G. Carole Woodall, Ph.D.

G. Carole Woodall

Assistant Professor, History and Women's and Ethnic Studies Program
Executive Curator, Intersections Film Festival
Department Website Coordinator and Editor 

Ph.D., New York University, 2008
M.A., Boğazici University (Istanbul, Turkey), 1995
B.A., Southwestern University, 1991

Current Research
Carole Woodall has been exploring and studying Istanbul for nearly two decades with a specific interest in cultural and sensory urban environments. Dr. Woodall's scholarship focuses on the interplay between urban space and cultural practices and its effect upon the formation of modern identities in the late-Ottoman and early Turkish republican periods. Her interpretive approach combines theories of modernity with cultural and sensorial approaches to the urban environment. Specifically, Dr. Woodall's research examines the perceived and embodied urban modern sensory experience of 1920s Istanbul through a critical examination of the “decadent modern” – a way to address what contemporary critics and Turkish republican scholars have referred to as a “crisis.” She is currently preparing her manuscript The Decadent Modern: Cocaine, Jazz, and the Charleston in 1920's Istanbul, which provides a counterpoint not only to a dominant Turkish nationalist narrative, but also to key approaches to understanding modern Middle Eastern history. Her work revises and complicates that narrative by questioning the multiple ways that social and non-state actors participated in the refashioning of post-Ottoman society. Most notably Dr. Woodall's work is shaped by interdisciplinary research on transnationalism, popular culture, jazz and dance studies, and the embodiment of place.

Selected Fellowships and Awards
Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Event Sponsorship Grant, for Intersections Film Festival 2011
Creative Research Creative Work (CRCW) award, UCCS, 2011
Presidential Fund for the Humanities Grant, for Intersections Film Festivall 2011
Post-Doc Visiting Taft Fellow, Popular Culture in the Middle East: Interdisciplinary Studies Research Seminar, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati, 2008
Institute of Turkish Studies Dissertation Grant, 2002-2003
Gastwissenschaftler, Orient-Institut der Deutschen Morgenlandischen Gesellschaft, Istanbul, Turkey, 2000-2001
American Research Institute in Turkey Dissertation Grant, 2000-2001
Foreign Language and Area Studies Dissertation Grant, 1999-2000
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 1997-1999

Intersections Film Festival™ (IFF)
In the fall of 2009, Woodall founded a non-profit public/academic program called Intersections Film Festival (IFF)™, which is attached to UCCS’s College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS). The festival provides innovative cultural film programming around contemporary political, social, and cultural themes related to the Middle East by screening award-winning Middle Eastern films and documentaries. The interdisciplinary project is a vital form for public engagement by creating access to critical debates and making global issues relevant at the local level. Middle East historians constantly struggle with how to dispel systemic stereotyping and misrepresentations in an age of intense post-911 mediatization whereby historical substance becomes overly simplified. Intersections Film Festival specifically addresses this obstacle through its pairing of engaged “talk back” discussions with screenings. The festival conveys the diverse political, social, and economic realities of modern Middle East society, while also providing moments of visual humor and poignant thought for the audience. The festival remains committed to making screenings free and open to the public in accordance with its mission of supporting diversity, institutional collaboration, and community outreach.

IFF 2009 explored the theme of Women’s Lives and Experiences


IFF 2011 explored the theme of Displacement


IFF 2014 will explore the theme of Cities
We are excited to be working with Pikes Peak Community College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for the upcoming event.
For information on past events as well as on how to donate, please go to IFF’s website www.uccs.edu/iff.

Course Repertoire
Undergraduate History
The survey courses satisfy the LAS Global Awareness requirement
HIST 1600: Making of the Modern Middle East, Part I
HIST 1610: Making of the Modern Middle East, Part II
HIST 3000: From Constantinople to Istanbul: Locating an Eastern Mediterranean City between History and Modernity
HIST 4030: The Ottoman Empire, 1400-1800
HIST 4040: Reconsidering the Late-Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic, 1800-1938
HIST 4990: Senior Thesis Seminar: Approaches to the Study of History (Modern Middle East emphasis)

Undergraduate History and Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST)
All courses satisfy the LAS Global Awareness requirement except for "Women and War"
HIST/WEST 4060: Middle East Women in Film
HIST/WEST 4050: From the Harem to the War Zone: Women Writers Encountering the Orient and Occident
HIST/WEST 3680: Islam and the West: Contacts, Approaches, and Representations
HIST 3000/WEST 3000/FILM 3950: Women and War: Perspectives on Militarism, Activism, and Voices

Graduate History
HIST 6750: Readings in Modern Middle East History
HIST 6990: Research in Modern Middle East History (4 credits)

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For more information about the Women's and Ethnic Studies Program at UCCS, please go to www.uccs.edu/west
Intersections Film Festival | www.uccs.edu/iff
Twitter: @IntersectionsFF