad and INTL4944 Berlin-Istanbul Dialogue of Civilizations: Diaspora and Urban Studies in Europe and the Middle East
Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey (Institution in Germany, TBA)
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.
- Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website)
- Unofficial transcript which you can download and print from MyNEU
- One copy of passport ID page – To be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
- 2-3 page essay answering the following questions:
- What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
- How will the program further your academic and career goals?
- What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
- What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?
**Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)
**Please note that prior to 11/15/12 your unofficial transcript and essay should be handed in to OISP. After 11/15/12, please send them directly to your faculty leaderSchedule Appointment →
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.
Berlin, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey