Kentel, Mehmet

Istanbul Research Institute, IAE

Research Title: Assembling Pera: An Environmental History of Late Ottoman Istanbul

Dr. Kentel works on the urban and environmental history of late Ottoman Istanbul. He received his PhD with distinction from the University of Washington in 2018. His book project, based on his dissertation, treats the making of the Pera district of Istanbul as an environmental unfolding that connects distant parts of the Ottoman capital in the nineteenth century. He is the Research Projects Manager at the Istanbul Research Institute and the managing editor of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies. His curatorial work includes Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts at the Istanbul Research Institute (curator, 2019) and The Characters of Yusuf Franko: An Ottoman Bureaucrat’s Caricature at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (advisor and author, 2017). 

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