Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika (2010 – 2020)


Dr. Malte Fuhrmann (2010 – 2013)

Researcher and supervisor of the research field

European-Turkish Relations from a Reciprocal and Long-Term Perspective

Doç. Dr. Barbara Pusch (2009 – 2015)

Researcher and supervisor of the research field

Turkey as Migration Hub

Till Luge, M. A. (2014 – 2017)
Researcher within the project
New Religiosities in Turkey: “Reenchantment” in a Secular Muslim Country?
of the research field
The Religious History of Anatolia

Dr. Elif Damla Yavuz (2015-2017)

Researcher within the project “Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae” of the research field

Music in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey

Prof. Dr. Alexandre Toumarkine (2011-2017)

Researcher and supervisor of the research field
The Religious History of Anatolia
and supervisor of the research priority
New Religiosities in Turkey: “Reenchantment” in a Secular Muslim Country?

Dr. Zaur Gasimov (2013-2019)

Researcher and supervisor of the research field

Intellectual Transfer Processes

Dr. Astrid Menz (1999-2004 / 2006-2019)

Researcher and head of library. Responsible for the research project

The Dictionnaire des phonèmes Türk by Herman F. Kvergić in the Context of the Turkish Language Research

Dr. Nevin Şahin (2018-2021)
Researcher in the project
Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae
in the research field
Music in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Sara Nur Yıldız (1.8.2018 – 28.2.2018)

The Seljuks of Anatolia: Empire-Building on the Frontiers of the Muslim World

Orient-Institut Istanbul

Marie Bossaert, Dr. (1.2. – 31.7.2016)

Thema: Levantiner und Italiener in Istanbul im 19. Jahrhundert: italienische Egodokumente und erzählende Quellen

Orient-Institut Istanbul

Dr. Hülya Adak (1.10.2011 – 30.5.2012)

World War I and the Armenian Catastrophe: The Politics of the Archive, Fiction and Auto-/Biographies in Turkey

Sabancı Üniversitesi

Dr. Anna Neubauer Khurshid (1.7. – 31.12.2012)

Celle qui n’existe pas. Soufisme et autorité féminine à Istanbul

Universität Neuchâtel

Dr. Sara Nur Yıldız (2011 –2012)

Historische Kontextualisierung der religiösen und intellektuellen Realitäten Anatoliens in der Seldschucken- und Mongolenzeit

Orient-Institut Istanbul

Dr. Karin Schweißgut (1.10.2009 – 31.3.2011)

Armut in der türkischen Literatur (Habilitationsprojekt)

Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Sara Nur Yıldız (1.2.2008 – 1.2.2010)

Das Stiftungswesen bei den Seldschuken

University of St Andrews

PhD Fellows

Armand Aupiais (1.8.2020 – 31.1.2021)

Evangelical Protestants in Turkey: Urban Circuits, Religious Labour, Christian History

Université de Paris

Jaimee Comstock-Skipp (6.7.2020 – 5.1.2021)

Scions of Turan: the 16th-century Uzbek take on Firdausī’s Shāhnāma epic – artistic exchanges across Istanbul and Bukhara

Leiden University

Zeynep Tezer (15.2.2020 – 15.8.2020)

Idiosyncratic Forms of Social Criticism in the Sixteenth- and Seventeenth‑Century Ottoman Empire

University of Chicago

Shahrzad Irannejad (1.9.2019 – 31.7.2020)

Localization of the Avicennean Inner Senses in a Hippocratic Body

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Erol Koymen (1.9.2019 – 15.3.2020)

Sonic Occidentalism and the Infrastructure of the Extraordinary: Classical Music in Turkish Modernity

University of Chicago

Benan Grams (1.7.2019 – 31.12.2019)

Ottoman Medicine in Greater Syria

Georgetown University

Elena Panayi (27.5.2019 – 26.8.2019)

Ottoman female poets and mystical orders: Elements of interaction in Ottoman divan poetry

University of Cyprus

Thomas Ecker (18.3.2019 – 17.6.2019)

Persian Pilgrims in Istanbul

Universität Bamberg, Iranistik

Esther Voswinckel Filiz, M.A. (1.3.2019 – 31.1.2020)

Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi in Istanbul – Biography of a Place

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Sada Payır (1.3.2019 – 31.8.2019)

Entertainment, Propriety, Transgression: The ‘Unorthodox’ Greeks of Istanbul in the Late Ottoman Empire

Universität Oxford, Fakultät für Orientstudien, Pembroke College

Gwendolyn Collaço (15.5.2019 – 1.8.2019)

Cosmopolitan Albums from the Bazaars of Istanbul: Products of Global Networks, ca. 1650-1800

Harvard University

Mira Xenia Schwerda (5.3.2019 – 30.4.2019)

A Revolution in Pictures: An Examination of Early Political Photography in Iran and the Ottoman Empire

Harvard University

Chloe Bordewich (1.1.2019 – 31.3.2019)

Empire of Suspicion: Intelligence, Power, and Social Trust in the Ottoman Arab World, 1865-1930

Harvard University

Şafak Kılıçtepe (3.11.2018 – 31.5.2019)

Reproductive Technologies, Pronatalism and Ethnicity: An Ethnography of Situated Reproduction in Turkey

Indiana University, Bloomington

Kenan Behzat Sharpe (15.9.2018 – 15.12.2018)

Anatolian Rock and Turkey’s 1960s

University of California, Santa Cruz

Hüseyin Ongan Arslan (1.5.2018 30.7.2018)

Reconstructing Sunni-Shiite Identities: Uses of the Muslim Past in Ottoman Historiography, 1496-1639

Indiana University

Polina Ivanova (1.2.2018 – 15.4.2019)

Migration, settlement and the transformation of cultural landscape in medieval Anatolia

Harvard University, Department of History

Gwendolyn Collaço (15.1.2018 – 30.4.2018)

Cosmopolitan Albums from the Bazaars of Istanbul: Products of Global Networks, ca. 1650-1800

Harvard University

Matthew Ghazarian (21.2.2018 – 24.9.2018)

Famine in a Time of Uncertainty: Disaster and Sectarianism in Ottoman Anatolia, 1839–1893

Columbia University

Sinibaldo De Rosa (13.11.2017 – 15.8.2018)

Movement and Adaptation of the Alevi Semah in Turkey and Western Europe

University of Exeter/School of Music at Cardiff University

Andrea Weiss (1.11.17 –31.12.17, 6.3.18 – 30.9.18)

Turkish Muslim Georgians? The historical Georgian diaspora in Turkey and its connection to today’s Adjara and Georgia

Central European University Budapest

Sevi Bayraktar (20.3.17 – 20.10.17)

Contested Choreographies: Women Claiming Traditional Dances in Turkey

University of California, Los Angeles

Ceren Aygül (6.4.17 – 7.7.17)

War, Empire and Society: The Ottoman Red Crescent Society (1911-1923)

Johannes Gutenberg Universität Main

Anoush Suni (15.1.2017 – 14.7.2017)

Buried Histories: Ruins and the Politics of Memory in Anatolia

University of California

Yeliz Çavuş (1.1.2017 – 30.6.17)

The Formation of Modern Historical  Conciousness in the Late Ottoman and Early Republican Turkish Historical Narratives, 1840s-1930s

The Ohio State University

Hande Güzel (1.10.2016 – 28.2.2017)

Becoming of the Body through Re-Virginization Practices in Turkey

University of Cambridge

Maria Cramer (19.10.2016 – 18.3.2017)

„The Inherited Risk”. The Medicalisation of Consanguineous Marriage in Contemporary Turkey

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Annegret Roelcke (6.6.16 – 5.11.2016)

Religious Tourism in Eyüp. Constructions of an Islamic Place in Istanbul

Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin

Tobias Völker, M.A. (1.5.2016 – 31.10.2016)

The Hamburg Diplomat and Orientalist Andreas David Mordtmann (1811–1879) as Contemporary Witness of Late Ottoman History

Universität Hamburg, Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des Vorderen Orients

Jan Markus Vömel (15.4.2016 – 14.10.2016)

Reclaiming Modernity: Cultures of Islamism in Turkey, c. 1980-2000

Universität Konstanz

Annika Törne (1.4.2016 – 30.9.2016)

Dersim – Eine Untersuchung von Narrativen über Verfolgung und Gewalt

Universität Basel

Carolin Liebisch (1.10.2015 – 30.11.2015)

Representing Modernity on the Global Stage. Interwar Internationalism and the Case of Turkey

Universität Heidelberg

İpek Nazlı Hüner Cora (1.7.2015 – 30.9.2015)

Expanding the Boundaries of an Established Canon: Gender, Erotica, and Grotesque in Early Modern Manuscript Culture

University of Chicago

Sara Islan Fernandez (1.7.2015 – 31.12.2015)

Mitrip and communitarian dances in Urfa’s region: a portrait of the music, performers, and dance, in their social context and ongoing transformation

University Complutense of Madrid

Akın Sefer (1.7.2015 – 31.12.2015)

Labor in the Heart of Empire: Workers, Industry, and the State in Late Ottoman Istanbul

Northeastern University

Feras Krimsti (1.5.2015 – 31.10.2015)

Von der Provinz ins Zentrum: Repräsentationen Istanbuls im Reisebericht (1764/1765) von Ḥannā al-Ṭabīb (gest. 1775)

Freie Universität Berlin

Atilla Babadostu (1.4.2015 – 30.6.2015)

Die eschatologische Komponente osmanischer Herrschaftslegitimation, ihr Wesen sowie ihre Entwicklung vom Ende des 15. Jahrhunderts bis in die 1560er Jahre

Universität Wien

Alexander E. Balistreri, M.A. (1.11.2014 – 31.1.2015)

Between Russian Empire and Turkish Nation-State: Local Elite Networks and the History of Nationalism in the Anatolian–Caucasian Borderland

Princeton University

Jan Bartknecht, M.A. (1.10.2014 – 31.1.2015)

Atatürk and his Cult – A Visual History 1918-1968

Goldsmiths College, University of London

Anna Vakalis, M.A. (1.9.2014 – 30.11.2014)

Crime and Intercommunal Relations in Ottoman Macedonia (1839-1876): The Local Mixed Courts Established During the Tanzimat Reforms

Universität Basel

Kerem Tinaz, M.A. (15.6.2014 – 15.9.2014)

Intellectual Trajectories From Ottomanism to Nationalism: The Cases of Mustafa Satı Bey, Tunalı Hilmi, and Abraham Galante

University of Oxford

Ersin Mıhçı, M.A. (15.5.2014 – 15.8.2014)

Forging National Music on Both Sides of the Aegean in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Universität Heidelberg

Gülfem Alıcı, M.A. (1.5.2014 – 30.9.2014)

Seelenlehre und Seelenleitung im osmanisch-arabischen 17. Jh.: Qāsim al-Ḫānīs Werk zur Novizenerziehung: as-Sayr was-sulūk ilā malik al-mulūk

Universität Hamburg

Necla Melike Atalay, M.A. (15.3.2014 – 15.6.2014)

Produktionsbedingungen komponierender Frauen vor und nach der Gründung der Republik Türkei (1923). Am Beispiel von Leyla Saz (1845-1936), Nazife Aral-Güran (1921-1993) und Yüksel Koptagel (geb. 1931)

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien

Claudia Flohr, M.A. (1.3.2014 – 31.8.2014)

The Anti-Capitalist Muslims: A Social Movement in Search of a Muslim Social Theory for Contemporary Turkey

Universität Bonn

Yaşar Tolga Cora (17.10.2013 – 17.7.2014)

Transforming Erzurum/Karin: the Social and Economic History of a Multi-Ethnic Ottoman City in the Nineteenth Century

University of Chicago

Sümeyra Aslıhan Gürbüzel (6.10.2013 – 6.8.2014)

Social Imagination in Mystical Commentaries: Readers and Readings of Rumi’s Mathnawi in Seventeenth Century Istanbul

Harvard University

Aytek S. Alpan (1.10.2013 – 31.3.2014)

Turks’ of Crete and ‘Hellenes’ of Smyrna: A Comparative Analysis of the 1923 Greco-Turkish Population Exchange (1860-1960)

University of California San Diego

Julia Splitt (1.9.2013 – 28.2.2014)

Offshoring und ‚Re‘-Migration: Transnationale Arbeits- und Lebenswelten am Beispiel deutsch-türkischer Callcenter-Agents in Istanbul

Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Melih Egemen (1.9.2013 – 28.2.2014)

Ahmet Rasim’s Sehir Mektuplari and Fin-de-Siecle Istanbul

University of Harvard

Paulina Dominik (1.9.2013 – 31.8.2014)

Between White Eagle and Crescent – Polish narratives of the late Ottoman Empire (1830-1918)

University of Oxford

Stelios Irakleous (1.9.2013 – 28.2.2014)

Seraphim Attaliates and his Language: A Study into Eighteenth-Century Karamanlidika

Leiden University

Mohamed Elfateh (1.8. – 30.9.2013)

Reconstruction of the old City Suakin, Sudan. A comparison investigation about the reconstruction’s influence factors in the Red Sea Region. Case studies: Suakin, Port Sudan, Jeddah- Old town

Universität Cottbus

Irena Fliter (15.6. – 15.12.2013)

Ottoman Diplomats and the Culture of Diplomacy (1761-1821) Ottoman Ambassadors, Chargé d’affairs and Dragomans between the Ottoman Empire and Prussia

Tel Aviv University

Fabio Salomoni (1.6. – 30.9.2013)

Neo-Hindu Religious Movements and Yoga Teaching in Contemporary Turkey

Koç Üniversitesi

Ece Zerman (2.4. – 30.9.2013)

Material Culture of Istanbul bourgeoisie at the turn of the century: Objects, memory and self-representation

European University Institute in Florence

Ayşegül Argit (2.4. – 30.5.2013)

Presse, Politik und Mobilisation in Istanbul 1908-1914

Universität Heidelberg

Dilek Sarmış (1.7. – 31.10.2012)

New Religious Movements in Turkey


Anna Calia (1.7. – 31.8.2012)

Greek documents of the first Ottoman sultans from Venice State Archive (end of 15th-beginning of 16th century)

University of San Marino, Advanced School of Historical Studies

Nikos Sigalas (1.6. – 31.10.2012)

Traditional Sufi theories and practices and new age religious movements

EHESS (School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences), History

Brian Chauvel (1.4. – 30.9.2012)

From roots to essence: commercial and legendary topography of phyto-therapeutic representations and practices in Turkey

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Helen Pfeifer (1.10.2011 – 30.5.2012)

More than Merriment: Sociability and Ethnicity in the Ottoman Meclis

Princeton University

Guy Rak (1.7. – 30.9.2011)

The Visual Culture of the Ottoman Empire: the Architecture of the Second Constitutional Period

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rüstem Ertuğ Altınay (1.6. – 30.11.2011)

Catching the Train. Body, Politics, Identity and Modernization in Turkey

New York University

Charlotte Joppien (1.4. – 31.12.2011)

Die Kommunalpolitik der türkischen Regierungspartei AKP

Universität Hamburg

Cem Kara (1.4. – 30.9.2012)

Der Bektaschi-Orden – inter- und transkulturelle Geschichte eines Derwischordens im langen 19. Jahrhundert

Ruhr Universität Bochum

Benjamin Flöhr (1.1. – 30.6.2011)

Elmalili Muhammad Hamdi Yazir (1878-1942) – Ein traditionalistischer Korandeuter im Dienste des Kemalismus

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

Visiting Scholars

Merve Köksal (1.7.2020 – 15.8.2020)

A Background History of the Occupation: Life in the Istanbul Underground during 1918-1923

Akdeniz University (Antalya)

Asst. Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Giannopolous (11.11.2019 – 17.11.2019)

Byzantine music and its sources

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Prof. Dr. Maurus Reinkowski (18.3.2019 – 20.5.2019, 15.7.2019 – 5.8.2019)

History of the Republic of Turkey

Universität Basel, Islamwissenschaften, Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften

Dr. Ebru Akcasu (07/2018 – 01/2019)

Foreigner in Istanbul in the late-Ottoman Empire

Charles University, Prague, Institute of Near Eastern and African Studies

Prof. Dr. Hasan Ali Khan (3.6.2018 – 30.6.2018)

A Comparative Study of Non-normative Islam: Turkish Alevis, Iranian Ahl-e Haqq, and the Qalandariyya in Pakistan

Habib University, Karachi

Prof. Dr. Maurus Reinkowski (8.1.2018 – 27.1.2018 und 3.7.2018 – 19.7.2018 )

History of the Republic of Turkey

Universität Basel, Islamwissenschaften, Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften

Prof. Dr. Maurus Reinkowski (3.7.2017 – 25.7.2017 )

History of the Republic of Turkey

Universität Basel, Islamwissenschaften, Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften

Jannis Grimm (09/2016 – 01/2017)

The Changing Language of Revolt: Contested Narratives & Affective Economies in Egypt after 2011

Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), PhD student

Freie Universität Berlin

Dr. Ergin Öpengin (13. – 24.6. und 8.8. – 24.8.2016)

Die Sammlung, Edition und sprachwissenschaftliche Analyse von kurdischen Texten aus der Zeit vor 1800

Universität Bamberg, Bosphorus Universität

Zsófia Turóczy (1.2.2016 – 15.4.2017)

Freimaurernetzwerke zwischen Ungarn und dem Osmanischen Reich: Eine Geschichte von mobilen Akteuren, wandernden Ideen und Elitenrekrutierung in Zeiten der Nationsbildung (19./20. Jahrhundert)

Doktorandin an der Universität Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Maurus Reinkowski (1.9. – 15.12.2015)

Islamwissenschaften, Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften

Universität Basel

Prof. Dr. Amy Singer (24.8. – 30.9.2015)

Department of Middle Eastern & African History

Tel Aviv University

Prof. Dr. Johann Strauss (20.7. – 7.8.2015, 9.7. – 9.8.2014, 3. – 31.7.2013, 9. – 26.7.2012)

Faculté des Langues et des Cultures Etrangères, Département Turc

Université de Strasbourg

Dr. Dilek Sarmış (13. – 25.6.2015)

Centre d’Etudes Ottmanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques, Paris

Dr. Yiğit Topkaya (1.7.2014 – 1.5.2015)

Translation Studies/Romanistik

Universität Basel

Prof. Dr. Christoph Herzog (3. – 19.4.2015)

Institut für Turkologie

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Béatrice Hendrich (23. 2. – 1.3.2015)

Philosophische Fakultät, Orientalisches Seminar

Universität zu Köln

Prof. Dr. Nathalie Clayer (16.2. – 22. 2. 2015)

Centre d’Etudes Ottmanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques, Paris

Dr. Heinrich Hartmann (1.10.2013 – 30.6.2014)

Habilitationsprojekt zur Geschichte westlicher Entwicklungsexperten in der Türkei zwischen den 1950-er und 1980-er Jahren

Universität Basel, Historische Fakultät

Prof. Dr. Kent Schull (24.2. – 23.3.2014, 19. – 29.3.2015)

Department of History

Binghamton University

Prof. Dr. Bilal Orfali (1. – 17.5.2014)

Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages

American University Beirut

Prof. Dr. Orlin Sabev (9.6. – 1.7.2014)

Institute of Balkan Studies

Sofia University

Prof. Dr. Abu Husayn (1. – 30.6.2013)

Department of History and Archeology

American University of Beirut

Prof. Dr. Andrew Peacock (1. – 30.9.2013)

Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500

St Andrews University