Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü  -  Nederlands Instituut in Turkije

9 May '16 General

The NIT is looking for part-time lecturers

During the second semester of the 2016-2017 academic year, the NIT will run a Turkish Studies program for Leiden University BA students in Istanbul. In addition to Turkish language courses, three courses will be taught. The NIT invites applications for part-time teaching positions.


The course descriptions below are preliminary. Lecturers will be asked to develop the contents for the courses in line with their expertise and interests, in consultation with the NIT director.

Please click here for more detailed versions of the course descriptions.

Turkey in the world: International relations and regional affairs

This course will critically look at Turkey’s changing role in the region. The main objective is to let students acquire thorough knowledge on stability and change in the relationship between Turkey and the EU, MENA and the Balkan regions within a political historical context.

Istanbul in the 20th and 21 century

This course investigates the history and development of Turkey through the lens of its biggest metropolis. It will discuss the role of the city of Istanbul in relation to urban life and deal with topics of urbanization, industrialization, population dynamics, minorities, migration, heritage, urban renewal and gentrification.

Society and culture in contemporary Turkey

This course provides insight into issues of culture and identity relevant to understanding Turkey`s society. Special attention will be given to the arts in society. Focusing on citizenship, nationalism and religion/secularization, it aims to offer students critical insights into identity formation and cultural changes in the country.


Teaching staff will teach one or more courses for the duration of the semester (February through May). Classes meet once a week (2 hours). In addition, duties include class preparation, evaluating students (through assignments and exams), organizing and guiding excursions and site visits. Teaching staff is expected to work independently. Classes may be scheduled in the evenings.


We invite candidates for teaching staff positions to submit an application that includes:

We kindly request anyone who is interested to send an application to Güher Gürmen (g.gurmen@nit-istanbul.org) as soon as possible, and include the following: 

- CV, including courses taught and other relevant experience
- A statement of motivation and a description of ideas for the development of one or more of the courses listed above
- Names and contact information of two persons that can provide a recommendation

Please note that interviews will begin in June 2016, but applications can be submitted until the positions are filled.

Required qualifications

- PhD (or near completion) in a relevant field (history, turcology, sociology, international relations, geography, political sciences or other)
- Academic teaching experience
- Excellent command of English, spoken and written

The NIT offers

- The NIT offers a temporary salaried part-time position (1 February to 31 May 2017, ca. half a day per week) in an international academic environment.

- Please note that although non-Turkish citizens are invited to apply, the NIT is unable to support visa and work permit (süreli çalışma izni) applications.

More information

For questions about the application, please contact Güher Gürmen (g.gurmen@nit-istanbul.org)

For questions about the courses and the program, please contact Fokke Gerritsen (fa.gerritsen@nit-istanbul.org)