Andreas Tietze Fellows

Dr. Sümeyye Hoşgör Büke

Project Title: Tracing the Food Consumption of Ottomans through the Tereke Registers of the Grocers in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

Fellowship Period: TBA

The aim of this project is to reveal the food consumption patterns of ordinary Ottomans in İstanbul through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by using the tereke registers of the grocers in three kadıships of the city. The subject of consumption has been gaining popularity in Ottoman history in recent years. However, within the consumption discussions, the food consumption remains a relatively less researched area, and the existing studies are generally concentrated on the elites’ changing food consumption. The studies concerning the “food consumption of ordinary Ottomans” is one of the least interested areas. There are two main underlying reasons for this. While the first can be pointed as the lack of interest of the researchers to the food consumption of the ordinary Ottomans, the second is the claim on the insufficiency of the historical sources. In this context, this project aims to contribute to the related literature and debates by offering the tereke registers of the grocers (bakkal) as a historical source for tracing the food consumption patterns of ordinary Ottomans.

Pınar Karakılçık (MA)

Project Title: A Sociolinguistic Introduction to Turkish Dialectology in the Context of Grassroots Texts in Armeno-Turkish

Fellowship Period: January 2021

Pınar Karakılçık is a doctoral candidate in Language Sciences at Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales/SeDyL UMR8202 in Paris. She is working as a research assistant in the Linguistics Department at Istanbul University where she was also the responsible for the Armenian language program in 2020. For her doctoral project, she is working on the Armeno-Turkish corpuses as a source for the documentation of historical spoken Turkish and the study of language contact with a sociolinguistic approach. She conducted archival and language documentation fieldworks in Europe, Armenia and Lebanon and her doctoral project is supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Labex EFL.

Delyan Rusev (MA)

Project Title: The Text and the City: Revisiting Fifteenth-Century Ottoman Narratives of Constantinople and the Hagia Sophia

Fellowship Period: March 2021

Delyan Rusev is a doctoral candidate in the History Department of the University of Sofia. He obtained his MA degree in Turkology at the University of Hamburg in 2016 and has since worked in a number of projects exploring various aspects of Balkan and Ottoman history from the late Middle Ages through modern times. In the winter term of 2018-19, he was a Fulbright visiting researcher at the NELC Department of the University of Chicago. Delyan’s dissertation explores the modes of representation of medieval Southeastern Europe and its transformation into Ottoman Rumeli in the fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Ottoman historiographic tradition(s). He is particularly interested in the trans- and intercultural phenomena in the early Ottoman cultural sphere as well as in the narrative reflections of the diverse cultural heritage of the Empire and its capital city, Constantinople.

Dr. Mehmet Kentel

Project Title: “Fisch” and “Brände” in Pera: Environmental Histories of Late 19th-Century Pera in the Archives of Vienna

Fellowship Period: May 2021

Dr. K. Mehmet Kentel is an urban and environmental historian of the late Ottoman Empire, and the Research Projects Manager at the Istanbul Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. from the Near and Middle Eastern Studies Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at the University of Washington in 2018, with his dissertation “Assembling ‘Cosmopolitanism’: An Infrastructural History of Late Ottoman Istanbul.” He is currently working to revise his dissertation as a book manuscript on the environmental history of late Ottoman Pera.

During his term as an Andreas Tietze Fellow, he will be conducting research at the Naturhistorisches Museum archive, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, and the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv, in order to work on the documents on the Lake Terkos, Pera’s main water source in the late nineteenth century, and on the 1870 Fire of Pera, which destroyed most of the district’s built environment.

Sada Payır (M.A)

Project Title: Entertainment, Propriety, Transgression: The ‘Unorthodox’ Greeks of Istanbul in the Late Ottoman Empire

Fellowship Period: TBA

Sada Payır is a doctoral candidate in History in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation enquires into transgression of social, moral, and legal codes via the entertainment practices in late Ottoman Istanbul (1850-1914) and aims to show the ways in which the Greek Orthodox Christians in the entertainment business along with the clientele committed transgressions from the perspectives of the Ottoman state, the Greek Orthodox community, and the larger society. While focusing on this period and city for her research, Sada is interested in the history of the populations in the wider region of present Turkey and Greece as well as their literary and artistic productions from ancient to modern times.