Penn State Harrisburg Welcomes Visiting Folklorist Harika Zöhre from Turkey
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
MIDDLETOWN, Pennsylvania—The American Studies program in the Penn State Harrisburg School of
Humanities has welcomed Harika Zöhre to campus. Zöhre is a visiting
scholar from Mersin University, Turkey, where she serves as a research
assistant in folklore studies.
She is the program’s first visiting scholar from Turkey, in an
initiative of the program to extend its reach globally. The program has
previously hosted Fulbright and State Department scholars in American
Studies from Russia, Andorra, Germany, and Tajikistan. As part of the
transnational initiative, the program plans adding a scholar from China
for a year-long residence beginning in January 2015.
Zöhre is currently conducting a fieldwork project on the maintenance of
the "Little Istanbul" community in Paterson, New Jersey, advised by Penn
State Harrisburg faculty members Dr. Simon J. Bronner, Distinguished
Professor of American studies and folklore, and Dr. Anthony Buccitelli,
assistant professor of American studies and communications. Since May 28, she has been documenting customs and traditions in Paterson and returning to Penn State Harrisburg for advising.
Her study will contribute to Penn State Harrisburg’s ongoing collection
of material on ethnic groups and communities of the Middle Atlantic
"I sought out the American Studies Program at Penn State Harrisburg
because of its reputation for folklore and ethnographic studies and its
involvement in ethnic community studies,” Zöhre said.
Working transnationally, she has previously published her study on the
observance of Halloween in Turkey. Her visit is funded with a grant
from YÖK: Higher Education Council of Turkey.
For more information, see http://harrisburg.psu.edu/news/american-studies-program-welcomes-first-visiting-scholar-turkey.