Duygu Coşkuntuna

6th-year Ph.D. student
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I started my journey towards Ottoman history from sociological point of view when I entered Boğaziçi University in 2004. My initial curiosity about the past way of things soon materialized in a double major: I graduated in 2010 with B.A's in Sociology and History. My research interests focused on the later days of the Ottoman Empire and how individuals there slowly gained a new sense of their selves. Throughout my graduate studies towards a M.A degree, also completed at the department of History at Boğaziçi University, I tried to take a deeper look at the mindset of the members of the Committee of Union and Progress by employing their and their contemporaries' memoirs. The spotlight was on their understanding of themselves, of women and of relatively new concepts such as homeland and nation. I published my thesis in 2014 under the title "Minds of Passage: An Interpretation of the Memoirs of Young Turks (1908-1923)" from Libra Yayınevi. Topics such as everyday interactions, making of the individual, nationalism and orientalism never ceased to amaze me. Thus, for my graduate studies at Princeton University, I preferred to remain within the same time frame while shifting the weight to German-Ottoman alliance during the First World War. I aim to inquire into the daily life of the soldiers on the field, which will be useful in reinterpreting the Great War as well.

Publications List: 

Article: Mothers, Spies and Signs: Unionist Perceptions of Women at Fin-de-Siècle in Balkan Nationalism(s) and the Ottoman Empire, vol. III: The Young Turk Revolution and Ethnic Groups, ed. Dimitris Stamatopoulos (İstanbul: The Isis Press, 2015, pp. 189-212)


Article: "Bir Çizgi Çekmek: Şarkiyatçılık ve Çizgi Romanlar." Toplumsal Tarih, 268 (April 2016): pp. 50-62.


Book: Minds of Passage: An Interpretation of the Memoirs of Young Turks (1908-1923) (İstanbul: Libra Yayınevi, 2014, 240 pp.)