Dr. Nazan Maksudyan | Researcher
Freie Universität Berlin
Einstein Guest Professor
Nazan Maksudyan is currently an Einstein guest professor at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut at the Freie Universität Berlin and a research associate at the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin). Her research mainly focuses on the history of children and youth in the Ottoman Empire during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special interest in gender, sexuality, education, humanitarianism, and non-Muslims. Among her publications are “Control over Life, Control over Body: Female Suicide in Early Republican Turkey” (2016), Orphans and Destitute Children in the Late Ottoman Empire (2014), Women and the City, Women in the City (ed., 2014).
Knowledge and Lives in Exile: An Entangled History of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Turkey, 1925–194
My research focuses on the (re-)structuring of the humanities and social sciences and the production of knowledge in the new republic of Turkey from 1920s to 40s through entanglements between Turkey, Germany, Switzerland and France. The research will contribute to the global intellectual history of the period, with a strong social history focus, superimposing trajectories of lives and knowledge on top of one another.