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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Jeannette Okur

Lecturer Ph.D., Ankara University, 2007

EUS 347 • Turks In Europe

35715 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PAR 304
(also listed as ISL 372, MEL 321 )
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In the last century, international markets, political conditions, and the desire for “a better life” have spurred mass migration to “First World” nations, creating a myriad of new socio-cultural and political-economic constellations as well as serious structural challenges. Interactions between Europeans and Turks, for example, are not new, but seem have increased in variety and complexity since the post-World War II era, when European countries began importing Turkish labor. Today over 9 million Turks live, work and study in Europe, some with full citizenship rights, others with permanent or temporary visas; and their presence has impacted not only European economies, but also European politics, media, education systems, social structures, cultural norms, the arts scene, and even language. Students in this course will first examine local and transnational forces that have driven (and continue to drive) Turkish-European interactions, and then focus on key issues that have emerged in the context of 20th century Turkish migration to and settlement in Europe as well as in the context of Turkey’s more recent bid to join the European Union. In addition to texts by sociologists, political scientists and cultural anthropologists, students will analyze Turkish-European literary and cinematic depictions of the distinctive economic, socio-cultural, and political changes associated with the migration of Turks to Europe and their transition from guest worker to transnational citizen. Among the topics to be discussed are: social processes and cultural adaptation; the education of second-, third- and fourth-generation migrants; the relationship of civil society and Islam; ethnic communities and ethnic business; citizenship and political participation; asylum movements and xenophobia; and attitudes toward the European Union. Class sessions will be discussion-based and focus on a critical analysis of the arguments presented in the readings and films. Languages Across the Curriculum Component: Students who have completed the Intermediate Turkish sequence (ie. have earned a grade of C or higher in TUR 320L) are eligible to sign up for an additional credit hour in Turkish language via the “Languages Across the Curriculum Program”. Students taking this credit hour with Dr. Okur will read and discuss short texts in Turkish (and view and discuss additional Turkish films) related to the main course topics.

Texts

Required Full Texts (to buy): 1. Abadan-Unat, Nermin. Turks in Europe: from guest worker to transnational citizen. New York : Berghahn Books, 2011. 2. Öner, Selcen. Turkey and the European Union: The Question of European Identity. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2011. (e-book available through UT Library) 3. Ören, Aras. Please, No Police. Trans. Teoman Sıpahigil. Austin, TX: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1992. 4. Özdamar, Emine Sevgi. The Bridge of the Golden Horn. Trans. Martin Chalmers. London: Serpents Tail, 2009. All other excerpted texts will provided via Blackboard/Canvas.

Grading

Attendance and Participation 20%, Reader Response Papers 40%, “Turks in Europe Snapshot” Presentation 10%, Final (Critical Essay) Exam 30%

EUS 347 • Turks In Europe

36535 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm PAR 101
(also listed as ISL 372, MEL 321 )
show description

In the last century, international markets, political conditions, and the desire for “a better life” have spurred mass migration to “First World” nations, creating a myriad of new socio-cultural and political-economic constellations as well as serious structural challenges.  Interactions between Europeans and Turks, for example, are not new, but seem have increased in variety and complexity since the post-World War II era, when European countries began importing Turkish labor. Today over 9 million Turks live, work and study in Europe, some with full citizenship rights, others with permanent or temporary visas; and their presence has impacted not only European economies, but also European politics, media, education systems, social structures, cultural norms, the arts scene, and even language.  Students in this course will first examine local and transnational forces that have driven (and continue to drive) Turkish-European interactions, and then focus on key issues that have emerged in the context of 20th century Turkish migration to and settlement in Europe as well as in the context of Turkey’s more recent bid to join the European Union.  In addition to texts by sociologists, political scientists and cultural anthropologists, students will analyze Turkish-European literary and cinematic depictions of the distinctive economic, socio-cultural, and political changes associated with the migration of Turks to Europe and their transition from guest worker to transnational citizen. Among the topics to be discussed are: social processes and cultural adaptation; the education of second-, third- and fourth-generation migrants; the relationship of civil society and Islam; ethnic communities and ethnic business; citizenship and political participation; asylum movements and xenophobia; and attitudes toward the European Union.  Class sessions will be discussion-based and focus on a critical analysis of the arguments presented in the readings and films. This course has no prerequisites.

TENTATIVE Texts

Required Full Texts:

  1. Abadan-Unat, Nermin.  Turks in Europe: from guest worker to transnational citizen.  New York : Berghahn Books, 2011.
  2. Öner, Selcen.  Turkey and the European Union: The Question of European Identity.  Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2011.
  3. Ören, Aras.  Please, No Police.  Trans. Teoman Sıpahigil. Austin, TX: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1992.
  4. Özdamar, Emine Sevgi. The Bridge of the Golden Horn. Trans. Martin Chalmers. London:  Serpents Tail, 2009.
  5. Additional texts available on Blackboard.

Grading

Students' course grade will be based on active participation in class discussions (20%); satisfactory completion of (8 out of 10) reader response papers (40%); the quality of their “Turks in Europe Snapshot”, a short oral presentation on a historical event or contemporary issue related to Turks’ experience in or contributions to Europe (10%); and a final (critical essay) exam (30%).

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