Past Event

Labor: Categories, Gender and Everyday Life

March 10, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Zoom link below

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 third workshop, "Labor: Categories, Gender, and Everyday Life" re-considers approaches to labor history in a large Ottoman geography.

‘The Worker’ as a Contested Category in Early 20th Century Beirut
Ellis Garey 
Ellis Garey is a Ph.D. Candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University. Her dissertation focuses on the emergence of the “worker” as a key participant in new forms of social contestation and mass politics in Greater Syria during the late Ottoman and early post-Ottoman periods (1880-1936). She is currently a Ph.D. Fellow at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED).

Gendered Expressions of Labor: The Case of Sümerbank Textile Factory, Istanbul
Zehra Betül Atasoy

Zehra Betül Atasoy is currently working as a Visiting Scholar at Kadir Has University, Faculty of Art and Design. She holds a Ph.D. in the Urban Environment-History specialization from a dual degree program of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Istanbul Technical University where she also got her master’s degree in History of Architecture. Besides, she worked as an editor at Arkitera Architecture Center and other architectural platforms. Her research focuses on the quotidian urban practices of women from various social strata in early Republican Istanbul and aims to recover their overlooked stories through different reformation efforts in fragmented urban spaces.

Women Versus Wheelbarrows: Archaeological Labor and British Imperialism in Late Ottoman Palestine 
Sarah Irving
Sarah Irving received her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh (2018) for a project on subaltern intellectual histories in Mandate Palestine. She is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Edge Hill University (NW England), researching the history of the 1927 Jericho Earthquake and the insights it offers into the social and intellectual history of the Levantine Mandates. She also works on social histories of Euro-American archaeology in Palestine and the wider Levant, focusing on the role and experiences of local workers on excavations. She has published in a range of journals and edited volumes. She is the editor of Contemporary Levant, a journal of Council for British Research in the Levant.

Ayşe Buğra

Ayşe Buğra is Professor Emerita at Boğaziçi University and an affiliate of the Boğaziçi University research center Social Policy Forum, which she co-founded in 2004. She has published in the areas of social policy, state–business relations and socio-economic history of modern Turkey in academic journals including International Journal of Middle East Studies, Economics and Philosophy, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Social Politics, Development and Change. Her books in English include New Capitalism in Turkey: The Relationship between Politics, Religion and Business (2014) and edited books Trajectories of Female Employment in the Mediterranean (2012) and Reading Karl Polanyi for the 21st Century (2007). She is a member of the Science Academy Society of Turkey.

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