M.A. in Asian Studies

Dear colleagues, students, and friends, 

Thank you for your interest in pursuing the M.A. degree in Asian Studies of Boğaziçi University (MAAS). We are very excited about our new program in Asian Studies that is pioneering the field in Turkey that aims to educate specialists of Asian regions and countries from the unique perspective of Turkey and the region. Asian countries such as Japan, China, India, Korea, Indonesia have rich cultural heritages that are at the same time leading globalization processes today in economic and technological dynamics and social energy.

Our distinctive MAAS program emphasizes the inter-regional relations of Asian countries and their strong visibility in global international affairs. The Program focuses on providing specialized courses with focus on Japan, China and Korea as majors with a wide-range of inter-disciplinary courses and language training. We also provide a rich array of electives on Korea, India, South East Asia, as well as Central Asia that are being targeted as future majors. The teaching faculty represents the newly emerging Asian studies expertise of Boğaziçi University as well as contribution from the Asia experts in other distinguished Universities in Turkey. The students will have the opportunity to meet with distinguished visiting international scholars from Asia, Europe, and the United States, diplomats and business representatives of Asian countries. 

Prospective students of the Program can opt for either a two-year degree with thesis or for a one-year degree without thesis, depending on their preferences and career plans.

We aim to provide the valuable opportunity to be immersed in the languages of Asia as well as a rich variety of courses on history, politics, economics, international relations, and culture. The Program provides the opportunity for language training in (Japanese or Chinese at the present) at various levels that is a great opportunity to immerse oneself in the languages of the region for beginners who are welcome as well as the advanced students of Asian languages who will have the chance to deepen his/her knowledge. The students will benefit from the high quality of Asian languages instruction in Bogazici University that has accumulated over the last three decades. While beginners are encouraged to apply, we also look forward to the interest of applicants who have already mastered Asian languages for whom this is the invaluable opportunity in Turkey to acquire a systematic formation in Asian Studies.

The program is inviting applications from professionals in public and private sectors, graduates of social sciences, sciences, humanities with professional and academic interest who want to acquire the best education in Asian affairs. The MAAS students will have a great opportunity to become up to date in global affairs where Asia is playing a leading role. The students are encouraged to develop creative and dynamic understanding of globalization by grasping at the traditions, innovations, and change in Asia with an interactive eye on Turkey’s historical links and the recent growth of complex relations with Japan, China, Korea, and other countries as part of global trends. We encourage qualified and committed applicants to explore Asia in the rich cultural experience and academic distinction of Boğaziçi University.

I look forward to your application,

Sincerely Yours,

Prof. Dr. Selçuk Esenbel
MAAS Academic Coordinator

For further information about MAAS, please visit our website

Academic Work on Asian History and Asian Studies at Boğazici University

MA Theses on Asian History               

Zeyneb Hale Eroğlu, “Nation-building in China and Turkey : an analysis of the thought of Sun Yat-sen and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in comparative perspective”, MA Thesis, History, 2003.
Zeyneb Hale Eroğlu, “Çin'de ve Türkiye'de Ulus-Devlet İnşası: Sun Yat-sen ve Mustafa Kemal Atatürk'ün Düşüncelerinin Karşılaştırmalı bir İncelemesi”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Tarih, 2003.

Erdal Küçükyalçın, “Janissary and Samurai: early modern warrior classes and religion” MA Thesis, History, 2007.
Erdal Küçükyalçın, “Yeniçeri ve Samuray: Erken Modern Savaşçı Sınıflar ve Din”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Tarih, 2007.

Banu Kaygusuz, “Poetics and politics of photography: The representation of Japan in the photography collection of Abdulhamid II”, MA Thesis, History, 2009.
Banu Kaygusuz, “Fotoğrafın Şiiri ve Politikası: Japonya’nın II. Abdülhamd Fotoğraf Koleksiyonundaki Temsili”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Tarih, 2009.

Emir Yener, Iron ships and iron men: naval modernization in the Ottoman Empire, Russia, China and Japan from a comparative perspective 1830-1905, MA Thesis, Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, 2009.
Emir Yener, “Demir Gemiler ve Demir Adamlar: Mukayeseli bir Perspektiften Osmanlı İmparatorluğu, Rusya, Çin ve Japonya’da Bahriye Modernleşmesi 1830-1897”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Tarih, 2009.

Selda Altan, Sighting the Ottomans from the east: chinese intellectual transition from imperial to national imagination through the Ottomans at the turn of the twentieth century, MA Thesis, History, 2009.
Selda Altan, “Osmanlı‘ya Doğudan Bakmak: Yirminci Yüzyıl Dönümünde Çin Entellektüel Dünyasının Emperyal Tahayyülden Milliyetçi Tahayyüle Geçişi ve Osmanlılar”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Tarih, 2009.

Uluğ Kuzuoğlu, Xinjiang between the globes: The Ottomans in the making of modern Xinjiang, MA Thesis, History, 2010.
Uluğ Kuzuoğlu, “Küresellik İçinde Xinjiang: Modern Xinjiang Tarihinde Osmanlı Etkisi”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Tarih, 2010.

Oğuzhan Kaya, From belief to religion: Understanding the Gion Festival as a politico-cultural phenomenon, MA Thesis, History, 2018.
Oğuzhan Kaya, “Gion Festivali’ni Siyasi-Kültürel bir Olgu olarak Kavramak”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Tarih, 2018.

Emir Karakaya, “Legal Modernization in Early Meiji Period and the Japanese Research on Mixed Courts of Egypt”, MA Thesis, History, ongoing.
Emir Karakaya, “Erken Meiji Döneminde Hukuki Modernleşme ve Arayışlar: Mısır Karma Mahkemeleri Örneği”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Tarih, devam etmekte.

PhD Dissertations on Asian History

Erdal Küçükyalçın, Exploring church-state relations in Modern Japan: Count Ōtani Kōzui’s Quest for the Pure Land in an Age of Turbulence, PhD Thesis, History, 2012
Erdal Küçükyalçın, “Modern Japonya’nın Oluşumunda Din-Devlet İlişkileri: Kont Ōtani Kōzui’nin Kaos İçinde Cennet Arayışı”, Doktora Tezi, Tarih, 2012

Kiraz Perinçek Karavit, “Mehmed Black Pen and East Asian Culture”, PhD Thesis, History, ongoing.
Kiraz Perinçek Karavit, “Mehmed Siyah Kalem ve Doğu Asya Kültürü”, Doktora Tezi, Tarih, devam etmekte.

MA Theses on Asian Studies

Hüseyin Oğuz Genç, China's developmental state and the main determinants of its growth during the reform era, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2016.
Hüseyin Oğuz Genç, “Çin Kalkınmacı Devleti ve Çin’in Reform Dönemi Yüksek Büyüme Performansının Ana Etkenleri”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2016.

Hülya Görkem Demirbulak, Changing the status of the presidency: A comparison of constitutional amendments in South Korea and Turkey, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2017.
Hülya Görkem Demirbulak, “Güney Kore ve Türkiye Anayasa Değişiklikleri Karşılaştırması”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2017.

Emre Tunç Sakaoğlu, Patterns of contemporary Russo-Syrian relations: A realist interpretation from the Moscow perspective, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2017.
Emre Tunç Sakaoğlu, “Rusya-Suriye İlişkilerinin Döngüsel Evrimi: Moskova Perspektifinden Gerçekçi Bir Yorum”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2017.

Barış İskender, “One Nation, Two States”: Turkey–Azerbaijan economic relations and the rhetoric of Turkic identity, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2018.
Barış İskender, “"Bir Millet, İki Devlet": Türkiye–Azerbaycan Ekonomik İlişkileri ve Türklük Kimliği Söylemi”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2018.

İrem Cihan Muter, Practices of soft power: A comparison of South Korea and Turkey from the 1990s to 2017, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2018.
İrem Cihan Muter, "Yumuşak Güç Uygulamaları: 1990’lardan 2017’ye Güney Kore ve Türkiye Karşılaştırması", Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2018.

Burcu Mirkelam, Prospects for a multicultural Korean society: Minority politics with a focus on Afro-Koreans, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2018.
Burcu Mirkelam, “Çok Kültürlü Kore Toplumunun Geleceği: Afro-Koreliler ve Azınlık Siyaseti”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2018.

Alp Anıl Ateş, The making of luxury markets: A comparison of Chinese and Turkish patterns, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Alp Anıl Ateş, “Lüks Sektörlerinin Oluşumu: Çin ve Türkiye Modellerinin Karşılaştırılması”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Zeynepcan Akar, Turkey, China and the silk road of energy : The Trans-Anatolian natural gas pipeline, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Zeynepcan Akar, “Türkiye, Çin ve Enerjinin İpek Yolu: Trans Anadolu Doğalgaz Boru Hattı”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Reyhan Silingar, The role of the emperor in postwar Japan : an analysis of emperor Showa’s addresses at parliament openings, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Reyhan Silingar, Savaş Sonrası Japonya'da İmparatorun Rolü: İmparator Showa’nın Parlamento Açılışındaki Adreslerinin Analizi”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Aslı İdil Kaynar, Representations of the modern girl in Japanese interwar literature, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Aslı İdil Kaynar, “Savaşlar Arası Dönemde Japon Edebiyatında Modern Kız Tasvirleri”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Gözde Can, Nasreddin Efendi (Afanti) in the Chinese media: A state instrument for coping with the Uyghur issue, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Gözde Can, “Çin Medyasında Nasreddin Efendi (Afanti): Uygur Meselesi ile Mücadele Etmek için bir Devlet Aracı”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Can Öçalan, Japan’s constitutional revision debate in the light of domestic and regional developments, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Can Öçalan, “Japonya’nın Yerel ve Bölgesel Gelişmeler Işığındaki Anayasa Revizyonu”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Ebru Duman, The Impact of Kawaii Culture on Gender and Japan’s National Image (Kawaii Kültürünün Cinsiyet Rolleri ve Japonya’nın Ulusal İmaji Üzerindeki Rolü), MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Ebru Duman, “”Kawaii Kültürünün Cinsiyet Rolleri ve Japonya’nın Ulusal İmaji Üzerindeki Rolü”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Melisa Gündüz, The Changin Role of Japanese NGOs: A Case Study of a Japanese NGO in Turkey, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Melisa Gündüz, “Japon Sivil Toplum Kuruluşlarının Değişen Rolü: Bir Japon STK’nın Türkiye’deki Çalışmaları”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Güneş Sargüney, Robotics and Ageing Well in Japan: The Challenges and Prospects for a Super-Aged Society, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Güneş Sargüney, “Japonya’da Robot Teknolojileri ve İyi Yaşlanma: Süper-Yaşlı Toplum için Zorluklar ve Beklentiler”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Çağdaş Utku Çakmak, Policy Convergence Study Between the Russian Federation and People’s Republic of China, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Çağdaş Utku Çakmak, “Rusya Federasyonu ve Çin Halk Devleti Politika Yakınsaması Çalışması”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Türkan Yiğitoğlu, Emerging Energy Trends in East Asia: Analysis of the Relationship Between Oil Production Levels, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2019.
Türkan Yiğitoğlu, “Doğu Asya’daki Gelişen Enerji Trendleri: Petrol Üretim Seviyeleri ve Petrol Fiyatları Arasındaki İlişki Üzerine Analiz”, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2019.

Kemal Saf, A Marxist Reading of Kuroshima Denji, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2020.
Kemal Saf, Kuroshima Denji’nin Marxist Okuması, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2020.

Almira Bağlar, Artificial Intelligence for Social Good from a Global Perspective to a Regional One, MA Thesis, Asian Studies, 2020.
Almira Bağlar, Toplumsal Fayda için Yapay Zeka: Küresel bir Perspektiften Yerel Perspektife, Lisans Üstü Tezi, Asya Çalışmaları, 2020.