After majoring in philosophy at Bilkent University from 2005 to 2009, I chose to continue my research in Turkish Literature, completing an M.A. thesis, entitled "On the Reflections of Collective Memory in Turkish Literature". My doctoral research project involves a focus on the ways in which alternative literary historiographies of Turkish literature could be put forward. In pursuing this project, my objective is to revisit the major problematics in Turkish intellectual, social, political and cultural life by appealing to the possible worlds of literature. Along with my DPhil project and tutoring at the Faculty of Oriental Studies as well as hosting termly research training sessions at TORCH, I am currently working on the planning and management of a local food and beverage production facility in Oxford that will cater to the needs of independent hospitality businesses and event organisers.
The University of Oxford is definitely one of the best places in the world for the study of the humanities, and the Ertegun Programme provides the scholars with a unique potential in this respect: Personal work spaces and conference rooms at Ertegun House for the exclusive use of the scholars and the resident alumni, continuous and unconditional help and support by the Director, Dr. Lewis, and Ertegun House administrator Ms. Walker, an everlasting academic exchange between the Ertegun scholars, past and present. Being a part of the Ertegun Programme definitely enhanced my chance at achieving what I was set out for at the beginning of my journey to Oxford.