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James Ryan deposited “A Turk Named O’Brien”: Bedtime Stories of the Early Turkish Republic from the Memoirs of Sevim Sertel O’Brien in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 1 week, 4 days ago
This article examines the unpublished memoirs of Sevim Sertel O’Brien, a journalist and daughter of prominent journalists and intellectuals Sabiha and Zekeriya Sertel. The memoirs, written in English and told as bedtime stories to O’Brien’s Turkish-American children in the 1950s and 1960s, provide a unique lens on the early history of the Turkish…[Read more]
James Ryan deposited “‘Unveiling’ The Tramway”: The Intimate Public Sphere in Late Ottoman and Early Republican Istanbul in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 1 week, 4 days ago
With the introduction of the horse-drawn tramway in 1871, the citizens of Istanbul were forced to reckon with a new type of public space—the crowded confines of the tramcar. This article focuses on the removal of a curtain that separated men and women on public transit in 1923, analyzing the discourses that shaped the decision and the way in w…[Read more]
Kristof D'hulster deposited Licit Magic – GlobalLit Working Papers 5. Enderūnlu Ḥasan-i Yāver’s Poetry’s Artistry, or How to “Turn Words into Licit Magic” in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Purportedly in response to a request by his unnamed beloved one, the late 18th-century Ottoman poet Ḥasan-i Yāver wrote Poetry’s Artistry, a 441-verse mathnawī that offers some hands-on advice for trying one’s hand at poetry. As tashbīh, jinās, kināya, taḍādd, taḍmīn, ilmām, iltifāt, tardīd, ishtibāh, tawriya, īhām, takhmīs, tarkīb-band,…[Read more]
This conference, co-organized by the Istanbul Research Institute
and Pera Museum, through local and international collaborations, seeks to offer new
insights on the complex layers of Istanbul’s urban landscape. It brings together innovative
studies in the fields of environmental history, political ecology, and critical art studies t…[Read more]
A. Hilal Ugurlu deposited Philanthropy in the Form of a Hair Strand: Sacred Relics in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Lands in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 9 months, 1 week ago
From the last quarter of the eighteenth century, the caliphal status and the legitimacy of the Ottoman sultans were constantly and increasingly challenged. One of the most effective and powerful tools that they utilized in order to strengthen their diminishing image in the eyes of their subjects was the re-appropriation of sacred places, either by…[Read more]
“Foreword.” YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies 2 (2020): 3
The factors behind the rise of Islamism in Turkey remain the subject of intense scholarly debate. There are remarkable relationships between the rise of Islamism and preceding changes in population dynamics in Turkey. Rapid urbanization and large-scale migration of Kurds and other ethnic minorities from the east of the county to major cities in…[Read more]
Stacy Fahrenthold deposited “Claimed by Turkey as Subjects”: Ottoman Migrants, Foreign Passports, and Syrian Nationality in the Americas, 1915–1925 in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year ago
Unofficial Description: In Arab American studies, it’s long been understood that Syrian immigrants became “legally white” in 1915’s George Dow v United States. This access to whiteness was critical in getting access to US citizenship. However, US laws governing Syrian racial status also bore implications beyond the US context. Starting with Dow…[Read more]
“Lives in Turkish” is an ongoing research project held at Boğaziçi University Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies. We trace the journey of life-writing in Turkish, collect metadata and visuals about biographical publications and biography subjects introduced to the Turkish reader since the early 1800s. Our aim is to propose a c…[Read more]
Koca Mehmet Kentel deposited CfP: Cities on Fire: Environmental History of Urban Conflagrations in Early Modern and Modern Periods in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year ago
Papers focusing on the urban environmental history of fires are invited for a panel to be submitted to
the European Society for Environmental History conference, which will be held at the
University of Bristol in July 2021.
This real-life memoir chronicles the journey of Arousiag Magarian over a four year period as she struggles to survive during the Armenian Genocide (1915-1919). Originally written in a small notebook in Armenian, the authors (Arpi Poladian and Troy E. Spier) have translated and prepared for the reader a version in literary English that hopes to…[Read more]
Rising on the shoulders of the İstanbul Araştırmaları Yıllığı / Annual of Istanbul Studies, the relaunched YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies is now peer-reviewed. Thanks to a reformed advisory board, whose expertise covers all periods and disciplines in the study of Istanbul’s past and present, the journal now sets a much higher academic…[Read more]
2019’da yayımlanan “Nature’s ‘Cosmopolis’: Villagers, Engineers, and Animals along Terkos Waterworks in Late Nineteenth-Century Istanbul.” In The Seeds of Power: Explorations in the Environmental History of the Ottoman Empire, edited by Onur Inal and Yavuz Köse, 155-183 (Winwick: The White Horse Press, 2019) makalemin, kısaltılarak Türkçe’ye çev…[Read more]
Koca Mehmet Kentel deposited Hafıza-i Beşer: Osmanlı Yazmalarından Hikâyeler | Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year, 12 months ago
The opening text for the exhibition Hafıza-i Beşer: Osmanlı Yazmalarından Hikâyeler | Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts, organized by the Istanbul Research Institute, open between October 18, 2019 – July 25, 2020.
Sergi Küratörü/Exhibition Curator
K. Mehmet Kentel
M. Baha Tanman, Selim S.…[Read more]
The abstract of my doctoral dissertation, which I defended on December 2018 at the University of Washington, with distinction.
The journal of İstanbul Araştırmaları Enstitüsü is being relaunched as a peer-reviewed, open-access journal with a wonderful and diverse advisory board, an article prize, and a new name: YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies.
Please share the announcement widely with your colleagues and students, consider submitting articles and book reviews, and k…[Read more]
Between 1880 and 1924, an estimated half million Arab migrants left the Ottoman Empire to live and work in the Americas. Responding to new economic forces linking the Mediterranean and Atlantic capitalist economies to one another, Arab migrants entered the manufacturing industries of the settler societies they inhabited, including industrial…[Read more]
On counterfactual conditional clauses in Turkish
On morphological features in Turkish dialects of Northeast Turkey developed by analogy.
Astrid Menz deposited The idioms and dialogues in the Grammaire turque ou méthode courte & faciles pour apprendre la langue turque (1730) in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 2 years, 7 months ago
On an Ottoman grammar book from 1730 written by a French Jesuit. The article focuses on the question whether the Ottoman language material given in Latin script reveals information on the state of the ongoing morphophonological changes from early Ottoman to modern Turkish.
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