The Orient-Institut Istanbul is an academic research center focusing on the languages, cultures, societies and the history of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and the neighboring regions. As member institution of the Max Weber Foundation, the Orient-Institut Istanbul plays an important role in academic network building and cooperation between Germany, Turkey and other countries. Due to its numerous activities the Institut holds an important position in Turkology and in regional studies.
The History Foundation (Tarih Vakfı) is a prominent Turkish association of historians whose members include quite a number of renowned public intellectuals and academics. The activities of the Tarih Vakfı include publications, conferences, public lectures, and research projects; over the past twenty years it has made a significant contribution to academic and public discussions of historical issues in Turkey and beyond.