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April 13, 2021
Ready to participate? Go here: The Svoboda Diaries Project is an interdisciplinary digital humanities project dedicated to the preservation of a unique set of historical diaries. Joseph Svoboda, who traveled up and down the Tigris River as part of his work as a steamship purser for a British shipping company, kept detailed accounts of the persons he encountered, difficulties, and happenings around him.... Read more
June 1, 2020
Selim S. Kuru-- Walter G. Andrews, Research Professor Emeritus of Turkish and Ottoman Studies, died on May 31, 2020 at the age of 81.  He was one of the founding faculty members of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (NELC) at the University of Washington, an original and engaging scholar, translator of Ottoman and Turkish poetry, innovative educator and mentor, who has been a pillar for not only our Department, but also a wide network of colleagues, students, and... Read more
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March 17, 2021
The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization stands with our Asian and Asian-American colleagues, students, and their families who have been hurt and shaken to their core by violent acts that have been waged against them across the United States since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. These attacks, whether verbal or physical, display the most brute forms of scapegoating and xenophobia. We recognize that this violence conjures up traumas that are not only immediate and real, but... Read more
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March 13, 2021
In the late 19th century, Joseph Mathia Svoboda recorded his life as a steamship purser for a British company. His diaries provide a rich and unique firsthand look into the late Ottoman Empire. Many of his entries, spanning the 1860s to 1908 in 61 journals, log weather conditions or shipping routes in addition to entries about his personal life―time spent with friends, important family events―and more. In the 1970s, scholar Margaret Makiya began transcribing the Svoboda Diaries. Then, in 1985... Read more
"A Survivors Tale" from Art Spiegelman's "Maus"
November 20, 2020
Professor Naomi Sokoloff recently presented a lecture as part of the series “Lessons (Not) Learned from the Holocaust” sponsored by the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.  Her talk, “Jewish Dogs and the Nazi Beast,” discussed animal studies and Holocaust literature, focusing on memoirs by two Hebrew authors. Alona Frankel and Aharon Appelfeld were Jewish survivors who both spent part of the war years as hidden children. Fleeing human... Read more
Ottoman Lyric Poetry
October 15, 2020
Founded in 1985 as the American Association for Teachers of Turkish, American Association for Teachers of Turkic Languages (AATT) is the major association that supports research on pedagogy of teaching Turkic languages. During this year's Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association's Annual meeting at the MESA conference, AATT announced that its... Read more
Professor Aria Fani
October 12, 2020
A $500,000 grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute to the University of Washington establishes the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor in Persian and Iranian Studies, named in honor of Dr. Mir-Djalali, the scholar and philanthropist who founded the Institute in 2000. This is the first endowed professorship in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (NELC) and its first holder will be Professor Aria Fani. The endowment supports... Read more
October 12, 2020
"Hacking the Academy: Simpson Center Digital Humanities Summer Fellows Showcase" features three projects by Simpson Center Digital Humanities Fellows. Among the three presentations is one by NELC Persian and Iranian Studies Program  (PISP)... Read more
hebrew meter
July 13, 2020
Prof. Naomi Sokoloff published a piece for the Jewish Book Council's "Paper Brigade Daily" titled "What Poets Write About When They Write About Hebrew" focusing on a selection of verses in translation from Hebrew that comment on the Hebrew language. The piece looks at Jews with different backgrounds as well as Arab citizens of Israel expressing their relationship to the Hebrew language... Read more
Bardia Cyrus's Son
June 29, 2020
 On June 7th 2020, NELC PISP-Roshan Fellow Mindy Cohoon (University of Washington, PhD Candidate of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington)  and Victoria Rahbar (Graduate student at Stanford University’s Center for East Asian Studies), presented at the Right to Left (RTL) Workshop held by the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the... Read more