Research Projects 1948 – Today

Late Ottoman & Early Republican History


War, Art, and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1912-1923

War, Art, and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1912-1923

Start: 2018 - End: 2020

This project, undertaken by Dr Gizem Tongo (BIAA Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-20) focuses on the Ottoman art world in the final years of the empire and explores how war and the occupation changed the conditions of art production, its agents, and the art itself.


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Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: From Enemies to Allies

Turkey and Britain 1914-1952: From Enemies to Allies

Start: 2015 - End: 2019

This project explores the relationship between Turkey and Britain from the First World War to Turkey’s entry into NATO in 1952.


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Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923

Britain’s Levantine Empire, 1914-1923

Start: 2015 - End: 2017

This project explores how the wartime itineraries of hundreds of thousands of British military personnel produced new forms of colonial rule spanning the eastern Mediterranean and an imagined geography of the Levant as a fragmented but distinct space between Europe and the Orient.


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Study of Trade between the Ottoman Empire and Southeast Asia

Study of Trade between the Ottoman Empire and Southeast Asia

Start: 2009 - End: 2012

A project exploring the relations between Ottoman and early Republican Turkey and the southeast Asian Muslim states.


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