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MemberMustafa Altuğ Yayla

I am a social and cultural historian of Ottoman book/manuscript cultures in early modern Anatolia and Balkans (ca. 1400-1700). I am especially interested in narrative-based genres and their audience that written in Ottoman Turkish such as storybooks, hagiographies, romances (mesnevis), histories, parables, and like. In a general sense, I concentrate on the vernacularization of Islamicate cosmopolitan culture and the rise of writing in (Ottoman) Turkish in the Rum context.

MemberAyse Cavdar

Graduated from Ankara University, Journalism Dept. Received a Masters’ degree in history, from Bogazici University.  Completed her Ph.D. thesis entitled “the Loss of Modesty: The Adventure of Muslim Family from Neighborhood to Gated Community” at the European University of Viadrina, in 2014 (supported by Global Prayers Project initiated by MetroZones). Worked for Helsinki Citizens Assembly’s project entitled “Citizens Network for Peace, Reconciliation and Human Security” in Western Balkans and Turkey. She served as a visiting scholar at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps Universiy, Marburg, in 2016. She is recently a postdoc fellow in Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Center for Global Cooperation Research, in Duisburg.

MemberMurat Öğütcü

Assist. Prof. Dr. Murat Öğütcü completed his primary and secondary education in Augsburg, Germany. He received his BA degree from the Department of English Language and Literature at Gaziantep University, Turkey, in 2008. He received his PhD degree with his dissertation entitled “Shakespeare’s Satirical Representation of the Elizabethan Court and the Nobility in His English History Plays” from the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University, Turkey, in 2016. From August 2012 to January 2013, he was a visiting scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University, Turkey, from 2011 until 2016. He is currently the Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at Munzur University, Turkey. He has presented several papers at conferences and has written book chapters and articles on his research interests that include Early Modern Studies, Shakespeare and Cultural Studies. His recent works include “Elizabethan Audience Gaze at History Plays: Liminal Time and Space in Shakespeare’s Richard II”, “Public Execution and Justice On/Off the Elizabethan Stage”, “Shakespeare in Animation”, “Early Modern English Historiography: Providentialism versus New History”, “Comedy and Fun: Is Shakespeare Funny?”, “A Tale of Two Nations: Scotland and England: Chaucer, Henryson, Shakespeare, Troilus and Criseyde”, and “The ‘Gothic’ in Hamlet.”