Yunus Emre Institute Lectureship in Turkish Cultural History

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Post Specification 

Post Title:

Yunus Emre Institute Lectureship in Turkish Cultural History

Post Status:

3-year, fixed-term contract as a joint appointment with the Yunus Emre Institute


Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies,

School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin


Main Campus
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Reports to:

Head of Department and Head of School


The salary and the modalities of its payment will be agreed with the Yunus Emre Institute. Appointment will be made on Assistant Professor salary scale at a point no higher than point 8 (€50,914 - €59,722).

Hours of Work:

This is a full time appointment. Hours of work for academic staff are those as prescribed under Public Service Agreements. For further information please follow the link below:

Closing Date:

16 May 2022


June 2022

The successful candidate will be expected to take up post in late August 2022.


Post Summary

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies welcomes applications for the position of Lecturer (Yunus Emre Institute Lectureship in Turkish Cultural History) in Turkish Cultural History. Applications from candidates with a specialisation in the social and/or cultural history of the Ottoman Empire will be particularly welcome.


Applicants must hold a PhD and have a strong research profile appropriate to their career stage.  They will be expected to demonstrate an ability to address wider thematic debates and to teach survey courses to undergraduates, as well as offer more advanced research led modules in their area of specialisation. They will also be expected to develop modules for post graduate students.


The successful candidate will develop new modules as well as contribute to modules in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies and in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. The successful candidate will also be expected to undertake the organisation of public events and outreach related to Turkish Cultural History in consultation with the Head of Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies and the Yunus Emre Institute.

Standard Duties and Responsibilities of the Post

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Teach Turkish Cultural History at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Develop learning environments that are consistent with modern teaching and learning practices and that are flexible, student-centred and accessible, utilising appropriate
  • Supervise both undergraduate and post graduate dissertations.
  • Contribute to building an active individual and collaborative international research
  • Undertake the organisation of public events related to Turkish history, culture, art and language in consultation with the Head of Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies and the Yunus Emre Institute

Further Information

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to Dr. Zuleika Rodgers on

  • Person Specification 
  • Qualifications - Essential 
  • Have an excellent academic record and hold a PhD in an area related to Turkish History or Social or Cultural History.
  • Have expertise and a proven track record in the delivery of teaching of modules on the Ottoman Empire and Turkish History or Turkish Social or Cultural History at undergraduate level and demonstrate a commitment to develop modules in their area of expertise at postgraduate levels.


Knowledge & Experience 


  • Evidence of research achievement, relative to career stage, in the form of publications in high-impact peer-reviewed international journals and/or publications of equal standing of recognised originality and value.
  • Teaching experience of undergraduates.


  • Experience of module development and administration.
  • Experience of working collaboratively and effectively in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Experience of organizing art and culture events.


Skills & Competencies 

  • Excellent English language competence orally in writing, the ability to conduct lectures and classes through the medium of English and to operate professionally in an English-language environment
  • Excellent communication, organisation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • A commitment to research-led and innovative teaching methods.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to effectively manage a demanding
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to engage in the administrative requirements of the Department.

Application Information 

In order to assist the selection process, candidates should submit the following via

  • Cover letter (2 A4 pages maximum). Candidates must have at least 2 years of teaching experience. Applicants should clearly address this experience and how they obtained their knowledge in their application.
  •  Full curriculum vitae, list of publications and the names and contact details (email addresses) of 3 referees
  •  Research plan (summarizing research to be carried out in the next two years and including details for funding to be sought – 2 A4 pages maximum)
  •  Teaching statement (summarizing teaching experience and approach – 2 A4 pages maximum)
  •  A tentative plan of two years to promote Turkish history, language and culture.

Please Note:

  •  Candidates who do not address the application requirements above in their cover letter will not be considered at the short list stage.
  •  Candidates should note that the interview process for this appointment may include the delivery of a presentation and may include a test of practical skills.

The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies

Trinity College Dublin has a long tradition of engagement with the Middle Eastern World dating back to the 18thcentury. The Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies is now in its sixth year and with its already established strengths in the areas of Jewish and Islamic Civilisations is extending its area of research and teaching to the modern Middle East and in particular to its social and cultural history. Programmes are offered in Middle Eastern, Jewish and Islamic Civilisations, and Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures. The latter programme is offered in collaboration with academics from across all language departments of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. From September 2018 the degree in Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures will be offered as a dual degree with Columbia University, New York. Students in this programme will spend their first two years at Trinity College and their final two years in Columbia.

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies 

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies (SLLCS) is one of the largest of the twelve Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. SLLCS has over 40 full-time academic staff and some 80 staff in all, including language assistants and lectors, part-time teachers, and professional staff.

SLLCS is made up of the Departments of French, Germanic Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Irish, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Russian and Slavonic Studies, the Centre for European Studies, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies,  the Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, the Centre for Global Intercultural Communications and the Centre for Forced Migration Studies

The School’s teaching and research range from the medieval to the present day in literary and cultural studies, linguistics and area studies, as well as the teaching of advanced language skills. It seeks to sustain the distinctiveness of its individual disciplines whilst fostering cooperation and joint programmes within and beyond the School. Currently, well over a thousand undergraduate students take one of 24 degree programmes in which the School participates.

The School also offers a range of taught Masters programmes, and is expanding in this area. Currently, the following are offered:

  • M. Phil in Middle East in Global Context
  • M. Phil in Comparative Literature
  • M. Phil in Literary Translation
  • M. Phil in Early Irish
  • M. Phil in Identities and Cultures of Europe
  • M Phil in Digital Humanities
  • M. Phil in Applied Intercultural Communications

The School also contributes to taught Masters programmes in other Schools. There are about 30 research postgraduates registered for PhD degrees in SLLCS, and the School has identified further growth in this area as a priority.

The School is one of the most active member schools of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Institute. It is one of four flagship research institutes of the University, and the one dedicated to promoting and facilitating innovative research across its nine Arts and Humanities member Schools. It offers researchers a supportive research environment, showcases research excellence across the disciplines, champions the development of a small number of overarching priority research themes and seek to pioneer cross-disciplinary collaborative projects within the university and with national and international partners. It provides a focal point for debates between academia and the wider world on the challenges facing the world today and the contributions the Arts & Humanities can make to addressing them. Members of the school are active contributors to the five College wide Arts & Humanities led research themes Book, Manuscript and Print Cultures, Creative Arts Practice, Digital Humanities, Identities in Transformation and Making Ireland. The Identities in Transformation Theme originated in the School.

The School enjoys a very high international reputation in its teaching and research and attracts highly qualified and motivated students from Ireland and internationally. Since their inception it has consistently been ranked in the top 100 Modern Languages Schools in the QS subject rankings.

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Yunus Emre Institute is an executive branch of Yunus Emre Foundation which was founded by law as a public charity in May 2007 to promote Turkey, Turkish language, its history and culture and art, make such related information and documents available for use in the world, provide services abroad to people who want to have education in the fields of Turkish language, culture and art, and to improve the friendship between Turkey and other countries and increase the cultural exchange.

As an institution affiliated to the Foundation, Yunus Emre Institute is carrying out studies for Turkish teaching in the cultural centers established abroad to accomplish the purposes of this law as well as conducting culture and art activities to promote Turkey and giving support to scientific researches.

Starting to operate in 2009, Yunus Emre Institute has now 65 cultural centers in 53 different countries. Apart from the Turkish courses offered in the cultural centers, Turkology departments and Turkish teaching are supported through cooperation with different educational institutions in different countries.

Yunus Emre Institute has the mission to enhance Turkey’s visibility, reliability and reputation in the international arena and thus to contribute to an increase in the number of people all around the world who feel connected to Turkey and consider themselves a friend.

To this end, the Institute focuses its efforts in four fields: teaching Turkish as a foreign language, cultural interaction, scientific interaction, cultural diplomacy and institutional development.

Through Turkish courses all over the world, Yunus Emre Institute aims to ensure that people in other countries develop a direct and accurate knowledge of Turkey. The Institute conducts various activities to that end such as Turkish language courses, developing learning materials, teacher training, summer schools, etc.

Through its art and culture activities, Yunus Emre Institute aims to increase the cultural relations between Turkey and other countries with a view to developing a better perception of Turkey and other countries. The main theme of our arts and cultural activities is Turkey’s heritage and production in arts and culture but our institute also includes culture of other countries in its program to enable and promote interaction and exchange with them through culture. For this purpose, YEI organizes hundreds of culture and art events like concerts, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, workshops, film screenings, culinary events etc. throughout the year all over the world.

Yunus Emre Institute aims to introduce Turkey’s scientific and academic knowledge and experience to the world. As part of our Turkology Project, we support existing Turkology departments, chairs or the courses of universities abroad and encourage the establishment of new ones. As part of TABIP project we aim to strengthen the relations between academic, scientific and technological institutions in Turkey and other countries.

Yunus Emre Institute conducts cultural diplomacy activities to identify new horizons in cultural diplomacy, monitor Turkey’s cultural diplomacy projects and to guide government policies in this field as well as to establish long term relationships with similar institutions and projects around the world. For this reason, Yunus Emre Institute is a member and the term president of Global Public Diplomacy Network (GPDNET).

Through Yunus Emre Institute Lectureship at Trinity College Dublin, we aim to help develop and diversify the support for Turkish Studies and the promotion of Turkish culture in Ireland.

Links to get further information about Yunus Emre Institute and its activities: