Prof. Dr. Nazan Maksudyan | Forscherin

Dynamiken und Erfahrungen der Globalisierung
Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, D-10117 Berlin
E-Mail: maksudyan  ( at ) Tel: +49(0) 30 / 20 93 70700

Mutterinstitut : Centre Marc Bloch | Position : Forscherin | Fachbereich : Geschichte |


Senior Researcher und Leiter des Forschungsteams des Centre Marc Bloch im Rahmen des vom UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) finanzierten Forschungsprojekts "Ottoman Auralities and the Eastern Mediterranean: Sound, Media and Power, 1789-1914" (OTTOMAN AURALITIES; (vorherige) ERC Starting Grant 2021; Principal Investigator: Dr. Peter McMurray, Universität von Cambridge). Sie ist Vorstandsmitglied des Journal of Women's History, des Journal of European Studies und der First World War Studies.

Von 2019 bis 2022 war Maksudyan Einstein-Gastprofessorin am Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut an der Freien Universität Berlin. Sie war 2009 und 2010 "Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe" (EUME) Fellow am Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin und 2010 - 2011 sowie 2016 und 2018 Postdoc-Stipendiatin der Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung am Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient. Von 2013 bis 2016 arbeitete sie als Professorin für Geschichte in Istanbul und habilitierte sich 2015.

Ihre Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen in der Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte des späten Osmanischen Reiches und der modernen Türkei (18.-20. Jh.) mit besonderem Interesse an Kindheit und Jugend, Gender, Sexualität, Exil und Migration, Sound Studies und Wissenschaftsgeschichte. Zu ihren Veröffentlichungen gehören Ottoman Children & Youth During World War I (Syracuse UP, 2019), Orphans and Destitute Children in the Late Ottoman Empire (Syracuse UP, 2014), Women and the City, Women in the City (ed., Berghahn, 2014), Urban Neighborhood Formations (ed. with Hilal Alkan, Routledge, 2020).

Soundscapes der spätosmanischen Städte

Mein Projekt ist eine vergleichende Sozial- und Kulturgeschichte der Soundscapes der spätosmanischen Städte. Das Ziel ist es, die sensorischen und subjektiven Aspekte von Sounds zu konfigurieren. Ich beabsichtige, ein Bild davon zu geben, wie osmanische Soundscapes durch den allgegenwärtigen Klang des muslimischen Gebetsrufs geprägt wurden, aber auch bis zu einem gewissen Grad durch die Geräusche anderer Religionen, durch Straßenhändler, die das Straßenleben mit ihren kommerziellen Aktivitäten dominierten, durch Hunde, durch Feuer und Feuerwehrleute und natürlich durch die neuen Infrastruktur- und Kommunikationstechnologien von Eisenbahn, Straßenbahn, Telegraf und Dampfschiff um die Jahrhundertwende. Die Forschung erstreckt sich auch auf die Kritik und das Bewusstsein bestimmter Teile der Gesellschaft bezüglich Lärm und Anti-Lärm-Bestimmungen. Das Projekt interessiert sich besonders für die Implikationen von Geschlecht, Gesellschaftsschicht, Ethnizität, Religion und Mensch-Tier-Begegnungen bei der Gestaltung des sonischen Lebens in den Städten.

Refuge in Research: Walter Ruben’s Exile and Internment in Turkey

15.Mai 2024

Nazan Maksudyan

Edition: Springer Link

Abstract This paper follows the plight of Walter Ruben (1899– 1982), an Indologist who had begun his career in Frankfurt am Main and later became one of the leading Indologists of the German Democratic Republic. In mid-1930s, he escaped Nazi persecution by seeking exile in Turkey. Relying on archival research in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the Prime Ministry’s Republican Archives (BCA) in Istanbul, the Turkish press, and oral historical sources, together with the publications of Ruben during his Ankara years, I bring to light Ruben’s life trajectory during his exile and internment with a balanced analysis of his ‘production of knowledge’ as a scholar at risk. The scholarly pressure and difficulties Ruben faced as an endangered scholar hired by a single-party authoritarian state delineate the precariousness and vulnerabilities of life as an exile academic. His original research and writing during his forced internment in Kırşehir, on the other hand, marks another dimension of his exile years, namely his endless effort to look for a real refuge within his intellectual production.

Pages 101-128 of "Academics in a Century of Displacement" which contains sections of a lot of other CMB Assoiates such as Leyla Dakhli, Pascale Laborier, Frank Wolff, Isabella Löhr

Afterlives of Ottoman Orphans in Germany during World War I: Microhistorical and Biographical Approaches to Technology, Expertise, and Labor in Turkey

01.Mai 2024

Nazan Maksudyan


This article applies a (micro)biographical approach to the life stories of two Ottoman orphans sent to Germany to receive vocational training during World War I, Ali and İsmail Dağlı. Coupling family archives, oral and visual sources with state documentation, I elaborate on the post-Ottoman afterlives of German know-how, education, and capital in the social and economic history of Turkey. Biographies of Dağlı brothers show that the successors of both empires restored former channels of circulation of expertise, technology, and labor. Especially seen in the context of Jewish emigration, the life and work history of the brothers elucidate the positive reception of their German education, the importance of their position as “cultural intermediaries,” and the extent of Turkish-German business entanglements.

‘Sound-Writing’ Technologies and Early Field Recordings in the Ottoman Empire

04.April 2024

Nazan Maksudyan

Edition: DergiPark Akademik


The history of early sound recording technologies in the Ottoman Empire has been studied mainly from the perspectives of music production, comparative musicology, and ethnomusicology. In fact, while hundreds of commercial and musical cylinders were being produced in Istanbul, Beirut, and elsewhere, European anthropologists, ethnologists, linguists, orientalists, etc. were traveling throughout the Balkans, Anatolia, and the Caucasus collecting audio data for scientific purposes. In order to contribute to the Ottoman history of science and technology from the perspectives of sound studies and auditory history, I focus on the first field recordings in the Ottoman Empire, namely during Paul Kretschmer's (1866-1956) study trip to Lesbos in 1901 and Felix von Luschan's (1854-1924) research in Zincirli (Sendschirli, Aintab) in 1902. Thus, this paper aims to fill a research gap within Ottoman Studies with regard to non-musical recordings and the impact of sound reproduction technologies on the history of the (colonial) sciences, especially anthropology, ethnology and linguistics.

Encounter and Memory in Ottoman Soundscapes: An Audiovisual Album of Street Vendors’ Cries

01.April 2024

Nazan Maksudyan

This paper focuses on the sonic presence of street vendors’ in nineteenth century Ottoman soundscapes through a unique and extraordinary audiovisual media object: an album of photos and musical transcriptions of street vendors’ cries in Western staff notation. My research is conceived as a sonic history tracing several encounters of vendors with passersby on the streets, as I emphasize that sound should be analyzed as a relationship between a listener and something listened to. The paper analyzes different listening habits and subjectivities along the lines of religion, class, language, ethnicity, gender and other categories of difference. I stress the way cultural difference, especially intra-imperial difference, emerges in an urban soundscape like Istanbul. I use the term, then, in the plural, as “soundscapes”, taking into account multiple sensory experiences of a diversity of peoples. Relying on Ottoman archival material, literature in different Ottoman languages, ego-documents, travelogues, scientific writings, newspapers, letters, diaries, legal documents, musical notes, court records, I analyze four encounters and relations that itinerant sellers’ cries delineate: migration (how rural migrants listened to Ottoman urbanites, and vice versa); multilingualism and diversity; human-nonhuman encounters; and the audibility of gender. Lastly, I touch upon the romantic fascination with the practice of itinerant merchants, due to their imagined “oriental” character, originality, and anticipated extinction.

Mediatized Witnessing, Spectacles of Pain, and Reenacting Suffering: The Armenian Genocide and Humanitarian Cinema

29.Dezember 2023

Nazan Maksudyan


Focusing on the conception, production, distribution (and disappearance) of Ravished Armenia (1919) and Alice in Hungerland (1921), two silent films on the Armenian Genocide from a gendered perspective, this chapter combines media history (“technologies of witnessing”) with the history of global humanitarianism. These two oldest movies on the genocide were shot with the initiative of the Near East Relief in order to raise donations and international awareness through the reenactment of suffering, sensationalization of violence, and victimized Armenian bodies. Both films enjoyed a short-lived fame and revenue, followed by disappearance and subsequent oblivion. The early humanitarian cinematic representation of the Armenian genocide sheds light on the ferocious mediatization and marketing strategies of humanitarian agencies, specifically as to how they targeted the corporal bodies of their lead orphan actresses, Arshalouys Mardigian and Esther Razon, through extensive bodily interventions, enormous workload, and reenactment of suffering.

Children at the Margins of Labour Migration in Füruzan’s Works after Germany

27.Dezember 2023

Nazan Maksudyan

In 1975, novelist and short story writer Füruzan came to West Berlin following the invitation of the German Academic Exchange Service and spent the next five years on and off in Berlin until 1980. Following her travels, she published her journalistic essays/memoirs Yeni Konuklar (1977) and Ev sahipleri (1981), her children’s book Vom rotgesprenkelten Spatzen (1980), and her novel Berlin’in Nar Çiçeği (1988). While she gained a transregional perspective on issues concerning labour migration and class during her time in Germany, her works resulting from it introduced these subjects to her readership in Turkey. Her Yeni Konuklar and Ev sahipleri in particular provide a significant amount of data on the subject of labour migration to Germany, while her Vom rotgesprenkelten Spatzen and Berlin’in Nar Çiçeği elaborate upon the inherent large cultural shifts on both sides resulting from labour migration. This article examines the works Füruzan produced following her stay in Germany in the 1970s. It discusses the ways in which she presents the perspectives of the children as previously underexplored material on issues concerning global labour mobility. It looks at how children’s experiences reveal a more complicated reality in regards to social and cultural integration with an emphasis on the difficulties that they face and go unnoticed. Moreover, it also argues for the distinct potentialities of integration rendered possible through the relationship between the immigrant children and the elderly Germans due to a shared experience of marginalisation.

"Great War and the State Orphanages (Darüleytam)"

10.Oktober 2023

Nazan Maksudyan

Edition: Campus Verlag

in Familie und Krieg: Erfahrung, Fürsorge und Leitbilder von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart, Alexander Denzler, Andreas Hartmann, Kathrin Kiefer, Markus Raasch (Hg.) (Farkfurt: Campus Verlag, 2023), 111-139.

The fall of a city: Refugees, exodus and exile in Ernest Hemingway’s Istanbul, 1922

07.August 2023

Nazan Maksudyan


Edition: Journal of European Studies

Ernest Hemingway arrived in Istanbul on 30 September 1922 to cover the end of the Greek–Turkish War for the Toronto Star. From late October to mid-November 1922, Hemingway wrote 20 articles about the last days of the war and the re-constellation of political legitimacy in the region. There are four distinguishing features of Hemingway’s reports from Constantinople. First, they provided an eloquent depiction of the city, suggesting the charm and squalor of old ‘Constan’ for the young writer. The second was a clear expectation of a ‘second disaster’, which was assumed to be a replica of Smyrna. Hemingway clearly observed the fears of non-Muslims and foreigners in the city, who were panicking over possible new massacres and pillage. Third, Hemingway quickly realized that the exodus of people – the desperate flight of Christian refugees – and Turkification of the country would be his main subject. His repeated emphasis on refugees permanent loss of a home is reminiscent of Hannah Arendt’s famous essay ‘We Refugees’, as well as a precursor to Agamben’s point that refugees are reduced to ‘bare life’. Lastly, his prose relied on irony and cynicism, as a cover for his disappointment and shame for humanity and modern civilization. Juxtaposing his writing with contemporary local accounts, I intend to situate his witnessing into the larger historiography of ‘Armistice Istanbul’ and the homogenization policies of the winning Turkish nationalist leadership. Hemingway’s critique of (homogeneous) nation-state formation after the war and the favourable involvement of the Allied countries and humanitarian agencies in the mass production of refugees was quite exceptional and ahead of his times.

Link to the article

Erna Eckstein-Schlossmann’s exile years in Turkey, 1935–1950: a biographical and gendered approach to migration history

23.Mai 2023

Nazan Maksudyan


Edition: Women's History Review

Erna Eckstein-Schlossmann (1895–1998) and Albert Eckstein (1891–1950), a pediatrician couple from Düsseldorf, had to hand in their official resignations after being declared as ‘Jews’ according to the laws of 1933 and 1935. Albert Eckstein accepted the offer of the Turkish government to become the head of the pediatric clinic of Ankara Hospital. Relying on a biographical approach and utilizing ego-documents, such as memoirs, letters, and travelogues at the Eckstein family archives, together with Turkish state archives, and Erna Eckstein-Schlossmann’s research publications, this paper conceptualizes Erna’s exile years in Turkey along gendered lines and provides an intersectional interpretation of migration. This microhistorical reconstruction acknowledges her agency and subjectivity as a high-skilled migrant woman; intertwines her life story with the larger dynamics of the migrant networks in Turkey; and brings it into dialogue with macro-level structural factors with regards to the war, the mass murder and the global movement of European Jews.

Link to the article

For the Holy War and Motherland: Ottoman State Orphanages (Darüleytams) in the Context of the First World War and the Armenian Genocide

28.März 2023

Nazan Maksudyan

Special Issue "Kinder in Heimen", ed. by Anelia Kassabova, Sandra Maß (Hg.)
Edition: L’Homme. Europäische Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft 34/1 (2023): 39-59
Collection: Special Issue "Kinder in Heimen", ed. by Anelia Kassabova, Sandra Maß (Hg.)

Youth Cultures of Activism and Politics

26.Januar 2023

Nazan Maksudyan

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture
Collection: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture

Youth cultures’ engagement with activism and politics, through which young people attempt “to initiate and resist change in the social order,” has produced a sizable literature. A discussion of this topic traces this engagement and its changes over time. First, nationalist youth cultures of the early twentieth century stressed duty, responsibility, and idealism. Later, the anti-establishment youth cultures of the 1960s and 1970s aspired to change the world on a global scale. Anarchistic and nonconformist youth subcultures of the 1980s and 1990s cultivated apathy toward traditional politics. Finally, globally dissenting millennials focus their concerns on democratic governance, ecology, and global social justice.

Maksudyan, Nazan, 'Youth Cultures of Activism and Politics', in James Marten (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Youth Culture (online edn, Oxford Academic, 14 Apr. 2021),,

Commemorating the First World War and Its Aftermath: Neo-Ottomanism, Gender, and the Politics of History in Turkey

14.Dezember 2022

Nazan Maksudyan , Hilal Alkan

Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe
Edition: Neo-Ottoman Imaginaries in Contemporary Turkey
Collection: Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe

This chapter discusses the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) neo-Ottomanist history politics with a focus on commemoration and memorialisation of the First World War and the “Independence War” in Turkey. These commemorations refer to a mythical Ottoman past that stresses Sunni-Muslim-Turkish imperial legacy and the prominence of Muslim faith, solidarity, and martyrdom. While they undermine the hero cult around Mustafa Kemal and pluralize heroism by including women (and other male warriors), the commemorations consciously omit the existence of non-Muslim soldiers and ethnic violence against non-Muslims. The chapter traces incorporation of mythical narratives of women warriors into the centennial memorialisation in order to explore the shift in the construction of masculinities and femininities. Although the recognition of women’s participation in the war effort is a step towards pluralisation, women’s heroic representations reflect the same neo-Ottomanist obsession with “Muslim martyrdom” that rests on a masculinist notion of heroism, and a homogeneous ethno-religious identity.

Maksudyan, N., Alkan, H. (2023). Commemorating the First World War and Its Aftermath: Neo-Ottomanism, Gender, and the Politics of History in Turkey. In: Raudvere, C., Onur, P. (eds) Neo-Ottoman Imaginaries in Contemporary Turkey. Modernity, Memory and Identity in South-East Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Racial Anthropology in Turkey and Transnational Entanglements in the Making of Scientific Knowledge: Seniha Tunakan’s Academic Trajectory, 1930s–1970s

15.Juni 2022

Nazan Maksudyan

International Journal of Middle East Studies 54 (1)
Edition: Cambridge University Press
Collection: International Journal of Middle East Studies 54 (1)

This article situates the trajectory of the academic life of Seniha Tunakan (1908–2000) within the development of anthropology as a scientific discipline in Turkey and its transnational connections to Europe during the interwar period and up until the second half of the 20th century. Relying on the archives of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, the archive of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Politisches Archiv des Auswärtigen Amtes in Germany, and the Prime Ministry's Republican Archives in Turkey, it focuses on the doctoral studies of Seniha Tunakan in Germany and her life as a female PhD researcher in the capital of the Third Reich, as well as her entire research career after her return to Turkey. Through Tunakan's career, the article also provides an analysis of the perpetuation of German race science in the Turkish context, shedding light upon the success of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Anthropologie, menschliche Erblehre und Eugenik (Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity, and Eugenics) and its transnational impact.

Embracing Embodiedness, Desire and Failure: Women’s Fluid Gender Performances in Sevgi Soysal’s Oeuvre from the 1960s.

09.Mai 2022

Nazan Maksudyan , Burcu Alkan

Journal of European Studies
Collection: Journal of European Studies

The ‘women’s liberation’ of the global 1960s did not entail a full range of women’s rights, feminist politics and sexual freedoms in Turkey. On the contrary, the Turkish 1960s were characterised by a patriarchal heteronormative order that imprisoned women in a passive and essentially asexual identity and denied them control over their bodies. In Turkey, women’s emancipation was postponed. At the same time, the 1960s offered a juncture of literary renewal in women’s writing and representation, embracing the dictum ‘the personal is political’. This article focuses on three works by Sevgi Soysal (1936–1976), a key name of this period whose writing is concerned with the problematisation of what Judith Butler calls ‘the compulsory order of sex/gender/desire’. Relying on queer theory, we examine how Soysal’s Tutkulu Perçem (The Passionate Forelock, 1962), Tante Rosa (Aunt Rosa, 1968) and Yürümek (Walking, 1970) represent female characters’ growing awareness of their rich spectrum of gender performances, as they embrace their desires, transformations and confusions. In this way, Soysal’s works not only take the female body ‘out of the closet’ but also explore its multitude of desires and fluid possibilities.

Maksudyan, Nazan, and Burcu Alkan. “Embracing Embodiedness, Desire and Failure: Women’s Fluid Gender Performances in Sevgi Soysal’s Oeuvre from the 1960s.” Journal of European Studies, (May 2022).

Encounter and Memory in Ottoman Soundscapes: An Audiovisual Album of Street Vendors’ Cries

01.April 2022

Nazan Maksudyan


Nazan Maksudyan, "Συνάντηση και μνήμη σε οθωμανικά ηχοτοπία: ένα οπτικοακουστικό άμλπουμ των φωνών των πλανόδιων πωλητών", μτφρ. Κατερίνα Στάθη, Τα Ιστορικά, τχ. 74, Απρ. 2022, σ. 32-60.

Nazan Maksudyan, “Encounter and Memory in Ottoman Soundscapes: An Audiovisual Album of Street Vendors’ Cries”, trans. by Katerina Stathi, Historica 74 (April 2022), 32-60 [in Greek].

Revolution is the Equality of Children and Adults”: Yaşar Kemal Interviews Street Children, 1975

17.Dezember 2021

Nazan Maksudyan

International Journal of Middle East Studies
Edition: Cambridge University Press
Collection: International Journal of Middle East Studies

In 1975, the world-famous novelist Yaşar Kemal (1923–2015) undertook a series of journalistic interviews with street children in Istanbul. The series, entitled “Children Are Human” (Çocuklar İnsandır), reflects the author's rebellious attitude as well as the revolutionary spirit of hope in the 1970s in Turkey. Kemal's ethnographic fieldwork with street children criticized the demotion of children to a less-than-human status when present among adults. He approached children's rights from a human rights angle, stressing the humanity of children and that children's rights are human rights. The methodological contribution of this research to the history of children and youth is its engagement with ethnography as historical source. His research provided children the opportunity to express their political subjectivities and their understanding of the major political questions of the time, specifically those of social justice, (in)equality, poverty, and ethnic violence encountered in their everyday interactions with politics in the country. Yaşar Kemal's fieldwork notes and transcribed interviews also bring to light immense injustices within an intersectional framework of age, class, ethnicity, and gender. The author emphasizes that children's political agency and their political protest is deeply rooted in their subordination and misery, but also in their dreams and hopes. Situating Yaşar Kemal's “Children Are Human” in the context of the 1970s in Turkey, I hope to contribute to childhood studies with regard to the political agency of children as well as to the history of public intellectuals and newspapers in Turkey and to progressive representations of urban marginalization.



  1. Nazan Maksudyan, Ottoman Children and Youth during the World War One  (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2019).
  2. Nazan Maksudyan,Orphans and Destitute Children in the Late Ottoman Empire (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014).
  3. Nazan Maksudyan,Türklüğü Ölçmek: Bilimkurgusal Antropoloji ve Türk Milliyetçiliğinin Irkçı Çehresi, 1925-1939 [Measuring Turkishness: Science-Fictive Anthropology and Racist Face of Turkish Nationalism, 1925-1939] (Istanbul: Metis, 2005; 2nd ed. 2007; 3rd ed. 2016, 4th ed. 2021).

Edited Books

  1. Nazan Maksudyan, (ed.), Women and the City, Women in the City: A Gendered Perspective to Ottoman Urban History (New York: Berghahn Books, 2014).
  2. Nazan Maksudyan, Hilal Alkan (eds.), Urban Neighbourhood Formations: Boundaries, Narrations and Intimacies  (Routledge, 2020).

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed)

  1. “Special Issue: Children and Political Agency: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives from the Middle East”, hg. gemeinsam mit Chiara Diana, Joel Gordon, International Journal of Middle East Studies, forthcoming (2021).
  2.  “ ‘Revolution is the Equality of Children and Adults’: Yaşar Kemal interviews Street Children 1975”, International Journal of Middle East Studies, forthcoming (2021).
  3. Nazan Maksudyan, "Türkiye’de Irkçılığın “Bilimsel” Temelleri, Türklüğü Ölçmek ve Cumhuriyet Tarihçiliğinin Türkiye Tarihindeki Irkçılığı İnkâr Saplantısı,” [“Scientific” Foundations of Racism in Turkey, Measuring Turkishness, and Republican Historiography's Obsession with Denying Racism in Turkish History] Cogito, no. 101, 2021: 195-209.
  4. Nazan Maksudyan, "The Armenian Genocide and Survival Narratives of Children", Childhood Vulnerability Journal 1/1 (2019): 15-30.
  5. Nazan Maksudyan, “Feminist Perspectives on Ottoman Urban History,” Moderne Stadtgeschichte 1 (2018): 26-38.
  6. Nazan Maksudyan, “La jeunesse ottomane, enjeu des luttes nationales (1914-1922)”, Le Mouvement Social 261 (2017): 9-29.
  7. Nazan Maksudyan, “Max Bonnafous and 'Female Suicide Epidemic' in Istanbul in the 1920s,” Études Sociales 165 (2017): 157-181.
  8. Nazan Maksudyan, “A New Angle of Observation: History of Children and Youth for Ottoman Studies,” Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA) 3/1 (2016): 111-114.
  9. Nazan Maksudyan, “Agents or Pawns? Nationalism and Ottoman Children during the Great War,” Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA) 3/1 (2016): 147-172.
  10. Nazan Maksudyan, “Control over Life, Control over Body: Female Suicide in Early Republican Turkey,” Women's History Review 24/6 (2015): 861-880.
  11. Nazan Maksudyan, “Üç Kuşak Üç Katliam: 1894’ten 1915’e Ermeni Çocuklar ve Yetimler,” [Three generations, three massacres: Armenian orphans from 1894 to 1915], Toplum ve Bilim [Society and Science] 132 (2015): 33-49.
  12. Nazan Maksudyan, “Cihan Harbi Yıllarında Almanya’da Osmanlı Yetimleri: Mavi Kep ve Pelerin,” [Ottoman orphans in Germany during the Great War: Blue Ceps and Pelerins] Toplumsal Tarih [Social History] 243 (2014): 68-73.
  13. Nazan Maksudyan, “Amerikan Kaynaklarında Merzifon Anadolu Koleji’nin Kısa Tarihçesi,” [Short history of the Anatolia College in Merzifon in American missionary sources], Kebikeç: İnsan Bilimleri İçin Kaynak Araştırmaları Dergisi 18/36 (2013): 131-154. [OA]
  14. Nazan Maksudyan, “Des convois de gamins. L'envoi de jeunes orphelins ottomans en Allemagne pendant la première guerre mondiale,” Revue d’histoire de l’enfance 'irrégulière' 152 (2013): 111-141.
  15. Nazan Maksudyan, “Evli evine, köylü köyüne, evi olmayan?: Osmanlı Kent Reformu ve Şehirlerde İstenmeyen Çocuklar,” [Ottoman Urban Reform and Unwanted Children in Cities] Kebikeç: İnsan Bilimleri İçin Kaynak Araştırmaları Dergisi 17/34 (2012): 159-183. [OA]
  16. Nazan Maksudyan, “Orphans, Cities, and the State: Vocational Orphanages (Islahhanes) and 'Reform' in the Late Ottoman Urban Space,” International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES)  43/3 (2011): 493-511.
  17. Nazan Maksudyan, “State 'Parenthood' and Industrial Orphanages (Islahhanes): Transformation of Urbanity and Family Life,” The History of the Family 16/2 (2011): 172-181.
  18. Nazan Maksudyan, “ 'Being Saved to Serve': Armenian Orphans of 1894-96 and Interested Relief in Missionary Orphanages,” Turcica 42 (2010): 47-88. [OA]
  19. Nazan Maksudyan, “Walls of Silence: Translating the Armenian Genocide into Turkish and Self-Censorship,” Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory 37/4 (2009): 635-649.
  20. Nazan Maksudyan, “Modernization of Welfare or Further Deprivation? State Provisions for Foundlings in the Late Ottoman Empire,” Journal of History of Childhood and Youth 2/3 (2009): 361-392.
  21. Nazan Maksudyan, “Fight over 'Nobody's Children': Religion, Nationality, and Citizenship of Foundlings in Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Empire,” New Perspectives on Turkey 41 (2009): 151-180.
  22. Nazan Maksudyan, “Erken Cumhuriyet Döneminde Kadın İntiharları: Islah, İnkâr, İskât,” [Women Suicides in the Early Republican Era: Reform, Denial, Silencing] Toplumsal Tarih [Social History] 188, (2009): 60-66.
  23. Nazan Maksudyan, “Foster-Daughter or Servant, Charity or Abuse: Beslemes in the Late Ottoman Empire,” Journal of Historical Sociology 21/4 (2008): 488-512.
  24. Nazan Maksudyan, “'Öldürmeden utan, ölmeden usan!': Geç Osmanlı İmparatorluğu'nda Savaş Karşıtı Hissiyatın Açık ve Örtük Dışavurumları,” ['Be ashamed to kill, get tired of dying': Manifest and Latent Expressions of Anti-War Sentiments in the Late Ottoman Empire] Toplumsal Tarih [Social History] 180 (2008): 34-41.
  25. Nazan Maksudyan, “Cemal Bey'in Adana Valiliği ve Osmanlıcılık İdeali,” [Cemal Bey's Adana Governorship and the Ideal of Ottomanism] Toplumsal Tarih [Social History]176 (2008): 22-28.
  26. Nazan Maksudyan, “Türklüğün Hazineleri ve Mimar Sinan: Kafatasları, Kemikler, Mezarlıklar,” [Treasures of Turkishness and Sinan the Architect: Skulls, Bones, Cemeteries] Arredamento 202 (2007): 60-63.
  27. Nazan Maksudyan, “Bir Sözlükten Büyülenmek: Sir James W. Redhouse Üzerine,”[A Fascinating Dictionary: On James W. Redhouse] Toplumsal Tarih [Social History] 158 (2007): 34-39.
  28. Nazan Maksudyan, “The Turkish Review of Anthropology and the Racist Face of Turkish Nationalism,” Cultural Dynamics 17/3 (2005): 291-322. [OA]
  29. Nazan Maksudyan, “Resmi Din – Sivil Din Çatışması: Dinin Meşru Kullanımı Üzerinde Devlet Tekeli,” [Tension Between State vs. Civil Islam: State Monopoly over the Legitimate Use of Religion] Toplumsal Tarih [Social History] 135 (2005): 56-61.

Book Chapters

  1. Nazan Maksudyan, “The Violence of Denial in Zaven Biberyan's Novels: Impossibility of Coexistence in Post-genocide Turkey,” in Between Coexistence and Separation: Urban Boundaries in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Cities, ed. by Nora Lafi and Florian Riedler (De Gruyter, 2021, forthcoming)
  2. Nazan Maksudyan, “Commemorating the First World War and its Aftermath: Neo-Ottomanism, Gender and the Politics of History in Turkey”, gemeinsam mit Hilal Alkan, in Heritage, Aesthetics and Belonging: Gender in Turkish Neo-Ottomanism, Catharina Raudvere, Petek Onur, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, forthcoming).
  3. Nazan Maksudyan, “Street Vendors in Ottoman Soundscapes: Encounters, Subjectivities, and Power in the Lives of Sounds”, in Acoustics of Empire, Priyasha Mukhopadhyay, Peter McMurray, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2022, forthcoming).
  4. Nazan Maksudyan, “Role-playing, Unchilding, Victimization: Children and Politics in Turkey”, in Childhood in Turkey: Sociological, Educational and Psychological Perspectives, Hilal H. Şen, Helaine Selin, eds. (Springer, forthcoming).
  5. Nazan Maksudyan, "Küçük Umutlar, Serçeler ve Çocuklar," [Little hopes, sparrows, and children] Bahçelerinde Yaz: Füruzan Edebiyatı Üzerine, [Summer in their Garten: On Füruzan's Literary Career] eds. Hilmi Tezgör, Aslan Erdem (İstanbul: YKY, 2021), 123-140.
  6. Nazan Maksudyan, “The Orphan Nation: Gendered Humanitarianism for Armenian Survivor Children in Istanbul, 1919-1922,” in Gendering Global Humanitarianism in the Twentieth Century: Practice, Politics and the Power of Representation, ed. by Esther Möller, Johannes Paulmann, Katharina Störnig (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), 117-142.
  7. Nazan Maksudyan, “Physical Expressions of Winning Hearts and Minds: Body Politics of the American Missionaries in ‘Asiatic Turkey’,” in Missionaries and Humanitarianism in the Middle East, ed. by Karène M. J. Sanchez and Inger Marie Okkenhaug (Brill, 2020), 62-88.
  8. Nazan Maksudyan, “Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople”, in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, hg. v. Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2020-05-18. DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11467.
  9. Nazan Maksudyan, “Antaram’s Journey,” in Refugee Routes: Telling, Looking, Protesting, Redressing, hg. v. Vanessa Agnew, Kader Konuk, Jane O. Newman, Berlin: transcript, 2020, 93-104.
  10. Nazan Maksudyan, “Queer Characters and Gender Performances in Sait Faik's Works”, in LGBTI+ Studies in Turkey, ed. Çağlar Özbek (London: Transnational Press, 2019), 81-95.
  11. Nazan Maksudyan, “Centenary (Turkey) “, in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, AlanKramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2019-09-03. DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11400. [OA]
  12. Nazan Maksudyan, "À la recherche de l’enfance perdue: Resistance du biographique et defense de l’espace public," in Point de fuite La Méditerranée et la crise européenne, ed. by Markus Messling, Franck Hofmann (Paris: Éditions Hermann, 2019), 255-270.
  13. Nazan Maksudyan, “Boys Without a Country: Ottoman Orphan Apprentices in Germany During the First World War,” in More Than Victims: War and Childhood in the Age of the World Wars, ed. by Mischa Honeck, James Marten (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019), 206-228.
  14. Nazan Maksudyan, “In den Park gehen und spielen: Eine neue öffentliche Existenz als Kinder und Jugendliche,” in Fluchtpunkt. Das Mittelmeer und die europäische Krise, ed. by Franck Hoffman, Markus Messling, (Kulturverlag Kadmos, 2017), 326-340.
  15. Nazan Maksudyan, “Civilian and Military Power (Ottoman Empire),” in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2017-02-01. DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.11037. [OA]
  16. Nazan Maksudyan, “A Triangle of Regrets: Training of Ottoman Children in Germany During the First World War”, in Childhood in the Late Ottoman Empire and After, ed. by Benjamin C. Fortna (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 141-172. [OA]
  17. Nazan Maksudyan, “Missions, 1800-1918”, in Dictionnaire de l'Empire Ottoman, ed. by François Georgeon, Nicolas Vatin, Gilles Veinstein (Paris: Fayard, 2015), 803-804.
  18. Nazan Maksudyan, “Children and Youth (Ottoman Empire),” in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2014-10-08. DOI: 10.15463/ie1418.10595. [OA]
  19. Nazan Maksudyan, “Un débat sur la conquête d’istanbul. Silvestre de sacy et la traduction d’une élégie arménienne,” in Silvestre de Sacy: Le projet européen d’une science orientaliste, ed. by Michel Espagne, Nora Lafi, Pascale Rabault- Feuerhahn (Paris: Les Editions du Cerf, 2014), 125-134.
  20. Nazan Maksudyan, “Introduction: A Gendered Perspective to Ottoman Urban History,” in Women and the City, Women in the City: A Gendered Perspective to Ottoman Urban History, ed. by Nazan Maksudyan (New York: Berghahn Books, 2014), 1-12.
  21. Nazan Maksudyan, “'This time women as well got involved in politics!': Nineteenth Century Ottoman Women's Organizations and Political Agency,” in Women and the City, Women in the City: A Gendered Perspective to Ottoman Urban History, ed. by Nazan Maksudyan (New York: Berghahn Books, 2014), 107-135.
  22. Nazan Maksudyan, “Refugee Ottoman Orphans in Germany during the First World War,” in The World During the First World War, ed. Helmut Bley, Anorthe Kremers ((Essen: Klartext Verlag, 2014), 151-166.
  23. Nazan Maksudyan, “New 'Rules of Conduct' for State, American Missionaries, and Armenians: 1909 Adana Massacres and the Ottoman Orphanage(Dârü'l-Eytâm-ı Osmânî),” in L’ivresse de la Liberté: La Révolution de 1908 dans l’Empire Ottoman, ed. by François Georgeon (Paris: CNRS, 2012), 137-171.
  24. Nazan Maksudyan, “Genel Dünya ve Avrupa Tarihçilerinde 1915-16 Olayları,” [The Massacres of 1915-1916 in World and European History Books] in İmparatorluğun Çöküş Döneminde Osmanlı Ermenileri: Bilimsel Sorumluluk ve Demokrasi Sorunları [Ottoman Armenians during the Demise of the Empire: Issues of Scientific Responsibility and Democracy], ed. by Fahri Aral (Istanbul: Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2011), 57-84.
  25. Nazan Maksudyan, “Helden, Opfer, Ikonen: Massenmobilisierung und osmanische Kinder während des Ersten Weltkriegs,” in Der Erste Weltkrieg auf dem Balkan,ed. byJürgen Angelow (Berlin: Be.bra Verlag, 2011), 161-173.
  26. Nazan Maksudyan, “Children as a Transgressors in Urban Space: Delinquency, Public Order and Philanthropy in the Ottoman Reform Era,” in Expertise and Juvenile Violence, 19th-21st century, ed. by Aurore François, Veerle Massin and David Niget (Louvain: Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 2011), 21-39.
  27. Nazan Maksudyan, “Servants,” in AnEncyclopedia of Infanticide, ed. by Brigitte Bechtold and Donna Cooper Graves (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010), 232-235.
  28. Nazan Maksudyan, “On Dokuzuncu Yüzyılda Osmanlı Kadın Örgütleri ve Siyasi Eylemlilik,” [Women's Osganizations and Political Agency in the Nineteenth Century] in İstanbul Kadın-Kadın İstanbul [Women and Istanbul] ed. by Fatma Türe (Istanbul: Kadın Eserleri Kütüphanesi, 2010), 44-53.
  29. Nazan Maksudyan, “Armenia,” in Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society, ed. by Carlisle, Rodney P. (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2009), 38-39.
  30. Nazan Maksudyan, “Merzifon Anadolu Koleji'nin Kısa Tarihçesi ve Boğos Piranyan,” [Epilogue, Short History of Anatolia College of Merzifon and Boğos Piranyan] in Aşçının Kitabı: Merzifon Amerikan Anadolu Koleji Aşçısı 1914 [The Book of the Cook: From the Cook of the American College of Merzifon, 1914], Boğos Piranyan (Istanbul: Aras Yayıncılık, 2008), 133-178.

Book Reviews, Review Essays, Book Forums

  1. Nazan Maksudyan: "Johnson, Robert; Kitchen, James E. (Hrsg.): The Great War in the Middle East. A Clash of Empires. Abingdon 2019. ISBN 9781138731332," in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 04.06.2021.
  2. Nazan Maksudyan, “This Is a Man’s World?”: On Fathers and Architects,” [Book Forum: Hans-Lukas Kieser, Talaat Pasha: Father Of Modern Turkey, Architect Of Genocide (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018)] Journal of Genocide Research 21/4 (2019): 540-544.
  3. Nazan Maksudyan, (2019). “The Long End of the First World War Book,” by Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Heike Liebau, Anorthe Wetzel (eds.), Aurum Journal of Social Sciences, 4/1 (2019), 115-118.
  4. Nazan Maksudyan, “Ottoman Women during World War I: Everyday Experiences, Politics, and Conflict,” by Elif Mahir Metinsoy (Book review) Journal of Social History 53/1 (2019): 295-297.
  5. Nazan Maksudyan, “Urban Planning in North Africa,” by Carlos Nunes Silva (Book review) Planning Perspectives 33/4 (2018): 678-681.
  6. Nazan Maksudyan, “Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey,” by Lerna Ekmekcioğlu (Book review) New Perspectives on Turkey 55 (2016): 136-140. doi:10.1017/npt.2016.26
  7. Nazan Maksudyan, “The Armenians in Modern Turkey: Post-Genocide Society, Politics and History,” by Talin Suciyan (Book Review) Global Affairs 2 (2016): 234-236.
  8. Nazan Maksudyan, “Muslim Midwives: The Craft of Birthing in the Premodern Middle East,” by Avner Giladi (Book Review) The American Historical Review 121 (2016): 682-683 doi:10.1093/ahr/121.2.682
  9. Nazan Maksudyan, “Self, Family, and Society: Individual and Communal Reflections on the Armenian Genocide,” (Review Essay) Journal of Levantine Studies 5/2 (2015): 197-206.
  10. Nazan Maksudyan, “Prisons in the Late Ottoman Empire: Microcosms of Modernity,” by Kent F. Schull, (Book review) International Journal of Middle East Studies 47/1 (2015): 202-204.
  11. Nazan Maksudyan, “Domestic Frontiers: Gender, Reform, and American Interventions in the Ottoman Balkans and the Near East,” by Barbara Reeves-Ellington (Book review) Journal of Church and State 56/4 (2014): 778-781.
  12. Nazan Maksudyan, “Architecture in Translation: Germany, Turkey, and the Modern House,” by Esra Akcan, (Book review) Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online 1 (2013): [OA]
  13. Nazan Maksudyan, “Kidnapped Souls: National Indifference and the Battle for Children in the Bohemian Lands, 1900–1948,” by Tara Zahra, (Book review) Canadian Journal of History 45/2 (2010): 391-393.
  14. Nazan Maksudyan, “Sous le Signe des Réformes: État et Société, de l’Empire Ottoman à la Turquie Kémaliste (1789-1939),” by François Georgeon, (Book review) New Perspectives on Turkey 42 (2010): 265-268.
  15. Nazan Maksudyan, “Subalterns and Social Protest: History from Below in the Middle East and North Africa,” by Stephanie Cronin (ed.), (Book review) International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) 42/2 (2010): 336-338.
  16. Nazan Maksudyan, “Producing Desire: Changing Sexual Discourse in the Ottoman Middle East, 1500-1900,” by Dror Ze’evi, (Book review) AGOS Kirk  4 (2009): 6-7.
  17. Nazan Maksudyan, “Smyrne, la Ville Oubliée? : Mémoires d'un Grand Port Ottoman, 1830-1930,” by Marie-Carmen Smyrnelis (ed.), (Book review) AGOS Kirk 2 (2008): 8-9.
  18. Nazan Maksudyan, “Cumhuriyet'te Çocuktular,” [They were Children in the Republic], by Mine Göğüş Tan, Özlem Şahin, Mustafa Sever, Aksu Bora  (eds.), (Book review) Journal of History of Childhood and Youth 1/3 (2008): 472-474.
  19. Nazan Maksudyan, “Enfance et Jeunesse dans le Monde Musulman / Childhood and Youth in the Muslim World,” by François Georgeon, Klaus Kreiser (eds.), (Book review) New Perspectives on Turkey 38 (2008): 275-79.

Essays & Literary Criticism

  1. Nazan Maksudyan, “İnsanlar Mezarlarda Yaşamaya Devam Etmiyorlardı.” [People did not continue to live in their graves] Notos 89 (Zaven Biberyan Doğumunun 100. Yılında) [Zaven Biberyan is 100 years old!] (2021): 56-60.
  2. Nazan Maksudyan, "En Sevdiğim Tek Kardeşim," [My favorite and only sister] 5harfliler, 9 July 2021, online:
  3. Nazan Maksudyan, "Tasnifsiz Arşiv," [Unclassified Archive], 5harfliler, 12 February 2021, online:
  4. Nazan Maksudyan, "Mutedil Dalgalanma," [Moderate Fluctuation], 5harfliler, 5 February 2021, online:
  5. Nazan Maksudyan, "Temassız Hayat Noktası," [Contactless Life Point], 5harfliler, 29 January 2021, online:
  6. Nazan Maksudyan, “Bir Avuç Leblebiyi Paylaşan Masal Kahramanları," [Fairytale heroes sharing a fist full of chickpeas] in Elveda Antura: Bir Ermeni Yetimin Anıları [Goodbye Antoura: Memoirs of an Armenian Orphan] (Istanbul: Aras Yayıncılık, 2018), 389-398.
  7. Nazan Maksudyan, “Antarams Reise, ” leibniz — Das Magazin der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, 2017 (2): 64-69.
  8. Nazan Maksudyan, “Acıların Mezatı: Yetimler, Hayırseverlik ve Sinema,” [Auction of Sorrows: Orphans, Philanthropy, and Cinema], şerhh 6 (2017): 36–44.
  9. Nazan Maksudyan, “Franz Werfel'de Suçluluk ve Cezasızlık,” [Franz Werfel on Guilt and Unpunished Crimes], şerhh 5 (2017): 47-52.
  10. Nazan Maksudyan, “Hem Ermeni Hem Yetimdik / Soykırım Tanıklıklarında Çocukluk ve Büyümek,” [We were both Armenians and Orphans: Childhood and Growing up in Genocide Testimonies] Notos 55 (Dec. 2015 – Jan. 2016): 52-58.
  11. Nazan Maksudyan, “Doğumhanede Zamansız Bir Gece,” [An untimely Night at the Labor Room] Cogito 81 (2015): 219-224.
  12. Nazan Maksudyan, “ ‘Demek annen baban seni çok sevdi?’: Güzel Bir Aşk Hikayesi ve Mutlu bir Aşk Çocuğu,” [So your parents loved you a lot? A love story and a love child] Kitap-lık 151 (2011): 96-101.
  13. Nazan Maksudyan, “Benim Annem Paskalya Çöreği...,” [My mother is Easter Cake] Kitap-lık 148 (2011): 102-105.
  14. Nazan Maksudyan, “Antaram'ın Yolculuğu,” [Antaram’s Journey] Kitap-lık 145 (2011): 68-71.
  15. Nazan Maksudyan, “ ‘Talihiniz yüzel olsun!’: Pepo Dedemin Gençliğine Hitaben,” [May your destiny bring also beauty: My Grandfather’s Youthfulness] Kitap-lık 138 (2010): 49-55.
  16. Nazan Maksudyan, “Mavi Bir Pencere Açalım mı Kalbine?” [Shall we open a blue window on your chest?] Kitap-lık 133 (2009): 75-85.
  17. Nazan Maksudyan, “Çelişkiler Gezegeni: Roman ve Modern,“ [Planet of Contradictions: The Novel and the Modern] Mesele (Nov 2009).
  18. Nazan Maksudyan, “Milan Kundera ve Varoluşa Dair,” [Milan Kundera and the Human Existence] Mesele (Aug 2008): 4-9.
  19. Nazan Maksudyan, “Hiçbir Şey Aydınlanmayacak: Kara Kitap ve Esrarın Bakiliği,” [Nothing will be illuminated: the Black Book and the permanence of mystery] Mesele (Nov 2008): 4-8.

Review of Books

  1. Review of Women and the City, Women in the City by Derya İner, in Women’s History Review 26 (2017): 660-662.
  2. Review of Orphans and Destitute Children in the Late Ottoman Empire by Cihangir Gündoğdu, Journal of Near Eastern Studies 76 (2017): 209-211.
  3. Review of Women and the City, Women in the City by N. İpek Hüner-Cora, in Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 3/1 (2016): 203-206.
  4. Review of Orphans and Destitute Children in the Late Ottoman Empire by Heidi Morrison, in Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 8/2 (2015): 327-329.
  5. Review of Orphans and Destitute Children in the Late Ottoman Empire by Özge Ertem, New Perspectives on Turkey 53 (2015): 228-231.
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