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Dr. Gül Şen

Affiliated Researcher

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University of Bonn
Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA)
Department of Islamic Studies and Languages of the Middle East
Regina-Pacis-Weg 7
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0)228 / 73-62952
gsen[at]uni-bonn.de

 

Current Position

Principal investigator of the German Research Foundation (DFG), University of Bonn;
Junior Fellow at Annemarie-Schimmel-Kolleg, "History and Society during the mamluk Era, 1250-1517"

Research

Gül Şen focuses on the narrative strategies in Ottoman historiography (16th-18th centuries) as an integral part of the signification process. Particular attention is given to the legitimacy of rule in the pre-modern Ottoman world. Different forms of dependencies appearing on a narrative level can be intertwined with a variety of agencies represented textually with different strategies. Gül Şen also examines galley slavery, a practice generated by the pre-modern Mediterranean world, as an extreme form of dependency.

1 book, 1 edited volume, 10 scientific papers and 5 reviews. 24 national and international lectures and presentations.

Education:

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

Academic Positions:

  • 2016–present      Principal Investigator of DFG, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2014–2016          University Lecturer, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2010–2014          Assistant Lecturer and Research Assistant, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2009–2010          Research Associate, University of Bonn, Germany

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations, Collaborative Projects

  • 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”
  • 2015–present      Co-Editor of the “Otto Spies Memorial Series”

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2015–2017          Post-Doc Research Fellowship at Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg (taken only the first year)
  • 2012–2013          Post-Doc Scholarship of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation
  • 2012                    Award of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for outstanding academic achievements

Third-Party Funding

  • 2016–present      German Research Foundation (DFG) - approx. 192 thousand euros ad personam.
  • 2012–2013          2 individual projects funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Selected Publications

  • 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.
  • Kompilation als Handwerk des Historiographen – Zur Narrativität inNaʿīmās (gest. 1716) Hofchronik Tārīḫ-i Naʿīmā. [Compilation asArtisanry of Historiographer – On the Narrative in Naʿīmā`s (d. 1716) Court ChronicleTārīḫ-i Naʿīmā]. In: Stephan Conermann (ed.): Innovation oder Plagiat? Kompilationstechniken in der Vormoderne. Berlin 2015, pp. 169–218. [=Naratologia Aliena? Studien des Bonner Zentrums für Transkulturelle Narratologie (BZTN)].
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