ANAMED Talks – A Book Talk: A Companion to Early Modern Istanbul

Date: 26 May 2022
Time: 18:30 (Türkiye local time, GMT +3)
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For this month’s talk, ANAMED will feature Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, former ANAMED fellows Shirine Hamadeh, Aleksandar Shopov and current senior ANAMED fellow Leyla Kayhan Elbirlik. Moderated by former ANAMED fellow Derin Terzioğlu, their talk will address the multi-disciplinary volume A Companion to Early Modern Istanbul is the is the first collective effort to explore Istanbul, capital of the polyglot, multiethnic, and multireligious Ottoman empire and home to one of the world’s largest and most diverse urban populations, as an early modern metropolis.
It assembles topics seldom treated together and embraces novel subjects and fresh approaches to older debates. Contributors crisscross the socioeconomic, political, cultural, environmental, and spatial, to examine the myriad human and non-human actors, local and global, that shaped the city into one of the key sites of early modern urbanity. During the talk, editors and two contributors will be discussing aspects of the book.

This online talk will be held in English. Please register this event in advance from here.


Shirine Hamadeh is Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and the History of Art at Koç University. She works on the architecture and urban culture of early modern Istanbul and is the author of The City’s Pleasures: Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century.

Çiğdem Kafescioğlu is Professor in the History Department at Boğaziçi University. She works on the visual, urban, and architectural culture of the early modern Ottoman world and is the author of Constantinopolis/Istanbul: Cultural Encounter, Imperial Vision and the Construction of the Ottoman Capital.

Leyla Kayhan Elbirlik is Assistant Professor at Özyeğin University. Her work focuses on Ottoman family history, women and gender, legal history, and the history of children and childhood. She is currently working on a book on the marital bond and its dissolution in Istanbul, 18th to early 20th centuries.

Aleksandar Shopov is Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Binghamton University. He specializes in the history of science and the social and environmental histories of the Ottoman Empire, with a focus on 1400–1800. He is currently writing a book about urban produce gardening in Ottoman Istanbul.

Derin Terzioğlu is Associate Professor at the Department of History, Boğaziçi University, and works on early modern Ottoman religious, cultural, and intellectual history. She is the co-editor of Historicizing Sunni Islam in the Ottoman Empire, c.1450-c. 1720, and Entangled Confessionalizations? Dialogic Perspectives on the Politics of Piety and Community Building in the Ottoman Empire, 15th-18th Centuries.