CFP: AATT Graduate Student Pre-Conference (Georgetown University)

Deadline for Submissions: September 20, 2017.


The American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual “Graduate Student Pre-Conference” for graduate students in a range of disciplines enrolled at institutions in North America. This Pre-Conference was established to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of AATT. The Pre- Conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Turkish Studies and AATT.

The thirteenth annual Pre-Conference will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Georgetown University in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, taking place in Washington, D.C., November 18-21, 2017. Pre-Conference participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the MESA conference.

The Pre-Conference is designed to encourage research making significant use of sources in Turkish and Turkic languages by graduate students in a range of disciplines enrolled at academic institutions in North America. It will promote contact between students at various institutions and allow for feedback from faculty discussants participating in the Pre-Conference. Another goal is to help students progress towards more formal presentations at national conferences such as those of MESA, CESS, and organizations devoted to specific disciplines.

AATT will award a limited number of travel awards to help cover the cost of student participation. Students are also encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions.

Students should submit a 250-word proposal for a paper together with the following information:

  • Name
  • Current institutional affiliation (department/university)
  • Advisor’s name
  • Educational background (undergraduate and graduate degree programs)
  • Current status (taking courses, preparing for exams, researching dissertation, writing dissertation, defended/deposited dissertation)
  • Title of dissertation (if applicable)
  • Contact information (email, telephone number, preferred mailing address)

The deadline for submission of proposals is September 20, 2017.

Graduate students already presenting a paper at the larger meeting (MESA) are not eligible to participate concurrently in the Graduate Student Pre-Conference in Turkish and Turkic Studies. Unfortunately, AATT cannot consider requests for travel support for graduate students enrolled at institutions outside North America.

Proposals should be submitted by email to either or both:

Professor Uli Schamiloglu at the Department of Kazakh Language and Turkic Studies of Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, or Professor Erika H. Gilson at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University,

Applicants will be informed of the selection committee’s decision by October 10.