Dr. Gül Şen

University of Bonn
Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA)
Department of Middle Eastern Islamic Studies and Languages
Brühlerstr. 7
D-53119 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 62952
gsen[at]uni-bonn.de


Current Position

Research Associate, University of Bonn

Research

Gül Şen’s research covers premodern Ottoman history and historiography (16th-18th centuries) focusing on the narrative strategies in historiography, legitimacy of rule, transition periods, Arab-speaking provinces, and maritime forced labor in the Mediterranean. Currently, Gül Şen examines galley slavery, a practice generated by the early-modern Mediterranean world, as an extreme form of dependency, as well as an Ottoman captivity narrative in the second half of the 18th century. Within the DFG-Priority Program “Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics” Gül Sen works on the project entitled "Transottoman Semiospheres: Necati Efendi's (d. after 1776) and Pavel A. Levašev's (d. 1820) Imaginations of the Other".

1 book, 2 edited volumes, 13 academic papers and 6 reviews.

Education

  • 2012                         Ph.D. (magna cum laude), in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2008–2012             Ph.D. Studies in Middle Eastern Studies, Bonn International Graduate School Oriental and Asian Studies (BIGS-OAS), University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2002–2006             Studies in Translation Studies (German, Turkish, Persian), Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2020–present         Research Associate, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2019–2020             Post-Doc Scholarship Holder, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2018–2019             Post-Doc Fellow, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, Germany
  • 2016–2018             Principal Investigator of DFG, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2015–2016             Post-Doc Fellow, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, Germany
  • 2010–2014             Lecturer, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2009–2010             Research Assistant, University of Bonn, Germany

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2019–2020                                  Post-Doc Scholarship of the University of Bonn
  • 2015–2016/2018–2019            Post-Doc Research Fellowship at Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg
  • 2012–2013                                  Post-Doc Scholarship of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation
  • 2012                                             Award of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for outstanding academic achievements

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations and Collaborative Projects

  • 2021–present            Member of the DFG-Priority Program “Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics”
  • 2019–present            Affiliated Researcher of the Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
  • 2013–present            Member of the Bonner Zentrums für Transkulturelle Narratologie/Bonn Center of Transcultural Narratology
  • 2012–present            Member of Bonner Forums Osmanistik

Additional Academic Activities

  • 2015–present          Co-Editor of the “Ottoman Studies”, Bonn University Press/V&R
  • 2015–present          Co-Editor of the “Otto Spies Memorial Series”, EB-Verlag

Third-Party Funding

  • 2016–2018              individual project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) - approx. 192 thousand euros ad personam.
  • 2012–2013              individual projects funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Selected Publications

  • Making Sense of History: Narrativity and Literariness in the Ottoman Chronicle of Naʿīmā, monograph, forthcoming.
  • “Between Two Spaces: Enslavement and Labor in the Early Modern Ottoman Navy” book chapter, forthcoming.
  • “Galley Slaves and Agency: The Driving Force of the Ottoman Fleet.” In: Stephan Conermann and Gül Şen (eds.) Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman Empire, Göttingen 2020, pp. 131-163.
  • With S. Conermann (ed.): „Slavery is Not Slavery: On Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman Empire. Introduction,” In: Stephan Conermann and Gül Şen (eds.): Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman Empire, Göttingen 2020, pp. 11-27.
  • With S. Conermann: Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman Empire, Göttingen 2020.
  • Ottoman Servant, Mamluk Rebel? Narrative Strategies in Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Historiography—the Example of Jānbirdī al-Ghazālī’s Downfall. In: Stephan Conermann, Gül Sen (eds.): The Mamluk-Ottoman Transition: Continuity and Change in Egypt and Bilād al-Shām in the Sixteenth Century. Goettingen 2017, pp. 329–344.
  • With S. Conermann: The Mamluk-Ottoman Transition: Continuity and Change in Egypt and Bilād al-Shām in the Sixteenth Century. Goettingen 2017. [=Ottoman Studies/Osmanistische Studien, Vol. 2].
  • With S. Conermann: Introduction: A Transitional Point of View. In: Stephan Conermann, Gül Sen (eds.): The Mamluk-Ottoman Transition: Continuity and Change in Egypt and Bilād al-Shām in the Sixteenth Century. Goettingen 2017, pp. 13–32.
  • Das Ereignis von Edirne (1703). Astrologie als Strategie zur Herrschaftslegitimation und Kontingenzbewältigung. [The Edirne Event (1703): Astrology both as a Legitimizing Strategy and Coping with Contingency]. In: Das Mittelalter 1 (2015), pp. 115–138.
  •  Jordan as an Ottoman Frontier Zone in the Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries, (UHML 15), Berlin 2018
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