Zeynep Arslan

Curriculum Vitae
  • Since October 2018
    Ruhr-University Bochum
    Department of History, PhD Programme
    (Funded by the DAAD)

    Archival Studies Funded by Various Institutions
    April 2022
    Archivio Apostolico Vaticano (Vatican Apostolic Archives), Vatican City
    July 2021 to September 2021
    Archivio di Stato di Venezia (Venetian State Archives), Venice, Italy
    August 2019 to October 2019
    Österreichisches Staatsarchiv (Austrian State Archive), Vienna, Austria
    March 2019 to April 2019
    Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi (Ottoman Prime Minister’s Archives), Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2016 to 2018
    İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
    Department of History, PhD Programme (Full Scholarship)
  • 2016 to 2018
    Doctoral Research Fellow at the ERC project: UrbanOccupationsOETR
    Institute of Social Sciences, Koç Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2016 to 2018
    Teaching Assistant
    Department of History, İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
  • June 2017 to September 2017
    Erasmus+ Student Mobility for Traineeship
    Archivio di Stato di Trieste (Trieste State Archives), Trieste, Italy
  • 2013 to 2016
    M.A. İstanbul Bilgi Universitesi, Istanbul, Turkey
    Institute of Social Sciences
    M.A. Programme History (Thesis title: 18th Century Relations Between the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Dubrovnik: 18th Century Dubrovnik and the Contemporary Surrounding World, supervized by Suraiya Faroqhi)
    (Full Scholarship)
  • September 2014 to January 2015
    Erasmus+ Student Mobility for Studies
    Università degli Studi di Firenze: UniFI, Studi Umanistici e della Formazione, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Florence, Italy
  • 2009 bis 2013
    B.A. Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
    Faculty of Arts and Sciences
    Department of History (Thesis title: Changing Life in Florence through the 12th and the 13th Centuries and Emergence of the Medici, supervized by Mustafa Soykut)
  • 2008 bis 2009
    Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey
    Department of Basic English
Research Project
What the People on the Move Say: Rediscovering Late-Modern Socio-Economic Affairs in Ottoman Subjects’ Mobility throughout the Habsburg Hereditary Lands

The available literature dealing with contacts between the Ottoman Empire and its European counterparts has generally focused on periods before the eighteenth and nineteenth century mostly because of a consensus among historians that the political, military, and trade relations between the Ottoman Empire and Europe were at their strongest in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Besides, the volume of sources which have been produced so far and focused on the next centuries have consumedly concentrated on the relations allegedly built by non-Muslim communities– particularly Orthodox merchants. Nor the importance or the contribution of such studies to the relevant historiography are to be questioned or denied here. However, these diaspora-focused studies bring along a history writing perspective of "us" embodied in the "nation" unit by emphasizing community bonds, and thereby ignoring both any kind of interaction and interdependency between different communities. Employing three voluminous books, which are sort of population records, kept by the Habsburg authorities on Ottoman subjects who were within the Habsburg borders between 1823 and 1825, this study aims at revealing a more representative picture of late-modern political and socio-economic phenomena which brought people from different societies into interaction with a specific focal point to include in the scope all Ottoman subjects, regardless of ethnic origin or religion.


Zeynep Arslan

Ruhr-University Bochum
Am Bergbaumuseum 31
D-44791 Bochum