PD Dr. Gül Şen

Academic Profile

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, and
maritime unfree labor (galley slaves and convicts) in early-modern Mediterranean world, as an
extreme form of dependency. Currently, Gül Şen works on convict registers of the Ottoman Imperial
Arsenal. Furthermore, she examines war captivity and captivity narratives in the 18th century within
the DFG-Priority Program “Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics.”
3 monographs, 18 academic articles, 3 co-edited volumes, 10 reviews, 4 co-organized international
conferences and workshops, 9 pre-organized sessions at the international congresses, numerous
international and national lectures and presentations, numerous completed and ongoing B.A. and
M.A. theses as first and second supervisor (University of Bonn and University of Heidelberg).

2021
Habilitation  and Venia Legendi  in Middle Eastern Studies, University of  Bonn, Germany

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, GermanyAufklapp-Text

April 2022-September 2022
Professor (Interim) for Islamwissenschaft, University of Heidelberg, Germany

since 2020
Privatdozentin /Research Associate, University of Bonn, Germany

Lecturer, University of Heidelberg, 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

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

2022–present
Board Member of Society for Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (GTOT)

2022–present
Board Member as Second Treasurer of International Association for Ottoman Social
and Economic History (IAOSEH)

2021–present
Member of the DFG-Priority Program “Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics”

2019–present
Affiliated Investigator 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

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

2016–2018
individual project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) - approx. 192 thousand euros ad personal.

2012–2013
individual projects funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

  • Making Sense of History: Narrativity and Literariness in the Ottoman Chronicle of Naʿīmā, 2022. Leiden: Brill.
  • Auf Die Galeere! [To The Galleys!], DAMALS 11 (2022): 58-63
  • “Between Two Spaces: Enslavement and Labor in the Early Modern Ottoman Navy” In Ehud R.
    Toledano et al. (eds.): Comparative and Global Framing of Enslavement. forthcoming, by DeGruyter
  • Narrativity and Dependency: The Captivity of an Ottoman Official in St. Petersburg (1771-75). In Elke Brüggen and Marion Gymnich (eds.): Narratives of Dependency, forthcoming
  • With S. Conermann (eds.): The Mamluk-Ottoman Transition: Continuity and Change in Egypt and Bilād al-Shām in the Sixteenth Century, Second Volume. Göttingen 2022.
  • With A. Bauer. Transottomanica: Verflechtungen und Mobilitäten. Einführung [Transottomanica: Interweavings and Mobilities. Introduction] In: Sehepunkte 22 (2022), Nr. 9.
  • Narrativity and Dependency: The Captivity of an Ottoman Official in St. Petersburg (1771-75). In Elke Brüggen and Marion Gymnich (eds.): Narratives of Dependency. forthcoming, by DeGruyter
  • “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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