Past Event

Reading, Commenting, and Interpreting | Voices of Emerging Scholars

March 23, 2022
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Aziz Efendi’s Muhayyelât: Adaption and Literary Modernity 
Nihan Soyöz is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature at Binghamton University and a doctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in the same university. She received her MA in Turkish Literature from Bilkent University in Ankara. She was awarded a Fulbright grant in 2017. Her dissertation examines the development and conceptualization of Ottoman-Turkish literary modernity through a discussion of Muhayyelât (1796) by Giritli Aziz Efendi, employing a world-oriented perspective and methodology. 

What We Talk About When We Talk About Armeno-Turkish
Aram Ghoogasian is a doctoral candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His dissertation focuses on the impact of the industrialization of print on Armenian language and culture in the mid-nineteenth century. He earned his MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago in 2019 and bachelor's degrees in English and History from UCLA in 2016. His writing has appeared in Études arméniennes contemporaines, the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, and the New York Times.

Ahmed Rıza Bey’s Positivist and Anticolonial World Order
Merisa Şahin is a doctoral candidate in the department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Bogazici University, and an MA from New York University. Her interests lie in the fields of comparative political theory, postcolonial and critical theory, with a focus on late Ottoman political thought. Her current research examines Ahmed Rıza Bey and the implications of his spin on Comtean positivism.  

Mehmet Fatih Uslu is an assistant professor of comparative literature at Koç University. He is the author of Çatışma ve Müzakere: Osmanlı’da Ermenice ve Türkçe Dramatik Edebiyat (Conflict and Negotiation: Armenian and Turkish Dramatic Literature in the Ottoman Empire) (2014). He is the co-editor of Tanzimat ve Edebiyat: Osmanlı İstanbul’unda Modern Edebi Kültür (Tanzimat and Literature: Modern Literary Culture in the Ottoman Istanbul), with Fatih Altuğ (2014). He has translated numerous works of literature and humanities from Armenian, English, and Italian into Turkish.

Organized by:
Zeynep Çelik, Sakıp Sabancı Visiting Professor of Turkish Studies, Columbia University 
Merve İspahani, Ph.D., Academic Programs Coordinator, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul