Victoria Rowe Holbrook
Near-native fluency in Turkish. Reading knowledge of Ottoman Turkish, Persian, French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, German, Ancient Greek.
2005 American Philosophical Society Research Award
2004 Fulbright Research Award
2003 American Research Institute in
1996 The Turkish Studies Association M. Fuat Köprülü Book Prize (for The Unreadable Shores of Love)
1994-95 American Research
1993-94 Social Science Research Council Advanced Research Grant
1992- Honorary Lifetime Fellow, Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi
Independent Foreign Fiction Award,
1987-2005 Various research
leaves, sabbaticals, and travel grants awarded by
1987-88 Fulbright Council for International Exchange of Scholars Islamic Civilization Program
Languages Research Award
1985-87 Mellon Post-doctoral Teaching and Research
1977-82 Various fellowships
Spiritual Couplets Commentary by Kenan Rifâî. Translation from Turkish. In progress, 657pp.
Rana by Osman Necmi Gürmen. Novel translated from Turkish. Forthcoming, 457pp.
Beauty and Love by Şeyh Galip. 2 vols. Verse translation
of the eighteenth-century Turkish romance and new edition of the text, with
introductions and key.
High Heels by Murathan Mungan. Novel translated from Turkish. Forthcoming, 527pp.
“Hüsn-ü Aşk’a Önsöz,” Yasak Meyve 12 (January/February 2005), 52-59.
Facts, Translation, and the Turkish Literary Past," in translations: (re)shaping of literature and culture,
ed. Saliha Paker.
in Translation,” in Cultural Horizons: A
Festschrift in Honor of Talat S. Halman,
ed. Jayne L. Warner.
“Oceanic Feeling, Narcissism, and the Post-Classical Image,” in The Ottomans and the Sea. Oriente Moderno XX (LXXXI) , n.s. (2000), 245-254.
"Alegorinin Ölümü, Hüsn-ü Aşk'ın Özgünlüğü," in Osmanlı Divan Şiiri Üzerine Metinler
(Texts on Ottoman Divan Poetry), ed. Mehmet Kalpaklı.
“The Intellectual and the State: Poetry in
“In the Mirror of European Fantasy: Greeks and Turks,” Turkish Studies Association Bulletin 23:2 (Fall 1999), 5-11. Reprint.
"Batı'nın Tahayyülünde Yunanlılar ve Türkiyeliler" (Greeks and Turks in the Western Imagination), Defter 32 (Winter 1998), 55-63.
"Klasik-Sonrası İmge, Okyanussal Benlik" (The Post-Classical Image, The Oceanic Self), Toplum ve Bilim 70 (Fall 1996), 199-214.
"Alegorinin Ölümü, Hüsn-ü Aşk'ın Özgünlüğü" (The Death of Allegory, The Originality of Beauty and Love), Defter 27 (Spring 1996), 65-80.
"Muhalefetin Kimliği, Kimliğin Muhalefeti" (The Identity of Opposition, The Opposition of Identity), Defter 26 (Winter 1996), 10-32. Collaborative interview with Edward Said by Meltem Ahıska, Ruşen Çakır, Müge Gürsoy, Victoria Holbrook, and Orhan Koçak.
Klişe yoksa Devralınmış Mazmun Kavramı mı? Galib'in Hayalinde Renk ve Yorumu" (Is it the Trope
which is Cliché, or the Received Concept of Trope? Color and its
Interpretation in Galip's Work) in Şeyh
The Unreadable Shores
of Love: Turkish Modernity and Mystic Romance.
Major reviews: Giampiero Bellingeri, Annali di ca’ foscari, XXXV, 3 1996 and Edebiyat n.s.9:2 1998; Sarah G. Moment Atiş, International Journal of Middle East Studies 8:1 1996; Walter G. Andrews, Turkish Studies Association Bulletin 19:1 1995; Nüket Esen, Gösteri (July 1994).
Turkish translation: Aşkın Okunmaz Kıyıları: Türk Modernitesi ve Mistik Romans, trans. Erol Köroğlu & Engin Kılıç. Istanbul: İletişim Yayınları 1998. 290 pp. Reviews: Ali Tökel, Dergah 109 (March 1999). Selim Kuru, Virgül 15 (January 1999).
went down to the Crossroads of Modernity to meet Orientalism,
Nationalism, and... Ottoman Poetry," New Perspectives on
is Beauty? Subjectivity and Interpretation," in God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty, a Festschrift in honor of
Annemarie Schimmel, ed. Alma Giese & Peter Brugel.
"Rumi, Galib, and the Fortress of Forms," in Poetry and Mysticism in Islam: The Heritage of Rumi, ed. Amin Banani, Richard Hovannisian & Georges Sabagh, 11th Giorgio Levi Della Vida Biennial Conference Ser. Cambridge: Cambridge UP 1994, 178-197.
(Guest Ed. + Intro.) "Papers of the Second Graduate Conference in Difference and the Turkish in the Language Arts," TSAB 17:2 (Fall 1993), 43-135.
"A Technology of Reference: Divan and anti-Divan in the Reception of a Turkish Poet," Edebiyat NS 4 (1993), 49-61.
Ideology and Representation," TASG
News (Newsletter of the Turkish Area Study Group,
"Ibn 'Arabi and Ottoman Dervish Traditions: The Melami Supra-Order," Parts One and Two, Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn `Arabi Society IX (1991), 18-35 and XII (1993), 15-33.
Tastes in the Spiritual Life: Textual Play in the Diffusion of Rumi's Order,"
in The Legacy of Mediaeval Persian Sufism, ed.
Postmodernist Turkish Novel," in Contacts
"Imagery, Ideology and Representation," Gözlem 20 (1992), 4-6.
"Originality and Ottoman Poetics: In the Wilderness of the New," Journal of the American Oriental Society 112:3 (1992), 440-54.
(Guest Ed. + Intro.) Papers of "The Graduate Student Conference in Difference and the Turkish in the Literary Arts," TSAB 15:1 (1991), 64-132.
(Guest Ed. + Intro.) Papers of "The Graduate Student Conference in Difference and the Turkish in the Literary Arts," TSAB 14:2 (1990), 167-233.
Reviews: John Updike, The New Yorker, September 2, 1991; Paul Berman, The New Republic, August 1991; Jay Parini, The New York Times Book Review, May 19, 1991; Christopher Lehman-Haupt, The New York Times, April 29, 1991; Savkar Altinel, The Times Literary Supplement, October 12-18, 1990.
(Article) "The Future of Turkish Literary Studies and Proficiency: A Different Set of Guidelines," American Association of Teachers of Turkish Newsletter No. 8 (1990), 26-30.
"Galib's Beauty and Love: The Ultimate Romance." Doctoral Diss. Princeton 1985, 618 pp.
SERVICE ON EDITORIAL
2006- Advisory Board, Cunda Translation Workshop
2004- Advisory Committee member, Rumi Institute at Near Eastern University, Mersin/Lefkoşa
2003- Middle Eastern Literatures (book series, Routlege)
1999-The Journal of Turkish Literature (
1998-2004 Virgül (
Orientalism by Edward Said (in Turkish translation), Virgül 28 (March 2000), 6-10.
A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani (in Turkish translation), Virgül 7 (April 1998), 32-35.
Rhetorics and Politics in Afghan Traditional Storytelling by Margaret A. Mills, Association for the Advancement of Central
Asian Research Bulletin
Turkish Sampler: Writings for all Readers by Müge Galin, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 26 (1992), 240.
The Ottoman Lady: A Social History from 1718 to 1918 by Fanny Davis, Journal of the American Oriental Society 111:3 (1991), 605-606.
Tales Alive in
Never Pass This Way
by Gene LePere, The
New York Times Book Review,
Kings of Love: The History and Poetry of the Ni'matullahi Sufi Order of Iran by Nasrollah Pourjavady and Peter Lamborn Wilson, JAOS 107:2 (1987), 374.
A Persian Sufi Poem: Vocabulary and Terminology by Bo Utas, JAOS 107:3 (1987), 529-530.
Mystical Poems of Rumi, trans. A. J. Arberry, JAOS 107:3 (1987), 530.
2005 (screenplay) Solo by Ziya Öztan and Tarık Akan.
2002 (play, produced in 2002
at La Mama theater in
2001 (Film treatment) Mr. J’s Point by Rüstem Batur.
1999 with Aron
Aji (play, produced at the
1998 (Full shooting script) Via Beyrut, screenplay and dir. Derviş Zaim. In production.
(Dialogue list) Journey to the Sun, screenplay and dir. Yeşim Ustaoğlu. Released.
(Screenplay) Ataturk, The Blonde Wolf by Atilla İlhan.
(Screenplay) Stateless, screenplay and dir. Semih Kaplanoğlu.
1987 (Dialogue list) Somersault in a Coffin, screenplay and dir. Derviş Zaim. Released.
(Treatment) Seashells on the Steppe, screenplay and dir. Ahmet Ulucay.
CONSULTING and OTHER ACTIVITIES
2001 Appeared in PBS 3-hour documentary film “Islam: Empire of Faith,” dir. Robert Gardener.
1995 Translator from the Turkish for
Divan, a non-profit foundation for group translation of poetry, based in
1992-present Consultant to Stephanie Capparell, producer of the documentary film, "Nazım Hikmet: Living is a Beautiful Thing."
1991 Consultant to the Pegasus Literary Prize Committee which awarded its prize to the Turkish novelist Bilge Karasu for his Gece (Night, trans. Güneli Gün, Louisiana State University Press 1994).
AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, 1987-2005
Courses designed and taught:
--Turkish 811, Seminar in Turkish & Ottoman Studies
TOPICS (listed in year when taught for the first time) 1998: Critical Approaches to Modernist Literature and Culture. 1997: International Modernism and the Turkish Second Modern. 1996: Modernism and Authenticity in Turkish Poetry. 1994: Literature and Culture of the Turkish Left. 1993: The Philosophical and the Fantastic: Ottoman Literature 1600-1800. 1992: Poetics of Change: Religion and Representation in Modern Turkish Culture. 1991: Sufism and Ottoman Intellectual Traditions. 1990: The Theory of the Other and the Turkish Novel.
--Turkish 721, Studies in Turkish & Ottoman Literature & Criticism
(listed when taught for the first time, not when repeated) 1999: The Modernist
Novel. 1997: Orientalist
Reception of Ottoman Dervish Thought and Culture. 1996: Ottoman Literary and Intellectual
Culture, 17th-18th Centuries. 1994: Beauty and Love by Şeyh Galib. 1993:
Language and National Identity in
Comparative Studies 672, Poetry and Politics in the 20th-Century
Eastern Languages and Cultures/Comparative Studies 675, Intellectuals in the
--Turkish 651, Modern Turkish Poetry and Prose
641, Travels in
--Turkish 627, Classical Turkish Poetry
--Turkish 611, Ottoman Orthography, Conventions and Style
Fulfilling Undergraduate General Education Requirement:
Near Eastern Languages and Cultures/Comparative Studies 374, The
Novel in the
-- Near Eastern Languages and Cultures 372, Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World
--Turkish 372, Turkish Literature in Translation
--Turkish 371, Turkish Sufism
Studies 358, Film and Literature as Narrative Art in the
--Turkish 241, Turkish Culture
--Turkish 101, 102, 103, 104, 401, 402, Modern Turkish, first and second years
Other courses taught at OSU:
--NELC 272, Masterpieces of Near Eastern Literature in Translation
--Comparative Studies 103, Psychological Themes in Literature (Western literature)
a Visiting Professor at BILKENT UNIVERSITY,
--Edeb 503, Divan Edebiyati
--Edeb 513, Tasavvuf Edebiyati
--Edeb 514, Divan Edebiyati Semineri
--Edeb 530, Edebi Çeviri
a Visiting Professor at
--Phil 202, Philosophy and the Modern Mind
--Soci 320, History and Foundations of Sociological Theory
a Visiting Professor at
--TKL 429 Problematics in Theory of Mesnevi Literature
As a Mellon Fellow at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, 1985-87
--Turkish/Comparative Literature G4113x, Islamicate Romance: Faces of Beauty and Love
--Literature Humanities C1001x-C1002y, Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy
--Oriental Humanities V3399x (Guest lecturer in Islamic texts)
B.A thesis supervised:
"Farid ad-Din `Attar," Department of Religion
SUPERVISION OF THESES
1. Hulya Adak, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature 2001,
“Intersubjectivity: Halide Edip or the ‘Ottoman/Turkish Woman’ as the Subject of Knowledge.”
2. Ahmet Ağır, M.A. in Turkish 1998,
"The Intellectuality of Gunay Rodoplu, Main Character of Alev Alatlı's Quartet: By God, You Threw me to the Wolves, Viva la Muerte, Nuke Turkey, Musti Turkey is OK.
3. Zekeriya Başkal, M.A. in Turkish 1998, OSU:
“Identity, Intellectuals and the Generation of ’68 in the Trilogy by Adalet Ağaoğlu: Lying Down to Die, A Wedding Party, No…”
4. Bülent Bekçioglu, M.A. in Turkish 1997, OSU:
"The Experience of Modernity and Turkish Poetry."
5. Hülya Bulut, M.A. in Turkish 2001, Bilkent Üniversitesi:
“Yeniliklere Dolu Yüzyıldan İki ‘Yeni’ İsim: Nedim-Levni ve Eserlerindeki Sevgili Figürleri.”
6. Victoria Clement, M.A. in Turkish 1999, OSU:
Politics of Social Reference in Soviet
7. Natalie Corvington, M.A. in Comparative Studies, OSU:
8. Hatice Coza, M.A. candidate in Turkish, OSU.
9. Hiclal Demir, M.A. in Turkish 2001, Bilkent Üniversitesi:
“Çağlarını Eleştiren Divan Şairleri: Hayreti – Usuli – Hayali.”
10. Kerim Demirci, M.A. in Turkish 1998, OSU:
"Temel: New Figure in the Academic Sphere, Stereotyped Character in Turkish Humor."
11. Yücel Demirer, One-of-a-Kind Ph.D. 2004, OSU.
12. Gönül Ertem, Ph.D. in Anthropology 1999, University of Texas/Austin:
"Dancing to Modernity: Cultural Politics of Cherkess Nationhood in the Heartland of
13. Sibel Erol, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature 1993, University of California/Berkeley:
"Narratives of Stillness: A Re-examination of the Bildungsroman."
14. Özgen Felek, M.A. in Turkish 2003, OSU:
“The Death of Narcissus: An Experiment in the Psychoanalysis of an Ottoman Poet.”
15. Todor Kafala, M.A. in Turkish, OSU:
"The Poetry of Ahmet Haşim."
16. Ferhat Karabulut, M.A. in Turkish 1998, OSU:
Turkish Woman and Leyla Erbil:
Political and Ideological Consciousness of Female Protagonists in
17. Abbas Karakaya, M.A. in Turkish 2001, OSU.
18. Duygu Köksal, Ph.D. in Government 1996, UT/Austin:
"Nationalism and Modern
19. Suzan Osman, M.A. in Turkish 1997, OSU:
"Jadidist Texts in Context: A Critical Perspective."
20. Sylvia Wing Önder, One-of-a-Kind Ph.D. OSU:
"Women Healers in a
21. Adem Hakan Özoğlu, Master in Liberal Studies 1993, OSU:
"Kurdish National Discourse: The PKK and the Şeyh Said Revolt."
_____, Ph.D. in History 1997, OSU:
22. Özlem Sert, M.A. in Social Science 2001, Haceteppe Üniversitesi:
“Hıristyan ve İslam Kültüründe Eshab-ı Kehf (Yedi Uyurlar) İnancı.”
23. Nima Shafaieh, M.A. in Turkish, OSU:
"Azeri National Literature: The Case of Fuzuli."
24. Göksun Yazıcı, M.A. in Turkish 2001, Bilkent Üniversitesi:
“Taaşşuk-ı Talat ve Fitnat’ın İdeal Okuru.”
2006 “Modernism, Adultery and Sweat,” at the
conference “Narratives: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” Swiss Ethnological
2005 “A Sword of Attention in the Hand of his
Glance,” at the panel, “Reading Oriental Romance,” Modern Language Association
2004 “High Heels,” Keynote Speaker at the
Mediterranean Institute of Women’s Studies,
2003 “Poetry and Politics in the 20th-Century
2002 “Terrorism and the Trust,” at the symposium
Teaching Islam after September 11,
Culture and the Voice of the Ottoman Lyric,” at the conference The Impact of the Ottoman Empire on Early
2001 Day-long seminar on Ottoman literature as part of a two-week course on Turkish Literary and Cultural Studies at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul.
“Poetry Sivil,” at the Center for Transitional Societies Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
“Iran and Turan: Literary Debates,” at the conference Iran and Turan, Center for Documents and Diplomatic History, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tehran, Iran.
2000 “Divan Şiirinde Zamanın Mekanı” (The Space of Time in Divan Şiiri), at the conference Osmanlı Dünyasında Kültürel Yapılanma ve Mimarlik (Architecture and Cultural Structuring in the Ottoman World), Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
“The Death of Allegory and the Birth of the Novel,” University of Michigan.
“Social and Literary Form: A Comparison of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Poetics,” University of Michigan.
“Beauty and Love and the Question of Where Truth Comes From,” University of Michigan.
1999 "Indian Style Imagery," at the conference Osmanlı Dünyasında Şiir (Poetry in the Ottoman World), Istanbul.
“The Ottoman Ghazal as Part of a Trans-linguistic Culture,” at the conference Ghazal as a Genre of World Literature, Orient-Institut, Beirut, Lebanon.
1998 "Invoking Secularism, Blaming Modernism," at the conference The Use and Abuse of the Past, Swedish Research Institute, Istanbul.
"Turkey: Emerging Regional Power or State in Crisis," Columbus Council on World Affairs.
"Cultural Re-Imagining and World War I: Ottoman Defeat, Turkish Victory," Ohio State University, Western European Studies Center.
and Intellectual Culture," Koç University,
1997 Paper: "Batı'nın Hayalinde Yaşamak" (Living in the European Fantasy), at the conference Yunanlılar, Türkiyeliler, Ulusal Kimlik (Greeks, Turks, National Identity), BİLAR, Istanbul.
1996 "Concealed Facts: Moments in the History of Turkish Translation," at the International Conference on Translation Studies in memory of Prof. André Lefevere: translations: (re)shaping of literature and culture, Bosphorus University, Istanbul.
"Oceanic Feeling and Post-Classical Ottoman Poetry," at the Skilliter Library Colloquium on Ottoman History: The Ottomans and the Sea, Newnham College, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England.
"Authenticity of the Self, Modernism, and Turgut Uyar" American Research Institute in Turkey, Istanbul.
1995 "Modernism and Authenticity," Sarıca Toplantısı, Istanbul.
"Şeyh Galip ve Alegori Üzerine" (About Şeyh Galip and Allegory), BİLAR, Istanbul.
"Mazmun mu Klişe yoksa Devralınmış Mazmun Kavramı mı? Galip'in Hayalinde Renk ve Yorumu" (Is it the Trope which is Cliché, or the Received Concept of Trope? Color and its interpretation in Galip's Work), at the conference Şeyh Galip Sempozyumu, Tarık Zafer Tunaya Kültür Merkezi, Istanbul.
1993 "From the Classic to the Postmodern," Bosphorus University, Istanbul.
"Nationalism, Philology, and Culture in Modern and Ottoman Turkish Literary Studies," the Eighth Annual Middle East History & Theory Workshop Conference, University of Chicago
Same topic, Columbia University.
"Who's Afraid of Unity? Revolutionary Desire and Vahdet-i Vücud," at the 10th Annual Symposium of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society: Prayer and Contemplation, Collingwood College, Durham University, England.
1992 "Subjectivity and the State: Poetry in Istanbul during the 1790's," at the First Skilliter Library Colloquium on Ottoman History: The Ottoman Empire in the Eighteenth Century, Newnham College, Cambridge University.
"Ibn 'Arabi and Ottoman Dervish Traditions: The Melami Supra-Order, Part Two," 9th Annual Symposium of the Ibn `Arabi Society: "Theophany and Imagination," Wadham College, Oxford University.
"Postmodernism and Turkish Fiction," Columbia U.
1991 "Yunus Emre, Filoloji ve Türk Halk Geleneği," at the conference Uluslararası Yunus Emre Semineri, UNESCO Türkiye Milli Komisyonu, Ankara, Turkey.
"The Tower of Difference: Translation of Ottoman Poetry," annual meeting of the Mid-East Literary Seminar, The Impact of Translation, Princeton University.
"Postmodernism and the Turkish Novel," University of Washington College Seminar Series, Seattle.
1990 "Ibn 'Arabi and Ottoman Dervish Traditions: The Melami Supra-Order," 4th Annual Symposium of the Ibn 'Arabi Society: Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi, 1165-1240 A.D., His Life and Times, University of California/Berkeley.
Narratives of Turkish Studies,"
1989 "Polemicizing the Poetic: Divan and anti-Divan in Turkish Criticism," first annual meeting of the Mid-East Literary Seminar, Canonicity and Middle Eastern Texts, OSU.
1987 "The Castle of Forms: Rumi and Galib," Eleventh Biennial Conference of the Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award in Islamic studies, The Heritage of Rumi, in honor of Annemarie Schimmel.
Turkish Romance: From Metaphor to Symbol," Society of Fellows in the Humanities
Symposium, Begetting Images,
"The Paradigm of Love and Turkish Romance," OSU.
1986 "The Paradigm of Love
and Types of Romance,"
"Bektashi Lyrics: A Question of Style," at the conference University of Strasbourg, L'école des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, l'Institut Francais d'études Anatoliennes d'Istanbul, Groupe de Recherche d'études Orientales: International Round Table, "L'Ordre des Bektachis et les Groupes se Réclamant de Hadji-Bektach," Strasbourg, France.
"Christian Disciples at the
Funeral of a Muslim Saint," Society of Fellows in the Humanities
Symposium: "Cultures in Confrontation,"
1985 "Aesthetics of Shaykh Galib,"
"Genre and Style
in Turkish Narrative Poetry,"
1983 "Hüsn-ü Aşk'ta Kale-i Zat'üs-Suver" annual Türkoloji
Poetry in Beauty and Love,"
American Research Institute in
1982 "Mevlevi Music and
Calligraphy," School of International and Public Affairs,
1981 "History of Turkish
Music," Austrian Cultural Center,
1998 "Modernism and Social
Change: In Honor of Adalet Ağaoğlu,"
1997 (Co-directed) "Yunanlılar, Türkiyeliler, Ulusal Kimlik" (Greeks,
Turks, National Identity), Bilim ve
1994 "Culture and Society:
The Third Graduate Conference in Difference and the Turkish in the Language
1992 "Poetics of Change: The Second Graduate Conference in Difference and the Turkish in the Language Arts," OSU.
1989 "Canonicity and Middle Eastern Texts," first annual meeting of the Mid-East Literary Seminar, OSU.
"Begetting Images," Society of Fellows in the Humanities Symposium,
1998 "The Coup Novel: An
Interview with Adalet Ağaoğlu,"
at the conference Modernism and Social
Change: In Honor of Adalet Ağaoğlu,
Paper: "The Second Modern and the
Ottomanesque," Middle East Studies Association (
1995 Respondant for Walter Andrews, "Metin
Nerede? Hangi Metin? Kimin Metni? Latifi Tezkiresi''nden Derrida'nın
GLAS'ına, Bilgisayardan Metinler Üzerine Post-Modern Teorilere..."
(Where's the Text? What Text? Whose Text? From Latifi's Tezkire to
"Historiographies of the
1993 Paper: "Theory's Not
Dead—It's Just Moved to
Chair: "Beyond Margins: Turkish
Cultural Studies and the
1992 Paper: "Nationalist or
Modernist? The Poet Yahya
Chair: "That Obscure Object of
1991 Paper: "You and I and
the Language of Verse," annual
Chair: "The Subjects of Ottoman
Faculty advisor and Chair: "The
Faculty advisor and Chair: "Graduate Student Conference in Greek and Turkish Modernism," OSU
1990 Chair: "The Legacy of
Persian Sufi Literature to Classical Persian Culture," a the conference Legacy of Persian Sufism,
Director of special meeting of The
Graduate Conference in Difference and the Turkish in the Literary Arts, annual
Paper: "Postmodernism and Turkish
Fiction: Orhan Pamuk's Beyaz Kale,"
Chair: "The Sign at The Crossroads: Discourses of of
Chair: "The Greek Others,"
Paper: "A Postmodernist Turkish
Novel," 33rd International Congress of Asian and North African Studies,
1988 Departmental representative:
"Intertextuality and Middle Eastern Texts,"
Mid-East Literary Seminar,
Director of lecture series: "Modes of Discourse in Turkish Texts," Professors Talat Halman, Annemarie Schimmel, and Ilhan Başgöz, OSU
1986 Chair: "Narrative
Paper: "The Paradigm of Love and
Types of Romance,"
Respondent for Þerif
Galib's Masnavi Commentary,"
American Oriental Society annual meeting,
1985 Paper: "The Turkish
Symbolists' Narrative Roots," annual
Paper: "Personality and Literary
1984 Paper: "Aesthetics of Shaykh Galib," annual
At Ohio State University, 1987-2005:
Coordinator of the Turkish Program in Ottoman and Modern Language, Literature, and Culture
Associate Faculty of the Division of Comparative Studies
Affiliate of the Center for Folklore Studies
Initiated a faculty exchange agreement between
Initiated a student exchange agreement between OSU and
- Co-authored with Margaret Mills an OSU Academic Enrichment Funds proposal for the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures ($150,000), 1998.
- Since 1997 engaged in on-going negotiations for an agreement between the Agha Khan Educational Foundation and OSU, for OSU to offer a one-year certificate program for instruction in educational technology to Tajik educators.
Initiated in 1997 and continue to coordinate an annual faculty exchange
agreement between OSU and
- Authored the Turkish Studies Developmental Proposal, submitted to The Republic of Turkey on behalf of The Ohio State University College of the Humanities, the Department of Near Eastern, Judaic, and Hellenic Languages and Literatures, and the Committee on Turkish Studies, 1993 ($1,500,000).
- Founded in 1990 a biennial international conference on Ottoman/Modern Turkish/Turkic Literary and Cultural Studies for graduate students and recent Ph.D.'s.
- Designed course offerings and degrees in Ottoman and Modern Turkish, 1988-present.
- Helped draft proposals for departmental B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.
- Wrote Strategic Plans for Turkish and Persian programs in 1988.
- Founded Turkish and Persian video film library, 1988.
- Wrote proposals for funding of lecture series, conferences, and scholarships, 1988-present.
SERVICE ON COMMITTEES:
Turkish Studies Association Nominating Committee, Chair, 1990-92
Research and Graduate Council - Research Committee - Senate - Faculty Council - Mediterranean Progam (founding member) - Internal Review Committee, Department of Near Eastern, Judaic, and Hellenic Languages and Literatures
Turkish Studies Development (Chair), Dean's Advisory
Faculty Duties and Responsibilities (Chair) - Language Instruction - Chair's Advisory - Chair's Council - Graduate Studies (Chair) - Colloquium and Lectures - Graduate Associates and Lecturers - Curriculum – Cultural Theory Search - Chair Search - Arabic search - Hebrew search - Persian search - Instructional Unit Representatives - Strategic Planning - Ph.D
2003 6 months' research on
Turkish cultural politics,
1994-96 15 months'
research on modernist Turkish poetry,
1993-94 6 months' research
on Turkish modernism,
1988-89 9 months' research
on Ottoman manuscript commentaries on Persian poetry, Süleymaniye
and Topkapı libraries,
1979-84 5 years' research on Ottoman poetry, music theory, voice, reed flute and the art of making flutes, calligraphy, and Sufism at the Turkish National Classical Music Chorus, National Conservatory, Istanbul and Bosphorus Universities, and with private teachers, Istanbul
1978 3 months' research in
classical Persian poetry and vocal music at the
2005-present Self-employed writer and translator.
1987-2005 Assistant, then Associate Professor of Turkish at Ohio State University, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; Associate Faculty in Comparative Studies; Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Folklore Studies.
Professor, Bilkent Unversity,
1998 Visiting Professor,
1995 Visiting Professor,
1985-1987 Mellon Teaching and Research Fellow, Society for Fellows in the Humanities, and Lecturer, Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.
teacher of English at primary and secondary schools, the Turco-British
Association, and privately,
1977 Assistant Director,
Assistant to Professor Wilson B. Bishai,
1972-1980 Employed and self-employed, full-time or part-time, as singer, musician, band leader, composer and lyricist under contracts in New Orleans, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Boston, and Istanbul.