This GLCA New Direction grant provides for three Denison faculty (Sohrab Behdad, Economics; David Bussan, Cinema; Ruth Toulson, Sociology/Anthropology) to receive instruction in Turkish on Denison's campus. Mr. Bullent Bekcioglu, lecturer of Turkish in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, at the Ohio State University, will be the instructor. This is the second semester of Turkish instruction for this group. Instruction in the first semester was supported by a Mellon Career Enhancement grant. Learning Turkish will make it possible for these faculty members to embark on new directions in their scholarly/creative activity. Sohrab is undertaking a research project on the Comparative Study of Class Reconfiguration in Iran and Turkey. David is planning to begin work on a new documentary film in Northern Cyprus. David's film is concerned with the inter-communal 'troubles' between Greek and Turkish Cypriots related to the events of 1963 that began in Nicosia. Ruth has studied the role of the secular state in shaping religious expression in China, and iconography of death and material culture of religious expression, ancestral tablets, idols and alters in Singapore and Sichuan. Now she plans to focus on relics, particularly considering the political lives of dead bodies, preserved as sacred items, in Turkey.