Call for Submissions: 2021 OTSA Awards and Prizes

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From: Baki Tezcan <btezcan@ucdavis.edu>


Call for Submissions – 2021 Awards and Prizes

The Ottoman and Turkish Studies (OTSA) is pleased to announce its annual
award and prize competitions for 2021. Eight award competitions are
listed in this announcement, the last three of which are administered by
the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT). Please
read the instructions for each carefully, noting the final date and
details for the submission of materials. OTSA encourages scholars and
students to apply for awards, and invites teachers to encourage their
students to apply as well!

In the context of OTSA’s self-reflection on institutional history for
our 50th anniversary, the OTSA Board is reconsidering the names of its
awards and prizes in 2021 through a deliberative process currently
underway. Accordingly, the prize names in the first five competitions
below may change between now and when awards are announced. Such
potential name change(s) would not affect any of the award or prize
categories, deadlines, eligibility requirements, or other criteria. We
will inform recipients of the awards or prizes of the outcome of
deliberations over name change(s) as soon as possible and in all
circumstances prior to any public announcement of their receipt of an
award or prize.

1.    M. FUAT KÖPRÜLÜ BOOK PRIZE ($1000)
2.    THE ÖMER LÜTFİ BARKAN ARTICLE PRIZE ($300)
3.    THE SYDNEY N. FISHER GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER PRIZE ($200)
4.    HALİDE EDİP ADIVAR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION ($1500)
5.    VANGELIS KECHRIOTIS MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT ($500)
6.    AATT THE JAMES W. REDHOUSE STUDENT PRIZE ($100)
7.    AATT WALTER G. ANDREWS OTTOMAN TURKISH TRANSLATION AWARD ($250)
8.    AATT NORMAN ITZKOWITZ SHORT STORY AWARD ($250)


1.    M. FUAT KÖPRÜLÜ BOOK PRIZE ($1000)

An annual prize awarded to the most outstanding book in the field of
Ottoman and Turkish studies published in the previous year (copyright
date of 2020), sponsored by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association
with the generous support of our dues-paying membership. Nominations may
be made by the author, colleagues, publisher, or friends. Translated
books, edited volumes, fiction, and textbooks are not eligible. English
and Turkish are the preferred languages of submission.

Conditions for submission:

•    Three copies of the nominated book should be provided.
•    A copy to each one of the reviewers listed below, along with the
address, phone number, and e-mail of the author. Nominations will be
acknowledged by the chair of the committee via e-mail upon receipt of
all the three copies.
•    No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.

Postmark deadline: no later than April 15, 2021

Copies of the books and nominations should be sent to the following
addresses:

Stefan Winter
Département d’histoire
Université du Québec à Montréal
CP 8888, succ. Centre-Ville
Montréal, Québec
Canada H3C 3P8

Rossitsa Gradeva
Institute for Balkan Studies with Centre of Thracology
45 Moskovska Str.
Sofia 1000
Bulgaria

Abdurrahman Atçıl
Sabancı University,
Üniversite Cad. No: 27
Orta Mahalle, Tuzla,
Istanbul, Turkey


2.    THE ÖMER LÜTFİ BARKAN ARTICLE PRIZE ($300)

A biennial prize awarded in odd‐numbered years for the best article in
Turkish and Ottoman studies published in the previous two‐year period
(2019 & 2020), sponsored by the Turkish Studies Association with the
generous support of our dues-paying membership.

Nominations may be made by the author, colleagues, publisher, or
friends. Applicants must submit the following in an email:

•    The recommender’s name, address and e‐mail
•    The address, phone number, and e‐mail of the author
•    An electronic copy (as a pdf) of the article should be attached
•    No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.

Materials should be e-mailed to Dr. Faisal Husain at the following
address: fhh102@psu.edu.

Deadline for receipt of materials: no later than April 30, 2021.





3.    THE SYDNEY N. FISHER GRADUATE STUDENT PAPER PRIZE ($200)

An annual prize for the best paper in Turkish or Ottoman studies written
by a graduate student in Turkish or Ottoman studies during the preceding
academic year (2020-21 for the award given in 2021). This award is
sponsored by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association with the
generous support of our due-paying membership. The winning paper will be
considered for publication in the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish
Studies (JOTSA).

Applications should include:

•    a PDF copy of the paper. It must be a separate, stand-alone paper
(15-35 pages) with bibliography. A dissertation chapter that has not
been reworked as a separate paper or that does not fall within the page
range will not be accepted.
•    the institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail of
the author
•    the name and email address of the author’s academic advisor
•    No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.

Materials should be e-mailed to Dr. Kimberly Hart at
hartkl@buffalostate.edu.

Deadline for receipt of materials: June 15, 2021


4.    HALİDE EDİP ADIVAR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION ($1500)

The annual scholarship from the OTSA Halide Edip Adıvar fund created by
the generous donations of our members (especially the late Dr. Nathan
Altshuler) over the years provides an introduction to Turkey for
qualified undergraduate students who have not had extensive prior
experience in Turkey or in Turkish studies. The award is to be used for
travel to Turkey and expenses while there, to supplement participation
in a program in Turkish language, a study-abroad program, or a work
internship; or for study or research in any aspect of Turkey’s history,
culture or society.

•    Applications should be submitted to Dr. Yeşim Bayar at
ybayar@stlawu.edu.
•    Applicants must currently be enrolled in a degree program at an
institution of higher education, but may be a graduating senior.
•    Applicants must also be citizens or permanent residents of the
United States or Canada.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel may take place anytime between
the announcement of the award and September 30, 2022.

Application Requirements:

1. Statement of Purpose, which should include:
•    how the proposed time in Turkey connects to the applicant’s
experiences, interests, and goals;
•    the proposed dates of stay in Turkey and specifics of the
program/internship/study, including the sponsoring
institution/organization, contact name and numbers
2. current Curriculum Vitae
3. the most recent Official Academic Transcript. It should be sent
directly by the university to Dr. Yeşim Bayar at ybayar@stlawu.edu, no
later than April 30, 2020.
4. Two Letters of Recommendation:  Referees should address letters
directly to the Adıvar Selection Committee and submit them to Dr. Yeşim
Bayar at ybayar@stlawu.edu, no later than June 30, 2020.
5. No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.

Deadline for receipt of materials: Nominations must be sent by April 30,
2020


5.    VANGELIS KECHRIOTIS MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT ($500)

NEW GUIDELINES FOR 2020 AND 2021 ONLY: Non-travel research proposals
will be accepted, given the challenges to travel during the coronavirus
pandemic.  Proposals may include expenditures in such areas as archival
acquisition (scans, photographs, etc), periodicals and other pertinent
publications, and online language training.  Awardees may use the grant
monies through the end of summer 2022.  All other guidelines for the
grant remain unchanged.

This grant will be awarded in memory of Professor Vangelis Kechriotis
(1969-2015) to a doctoral candidate undertaking a research trip for
his/her dissertation. The grant recipient will be selected by a panel of
scholars based on the relevance and potential contribution of the
proposed work to the fields and concerns important to Professor
Kechriotis, such as the history of Ottoman non-Muslims, Greek-Ottoman
and Greek-Turkish relations, or Ottoman Balkan Studies. The selected
applicant will be expected to acknowledge the Vangelis Kechriotis
Memorial Travel Grant in his/her dissertation and in any subsequent
publications that result from the research supported by this grant.

Applicants for the grant are asked to submit the following: a current
CV, a copy of the applicant’s dissertation proposal, a description of
the specific research trip to be undertaken, a working budget, including
what other funds have already been secured, a letter of recommendation
from the applicant’s dissertation advisor, addressing the applicant’s
qualifications and the significance of the research she/he will be
undertaking. (Letters should be printed on official stationery and
scanned before sending by email).

•    a current CV
•    a copy of the applicant’s dissertation proposal
•    a description of the specific research trip to be undertaken
•    a working budget, including what other funds have already been secured
•    a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s dissertation
advisor, addressing the applicant’s qualifications and the significance
of the research they will be undertaking. Letters should be on official
stationary and submitted as an attachment to email.
•    No additional materials will be considered as part of the submission.
Materials should be emailed to Dr. Panagiotis Poulos at
ppoulos@music.uoa.gr with “KECHRIOTIS TRAVEL GRANT” in the subject line
of the email message.

Deadline for submission of materials: May 31, 2021


The following three awards are administered by the American Association
of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT).


6.    THE JAMES W. REDHOUSE STUDENT PRIZE COMPETITION FOR BEST PROGRESS
IN THE TURKISH LANGUAGE ($100)

The Redhouse Prize for Best Progress in Turkish was established by the
Turkish Studies Association (now Ottoman and Turkish Studies
Association) in 1991, and four such prizes continue to be available
annually, two for each of two regions in North America, designated as
East and West.  Although the monetary value is not large, outstanding
students deserve the public recognition that being a winner brings. The
procedures are as follows:

Administration: The two Area Coordinators also act as the two-person
Language Awards Committee and will oversee the annual awards in
consultation with the AATT Executive Board.

Student Eligibility: Any student (graduate or undergraduate) who, in the
designated academic year, completes a full-year course at any level in
Modern Turkish at a university offering such courses in its regular
program is eligible for nomination.  However, student eligibility is
limited to a “once-in-a-lifetime” award.

Eligible Institutions: Any institution that offers regularly scheduled
Turkish language instruction in the US or Canada.

Nomination Procedure: Each institution may select ONE nominee annually,
judged at faculty discretion to be the student who made the most
progress in Modern Turkish in the designated academic year.  The
nominee’s name must be submitted, with supporting material no later than
June 30 to the appropriate Area Coordinator who—with whatever
consultation is necessary—will make the final choice for the area. The
Area Coordinators will inform the Language Awards Committee no later
than September 15 of their choice, and the Committee will forward the
information to the President of OTSA.

AATT will arrange for the recipients to be informed of their selection
and to receive their prizes by mail or (preferably) at the OTSA Annual
Meeting.

The President of OTSA informs institutions of their students’ awards.

This year’s Language Awards Committee consists of:

Nilay Sevinç, University of Michigan, nsevinc@umich.edu
Melike Yücel, University of Washington, yucelm@uw.edu
The Language Awards Committee members will also serve as the Area
Coordinators to whom the initial applications are sent:

Institutions in the East:
Melike Yücel-Koç, yucelm@uw.edu
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington
Denny M 220F
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

Institutions in the West:
Nilay Sevinç, nsevinc@umich.edu
Middle East Studies, University of Michigan
4111 Thayer Academic Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Nomination Package: Although no official nomination form has been
devised, the faculty nomination package must include the following:

•    A brief letter explaining why you nominated this student.
•    A cover sheet with the student’s name, institutional affiliation
and area of study, name of course instructor[s] and department chair,
and student’s academic dean.
•    Writing samples and oral samples (video clips, interviews etc.)
collected over the year, which demonstrate the student’s progress in Turkish

Deadline for submission of materials:  June 30, 2020


7.    AATT WALTER G. ANDREWS OTTOMAN TURKISH TRANSLATION AWARD

Description:
AATT is pleased to announce the Walter G. Andrews Ottoman Turkish
Translation competition for the two best translations of an Ottoman
archival/historical or literary work into English. A prize of $250 will
be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student who has taken one or
two semesters of Ottoman Turkish in 2020-2021 or participated in an
Ottoman Turkish summer program and who has submitted the most successful
portfolio. A second prize of $250 will be awarded to a graduate or
undergraduate student who has taken three or more semesters/summer
programs of Ottoman Turkish and will compete in an advanced proficiency
level.

Conditions of Entry:
Applicants must currently be enrolled in a degree program at an
institution of a higher education in North America. Graduate students,
undergraduates are all welcome to participate.
Applicants must be non-native speakers of Turkish, i.e. high school
and/or university graduates in Turkey, Azerbaijan or a Turkish-language
university elsewhere are not eligible. Heritage speakers whose formal
education has occurred in North America are welcome to compete.

Rules of Submission:
– The translation must be from Ottoman Turkish into English. Works from
any genre and period, including printed texts and handwritten archival
materials, will be considered.
– Translations and transcriptions must be the original work of the
applicant only and not a copy or substantial copy of someone else’s
translation. It must not have been previously published (including on
social media), and not have been submitted as coursework.
– Only one submission per entrant is allowed for each iteration of the
award, and each project should be submitted only once and may not be
resubmitted.

Portfolio for submission should consist of:
– Original Ottoman text,
– transcription into modern Turkish alphabet,
– translation into English,
– critical reflection,
– signed entry form,
and must be sent for competition in both electronically (in .pdf format)
and hard copy.

AATTsecretariat@gmail.com

Dr. Nilüfer Hatemi
Princeton University
Department of NES
110 Jones Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544

– The competitor’s name must not appear anywhere except for the entry form.
– The length of the original Ottoman source should not exceed 500 words;
longer submissions will not be considered.
– The critical reflection of no more than 300 words should explain why
the particular Ottoman text was chosen, what principles were employed in
the translation, briefly covering issues encountered (formal/stylistic
features, cultural- or period-specific challenges, consideration of
audience) and the competitor’s priorities.
– The translation, transcription and critical reflection should be typed
with 12-point font (Times, Times New Roman, Calibri, Cambria)
double-spaced lines, and printed on one side only of standard
letter-size paper.
– for full guidelines, see: https://aatturkic.org/aatt/article/139283

The submission deadline for the Walter G. Andrews OTTA prize is Monday,
July 5, 2021.


8.    AATT NORMAN ITZKOWITZ SHORT STORY AWARD

AATT is pleased to announce the Norman Itzkowitz Turkish Short Story Award.

Norman Itzkowitz (May 6, 1931- January 20, 2019), Emeritus Professor of
Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, was one of the most
original scholars of the Near East and wrote numerous pioneering works
on the classical period of the Ottoman Empire and on the modern Turkish
Republic. Some of his books include: The Ottoman Empire and Islamic
Tradition (1972); Mübadele: An Ottoman-Russian Exchange of Ambassadors
(1970), co-written with Prof. Max Mote; translations of Halil İnalcık’s
The Ottoman Empire: The Classical Age; Immortal Atatürk, and Turks and
Greeks: Neighbors in Conflict, both co-written with Prof. Vamık Volkan.
He also finished and edited Professor Lewis Thomas’s Elementary Turkish
(1967) and A Study of Naima (1972).

Two prizes of $250 each will be awarded to the two best short stories in
Modern Turkish language written by graduate or undergraduate students
whose works will compete in two categories: beginner/intermediate or
advanced proficiency level.

Conditions of Entry:

•    Applicants should currently be enrolled in a degree program at an
institution of higher education in North America. Graduate students,
graduating seniors, and undergraduates are all welcome to participate.
•    Applicants must be non-native speakers of Turkish. Individuals who
graduated from a high school or university in Turkey, Azerbaijan or from
a Turkish-language university elsewhere are not eligible. Heritage
speakers whose secondary and post-secondary education has taken place in
North America are welcome to compete.
•    Applicants should have a history of Turkish Language classes (at
least two semesters) taken at an institution of higher education in
North America.
•    Applicants’ category in the competition (beginner/intermediate or
advanced) will be assessed by the jury.

Rules of Submission:

•    The short story can deal with any subject and must be written in
Modern Turkish.
•    It must be the original work of the applicant only.
•    It should not have been previously published (including on social
media), and not have been submitted as coursework.
•    Each short story must have one author only.
•    All short stories should have a minimum of 200 words and a maximum
of 2,000 words.
•    Only one submission per entrant is allowed and each short story
should be submitted only once and may not be resubmitted in subsequent
years.
•    The text should be typed with 12-point font (Times, Times New
Roman, Calibri, Cambria etc.) double-spaced lines, and printed on one
side only of standard letter-size paper.
•    The competitor’s name must not appear anywhere except on the entry
form.
•    Relatives of the members of the Award Committee are not eligible to
apply.

Submission for the AATT Norman Itzkowitz Turkish Short Story Award
consists of:

•    Original text of the short story (electronically in .pdf format and
as a hard copy).
•    Completed and signed entry form.

Sent to: aatt.normanitzkowitzaward@gmail.com

Dr. Nilüfer Hatemi
Princeton University
Department of NES
110 Jones Hall
Princeton, NJ 08544

•    Each applicant will receive an email confirming the receipt of the
applicant’s story along with the application form.
•    For all questions contact AATTsecretariat@gmail.com.

The submission deadline for the prize is Friday, July 16, 2021.

For more information, see: https://www.aatturkic.org/aatt/article/235110

 

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