Yıldız, İrem

University of Oxford

Research Title: Blindness in Istanbul: Poverty, Disability, and Education in the Ottoman Empire (1868–1914)

Ms. Yıldız is a PhD candidate in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation project examines perceptions and experiences of blindness in the late Ottoman Empire (18681914). She investigates the history of blindness through three inter-connected notions: poverty, disability/medicine, and education. Her research further examines how the Ottoman state responded to growing numbers of infectious eye diseases, blind beggars, and unemployed blind individuals in late-nineteenth-century Istanbul. While at ANAMED, she is investigating how the Ottoman state increasingly controlled the urban lives of the blind and shaped their everyday experiences in Istanbul’s hospitalsschoolspoorhousesand streets.  
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