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 I am an art and cultural historian specialising in the history of the late Ottoman Empire. I hold a doctorate in Oriental Studies from University of Oxford, St John’s College, where I was a Lord Dulverton Scholar. Upon graduation, I held two postdoctoral positions, first at the University of Oxford (between 2017 and 2018), and later at the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), between 2018 and 2020. Before my doctorate, I had completed two MA Degrees, one in History at Boğaziçi University and another in Post-1900 Literatures, Theories and Cultures at the University of Manchester. My field of expertise is the cultural and art history of the late Ottoman Empire, particularly the First World War (1914-1918) and the Armistice Period (1918-1923). My additional areas of research interest include the themes of Orientalism, Turquerie, modernization, museology, gender, anti-militarism, pacifism, and the collective memory of war. I am particularly interested in the relationship between war and culture during conflict and its aftermath. I received awards and grants from, among others, University of Oxford, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (UK), the Orient-Institut Istanbul (Turkey), Hrant Dink Foundation (Turkey), and the International Research Centre of the Historial de la Grande Guerre de Péronne (France). I have also been involved in curating and writing material for exhibitions, including co-curating an exhibition on a woman artist in 2019 at Salt Galata Istanbul: "Mihri: A Migrant Painter of Modern Times". Currently, I am writing a monograph provisionally titled "War, Art, and the End of the Ottoman Empire".