Nilüfer Yeşil

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Ecocentric or Egocentric?

This course aims to provide support and guidance for students to improve their
productive (writing and speaking) and receptive (listening and reading) skills in
order to empower them to use academic English in written and oral modes through the critical analysis of the concept of “ecological awareness” regarding animals, plants, and global warming. The questions to be considered throughout the course shall be:

  • Are animal rights overrated?
  • Can individualistic welfare-based ethics be applied to insects?
  • Crop or livestock production? Which one is sustainable?
  • Can a meat-based diet help the world overcome the challenges of food security?
  • Do governments exacerbate environmental crises?
Slow and Simple Living in a Fast-Paced World

The course is a reading-based writing course designed to improve the academic skills of the students. It aims to help students improve their receptive and productive skills in English. “Slow and Simple Living in a Fast-Paced World” will offer a variety of texts and genres for students to explore in terms of content and organization. The nature of slow culture, the intersections between slow and simple living, the areas where slow or simple living are applied, how slow or simple living mingles with fast culture, the effects and limitations of slow and simple living are some of the themes to be covered in the course. In the course, through class discussion and an individual research project, students will also be able to improve their research, academic writing, language, and speaking skills.  

Some of the questions central to the course are:

  • How do the slow movement and simple living relate to each other?
  • Is slow culture only a matter of slowing down the clock?
  • What are the effects of living slowly and simply?
  • Do slow culture and simple living mingle with fast culture?
  • Does food need to be faster or slower?
  • What is the effect of speed on fashion?
  • How does speed affect cities?
  • Are slow culture and simple living elitist labels?
  • What is the relationship between the slow movement and globalization?
  • Is slower and simpler living a reaction to industrialization?
  • Can slow medicine bring more advantages to patients?
  • Can living slowly and simply improve the quality of life on the planet?
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Nilüfer Yeşil graduated from the Department of Translation and Interpreting at Boğaziçi University where she earned her M.A. degree in Translation. She started working at Bilkent University in 1998 and she has been teaching courses mostly for training translators ever since. As a translator, she has focused on translating Turkish literature into English and this interest has paved the way for her second M.A. degree in Turkish Literature at Bilkent University where she later on received her Ph.D. degree in 2021. Her publications include work on folklore in urban culture and Turkish fakelore and she is doing research in Turkish gothic literature, particularly the women writers of the 20th century. Outside of academics, she enjoys ice-skating, running and attending cultural venues and events.