Ahmet Gencturk

Curriculum Vitae
  • Since October 2017
    University of Tor Vergata Rome 2, Department of History, Humanities and Society, Ruhr University Bochum, & Department of History, Co-Tutelle Ph.D. Candidate
  • 2013 to 2016
    Panteion University, Athens, ABD, Modern History
  • 2010 to 2011
    Central European University, Budapest, Graduate Certificate, Political Sciences
  • 2009 to 2010
    National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, MA, Southeast European Studies
    Thesis: Modernization in the Islamic World: Case of Ottoman- Turkish Modernization (1839-1938)
Professional and Academic Positions
  • 2020
    Research Associate, Ruhr University Bochum Center for Mediterranean Studies
  • 2017
    Visiting Research Fellow, Istanbul Medeniyet University Ottoman Studies Post-Graduate Program
  • 2015
    Visiting Research Fellow, Bielefeld University Graduate School in History and Sociology
  • 2014
    Visiting Researcher, Department of Political and International Studies of University of Siena
  • 2012 to 2016
    Research Associate, Center for the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Islamic Studies, Athens
  • 2005 to 2007
    Research/ Teaching Assistant, Canakkale 18 Mart University
  • 2003 to 2005
    Research Associate, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Ankara
Dissertation Project
De-Mythizing the American Protestant Missions in the Near East: American Board Missions to Ottoman Greeks in the late 19th Century

Despite a vast amount of existing research on the American missionary works in the Near East in the 19th century, little is known about the perspective of the Ottoman Greeks in their encounter with American missionaries. This project, which focuses American missionary endeavours among Ottoman Greeks in the late 19th century, centres on the premise that the Ottoman Greeks, under the influence of modern Greek state, forged their own directions in the adaptation of the westernized education; they distinguished themselves from missionaries' model as well as extant role of the schools and utilized education in construction of nationalism, and they saw American school as' significant obstacles in these efforts. Consequently, the project proposes to reveal the perspective of the Ottoman Greeks, and the two-sided nature of the relationship between the missionaries and the Ottoman Greeks, which secularized and modernized both, through a primary examination of hitherto understudied archival sources in Greek, Karamanlidika, which are located at Thessaloniki, Athens, Ankara and Istanbul. It, therefore, intends to reveal the dynamics behind the complex relations between Ottoman Greeks and the missionaries in the age of nationalism.


Ahmet Gencturk

Ruhr-University Bochum
Am Bergbaumuseum 31
D-44791 Bochum