Dr Gizem Tongo



Dr. Gizem Tongo is a historian specialising in the visual culture of the late Ottoman Empire.

She holds a doctorate in Oriental Studies from St John’s College, Oxford, where she was a Lord Dulverton Scholar and later a Barakat Postdoctoral Scholar in the Khalili Research Centre. Her thesis focused on the Ottoman art world during the First World War and explored how the war changed the conditions of art production, its agents, and the art itself between 1914 and 1918.  

She is currently working on a book manuscript with the working title War, Art, and the End of the Ottoman Empire, and helping to curate an upcoming exhibition at Salt Galata Istanbul, devoted to a female Turkish artist: Mihri Hanım (1886-1954).


  • D. Phil. University of Oxford, St John's College, Oriental Studies, 2018

  • MA Boğaziçi University, History of Art and Architecture, 2012

  • MA University of Manchester, Post-1900 Literatures, Theories and Cultures, 2007

  • BA Boğaziçi University, Philosophy, 2006

Selected Awards, Fellowships and Grants

  • University of Oxford, Barakat Postdoctoral Fellowship, UK (October 2017-June 2018)

  • Bourse Gerda Henkel du Centre International de Recherche de l'Historial de la Grande Guerre, France (November 2016)

  • University of Oxford, Lord Dulverton Scholarship, UK (2013-2016)

  • Orient-Institut Istanbul, Doctoral Fellowship, Turkey (September 2015-March 2016)

  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) / Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Award, UK (June 2014)

  • Hrant Dink Foundation, Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant, Turkey (May 2014)

Selected Publications

  • “An Ambivalent Patriot: Namık İsmail, the First World War, and the Politics of Remembrance in Turkey”, in Painting, Memory, and the First World War, edited by Margaret Hutchinson and Steven Trout (Alabama: The University of Alabama Press, forthcoming).

  • “'Civilisation and Competence': Displaying Ottoman War Paintings to Their Allies” in The Great War in the Middle East: A Clash of Empires, edited by Rob Johnson and James Kitchen (London; New York: Routledge, forthcoming).

  • Eleni Iliadis (1895-1975): Une artiste grecque ottomane dans l'Istanbul fin-de-siécle", CLIO. Femmes, Genre, Histoire, No: 48 (2018): 43-67.

  • “Between Memory and History: Remembering Johnnies, Mehmets, and the Armenians”, co-authored with Jenny Macleod, in Beyond Gallipoli: New Perspectives on Anzac, edited by Raelene Frances and Bruce Scates (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2016), 21-34.

  • “Tarih ve Hafıza Arasında: Geç Osmanlı Dönemi Istanbul'unda Bir Ressam; Eleni Iliadis”, Toplumsal Tarih, August (2016): 57-63.

  • “Artist and Revolutionary: Panos Terlemezian as an Ottoman Armenian Painter”, Études arméniennes contemporaines, no. 6, December (2015): 111-153.

  • “Interview with Professor Donald Preziosi” co-authored with Nilay Özlü, Tarih: Graduate History Journal, Issue: 2 (2010): 34-47.

  • “Interview with Professor Gülru Necipoğlu: Ottoman Architecture and the Representation of Identity,” Tarih: Graduate History Journal, Issue: 1 (2009): 5-28.

  • Review: “Wendy Shaw's Ottoman Painting: Reflections of Western Art from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic,” Tarih: Graduate Journal of the History Department, Issue:3 (2013): 88-91.

  • Review: “Janet Wolff's The Aesthetics of Uncertainty,” Interactions: Ege Journal of British and American Studies, Vol. 18.2, (Fall 2009): 165-167.

Related Professional Appointments

  • Tutor, “The Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey, 1807-1980: Cultural Transformations,” Department of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, 2018.

  • Substitute Lecturer, “Constantinople: The Formation of An Imperial Capital”, “Court Styles in Ottoman Decorative Arts and the Arts of the Book,” University of Oxford, The Khalili Research Centre, 2015.

  • Teaching Assistant, “The Making of the Modern World” (HIST 105, HIST 106), Boğaziçi University, 2010-2011.

  • Teaching Assistant, “Art Scene and Cultural Analysis” (CAM 201), Istanbul Bilgi University, 2009-2010.

  • Museum Experience, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; research on the collection of Ottoman and Turkish painting, 2004-2005.


  • Ottoman Studies Group at Oxford (OSGO), member

  • Edward Pococke Society, St John’s College, University of Oxford, member

  • KRC, Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, member

  • HIAA (Historians of Islamic Art Association), member

  • BRISMES (The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies), member

  • AHH (Association of Art Historians), member

Contact Details

Email: gtongo@biaatr.org 

Telephone: 00 90 312 427 54 87 

Address: The British Institute at Ankara
Atatürk Bulvarı 154, Çankaya, Ankara TR-06690, Turkey 


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