My proposed project investigates Turkish-German culture and related topics of immigration, multiculturalism, and hybrid identity. Turkish-German culture is an important area of inquiry because it provides a window onto a nexus of historical and contemporary issues in German society - the changing nature of Germanness, the tension between Germany's relatively open immigration policy and its relatively restrictive citizenship requirements, issues of tolerance and racist extremism, questions of complex identity, and the place of Islam within Western democracy. I envision a project with three phases, to take place in summer, 2012: (1) contact colleagues with an established expertise in Turkish-German studies, (2) conduct, over the course of five weeks, an intensive study of Turkish-German literature and film, as well as the issues surrounding Turkish immigration to Germany and the discourses of integration, assimilation, and multiculturalism, and (3) put this learning into practice by traveling to the Turkish centers of Berlin, Germany, to examine at first hand the products of Turkish-German culture. This project will give me the opportunity to explore aspects of German society that lie well beyond my training and specialization. More importantly, it will also push me to develop new kinds of courses and to incorporate into my teaching and research the methodologies of a cultural-studies approach.