Dr Onur Ä°ĹźĂ§i receives TUBITAK grantDr. Onur Ä°ĹźĂ§i has been granted the TUBITAK Reintegration Scholarship (BIDEB 2232) â€“ a two year research grant that supports Turkish academics returning home from overseas doctoral training.
Ä°ĹźĂ§i holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and recently joined Bilkentâ€™s IR faculty in September 2014. He is a diplomatic historian, whose teaching and research interests include the convergence of 19th century empires and the history of 20th century international relations.
As part of his research, Ä°ĹźĂ§i has proposed to study the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 with its broader military/diplomatic implications for European history. Often overlooked by European historians, the clash of Russian and Ottoman empires at the end of the 19th century had been a vital turning point before the Great War and set the course for that mad dash to disaster.
In this two-year project, Ä°ĹźĂ§i has also proposed to set up a series of interdisciplinary workshops and seminars that would take place in Moscow,
Washington D.C. and Ankara, bringing together a large cohort of IR scholars, anthropologists and historians with a shared interest in modern Turkey and Russia.