The Institute for Turkish Studies

The Institute for Turkish Studies is located in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Duisburg-Essen on the Essen campus.

With its sub-fields and research areas, which take the multilingualism and diversity of Turkey and Germany as their starting point. The Institute of Turkish Studies has developed into a unique degree programme within Germany since it was founded in the winter semester of 1995/96. The Institute of Turkish Studies is characterised by the research objects, cognitive interests and working methods of its sub-fields: Linguistics, literature, cultural studies, history and subject didactics. Turkish Studies is currently the largest institute for Turkish studies outside Turkey.

The Institute of Turkish Studies forms its profile in distinction from, but not in contrast to, the Turkish studies programmes in Germany. While the historically and philologically oriented Turkish Studies programmes at German universities tend to be anchored in Oriental and Asian Studies and linked to the study of other Turkic languages, the teaching and research at the Institute of Turkish Studies focuses on republican Turkey. At the UDE, the study of the literature, culture and history of Turkey first promotes the students' linguistic competence at an academic level. In the classic modules on linguistics, literature and cultural studies as well as subject didactics, the Institute of Turkish Studies also offers the possibility of in-depth study in courses that focus on ethnic and religious diversity, multilingualism and transnationality. With the recruitment of the junior professorship for the history of Turkey in 2016, teaching at the UDE in the fields of contemporary history and non-European history was strengthened.

 Study programmes

Students at the Institute of Turkish Studies can choose between the two teacher training programmes "Haupt-, Real-, Sekundar- und Gesamtschulen" (HRSGe) and "Gymnasien und Gesamtschulen" (GyGe). In addition to the teaching degree, Turkish can also be taken as part of the "Kulturwirt" (Cultural Studies) degree programme and "Türkeistudien" (Turkish Studies) as an academic degree programme. More information on these degree programmes is available via this link.


In the sub-discipline of literature and cultural studies, contemporary Turkish-language literature and culture are researched and taught in transnational and comparative contexts. By teaching the basics of literary studies as well as overarching historical and socio-cultural issues, Turkish and Kurdish-language literature is treated as a core part of Turkey's cultural landscape and history.

In the sub-discipline Linguistics of Turkish, general linguistic basic knowledge and linguistic research methods are taught on the one hand, which enable students to view and analyse the language as a sign system from different aspects. On the other hand, the focus is on the modern Turkish language. Linguistic peculiarities of Turkish and German Turkish are researched and taught analytically and descriptively. Another focus is on multilingualism and multiscripting of German-Turkish multilinguals in Germany.

The sub-discipline of historical studies contributes to the teaching of historical competence, which - regardless of their respective subject orientation - not only enables students to deal with history in a reflective manner, but also guides them in the acquisition of questioning, methodological, factual and value judgement competence.

The teacher training programme for the subject Turkish for HRSGe and GyGe is of central importance at the Institute for Turkish Studies. Teaching methodology consists of the fields of language didactics, literature didactics and the didactics of regional and cultural studies. The special interest of subject didactics is the examination of teaching and learning processes in class.

The sub-discipline of educational sciences analyses fundamental concepts and theories of the connection between school, education and society. The focus is on sociological issues of education, such as social inequality of educational opportunities and the social function of academic education, on the one hand, and on the other hand, more pedagogical-psychological approaches that have teaching and the individual student as their central subject, such as dealing with cultural diversity in the classroom, learning and motivation theories as well as support measures.

R12 R03 B07 Institute Director

Prof. Dr. Işıl Uluçam-Wegmann
Tel.: +49 (0)201 183-2578

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R12 R03 B20 Deputy Director of the Institute:

Prof. Dr. Kader Konuk
Tel.: +49 (0)201 183-4355

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R12 R03 B24 Custodianship:

Franz Füg, M.A.
Tel.: +49 (0)201 183-6634
Office Hours: tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. by appointment only.

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R12 R03 B05 Secretariat:

Tel.: +49 (0)201 183-3876
Fax: +49 (0)201 183-2158


Universität Duisburg-Essen
Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften
Institut für Turkistik
Universitätsstraße 12
D - 45141 Essen
The Institute of Turkish Studies is located on the Essen campus in building R12 on the 3rd floor in the B corridor.
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