ASLI NİYAZİOĞLU
Assistant Professor in History
Koç University History Department
Rumeli Feneri Yolu 34450
Sarıyer, Istanbul Turkey
(90) 212-338-1869
[email protected]
Education
Harvard University
Boğaziçi University
Ph.D., History and Middle Eastern Studies
Cambridge, MA
B.A., History
Istanbul
November 2003.
June 1996.
Academic Positions
Koç University, Assistant Professor, History Department, since September 2006.
Associate Professor, title granted by Higher Education Council of Turkey, since June
2013.
Harvard University,Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, JulySeptember 2011, February-July 2010, June-August 2008.
University of Oxford, Departmental Lecturer in Ottoman History, Oriental Institute,
January 2005-September 2006.
Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, Fellow with a project on nineteenth century Ottoman life
writing, October 2003-January 2005.
Harvard-Koç Ottoman Language Summer School, Ayvalık, Instructor, 2000-2004.
Publications
Book
• “Dreams and Lives in Ottoman Istanbul: A Seventeenth Century Biographer's
Perspective” (work-in-progress)
• Aşık Çelebi ve Şairler Tezkiresi Üzerine Yazılar, (Studies on Aşık Çelebi and his
Biographical Dictionary of Poets) co-edited with Hatice Aynur, (İstanbul: Koç
University Press, 2011).
Articles (in English)
• “How to Read an Ottoman Poet's Dream? Friends, Patrons and the Execution of
Fiġānī (d.938/1532)” Middle Eastern Literatures 16.1. 2013: 48-60.
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“Secrets of the Ottoman Lives?” in The Uses of First Person Writings Africa,
America, Asia, Europe, François-Joseph Ruggui, ed. (Peter Lang, Brussels:
2013), 191-201.
• “In the Dream Realm of a Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Biographer: Taşköprizade
and the Sufi Sheikhs” in Sufism and Society: Arrangements of the Mystical in the
Muslim World, 1200-1800 C.E., ed. John J. Curry and Erik S. Ohlander (London
and New York: 2011), 243-58.
• “Ottoman Biography Writing and the Halveti-Sünbüli Sheikhs of Sixteenth
Century Istanbul” in Many Ways of Speaking About the Self, Middle Eastern
Ego-Documents in Arabic, Persian and Turkish (14th-20th Century), Ralph Elger
and Yavuz Erköse eds. (Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden: 2010): 171-185.
Turkish Translation: “Halveti Sünbüli Şeyhleri ve Osmanlı Biyografi Yazıcılığı”
Osmanlılar III Doğu Batı Düşünce Dergisi 53 (2010): 21-39.
• “Dreams of the Very Special Dead: Nevizade Atai’s (d.1635) Reasons for
Composing His Mesnevis” Archivum Ottomanicum 25 (2008): 221-33.
• “The Sixteenth Century Ottoman Poet in Reclusion,” in. Poetry’s Voice, Society’s
Norms: Forms of Interaction Between Middle Eastern Writers and Their
Societies, Angelika Neuwirth, Barbara Winckler, Andreas Pflitsch eds.
(Reichert, Berlin: 2006): 225-37.
Turkish Translation: “Uzlet ve On Altıncı Yüzyıl Osmanlı Şairi” Kritik 1
(2008):102-115.
• “Lives of a Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Sufi: Sheikh Bali Efendi and his
Biographers,” in Uygurlardan Osmanlıya Şinasi Tekin Armağanı, Fatma
Büyükkarcı Yılmaz and Günay Kut eds. (Simurg, İstanbul: 2006): 607-20.
Encyclopaedia Article
•
"The Ruling Institution in the Ottoman Empire." World History Encyclopedia,
Era 6: The First Global Age, 1450–1770. Alexander Mikaberidze et al. (CA:
ABC-CLIO, 2011): 175-176; available online ABC-CLIO eBook Collection.
Articles (In Turkish)
• “Babalar ve Oğullar: Evliya Çelebi Babasını Neden Sözlü Kaynak Olarak
Kullandı?” Evliya Çelebi ve Sözlü Kaynakları, Ankara: UNESCO, (2012): 107114.
• “Aşık Çelebi’ye Rüyaların Söyledikleri” in Aşık Çelebi ve Şairler Tezkeresi
Üzerine Yazılar, co-edited with Hatice Aynur, (İstanbul: Koç University Press,
2011):71-85.
• “On Altıncı Yüzyıl Sonunda Osmanlı'da Kadılık Kabusu ve Nihânî’nin Rüyası”
Journal of Turkish Studies/Türklük Bilgisi Araştırmaları 31/II (2007): 133-143.
Forthcoming
•
“Fighānī” Encylopedia of Islam, Third Edition.
•
“Ṭashkoprīzāda,” I.B. Taurus Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Civilization.
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Scholarly Presentations (invited, international)
Oxford University, Oriental Institute, “Dreams and Ottoman Sufi Lives: A Study of a
Seventeenth Centuryr Biography Project,” 2013.
Princeton University Symposium “Belief and Unbelief: An Interdiciplinary Symposium”
Princeton: “Whom to Believe? Ottoman Biographers and Initiation Dreams,” 2013.
Université de Paris-Sorbonne Symposium “Les usage de l’écrit du for privé,” Paris:
“What do Dreams Reveal about the Secrets of the Ottoman Lives?”2011.
Harvard University CMES Cambridge, “How to Read Aşık Çelebi’s Biographies: Dream
of the Executed Poet Figani (d.1537),” 2010.
Harvard University CMES, Cambridge, “What Haunted the Ottomans: Living and the
Dead in a Seventeenth Century Biographical Work,” 2009.
Ludwig-Maximilian University Symposium, “Convention and Innovation in Ego
Documents” Munich: “This-Worldly Engagements, Other-Worldly Concerns: Yusuf
Sinan (d. 1579) and Writing the Lives of the Sufi Sheikhs,” 2007.
Harvard University Symposium “Sebeb-i Telif: A Symposium on Ottoman Primary
Sources” Cambridge: “Dreams of the Very Special Dead: Nevizade Atai’s (d.1635)
Reasons for Composing His Mesnevis,” 2006.
SOAS University of London, “And He Woke up in Terror: Nightmares of the Late
Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Ulema,” 2005.
University of Cambridge, TSG Symposium: “Imperial Visions: Mehmed II and his
Topkapı Palace,” 2005.
Wissenschaftskolleg Summer Academy in Alexandria: “Literatures and BordersDelimitations, Transgressions” “Images of Youth in the Late Nineteenth-Century
Ottoman Novel and Biography,” 2004.
Freie Universitaet Berlin, “Ottoman Biographers, Life Stories They Remembered and
Revised,” Paper presented for the Project “Ego Documents in Cross-Cultural
Perspective,” 2004.
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Conference “Poetry’s Voice, Society’s Norms: Forms of
Interaction between Middle Eastern Writers and their Societies,” “Dreaming of the Dead,
Partying with the Living,” 2003.
Scholarly Presentations (invited, Turkey)
Sakarya University, Sakarya, “Tarih Yazıcılığında Rüyalar” 2013.
Bilim ve Sanat Vakfı, İstanbul, “Menakıbnameler 4: Tezkiretü’l Halvetiyye, Yusuf
Sinan” 2012.
Harvard-Koç Ottoman Summer School, Cunda, “A World Turned Upside Down? A
Study of Hüdai’s (d. 1628) Initiation ” 2012.
İstanbul Şehir University Workshop “17. Yüzyılda Osmanlı İmparatorluğu: Kriz ve
Dönüşüm” Istanbul, “On Yedinci Yüzyıl Osmanlı Biyografilerinde Rüyaları Okumak”
2012.
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Sabancı University, Istanbul, “The Ottoman Dream Mirrors and the Ulema” 2012.
CHEP Conference“The Cultural History of Emotions in Pre-Modernity II,” Istanbul:
“Fear and Pleasure at a Sixteenth Century Ottoman Garden,” 2011.
Gazi and Bilkent Universities Symposium “Evliya Çelebi’nin Sözlü Kaynakları,”
Ankara: “Babalar ve Oğullar: Evliya Çelebi Babasını Neden Sözlü Kaynak Olarak
Kullandı?” 2011.
American Research Institute in Turkey, İstanbul: “Dreams, Biography Writing, and the
Halveti-Sünbüli Sheikhs in Late Sixteenth Century İstanbul,” 2008.
Conference Presentations and Participation
Presenter, Leiden University Eurasian Empires Summer School, “Integration Processes
and Identity formations in Eurasian Empires,” Amsterdam, “Empire-Building and
Biography Writing” 2012.
Chairperson, CHEP Istanbul, Conference “The Cultural History of Emotions in PreModernity II,” “Passions and Impressions,” 2011.
Chairperson, Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istanbul,
Annual Symposium “Istanbul and Water,” “Ottoman Waterways and the City,” 2010.
Commentator and Chairperson, Koç University Research Center for Anatolian
Civilizations, Istanbul, Mini-Symposia “Towards an Understanding of Ottoman Early
Modernity: Transformations in State, Society, Culture,” 2011.
Presenter, World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, at the panel “Emotional
Communities in the Middle East and North Africa: Historical and Anthropological
Approaches”: “Fear and Pleasure at a Sixteenth Century Ottoman Party,” Barcelona,
2010”
Presenter, Symposium “The Sixteenth Century Ottoman Biographer (Aşık Çelebi and H
Work)”: “Aşık Çelebi’ye Rüyaların Söyledikleri,” (Aşık Çelebi and Dreams),
Netherlands Institute, Istanbul, 2009.
Presenter, Medieval & Renaissance Forum “Dreams, Imagination, Fantasy”: “Dreams
and Sufi Lives in Late Sixteenth Century Istanbul,” Plymouth New Hampshire, 2009
Symposium and Workshop Organization
• History Seminars, Orient Institut and Koç University, Istanbul, co-organizer,
2011- 2012.
• Symposium “Aşık Çelebi and his Biographical Dictionary,” the Netherlands
Institute, Istanbul, co-organizer, 2009.
• Workshop “Narratives of Motion: Modernism, Technology, and Literature,”
Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, organizer, 2004.
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International Research Projects
Ottoman Biography Studies Group, Since 2009.
Co-founder of an interdisciplinary group which brings together historians and literary
historians with an aim to develop new approaches to the study of the early modern
Ottoman life writing.
• Organizer, bi-weekly seminars on the Ottoman chronicler Naima (d.1716) with
RCAC fellows, Istanbul, 2012.
• Co-organizer with Himmet Taşkömür, Harvard University, Workshop on the
sixteenth century Ottoman biography writing, İstanbul, 2011.
• Co-organizer with Jan Schmidt from Leiden University and Hatice Aynur from
İstanbul Şehir University, Symposium on Aşık Çelebi’s Biographical Dictionary
at the Netherlands Institute, Istanbul, 2009.
Honors and Fellowships
Science Academy Young Scientist Award, (BAGEP), 2014-2016.
Kolt Teaching Innovation Grant, 2012.
Koç-Harvard University Summer Research Grant, 2011 and 2008.
Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Visiting Scholar, Spring 2010.
British Institute at Ankara Research Grant, 2005.
Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, Fellowship, 2003-2004 and awarded an extension for the
Winter Semester 2004.
Harvard Grant for Tuition 1996-2003 and Full Stipend 1996-1998.
Harvard University CMES Research Travel Grant, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship, 1998-1999, 1999-2000.
Harvard University Mellon Summer Language Study Grant, 1997.
Boğaziçi University Alumni Association Award, 1992-1996; Awarded upon History
Department entrance in the first rank.
University Service
Member of the Faculty Executive Council, College of Social Sciences and
Humanities, elected by the faculty, since 2012.
Member of the Graduate School of Social Sciences Executive Council, 2009.
History Department Coordinator, College of Social Sciences and Humanities Dean’s
Office, appointed by the dean, 2008-2012.
Graduate Student Coordinator, CSHS Master Program, 2009.
Student Coordinator for the Harvard-Koç Ottoman Summer School, since 2011.
Bologna Process Coordinator for the History Department, since 2013.
Member of the University Archives Project, since 2012.
Member of Strategic Planning Committee, 2011.
Board of Trustees presentation, elected by the president, 2010.
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Professional Service
Editorial Board Member: Middle Eastern Literatures, since 2014.
Reviewer: Journal of Near Eastern Studies; New Perspectives on Turkey, Koç
University Press, since 2008
Community Outreach and Media Presentations
Interviews, Turkish television and newspapers TRT, Akşam, HaberTürk: 2009-2012.
Interview for Ottoman History podcast, 2012.
http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2012/08/dreams-in-ottoman-society-culture-and.html
Interviews for “KUtalks” for Koç University, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
=0IQ9Rjuo7Vk; watch?v=GLOb6nOwkn0; watch?v=10ZpGpCw1zw; watch?v=u9vIACTbGLE
Graduate Thesis Supervised
Görkem Özizmirli “Fear in Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatnâme: Politics And Historiography
in a Seventeenth Century Ottoman Travelogue” M.A. Thesis, June 2014.
Deniz Zorlu, “Remembering the Social Movements of the 1968 Era in Turkey,” M.A.
Thesis, September 2011.
Ayşe Nur Sülüş, “Administration of Ottoman Public Dept, Providing a Sense of
Security and Fighting Against Tax Evasion?” M.A. Thesis, January 2010.
Courses Taught
Koç University:
• Area
Travels in Ottoman History with Evliya Çelebi
History of the Ottoman State, 1300-1566
• Core
Society and Culture in the Early Modern Europe
Society and Culture in the Ottoman Empire
History of the Turkish Revolution
• Graduate
Ottoman Imagination: A Cultural History
Advanced Topics in the History of Culture and Society
• Summer School
“Ottoman module” in Istanbul Throughout the Ages
University of Oxford
History of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1700
Ottoman Historical Texts (both graduate and undergraduate levels)
Freie Universitaet Berlin
The Ghazal in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Literature (Guest Lecturer)
Harvard-Koç Ottoman Language Summer School
Academic Turkish (graduate)
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Teaching Projects
Digital Humanities Teaching Projects
• Geographic Information Systems Map Project, co-taught with Dr. Ali Erkan, Ithaca
College, Fulbright Affiliate Koç University, Spring 2012.
Students created online maps of the seventeenth century Istanbul providing textual and
visual information from primary sources using the ArcGIS software for the course
“Travels in Ottoman History with Evliya Çelebi.”
• KU Ottoman History Podcasts, Emrah Gürkan and Chris Graiten, Georgetown
University, supported by Kolt Teaching Innovation Grant, Fall 2013.
Students recorded podcasts where they discussed selected topics and presented their
research for the course “History of the Ottoman State.”
History Book Club, Founder and organizer, since 2009.
Monthly gatherings which brought together Koç University students, staff, and
faculty interested in history. Topics included leisure and pleasure, new forms of
socialization, and the social history of imagination in the early modern Istanbul.
History Book Club with the Alumni, Founder and organizer, since 2013.
Monthly gatherings which brought together alumni and students. Topics
included “Writing History/Writing Lives” for Spring 2013 and “Remembering
and Forgetting” for Fall 2013.
History Workshop with the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian
Civilizations Fellows, Founder and organizer, 2010.
Workshop series for undergraduate and graduate students; Sixteenth century
Istanbul as a city of plague (workshop directed by Nükhet Varlık) and as a city of
poets (workshop directed by Zeynep Altok).
Languages
Turkish (native), English (fluent), Ottoman Turkish and Paleography (advanced reading
knowledge), Classical Arabic (intermediate reading knowledge), French (intermediate
reading knowledge), Spanish (intermediate), German (elementary), Persian (elementary).
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