Academic Profile

Veruschka Wagner works on agency and mobility of slaves from the Black Sea Region in Istanbul in the 17th century. In her studies she focuses on the legal status of slaves, their integration into a particular community, and their role in that community.

2000–2008
Studies in Islamic Studies, Communications Studies and Phonetics Studies in Translation Studies (German, Turkish, Persian, Arabic) German as a Foreign Language, University of Bonn

2010–2015
PhD Studies in Islamic Studies, Bonn University, Bonn International Graduate Schools – Oriental and  Asian Studies (BIGS-OAS)    

current position
Pincipal investigator of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

2006–2008 
Student Assistant, University of Bonn

2008–2016
Research Assistant, University of Bonn

2016–2018
Lecturer at the Turkish-German University in Istanbul

Member of the Bonner Forum Osmanistik; Member of the Bonner Zentrum für Transkulturelle Narratologie/Bonn Center of Transcultural Narratology

  • 2023. "Lives in Pieces: Female Slaves and Mobility in Early Modern Istanbul." In Transottoman Biographies, 16th – 20th Centuries, edited by Denise Klein und Anna Vlachopoulous, 77–104, Göttingen: V&R unipress. 
  • 2021. "Mobile Actors, Mobile Slaves: Female Slaves from the Black Sea Region in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul,” Special Issue Diyar, Transottomanica: Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics 2/1, 83–104.
  • 2020. "Slaves, Philanthropy and Pious Endowments in Early Modern Istanbul” in Foundations and the Power of Giving in the Eastern Mediterranean: Christian, Islamic and Jewish Perspectives, Endowment Studies 4, 125–152.
  • 2020. "'Speaking Property’ with the Capacity to Act – Slave Interagency in the 16th and 17th Century Istanbul Court Registers,” In Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman Empire [= Ottoman Studies], edited by Conermann, Stephan and Gül Şen, 213–236. Göttingen.
  • "Mehmed Rauf’un Avrupa Seyahatnamesi’nin Değerlendirilmesi". In Güney-Doğu Avrupa Araştırılmaları Dergisi / The Journal for South-Eastern Studies (forthcoming). [Analyzing Mehmet Rauf’s Travelogue to Europe]
  • 2017. "Şirmerd, Mosiye und Payidār - Sklaven im frühmodernen Istanbul, dokumentiert in den lokalen Gerichtsregistern". In Sklaverei in der Vormoderne. Beispiele aus außereuropäischen Gesellschaften [= Dhau. Jahrbuch für außereuropäische Geschichte / 2], edited by Stephan Conermann. St. Ingbert, S. 83–98. [Şirmerd, Mosiye and Payidār - Slaves in premodern Istanbul as documented in the local court registers]
  • 2016. Imagologie der Fremde. Das Londonbild eines osmanischen Reisenden Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Göttingen. [Imagology of the foreign land - The image of London of a mid-nineteenth century Ottoman traveler]
  • 2015. "Arbeitstechniken des Historikers – ein Blick auf ʿAbdurraḥmān Şerefs (gest. 1925) Methoden der Kompilationsarbeit". In  Innovation oder Plagiat? Kompilationstechniken in der Vormoderne [Narratio Aliena? / 4], edited by Stephan Conermann. Berlin, S. 23–74.
  • [Working techniques of the historian – a look at the ʿAbdurraḥmān Şeref’s methods of compilation work]
  • 2008. Türkische Erinnerungsorte anhand von fünf ausgewählten Beispielen, Berlin. [Turkish places of memory on the basis of five examples]
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