August 29, 2016

Middle East Center Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ceyda Karamursel Joins SOAS Faculty

Middle East Center Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ceyda Karamursel will be joining the faculty of School of Oriental and African Studies at the United Kingdom in fall 2014.

Dr. Karamursel’s research focuses on the practice of slavery in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic in the second half of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries and has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, among others. She is currently working on her book manuscript, which explores the Ottoman slaves’ and slaveholders’ claims to freedom, justice, equality and property with the aim of understanding the ways in which slavery shaped what citizenship came to mean in the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic. In addition to her book manuscript, she works on two smaller projects, first of which looks at the Turkish Republic's uses of the expropriated imperial "things." The second one, which also launches her second book project on how Ottoman concepts of slavery circulated in the global nineteenth century, traces the news of an American opera singer murdered in the imperial harem in Istanbul.

We congratulate Dr. Karamursel on this appointment and wish her good luck in her new position.