Welcome to my page.  I am a professor of Humanities and Turkish Studies in Honors College at Portland State University.

I have been a Portlander since 1997, but I am originally a native of Ankara, Turkey. I have also studied and lived in Izmir and Istanbul. These three cities are among the largest in Turkey today, Ankara being the country's capital. In addition to Turkey, I have also traveled and researched in Europe, most notably in Holland and Germany.

Most of my early schooling took place in Turkey. During the 1980s I was a university student in Turkey. I received my BA and MA degrees in Ege University, Izmir, Turkey (1985, 1988). I attended Ankara Ataturk Anadolu Lisesi (high school).  My ties to Turkey remain strong. 

I came to the United States in 1987 for the first time in order to participate in a USIA-sponsored cultural exchange program organized for emerging writers.  In my group were young writers from sixteen different countries of the world. I have stayed in touch with some of my fellow awardees, who now are accomplished playwrights, story-tellers, and journalists.

My doctoral degree is from the University of Texas at Austin (1995), where I studied literature and area studies as a Fulbright scholar and taught Turkish in the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures.

At the time I began my doctoral work at UT-Austin, I had also completed my doctoral coursework and comprehensives at Ankara University, Faculty of Letters (DTCF). In fact, prior to my first appointment at Portland State University, Department of World Languages and Literatures, I worked as an assistant professor for Ankara University. In Turkey, I also coordinated a joint-study abroad program organized by the University of Texas-Austin and University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul (1997, 1998). 

I have been teaching in a university setting since 1988. I am a modernist; my research ranges from the early twentieth century to the present. My research and teaching interests cover modern Turkish literature and popular culture, Turkish cinema, and women and gender in Turkey. These are topics I approach using a historical framework and through an interdisciplinary cultural studies methodology. 

Blog Updates

  • TUR 361 U Turkey through Film 2015 Spring 2015 course for 4 CreditsAdviser approved elective for WLL majors Culture course for WLL: Turkish minorsUniversity Studies: Global StudiesElective for COTA Film Studies majors and CLAS English Dept. Film minorsReadings and discussions in English; subtitles in English.Tuesday-Thursday 2:00-3:50pmSign up during Spring 2015 registration
    Posted Feb 10, 2015, 5:45 PM by Pelin Basci
  • Keep your eye on the new prize for Turkish Poetry in Translation The Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival of NC announces:a new prize for Turkish Poetry in translation, named in honor of the late Turkish poet and columnist Meral Divitçi. The Meral Divitci Prize has been established by the Divitci family to encourage translations of complete books of poems by 20th and 21st century Turkish Poets to English. The award includes a cash prize of $1,000 and submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2014. More information: Please feel free to post the attached flyer and distribute this announcement.   Selection Committee: John Balaban, Professor of English & Poet in Residence at NC State University Erdağ Göknar, Asst. Professor of Turkish & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke ...
    Posted Dec 17, 2013, 5:16 PM by Pelin Basci
  • Register for Turkey Through Film in Spring 2013 TUR 361 U Turkey Through Film (4 credits) Tuesday-Thursday 2:00-3:50pm Discussions & Readings in English; Films with subtitlesFor students interested in Middle East, Balkan and Mediterranean cinemas.  -An adviser approved elective for Department of WLL majors.-An upper division culture course for Department of WLL: Turkish minors. -An elective for Film Studies majors in TA and Film minors in English. -University Studies: Global Studies.-An adviser approved elective for International Studies and Turkish Studies Certificate. Lectures,discussions, readings and presentations on films by critically acclaimed directors
    Posted Mar 11, 2013, 3:44 PM by Pelin Basci
  • ARIT Summer Fellowships 2013  ARIT Summer Fellowships for Intensive Advanced Turkish at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul: application deadline is February 5, 2013
    Posted Dec 24, 2012, 12:04 AM by Pelin Basci
  • New conversation courses TUR 199 Turkish Conversation. Monday 11:30-12:20 for continuing TUR 102 students and novice learners. Instructor: Ms. YaylalıTUR 299 Turkish Conversation. Wednesday 11:30-12:20 for continuing TUR 202 students and intermediate learners. Instructor: Ms. Yaylalı
    Posted Dec 19, 2012, 12:14 PM by Pelin Basci
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