Yeliz Cavus

Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate Student

Yeliz is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the intellectual and social history of the modern Middle East, with a particular emphasis on the emergence and development of modern history writing during the late Ottoman and early Republican Turkish periods roughly between the 1840s and 1930s. Examining the transformation of modern history writing from an imperial context to a national one, her dissertation explores the ways in which institutionalization, professionalization and gradual nationalization of Ottoman and Turkish history writing took place in this particular period. Her research interests also include theories of historiography, comparative modernities, history of Ottoman modernization, history of modern Central Asia, nationalism(s) in the Middle East, history of mass performances in the Ottoman realm, Ottoman literature, folklore.

Yeliz has received a B.A. in Turkish Language and Literature, a B.A. in History, and an M.A. in History from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She was also a doctoral fellow at Orient-Institut Istanbul during the 2016-2017 academic year as she conducted research in various manuscript libraries and archives in Turkey for her dissertation project.

Courses Taught

  • NELC 3205:  Women in the Muslim Middle East (Fall 2019)
  • NELC 2244: Films of the Middle East (Spring 2018)
  • Turkish 3101: Advance Turkish Syntax (Spring 2016)
  • Turkish 2102: Intermediate Turkish III (Fall 2015)
  • Turkish 2101: Intermediate Turkish II (Spring 2014, Spring 2015)
  • Turkish 1103: Intermediate Turkish I (Fall 2013, Fall 2014)

Research Languages

Turkish, Ottoman, Persian

Select Conference Presentations

  • “Between Ibn Khaldunism and Ottoman Exceptionalism: Abdurrahman Şeref Efendi's Tarih-i Devlet-i Osmaniyye (History of the Ottoman State),” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting 2019, New Orleans, LA, November 2019.

  • “The Ottoman Historical Society in the Era of Global Historical Professionalism,” 3rd European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies, Bamberg University, Bamberg, Germany, September 19-21, 2018.

  • “In Pursuit of History: The Ottoman Historical Society in the Era of Global Professionalism in Historical Studies,” NELC Department Spring 2018 Lecture Series: “The Near East and Beyond,” The Ohio State University, OH, April 9, 2018.

  •  “Reading Change Through Festivities: Royal Weddings During the Reign ofMahmud II,” Recent Perspectives of Ceremonies, Rituals, and Festivals in the Ottoman World, Yale University, New Heaven, CT, April 2017.

  • “Ottoman Historians at Work: Historiographical Debates in Academic Journals of the Late Ottoman Period,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting 2016, Boston, MA, November 2016.

  • “Long Ways, Long Lies: Evliya Celebi as Traveler and Trickster,” American Folklore Society Annual Meeting 2015, Long Beach, CA, October 2015.

    Select Grants and Fellowships

    • Doctoral Fellow, Max Weber Foundation Orient-Institut Istanbul, 2016-2017.
    • The Ohio State University, the Office of International Affairs, Academic Enrichment Grant, 2016-2017.
    • The Ohio State University, The Felice M. Grad Endowed Scholarship Award, Summer 2017
    • The Ohio State University Graduate School, Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship, 2018-2019.
    • The Ohio State University, the Office of International Affairs, Phyllis Krumm Memorial International Scholarship Award, 2018.
    Areas of Expertise
    • Late Ottoman and Early Republican Turkish History
    • History of Modern Central Asia
    • Intellectual and Cultural History
    • M.A. in History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
    • B.A. in History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
    • B.A. in Turkish Language and Literature, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

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