Cobb Awarded Fellowship in Turkey

March 19, 2014

Elvan Cobb, a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Architecture and Urban Development program, has been accepted as a junior fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) affiliated with Koç University in Istanbul.

RCAC fellowships, which include accommodation, travel, and a stipend, are awarded to approximately 10 Ph.D. candidates and 10 scholars with Ph.D.s. Recipients spend one academic year at Koç University, and deliver two lectures on their area of study.

During her stay in Istanbul, Cobb will be conducting research for her dissertation, which is tentatively titled Railway Crossings: Encounters in Ottoman Lands. The project focuses on the everyday practices and perceptions engendered by the advent of the first railroads in Ottoman Anatolia, and aims to explicate the transformative impact of railways on the Ottoman Empire. Cobb's research will include an examination of 19th-century documents located in the Ottoman State Archives, which are typically written in an archaic form of Turkish using the Arabic script.

Previously, Cobb attended an intensive summer school to learn Ottoman Turkish with the support of an A. Henry Detweiler Scholarship and a partial fellowship from the Ottoman Studies Foundation.

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