Leyla Neyzi

Leyla Neyzi (born July 29, 1961) is a Turkish academician (anthropologist/sociologist/historian) who is currently working in Sabancı University, Istanbul.

Biography

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, the daughter of Ali Neyzi, a businessman and writer, and Olcay Neyzi, a pediatrician. After graduating from Robert College of Istanbul, she studied Anthropology at Stanford University, (B.A. 1982) and Development Sociology at Cornell University (Ph.D. 1991). She worked as an assistant professor at Bosphorus University, (1992-1994) and as the Oral History Project Director, Economic and Social History Foundation (1995-1996). She currently teaches Anthropology at Sabancı University.

A notable series of studies by Leyla Neyzi has been on the basis of diaries of Yaşar Paker, who was issued from the tiny Jewish community of early-20th century Ankara, and who had been enrolled in the labor battalions in Turkey twice, the first time during the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) and the second time during the Second World War to which Turkey did not take part. One of these studies is published in the Jewish Social Studies in Fall 2005 [ [http://people.sabanciuniv.edu/~neyzi/documents/jss1.PDF Strong as Steel, Fragile as a Rose: A Turkish Jewish Witness to the Twentieth Century] Leyla Neyzi paper on the basis of Yaşar Paker's diary published in the Jewish Social Studies in Fall 2005 ]

Awards

* Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award, Middle East Studies Association of North America, 1992.
*Research Award, Population Council Middle East Awards Program, 1998-1999 (Family History, Generation and Identity in Turkey).
*Research Award, Sabanci University, 2003-2004, (An Oral History of the Neighborhood of Teşvikiye).
*Visiting Scholar, Oxford University Programme on Contemporary Turkey and St. Antony's College, Senior Associate Member, 2004.

References

External links

* [http://people.sabanciuniv.edu/~neyzi Personal page in Sabancı University web site]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/05/world/europe/05turkey.html?ref=world Where Traditional and Modern Meet and Sashay Along]


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