Past Event

Water, Sewage, and Horses: The Infrastructure of Istanbul

February 24, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 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. Led by Professor Zeynep Çelik, our second workshop, "Water, Sewage, and Horses: The Infrastructure of Istanbul" examines the modernization of 19th century Istanbul from new perspectives.

The Art of Infrastructure: Hamidiye Fountains in Ottoman Istanbul
Sharon Mizbani 

Sharon Mizbani is a Ph.D. student at Yale University in the History of Art Department specializing in the comparative architectural history of the late-Ottoman Empire and Qajar Iran, with a particular focus on the development of urban water infrastructure and related monuments during the nineteenth century. She received her B.A. from the Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations department at the University of Toronto in 2015, and her M.A. from the same institution in 2016. She has also studied at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.  

Horses of the Constantinople Tramway Company in 1871 - 1914 
Emir Küçük

Mustafa Emir Küçük graduated from History Department at Boğaziçi University in 2016. He obtained an MA degree from the Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Boğaziçi University in 2019. Küçük is currently a Ph.D. student in the same institute.  In addition to his doctoral studies, he contributed to the cataloguing of teachers' biographies from the late-Ottoman period at Salt Archive in 2017. Küçük is also a researcher at Şehir Dedektifi, in the project of Balat: Living Together, which will result in a chapter in a book. Emir Küçük is interested in urban history, environmental history, and the history of children.

Pera, Kasımpaşa, Sewers, and Maps: Representing Infrastructural Entanglements in the Nineteenth-Century Istanbul 
Mehmet Kentel

K. Mehmet Kentel works on the urban and environmental history of late Ottoman Istanbul. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2018 with his dissertation Assembling ‘Cosmopolitan’ Pera: An Infrastructural History of Late Ottoman Istanbul,” which he is currently revising for publication as a monograph. He is the Research Projects Manager at the Istanbul Research Institute and the Managing Editor of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies. His curatorial work includes Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts at the Istanbul Research Institute (curator, 2019) and The Characters of Yusuf Franko: An Ottoman Bureaucrat’s Caricature at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (co-curator, 2017). 

Michael Christopher Low, Assistant Professor of History at Iowa State University 
Michael Christopher Low received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Low is an Assistant Professor of History at Iowa State University and is currently a Senior Humanities Research Fellow for the Study of the Arab World at NYU Abu Dhabi (2020-2021). He is the author of Imperial Mecca: Ottoman Arabia and the Indian Ocean Hajj (Columbia University Press, 2020) and co-editor of The Subjects of Ottoman International Law (Indiana University Press, 2020).

Led 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