Özbek, Müge

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi

Research Title: Single, Poor Women in Istanbul, 1839–1914

Dr. Özbek received her PhD at the Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Boğaziçi University (2017). Her research focuses on the interdependence between changes in the everyday lives of lower-class women, the urban life, and gender ideology. As an ANAMED fellow, Dr. Özbek will work on her book manuscript, growing out of her dissertation “Single, Poor Women in Istanbul, 1850–1915: Prostitution, Sexuality, and Female Labor.” The project explores the urban experience of self-supporting women, bringing them into focus as significant agents of urban change and emphasizing the ways they interacted in the contested urban life in Istanbul between 1850 and 1915. The study also suggests a rethinking of some well-established concepts and topics such as urbanization, public order, social policy, and labor with a gendered perspective.