Forthcoming Article on Julia Pardoe’s Travel Narrative on Istanbul “Transnationalizing Space and Identity in 19th century”

As a young British author, Julia Pardoe arrived Istanbul in 1834 and compiled one of the most fascinating narratives on Istanbul and Turkish culture in 1836. The three-volume book was an immediate success and it went through several editions. It featured sketches and drawings of Bosphorus, as well as street scenes, depicting men, women and children, during a critical time period while Turkish society was going through a major socio-political transformation.

Chapter on Divine Motherhood in Antiquity: Cybele and Artemisia

From Cybele to Artemisia: Motherhood and Great Mothers of Ancient Anatolia, in Motherhood in the Ancient World. eds. Dana Cooper and Claire Phelan, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

This chapter investigates female deities of Ancient Anatolia, in particular Cybele. While I was completing the research, a miraculous event took place. A 2,100 year-old statue of the Goddess was unearthed on top of a mountain, near the Black Sea, in Northern Turkey! Depicting the Goddess in a seated posture, the statue amazed the archeologists across the world.

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4826-160909-anatolia-cybele-statue

https://travelatelier.com/turkey-travel-blog/2100-year-old-statue-cybele-found-ordu-black-sea/2,100-year-old statue of Cybele the Anatolian mother goddess unearthed in northern Turkey

Research on Civil Rights Drama by Cambridge University Press

The Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature, March 2015

9781107635647

 Title: “Drama and Performance from Civil Rights to Black Arts”

Civil Rights Movement impacted all aspects of American life, including arts and theater. I analyzed the impact of socio-cultural developments throughout Sixties and Seventies, on African American theater, the Black Arts Movement and timeless productions by renowned playwrights from August Wilson to Amiri Baraka.

Reviews available in Callaloo and Journal of Southern Literature

Annual Black History and Underground Railroad Conference Themes (2017-2019): Emancipation, Equal Rights, Education

In 2019 the Conference celebrated its 16th year and featured “Black Education in Philadelphia” as its theme.

At Temple University we are proud to organize the only academic and annual conference on Underground Railroad history. The conference is free and open to public. Please contact us in January for the conference dates which takes place in February, on our main campus, conveniently located, close to subway and railroad stations in North East Philly.

Wednesday February 13, 2019
Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall, Main Campus

The 14th Annual Black History and Underground Railroad Conference was one of the best attended by students and Civil War scholars on February 15, 2017

Free and Open to the Public; AAAS students always receive extra credit for attending!

Co-founders: Dr. Nilgun A. Okur and Dr. Andy Waskie

Sponsored by AAAS Department and Civil War Museum