PersianLetters: ThePolitics of Language in theLateOttomanEmpireandQajar Iran
Mr. Blackthorne-O’Barr is a doctoralcandidate at theMiddleEastern, South AsianandAfricanStudiesdepartment at Columbia University in New York. Beforecomingto Columbia, he completed a Master’sdegree in TurkishStudies at Sabancı University in Istanbul, and a Bachelor’sdegree in theNearandMiddleEasternCivilizationsdepartment at theUniversity of Toronto. Theresearch he willconduct as an ANAMED fellowfocuses on representations of Iran andthePersianlanguage in lateOttomanliterature, as well as how theserepresentationsinfluencedthelaterproject of Turkishlanguage reform. His mostrecentarticlesinclude “Singing on “TheWorld’sStage:” Kanto andLateOttomanSocial Life,” published in Kadim Dergisi 1, no. 2 (October 2021); and “Passing as Persian: AlterityandDesire in Ahmed MidhatEfendi’sDürdâne Hanım,” Journal of theOttomanandTurkishStudiesAssociation 8, no. 2 (Spring 2022).
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