Past Event

Ideologies and Transregional Networks, c1920 - Voices of Emerging Scholars Webinar Series

April 14, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Columbia Global Centers Istanbul invites you to a series of webinar workshops to highlight the research of emerging scholars in the late Ottoman and early Turkish Republican history. Organized by Professor Zeynep Çelik, our fourth workshop, "Ideologies and Transregional Networks, c1920," turns to Islamic modernism, communism, and the interlinked project of nation-building in the Middle East. 

"Response to the Anglican Church": Late Ottoman Islamicists at the Inception of the Turkish Republic 
Andrew Hammond 

Andrew Hammond obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 2020 for his thesis “Interactions between Turkish and Egyptian Islamic Thinkers from 1908 to 1952: Modernity and the Disruption of Islamic Knowledge.” The manuscript is currently at the peer review stage for publication. Dr. Hammond studied Arabic and early Islamic History with Gerald Hawting at SOAS and Modern Middle East Studies and Turkish at Oxford, and previously worked as a journalist for Reuters in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Over the past year, he has taught Late Ottoman and Modern Turkish History and Turkish Political and Cultural Texts at Oxford.

Beyond Borders: An Entangled History of Communism in the post-Ottoman Middle East 
Burak Sayım 

Burak Sayım is a Ph.D. Candidate at the International History Department of the Graduate Insitute, Geneva. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Istanbul and his Master’s degree at the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris. He is currently working on his doctoral dissertation, provisionally titled “Transnational Communist Networks in the Post-WWI Middle East: Anti-Colonialism, Internationalism and Itinerant Militancy (1919-1928),” under the supervision of Prof.Cyrus Schayegh.

The Treaty of Lausanne and the Construction of the Arab East 
Orçun Can Okan

Orçun Okan received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in May 2020, with a dissertation titled "Coping with Transitions: The Connected Construction of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq, 1918-1928.” He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the field of Global History and Governance at the University of Naples in Italy. His work has been supported by the Istanbul Research Institute as well. Dr. Okan’s research combines methods of diplomatic history with social history in order to analyze questions of nationality and citizenship, imperial collapse, and state succession in the aftermath of World War I.  

Eugene Rogan

Eugene Rogan is a Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Antony’s College, where he serves as Director of the Middle East Centre.  He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017. He took his BA in economics from Columbia and his MA and Ph.D. from Harvard in History and Middle Eastern Studies.  His work focuses on the history of the Arab world from the late Ottoman era to modern times. He is the author of Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire: Transjordan, 1851-1920 (1999); The Arabs: A History (2009, 2017) and most recently, The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920 (2015).  His books have been translated in 18 languages.

Organized by:

Zeynep Çelik, Adjunct Professor, History Department, Columbia University and Distinguished Professor Emerita, New Jersey Institute of Technology 
Merve İspahani, Ph.D., Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul