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Çiğdem OĞUZ

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Research Fellow

Biographie succincte / Short Bio

Çiğdem Oğuz was born in 1985. She is an associate member of the Centre for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (Cetobac) since October 2018. At Cetobac she works on her research project on the reception of the concept of morale laïqueby Ottoman Muslim intellectuals from a transnational history perspective. Oğuz has received her PhD degree in 2018 from Boğaziçi University’s Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History (Turkey) and Leiden University’s LIAS Turkish Studies Program (the Netherlands) within the framework of a joint PhD program. Her PhD dissertation, “The Struggle Within: ‘Moral Crisis’ on the Ottoman Homefront During the First World War” demonstrates that during the course of the First World War many social, economic, and political problems were translated into a discourse of moral decline, ultimately making morality a contested space between rival ideologies, identities, and intellectual currents. She has her MA thesis published with the title of “Negotiating the Terms of Mercy: Petitions and Pardon Cases in the Hamidian Era (1876-1909)” from Libra Publishing House in 2013. She taught undergraduate courses on the history of Ottoman modernization and contemporary Turkey at Bogazici University and Işık University. Currently she is based in Italy.

Intérêts scientifiques / Scholarly Interests

  • Morality, Islam, and Secularism
  • Ottoman Roots of Early Republican Thought
  • Family, Civil Code, Marriage, and Divorce in the Late Ottoman Empire
  • Women’s Agency in the late Ottoman Empire
  • Prostitution, Women Trafficking and Public Morality
  • Martial Law during WWI
  • Foreigners in the Ottoman Empire during WWI

Champs de recherche / Research Fields

  • Intellectual and social history of the late Ottoman Empire
  • War studies
  • Gender studies
  • Transnational history

Terrains / Fieldwork

  • Petitions, telegraphs written by the pardon seekers in the Ottoman Archives’ catalogues (Hamidian Era)
  • Police reports, Ministry of Interior Affairs correspondences during WWI in the Ottoman Empire
  • Periodicals of the late Ottoman era (İslam Mecmuası, Yeni Mecmua, Sebilürreşad, Kadınlar Dünyası)

Travail collectif récent ou actuel / Recent and Present Group Work

Participation à des programmes collectifs / Membership

Visiting Researcher, CEMAS (Research Center of Cooperation with Eurasia, Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa), La Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, October 2018 – October 2019.

Guest Researcher, LIAS, Turkish Studies Program, Leiden University, Leiden, June 2018 – October 2018.

Member, Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS), Leiden University, March 2017 – ongoing.

TUBITAK Project No: 111K113. Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Şule Toktaş. Conducted in-depth interviews with 40 women in Istanbul for the project entitled, “Inheritance, Gender and Property: Women and Civic Law in Turkey.” Affiliation: Kadir Has University Istanbul. (October 2011 – October 2012).

CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure) Researcher at the Freie Universitat Berlin (Archival Research for the First World War Related Topics in the Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives) (November 2015-January 2016).

Nar Tourism Company, Researcher. The History of the Barnathan Apartments in Galata District, Istanbul (2011-2014).

Enseignements / Teaching Activities

“Modern Turkey and Ottoman Modernization (Course Codes: HIST 101 and HIST 102)” Işık University, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, (January 2016 – June 2016).

“Ottoman Modernization and the History of Turkish Republic (Course Codes HTR 311 and HTR 312)” Boğaziçi University, Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History, (January 2013 – January 2016).



The Barnathan Apartments.(also published in Turkish Barnathan Apartmanları) Istanbul: Global Basım Yayın, 2016.

Negotiating the Terms of Mercy: Petitions and Pardon Cases in the Hamidian Era. Istanbul: Libra Yayınevi, 2013.

Articles, Reviews, Translations

“‘The Homeland Will Not Be Saved Merely by Chastity’: Women’s Quest for Establishing a New Life and New Future in the Ottoman Press During World War I,” in “Women’s Agency in the Late Ottoman Empire,” special issue of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association edited by Çiğdem Oğuz, scheduled for Fall 2019.

“Introduction: Studying Women’s Agency in the Late Ottoman Empire,” in “Women’s Agency in the Late Ottoman Empire,” special issue of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, scheduled for Fall 2019.

“Rape, Trial, and Morality: Individual in Search of State Protection on the Ottoman Homefront.” Conference Proceedings: Individual in the Heart of the Great War, manuscript under evaluation.

“Prostitution (Ottoman Empire).” 1914-1918 Online International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin (2017). doi: 10.15463/ie1418.11038

“Millî Mesele ve Maddî Gereksinim Arasında: Birinci Dünya Savaşı’nda Lubiyyat, Tiyatro, Sinema Benzeri Eğlence Yerlerini ve İçeriğini Düzenleme Çabaları.”[Between National Cause and Economic Need: Attempts to Regulate the Venues and Contents of the Entertainment, Theatre, Cinema and Similar Activities During the First World War]Toplumsal Tarih, Vol. 267 (March 2016): 86-91.

Review of Kadınların Mülk ve Miras Edinmesi: Kemalist Aydınlanma ve İslami Sosyolojik Süreçler. by Şule Toktaş & Mary Lou O’Neill, Turkish Studies, Vol. 16, Issue 1 (2015): 138-141.

“İsmail Onbaşı'nın Defteri: Kanal Harekatı'ndan Thayetmyo Esir Kampına.” [The Notebook of Corporal Ismail: From Suez Operation to the Thayetmyo Prison Camp] Toplumsal Tarih, Vol. 251 (November 2014): 44-49.

“The Pardons of the Hamidian Era: The Petitions and the State Policy.” In Forgiveness: Philosophy, Psychology and the Arts, edited by T. McKenry, C. Bruun Thingholm, 67-76. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.

Translation ofZürcher, Erik Jan. “Modern Türkiye Tarihinde Dönüm Noktaları ve Kaçırılan Fırsatlar: Olaylar Nerelerde Farklı Yöne Gidebilirdi?.” [The Turning Points and Missed Opportunities in Modern Turkish History: Where Could Things Have Gone Differently?] Translated by Çiğdem Oğuz, Kebikeç, Vol. 24 (2007): 19-29.

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