Centre for British Literary and Cultural Studies

Research Essay Contest for Graduate Students

Multiculturalism and Its Representations in

Contemporary British Literature

Possible topics that can be applied:

  • Does multiculturalism have a future; is multiculturalism a dead end in itself?
  • Monoculturalism vs. Multiculturalism.
  • Globalisation and multiculturalism.
  • Youth cultures, gay and lesbian cultures.
Those eligible to enter:

Ankara University
Department of English Language and Literature
English Language and Literature Programme, MA and PhD students

Atılım University
Department of English Language and Literature
English Literature and Culture Programme, MA and PhD students

Çankaya University
Department of English Language and Literature
English Literature and Cultural Studies Programme, MA students

Hacettepe University
Department of English Language and Literature
English Literature Programme, MA and PhD students
British Cultural Studies Programme, MA and PhD students

Middle East Technical University
Department of Foreign Language Education
English Literature Programme, MA and PhD students

A chance for graduate students to present their research and win prizes

An opportunity to be recognised in the academic field and to enhance one’s CV

Essays will be judged using following criteria:

  • How well does the essay reflect the issue involved?
  • Does the argument follow a logical progression?
  • How compelling is the conclusion?
  • How many resources have been used?
  • How good are the composition, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and scholarly expression?


  • Each graduate student may submit only one research essay.
  • Each essay must represent original research.
  • A well-composed and substantially illustrated research paper is expected.
  • Essays should be between 8-10 computer typed pages, excluding title page and work cited.
  • Essays must be written in English, on A4 size paper, double-spaced, in twelve point font, and in Times New Roman style. Two cm. margins on both sides are required.
  • References must be written in accordance with the MLA style, 7th Edition.
  • Each essay must include a title page containing the following information:
    Student’s name (on title page only)
    Name of university
    Name of graduate programme
    E-mail address
  • Electronic entries will not be accepted.
  • All entries must be unpublished work. A chapter of the entrants’ thesis/dissertation will not be accepted.
  • Deadline for entry is 17 January 2012.
  • Two hardcopies should be sent by mail to the following address:
    Prof. Dr. A. Deniz BOZER
    Hacettepe Üniversitesi
    Edebiyat Fakültesi
    İngiliz Dili ve Edebiyatı Bölümü, Beytepe 06800, Ankara.
  • For more information contact:
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hande SEBER
    297 84 75-76
  • Winners will be notified by e-mail towards the end of February.
  • The essays will be assessed by a panel of judges:
    The Administrative Board of the Centre
    Prof. Dr. A. Deniz BOZER, Director
    Prof. Dr. Burçin EROL, Member
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Huriye REİS, Member
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hande SEBER, Member
    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aytül ÖZÜM, Member
    Assist. Prof. Dr. Sinan AKILLI
  • First, five essays will be short listed.
  • On an arranged date that will be announced later, highlights from the five short listed research essays will be presented by the entrant him/herself in fifteen minutes to the public constituting undergraduate students, graduate students and academics.
  • After all five presentations, a final voting will be taken by all present in the auditorium to establish the first, second and third place winners.
  • During the final voting, along with the panel of judges, all undergraduate and graduate students, and academics can vote.
  • The winner essays will be published in the departmental journal. The editor of the journal reserves the right to ask for editing.
  • There will also be surprise prizes.
  • There will be no cash prize.