Literature, society, politics, art, music, thought, architecture, history, and everything else related to the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey
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 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.
Article on Turkish orthography and its acquisiton
Stacy Fahrenthold deposited Making nations, in the Mahjar: Syrian and Lebanese long-distance nationalisms in New York City, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires, 1913-1929 in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 8 months, 2 weeks ago
This dissertation traces the emergence of transnational political institutions among Arabophone Ottoman emigrants living in New York City, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires, and analyzes the development of a long-distance nationalist politics among emigrant activists during and after World War I. Using socially-produced primary materials written and…[Read more]
On structural similarities in Azeri of Iran and Gagauz due to contact with Indo-Iranan languages
Article on the influence of the Slavic languages Bulgarian and Russian on Gagauz, a Turkish dialect spoken in the Republic of Moldova, the Ukraine and Bulgaria.
Due to language-contact phenomena Gagauz shows significant deviations from Turkic patterns, most obvious on the syntactic level. In what follows, I will deal with a set of modal constructions expressing volition, necessity, ability and possibility. Expressions for volition and necessity are formed in Gagauz analytically using the same lexical and…[Read more]
This article aims to describe some types of adverbial clauses in the dialects of Erzurum.
For this purpose I have investigated published and unpublished material collected in the
region between 1966 and 1980. I concentrated on converb forms and clause patterns that
are unusual from the viewpoint of Standard Turkish. The converb forms are either…[Read more]
Koca Mehmet Kentel deposited Caricaturizing “Cosmopolitan” Pera: Play, Critique, and Absence in Yusuf Franko’s Caricatures, 1884–1896 in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year ago
This article explores a unique series of caricatures made between 1884 and 1896 by Yusuf Franko Kusa, a high-ranking Ottoman bureaucrat and a vener- ated member of n-de-siècle Pera’s high society. Yusuf Franko’s hitherto unstudied caricatures were comparable to contemporary European caricatures in style, but their subject matter was very loca…[Read more]
Part of a larger roundtable series on Arab American histories for the Journal of American Ethnic History.
Rebecca Ruth Gould deposited “Memorializing Akhundzadeh: Contradictory Cosmopolitanism and Post-Soviet Narcissism in Old Tbilisi” (Interventions International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 2018) in the group Ottoman and Turkish Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year, 6 months ago
While the cosmopolitan turn in political and literary theory encourages us to move beyond national frameworks, the Caucasus remains mired in ethno-national categories from the Soviet past. This essay examines how these categories are being mobilized in the service of a nominally cosmopolitan agenda in the contemporary memorialization of the writer…[Read more]
This paper assesses nine prominent readings of the imperial context/content of Verdi’s ‘Aida’ and offers a new perspective more adequate to basic tensions in the work. Readings have ranged from the literal (imperial Europe here stages an archaeological “ancient Egypt”) to the metaphorical (“Egypt” here is any repressive government). Or–somew…[Read more]
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