Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü  -  Nederlands Instituut in Turkije

Istanbul Up Close. A Walking Survey of a City’s Social and Political History

NIT offers a summer course on Istanbul between June 13 and June 24, 2022.

Istanbul Up Close. A Walking Survey of a City’s Social and Political History
Netherlands Institute in Turkey Summer School
June 13 – June 24, 2022

Application deadline: May 6, 2022

Istanbul Up Close is an introductory course that unravels the city’s past hidden underneath its well-known areas and landmarks, by exploring the city on foot. This past, intertwined with the political and social history of Istanbul, will help students understand not only the dynamics of an ever-changing urban scene of a millennia-old city but also the political transformation of a country that takes pride to be straddled on two continents.

While investigating the multi-layered history of Istanbul, the course also provides conceptual and methodological tools to examine urban transformations over the long term. These tools have relevancy beyond Istanbul, helping to understand and decipher the complex dynamics of urban areas around the world, to analyze how the past shapes and informs present-day local, national and international politics, and how alternative, hegemonic and counter-hegemonic narratives are produced in relation to urban space.

For Whom
The course is mainly for participants who are actively enrolled in a university in the Netherlands that have completed at least 2 years of BA study, but a limited number of international students enrolled in higher education institutions will also be accepted. There is a maximum of 15 places.

Students from any discipline can apply, but the course is especially relevant for students in the humanities and social sciences, including history, art history, classics, area studies (Turkish, European, Middle Eastern), geography, urban sociology, political sciences and international relations, heritage studies and related disciplines. Preference will be given to applicants that can demonstrate how the course will contribute to their ongoing academic studies and research.

Important note: This course is physically demanding as it is based on walking and includes a number of days spent mostly on foot in strenuous conditions.

Program and instruction
A detailed program will be provided to accepted participants. The course is based around a series of seven walking days with on-site lectures and discussions, covering different parts of the metropolitan area. In addition, there are self-guided explorations and assignments, as well as literature study and the writing of an essay.

Before the course starts, on May 23 from 14:00 to 17:00 (Amsterdam time), there will be a compulsory online introductory meeting. Participants are expected to do preparatory readings before the start of the course.

The course is taught by academics with an in-depth knowledge of the city’s history and urban development: Assoc. Prof. Umut Azak (Modern History), Prof. Dr. Lerna Yanık (International Relations), Assoc. Prof. Eda Yücesoy (Urban Geography), by NIT staff and by guest lecturers. The language of instruction is English.

Course load and credit
The course load is 140 hours, equivalent to 5 EC at advanced BA level. Students who wish to obtain academic credit upon successful completion of the course have to make arrangements for this with their institution’s examination board. Students wishing to increase the course load to 6 EC (168 hours) or to take the course as an MA level course, should indicate this at the time of their application.

There is a tuition fee of 200 euros. In addition, participants have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs, health and travel insurance, as well as living expenses during the course. Admission to the course is only final following the payment of the tuition fee.

During the meeting on May 23, there will also be time to ask questions about finding accommodation and other practicalities.

An application to participate in the course consists of three documents:
• Application form (download here)
• Motivation letter
• CV
These documents should be sent by email to Mrs. Aysel Arslan: aysel.arslan@nit-istanbul.org by May 6, end of day at the latest. Late or incomplete applications may not be taken into consideration.
Applications will be informed whether they have been selected by May 18.

More information
All questions regarding the course can be addressed to Mrs. Aysel Arslan via email: aysel.arslan@nit-istanbul.org.