Can, Lale


Research Title: Empire of Exile: Mapping Sedition, Sürgün, and Transformation in Ottoman History

Dr. Can is an Associate Professor of History at The City College of New York, CUNY and CUNY Graduate Center. She received her PhD from New York University and specializes in late Ottoman history, with a focus on migration and imperial belonging and identity. She is the author of Spiritual Subjects: Central Asian Pilgrims and the Ottoman Hajj at the End of Empire (Stanford University Press, 2020) and co-editor, with Michael Christopher Low, Kent Schull, and Robert Zens, of The Subjects of Ottoman International Law (Indiana University Press, 2020). Dr. Can’s research has been funded by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council, American Research Institute in Turkey, the NYU Remarque Institute, and Fulbright-Hays. At  ANAMED, she is undertaking research for her new book, “Empire of Exile.” In this study, Dr. Can explores how the Ottoman state defined and punished different types of treason and reconstructs the geographies where people deemed as threats to the state were banished, while also looking at the empire from the perspective of those exiled to its continually evolving margins.