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TUBITAK-TUBA-YOK-SU Funded Research Projects

"The Relationship Between Autobiographical Memory and Depression", funding: TÜBİTAK 3501, Çağla Aydın (2015-2018)

"Gender Forum", SU Internal Research Grant, Sibel Irzık (2015)

"Language and Memory: Past and Future", funding: TÜBİTAK 1002, Çağla Aydın (2013)

"Epistemic Justice: The Production and Distribution of Knowledge as a Matter of Justice", TÜBİTAK Young Researchers Career Development Program, Faik Kurtulmuş (2012-2015)

"Science and Religion: Religiosity of Scientists in Turkey", SU Internal Research Grant, Çağla Aydın, Faik Kurtulmuş and Ateş Altınordu (2012)

"Beyond Europeanization: An Anthropological Inquiry into the (Re)regulation of the Migration and Refugee Regime in Turkey”, Ayse Parla (2011-2014)

"Gender-based Violence: Analyzing the Problem and the Struggle Against It" (Yesim Arat, Bogazici University and Ayse Gul Altinay, Sabancı University) 
This joint research project analyzes the twenty years of resistance to violence against women in Turkey and discusses the approaches and experiences of married women regarding violence in the family. A major report resulting from this research was published in November.

"Forms of Organization among “New” Migrants: A Comparative Analysis of Bulgarian Turks, Iraqi Turkmens and Moldavians in Turkey." Ayse Parla (2007-2008)
This project analyzed the phenomenon of post-nineties irregular migration into Turkey in terms of formal and informal migrant organizations and from a comparative perspective. The three groups- Iraqi Turkmen, Bulgarian Turks and Moldovians- had been selected for comparison mainly for two reasons: 1) they comprise three of the most voluminous groups among the new migrant populations and 2) the fact that the majority of the migrants in these three groups can lay claim to a shared Turkish ethnicity made it possible to assess the impact of shared ethnic identification with the host country in the formation migrant organizations and networks. The research was carried out by an interdisciplinary research team composed of Ayşe Parla, Prof. Dr. Mine Eder (Bogazici University, Department of Political Science) and Didem Danış (Galatasaray University, Department of Sociology) and two graduate assistants, Zeynep Ulker Kaslı (Sabancı University, Political Science) and Gul Catır (Bogazici University, Political Science).

"Towards a new model of migrant incorporation premised on legalization processes among irregular migrants from Bulgaria to Turkey" Ayse Parla (2008-2011)
After the granting of citizenship to 300.000 immigrants from Bulgaria in 1989, Turkey has enacted visa regime changes concerning more recent migrants from Bulgaria, who, according to the most recent modification, are only allowed to stay for 90 days within any six-month period. In this research, the authors demonstrate that the broken lines of legality/illegality produced by these changing policies further entrench the sovereignity of the state through the “inclusive exclusion” of immigrants who are subject to law but now subject in the law. The temporary legalization of Bulgarian immigrants to Turkey in return for voting in Bulgarian elections reveals that the state extends its transnational political power by drawing the broken lines of legality/illegality. We demonstrate that not only the ways in which the migrant population from Bulgaria is managed but also the strategies deployed by the migrants themselves in the face of such sovereign acts.
The publications that have come out of the completed and ongoing TUBITAK projects are as follows:
- Kasli, Zeynep Ulker and Parla, Ayse, "Broken lines of Il/Legality and the reproduction of state sovereignty: the impact of visa policies on immigrants to Turkey from Bulgaria", Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Vol.34, No.2, April 2009, 203-227 (SSCI) 
- Danis, Didem and Parla Ayse, "Forms of organization among new migrants: A comparative analysis of Bulgarian Turks, Iraqi Turkmens and Moldavians in Turkey." 
- Parla, Ayse. 2011. "Labor Migration, Ethnic Kinship, and the Conundrum of Citizenship in Turkey." Citizenship Studies.

"Turkish-French Artists: A New Cultural Perspective" Annedith Schneider (2008-2010)
Turkish immigrants constitute a unique community in France in that they do not share a colonial past in a country where public discourse about immigration is closely linked with the traumatic history of colonialism. This project looks at how writers, filmmakers and playwriters of Turkish origin imagine and explore notions of identity in relation to mainstream French and Turkish cultures and to other immigrant cultures and the discourses that surround them. 

"Access to Justice at Crossroads: Sociological Perspectives" Dicle Kogacioglu (2007-2009)
In recent years efforts of law faculties, transnational law offices, Non-governmental Organizations, and international funding agencies have added to the existing work of bar associations in facilitating the reach of disadvantaged social groups to legal venues.

"Redefining “Women’s Place” in Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia: The Case of KAMER" Ayse Gul Altinay (2006-2009)

EU 7th Framework

"Individual Differences in Object Visualization: Cognitive Correlates, Assessment, and Applied Perspectives", Program Marie Curie Career Integration Grants, Olesya Blazhenkova (2014)

EU 6th Framework funded EUROSPHERES Project
"Diversity and the European Public Sphere: Towards a Citizens' Europe" (Project Coordiators: Ayse Oncu, Ayse Gul Altinay and Ahmet Oncu;Post-doctoral Researchers: Bulent Kucuk, Eylem Yanardagoglu)  
EUROSPHERE is a European commission-funded Integrated project within the 6th Frame work Programme. The EUROSPHERE Consortum comprises 17 European universities and research institutes and approximately 150 researchers have worked in the project which was coordinated by the University of Bergen. The 2nd Annual General Assembly Meeting of the EUROSPHERE Project was held in 7-9 December, 2007 in Istanbul. http://eurosphere.uib.no/

UN joint program funded Purple Certificate Program (Ayse Gul Altinay, Betul Celik, Deniz Ceylan, Sibel Irzik, Alev Topuzoglu, Hulya Adak (project coordinator), Gulayse Kocak, Ayse Yuksel, Olcay Ozer-Sabanci University)
As part of the UN joint program for "Promoting and Protecting Women's and Girls' Human Rights," of which the Sabanci Foundation is a partner, the Purple Certificate training program for highschool teachers is held every year at Sabancı University. The program aims to raise gender awareness among highschool teachers and in education in general. Teachers from high schools in the 6 pilot cities selected by the UN joint program come together to listen to lectures on gender by academics specialized in the subjects covered in secondary education, and to participate in seminars, workshops, and discussion sessions. Topics such as gender equality in textbooks, gender in the natural and social sciences and humanities, gender in literature and the arts, adolescent sexual and psychological development, gender sensitive curricula and teaching techniques are covered. Faculty members from several programs in Sabancı University and other universities take part in the sessions.

Chrest Foundation Project: History in the Present: Remembering Women, Coming to Terms with Past Violence, Reimagining the Future, Bridging Divides, Ayşe Gül Altınay (2014)

The Tesvikiye Project is an oral history study of a historic neighborhood in Istanbul.
The Project has been supported by an Internal Research Grant from Sabancı University, as well as by the Oxford University Programme on Contemporary Turkey. The project includes oral history interviews and audio and video recording of the life stories of persons living and/or working in the neighborhood. The goal of the project is to produce a book and a website based on the narratives and images of individuals who remember the past and experience the present in Tesvikiye. (Leyla Neyzi)

DVV International funded Project “Adult Education and Oral History Project Contributing to Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation.” Leyla Neyzi (2009-2011)
Leyla Neyzi's “Adult Education and Oral History Project Contributing to Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation” project has been conducted under the auspices of DVV International (Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association) between August 2009 and February 2010. With Anadolu Kültür from Turkey and the Center for Ethnological Studies “Hazarashen” from Armenia as partners, the main objective of the project is to build bridges between Turkish and Armenian societies through adult education, intercultural exchange and oral history research. As part of the project, twenty university students from Armenia and Turkey were trained in oral history at the student camp organized in Dilijan, Armenia during October 8-14, 2009. Between October and February 2010, teams directed by Professor Hranush Kharatyan-Areqelyan from the Armenian Academy of Sciences and Leyla Neyzi conducted oral history research in Armenia and Turkey respectively. University students in both countries took active role in the process, interviewing individuals from diverse backgrounds and regions, in Turkey and Armenia, in order to record how they remembered and reconstructed recent histroy. The outcomes of the project  was published as tri-lingual book in Turkish, Armenian and English in March 2010. Hopefully, placing the stories side by side in this book will make it possible for people in Turkey and in Armenia to engage in conversation, to speak with and listen to one another.

European Science Foundation and COST funded project: Cultural Literacy in Europe Today - Sibel Irzik (steering committee member) (2009- )
The aim of the ESF-COST project on Cultural Literacy in Europe is to highlight the relevance of literary and cultural studies research to policy-makers and to society in general. We argue not only that literary and cultural studies research makes a key contribution to notions of European identities and cultures, but that it also has a significant role to play in enhancing the understanding of and the essential responses to a range of broader challenges facing Europe today.  This ESF-COST project has been coorganised by a steering group of eight academics from seven European countries, half from the ESF Standing Committee for the Humanities [SCH] and half from COST Domain Committee for Individuals, Societies, Cultures and Health [ISCH]. Between December 2009 and August 2010, the group ran four Strategic Workshops on “Cultural Memory,” “Migration and Translation,” “Electronic Textuality,” and “Biopolitics, Biosociality, and the Body.”  Each of these workshops was an international, interdisciplinary discussion, by invitation, among about 20 academics from three continents, both literary and cultural studies scholars and researchers from other disciplines. The outcomes of the ESF-COST project are two-fold: a volume of essays developed out of the papers given at the Strategic Workshops, and a Science Policy Briefing, directed at European policy-makers, which will be launched in autumn 2011. 
British Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project: Women's Autobiography in Islamic Societies. Hulya Adak (2009-2012)

Mama Cash, Matra Kap/Dutch Embassy and the Open Society Institute funded project: Gender and Sexuality in Turkey. Istanbul, 2002-2006. Hulya Adak, Co-Organizer and co-writer (with Ayse Gul Altinay, Esin Duzel, and Nilgun Bayraktar) of research project on women’s sexuality in Turkey.
The project's aim was collecting and analyzing first-person oral narratives on sexuality from women in Turkey and writing a play based on these narratives ("iste boyle guzelim" is the outcome of this research).

DAAD, Germany funded project: DAAD Intensive Turkish Studies Program at Sabancı University with FU-Berlin, Orient Institut Istanbul, September-October 2004. Academic Coordinator, Hulya Adak
This project was an interdisciplinary program for undergraduate and graduate students from Germany studying diverse disciplines with relevance to Turkey.

Fulbright funded project: “Fulbright Modern Turkish Studies” summer program for high school teachers from the United States, with the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Co-organizer: Hülya Adak, July 2009.
This project was an interdisciplinary program for high school teachers from the United States in any discipline related to Middle East Studies.