Mission

Okal Riverside

The Arizona Center for Turkish Studies [ACTS] is a research center bringing together a large and growing interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from across the University of Arizona campus, visiting scholars, and partner institution students to generate scholarship on Turkish society, history, politics, economy, environment, literature, film, art, architecture and music. ACTS is dedicated to broadly conceived, innovative approaches to the past and present of the peoples and cultures of contemporary Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, as well as their diasporas.

With faculty members and students from a wide range of disciplines including Middle East and North African Studies, Anthropology, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, German Studies, Economics, and Art History, ACTS furnishes a unique venue for cross-fertilization through workshops, conferences, lectures, seminars, research opportunities, and visiting appointments.

ACTS represents an unprecedented recognition on the part of the University of Arizona of the importance of studying peoples and geographies of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, confirming the university’s place at the cutting edge of Turkish Studies in the US. The rapid and dramatically changing social, political, economic, and ecological conditions of our contemporary world and especially the region in which Turkey is located make the existence of ACTS especially timely and crucial. ACTS is dedicated to independent, critical and diverse enquiry.