Past Event

Rules of Science

November 17, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Looking for Love and Loss on the Margins of an Ottoman Timekeeping Manuscript
Yasemin Akçagüner is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the History department at Columbia University. She studies the history of science, medicine and temporality in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Ottoman Empire. Her dissertation, tentatively titled "Celestial Bodies: Astral Science, Medicine and the Ottoman Lifecycle (1768-1839)” investigates the ways Ottomans imagined their futures and wrote about their hopes and anxieties in the marginalia of scientific manuscripts at the turn of the nineteenth century.  

Temporal Scales: Understanding Change in a Medical Institution 
Burçak Özlüdil is an architectural historian whose research focuses on the intersection of psychiatry/medicine, urban/architectural space, and uses of digital tools in these fields. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Systems from NJIT and Rutgers University. Her dissertation, entitled “Madness and Empire: The Ottoman Asylum, 1830-1930,” was shortlisted for the BRAIS-De Gruyter 2019 Prize in Islamic Studies. Burçak is the co-founder of SpatioScholar, a scholarly digital platform for temporospatial analysis. Her research received support from the Social Science Research Council, Turkish Cultural Foundation, and Getty Foundation. She teaches courses on architectural history, medical history, and digital humanities. 

“The Science of Beauty”: Aesthetics and Ottoman Orientalism
Berkay Uluç is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. He received his B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University and his M.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabancı University. His research is concerned with late Ottoman literary modernities with a particular focus on Turkish and Arabic contexts. Among his other research interests are postcolonial studies, translation studies, world literature, and aesthetics and politics. 

Nükhet Varlık is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University–Newark. She is a historian of the Ottoman Empire interested in disease, medicine, and public health. She is the author of award-winning Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347–1600 (2015) and editor of Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean (2017). Her new book project, “Empire, Ecology, and Plague: Rethinking the Second Pandemic (ca.1340s-ca.1940s),” examines the six-hundred-year Ottoman plague experience in a global ecological context. She is the Editor of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA).

Organized by:
Zeynep Çelik, Sakıp Sabancı Visiting Professor of Turkish Studies, Columbia University and Distinguished Professor Emerita, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Merve İspahani, Ph.D., Academic Programs Coordinator, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul