Awards & Scholarships:
Tübitak (Scientific and Technological Research Council for Turkey )(Sept 2014 – Sept 201)
My studies in Turkey were funded by the Research Fellowship for International Researchers from which I won 12 months of funding. During this time I pursued language studies in Turkey for Modern Turkish and Ottoman as well as working through archive collections gathering and collating material for my PhD research. In addition I presented in both English and Turkish in several academic institutions and attended conferences being held in Turkey pertaining to my research.
Reaching Out From Higher Education: (Mar 2013 - July 2014)
This Arts and Humanities Research Council funded scheme run by the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, University of Birmingham was administered by the university's Cultural Engagement staff. My participation in this eighteen month scheme involved general training in Presentation, Inspiring Young People, Design and Delivery, Media Training, Fund-raising in the Arts, Putting on an Event and several other methods of public engagement.
Myself and a colleague from the programme were placed with Town Hall Symphony Hall in Birmingham where we co-created and delivered a public engagement project resulting in a written report and presentation at the end of the project period.
I was also invited to become a member of the project management board in the capacity of a Participant Representative. The board met quarterly to discuss project progress and outputs.
İstanbul Bilimler Akademisi (12th - 31st August 201)
Ottoman History and Culture Summer School
I was awarded a scholarship from İBA to attend this programme. This summer school featured a combination of academic study and heritage visits to major historical sites under the guidance of expert academics in each field. Classes included an intensive programme of Ottoman Turkish which brought complete beginners to a competent standard of sight reading for printed texts in the Ottoman language while the history lectures covered the wide history of the empire across the centuries giving overviews of the key themes in Ottoman Social, Economic, Political and Art History as well as the History of Thought in the Empire. The programme also facilitated information for researchers on how to conduct research on Ottoman studies in Turkey explaining the resources available both in various collections and the training courses available as well as the procedures required to take advantage of these opportunities. Additionally along with several other participants I was invited to give a speech of thanks at the certificate presentation ceremony for this course.
Ministry of Culture Summer School (June - July 2013)
I was granted a scholarship from the Turkish Government to attend a summer school run by the Turkish Ministry of Culture. The programme included visits to major Turkish heritage sites in Istanbul, Çannakale, Bursa and Ankara as well as trips to the Prime Ministry Ottoman archives and lectures at the Turkish Cultural Foundation in Istanbul and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara Palace. Following the visit, I was required to submit an evaluation paper on the programme to the Ministry of Culture.
Projects Participated In:
Barber Institute of the Arts (30 February 2014)
I made a visit to the coin room at the Barber after being told that there was a small collection of unexamined Ottoman coins there. The result was that I assisted a colleague in numismatics with the cataloguing of the Ottoman collection including photographing, weighing measuring and recording of data on the coins.
Postgraduate Student Workshops (Dec 2013 - Present)
I am currently registered with the University of Birmingham to facilitate interactive workshops promoting my subject area of Ottoman studies to groups of young people of varying ages. These workshops are due to be delivered, subject to availability, at university open days or special events as well as in schools requesting 'taster' sessions of university life for their students. Training for these sessions is currently ongoing and focussed on engaging young people in the subject in an interactive and fun way as well as promoting higher education to students considering university applications.
GEM - Gate to the Eastern Mediterranean:
Society President (June 2013 - June 2014)
Student Society for the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, (CBOMGS) at the University of Birmingham.
I have been involved with this society since its creation, chairing weekly presentations and personally presenting papers. I have also contributed to the Ottoman Studies sections of the society website, newsletter Facebook group and Twitter account as well as promoting the society and its events to both the university community and a wider more general audience.
Current projects and future plans for the society include outreach to undergraduates in related fields and interdisciplinary projects and events with other fields of study and student societies. We will also be working closely with the annual CBOMGS postgraduate colloquium for future years. Additionally we shall continue with the forum which allows postgraduate students to present research papers to other students and academics in a friendly environment and get feedback on their work as well as improving presentation and lecturing skills.
We have expanded the content of forum sessions to include round-table debates and workshop sessions. chaired by postgraduates with pre-assigned optional readings and these have been well received by both staff and students with many students being eager to devise and chair sessions.