Sabancı Harvard Summer School

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Sabancı University is an equal partner of the Sabanci-Harvard Summer School Program, which is Harvard University’s Study Abroad Program in Istanbul. In 2014, 17; and in 2015, 18 Harvard students were welcomed in Istanbul who were placed in Sabancı University dorms for their first week in Turkey, which was devoted to orientation trips through Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul. These constituted virtually a mini-course on history and archeology, and were further complemented by a boat trip and welcoming party on the Bosphorus. 
The entire student body then moved to Robert College, which hosts the Sabancı-Harvard Summer School, and all six weeks of regular instruction, comprising five courses revolving around the common theme of History and Human Rights, took place on the RC campus at Arnavutköy. Students were also taken on (a) a long weekend trip to Ancient Troy as well as the Gallipoli battlefields of WWI, as well as (b) a week-long Aegean trip covering Ayvalık, Pergamon/Bergama, Kuşadası, Ephesus, Halicarnassos/Bodrum, Hierapolis/Pamukkale, and Bursa the first Ottoman capital. 
If you want to be a part of this year’s Sabancı-Harvard Summer School, all you need to do is to apply to the program online, state your preferences for one or two (out of five) courses, and if admitted, pay your fees on schedule. Students from all faculties can apply.

 

* This is a limited admission program. You can register to courses only, all the extracurricular activities are optional.
* All Sabancı University graduate students can register to courses for 50% off.
* Payments can be made in 3 instalments.
* Open to Sabancı as well as other Turkish and international university students.
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* Students registered at US universities must apply through Harvard University. All others, in Turkey, Europe, or the Middle East, can apply through Sabancı University.

Write to summer@sabanciuniv.edu for more information.

HOW TO APPLY

All students should apply online to the program. Please follow the instructions on our Online Application Form, and do not forget to upload the following documents:

Transcript
Statement of Purpose
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*Since course capacity is limited, and applications will be evaluated immediately, we suggest you reserve your seat as early as possible.

 

2015 COURSES

Sabancı Code: HIST 371
Harvard code: HIST S-1870
History of a City II: Ottoman Istanbul, 1450-1900
(with a special SHSS 2015 focus on Water)
Instructor: Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University)

Sabancı code: CULT 449
Harvard code: SWGS S-1220
Harem Fictions from Montesquieu to Mernissi
Instructor: Afsaneh Najmabadi (Harvard University)

Sabancı code: HIST 485/585
Harvard code: HIST S-1874
Minority Questions in Contemporary Turkey
Instructor: Ayşe Ozil (Sabancı University)

Sabancı Code: HIST 489/589
Harvard code: HIST S-1876
From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Nation-State
Instructor: Halil Berktay (Sabancı University)

Sabancı code: HIST 447
Harvard code: HIST S-1879
Palestine versus the Palestinians
Instructor: Beshara Doumani (Brown University)

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Apart from six weeks of accredited course-work, the following activities are also part of the 2016 program:
* a six-day Orientation through Ottoman Istanbul with Prof. Tülay Artan (virtually a mini-course on history and archeology).
* Also during Orientation week -- a boat trip and welcoming party on the Bosphorus.
* a trip of 7 days and 6 nights through Aegean Turkey.
* a weekend trip to the World War I Gallipoli battlefields, as well as the remains of Ancient Troy.

COURSES OF STUDY

All courses are limited enrollment. Students enroll in two courses. Course enrollments are dependent on availability, and final course enrollment is issued from the Summer School Registrar’s Office following acceptance to the program.

Sabancı Code: HIST 371
Harvard code: HIST S-1870
History of a City II: Ottoman Istanbul, 1450-1900
(with a special SHSS 2015 focus on Water)
Instructor: Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University)  Limited enrollment.

The topic of urban farming has become popular in recent years because it offers city inhabitants the opportunity to enjoy quiet green spaces, acquire fresh produce, and reconnect with the natural world. Many cities in the United States and Europe have established neighborhood gardens in which residents are able to cultivate and enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, and small neighborhood markets have arisen to offer locally grown produce within heavily urban areas. But is the concept of urban farming really such a new phenomenon? Historically, urban gardens across the world have played an essential role in daily city life, as well as feeding large populations during desperate periods of famine and economic collapse. This summer course is designed to educate students from diverse academic backgrounds (e.g., history, biology, environmental studies, public policy, heritage management, archaeology) about the context and history of urban farming practices in Istanbul and to provide hands-on experience in documenting and studying these gardens through an innovative multidisciplinary research approach.

 

Sabancı code: CULT 449
Harvard code: SWGS S-1220
Harem Fictions from Montesquieu to Mernissi
Instructor: Afsaneh Najmabadi (Harvard University) 
Limited enrollment.

Is harem a space? Is it an institution? What notions of gender and sexuality are affiliated with and informed by the notion of harem? This course investigates the cultural work of harem as represented in several socio-cultural and historical contexts. We begin with reading some historical essays on harem; we then move onto a series of European texts, paintings, photographs, fashion, and films. From late-nineteenth century to the present day, Muslim women have also employed the notion of harem in a variety of ways. We read some of their writings. Course requirements include projects organized around local sites: neighborhood and house mappings, museum visits, and reflections on how such sites were reported in earlier historical documents. 

 

Sabancı code: HIST 485/585
Harvard code: HIST S-1874
Minority Questions in Contemporary Turkey
Instructor: Ayşe Ozil (Visiting Professor, Sabancı University)  Limited enrollment.

In the wake of decolonization and the end of the Cold War, new waves of trans-national movements emerged leading to mass-scale immigration and the flooding of refugees around the world. Bringing about a broad range of social and cultural encounters, these developments have also revitalized issues of ethnic and religious belonging as well as questions of contact with the 'other.' In Turkey, a critical outlook to the nation-state paradigm to the background of more global changes and the bid to join the European Union has likewise highlighted a series of minority issues, which are the legacy of the transition from the multi-ethnic Ottoman empire into Balkan, Caucasian and Middle Eastern nation-states. What are these issues? Which groups are involved? How can cultural, linguistic and religious rights be applied to the relationship between majority and minority groups at the national and international levels? How can consciousness of ethnic, religious or cultural diversity be fostered and promoted as a common value? Through an engagement with such historical and contemporary questions, this course aims to offer ways of discussing the minority issues in Turkey.

 

Sabancı Code: HIST 489/589
Harvard code: HIST S-1876
From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Nation-State
Instructor: Halil Berktay (Sabancı University)
Limited enrollment.

From Empire to Republic : Turkish Nationalism and the Nation-State A dense survey course on the making of Modern Turkey with a special focus on the ideological dimension of nation-building. Moves from multiple backgrounds (in : the broad outlines of Ottoman history; the ''long'' 19th century; the New Imperialism; Eurocentrism and Orientalism; racism and Social Darwinism), through Ottoman-Turkish elites? evolving love-and-hate relationship with the West, to the fashioning and grounding of a specifically Turkish (as against an Ottoman or a Muslim) identity in the throes of the protracted crisis of 1908-22. Makes considerable use of literature, too, to explore the myths of originism and authocthonism, as well as the ''golden age'' narratives, connected with both early and Kemalist varieties of Turkish nationalism. Also see HIST 589 for the possibility of being taken at the graduate level.

 

Sabancı code: HIST 447
Harvard code: HIST S-1879
Palestine versus the Palestinians
Instructor: Beshara Doumani (Brown University) 
Limited enrollment.

There is a tremendous tension between the historical evolution of "Palestine" as a territorial unit, on the one hand; and of the "Palestinians" as a people, on the other. Allowed only civil and religious rights, basic questions remain unanswered: In what sense do Palestinians constitute a "people"? What do they want? And can they become a single political community, divided as they are into three major segments: Palestinian citizens of Israel; "residents" living under Israeli control in the Occupied Territories of East Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza; and diaspora Palestinians who form the largest and oldest refugee population in the world?

To explore these and related questions, the course is divided into four thematic segments that layer, simultaneously, on a chronological grid. The first introduces students to historiographical interventions critical of Palestinian and Zionist national constructions of the past. The second suggests alternative narratives of that past by focusing on Palestinian social and cultural history during the late Ottoman period as well as the discursive construction of the "Holy Land" into a territorial space (1750-1900). The third examines the colonial encounters that led to the creation of Palestine in 1922 and its subsequent transformation into Israel in 1948. This segment looks beyond the dramas of war and politics into the social and cultural dimensions of everyday life. It also provides a global perspective on how partition and displacement constitute the two key modalities for the formation of the modern world. The final segment maps out the recent histories of the three major sectors of the Palestinian people after 1948: The refugees in the Diaspora, those who live under Israeli military rule in the Occupied Territories (West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem), and the Palestinian citizens of Israel.  

FACULTY

Afsaneh Najmabadi, PhD, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Professor of the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University
Ayse Ozil, PhD, Lecturer on History, Sabanci University
Beshara B. Doumani, PhD, Joukowsky Family Professor of Modern Middle East History, Brown University
Cemal Kafadar, PhD, Vehbi Koc Professor of Turkish Studies, Harvard University
Halil Berktay, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Sabanci University

CALENDAR

Online Applications to be announced soon
Arrival to Sabancı University June 14-15, 2014
Orientation Week June 16-27, 2014
Arrival to Robert College June 28-29, 2014
Classes begin June 30 - August 15, 2014
Leaving Robert College

August 16-17, 2014

Sabancı-Harvard Summer School Program Fees  
PACKAGE 1 (1 course & accommodation & field trips and events) $5.000
PACKAGE 2 (2 courses & accommodation & field trips and events) $6.000
Application Fee $50

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TUITION & FEES

Sabancı-Harvard Summer School Program Fees  
Tuition per course $1000
Orientation week (including meals)
a six-day Orientation through Ottoman Istanbul with Prof. Tülay Artan -virtually a mini-course on history and archeology- a boat trip and welcoming party on the Bosphorus
$1100
Robert College six weeks' room and board $1600
Aegean Turkey trip $1000
Gallipoli and Troy trip
a weekend trip to the World War I Gallipoli battlefields, as well as the remains of Ancient Troy
$300
PACKAGE 1 (1 course & orientation week trips & Robert College room and board & Aegean trip & Gallipoli and Troy) $5000
PACKAGE 2 (2 courses & Orientation Week trips & Robert College room and board & Aegean trip & Gallipoli and Troy) $6000
Application Fee $50

* You can register to courses only, all the extracurricular activities are optional.
* All Sabancı University graduate studens can register to courses for 50% off.
* Payments can be made in 3 instalments.
* Sabancı University reserves the right to make changes in any summer program.
* VAT is included in all prices.