E-mail: kalpakli@bilkent.edu.tr

(On Research Leave at University of Oxford for 2018-19)

Web Page: mehmetkalpakli.com


Education

  • BA in Turkish Language and Literature, Istanbul University
  • MA in Turkish Language and Literature, Mimar Sinan University
  • PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Washington

Short Biography

Mehmet Kalpaklı is the Chair of the both Departments of History and Turkish Literature at Bilkent University. He also serves as the Director of Halil İnalcık Center for Ottoman Studies and the Director of Center for Turkish Literature. He started his Ph.D. study at Istanbul University and finished it at the University of Washington in 1992. His specialization is in Ottoman literature and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire. He is also working on several digital humanities projects as the co-founder and active participant in Ottoman Text Editing Project (OTAP) between the University of Washington and Bilkent University. Some of his publications are: The Age of Beloves: Love and The Beloved in Early Modern Ottoman Turkish and European Literature, Culture, and Society (with Walter G. Andrews), Duke University Press, USA 2005; Ottoman Lyric Poetry: An Anthology, (with Walter Andrews and Najaat Black), The University of Texas Press, 1997, and expanded edition: University of Washington Press in 2006; Osmanlı Divan Şiiri Üzerine Metinler (İstanbul: Yapı Kredi Press, 1999; Maruf Simalar of Ali Fuat Türkgeldi, (with S. Akşin Somel) Turkish Historical Society Press, Ankara, 2013; Binbir Gece’ye Bakışlar, (with Neslihan Demirkol), Turkuaz Press, İstanbul, 2010; and the Complete Works of Halide Edib Adıvar (with others, 18 books) Özgür Press/Can Press, (1995-2015).


Publications

Recent Books

2005 – (co-authored with W. G. Andrews) The Age of Beloveds: Love and the Beloved in Early Modern Ottoman Turkish and European Literature, Culture, and Society (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005)

1997 – (co-authored with W. G. Andrews and N. Black) Ottoman Lyric Poetry: An Anthology (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997)

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

2018 – “Yavuz Selim’in Mısır Dönüşü: Bir Kültürel Tarih Okuması” in Yavuz Sultan Selim Dönemi ve Bursa.

2017 – “Sultan II. Bayezid ve Osmanlı Şiirinde Özgünlük İdeali: Nevayi Gazellerine Nazireler” in Sultan II. Bayezid Dönemi ve Bursa.

2016 – “Colour Emotion of 15th and 16th Centuries Ottoman Divan Poetry” (Co-authored with B. Ulusoy) in Colour and Colorimetry: Multidisciplinary Contributions.

2015 – “Sadullah Pasha’s Poem, “The Nineteenth Century”: A Literary Echo of Ottoman Modernization” in Studia et Documenta.

Public Lectures

2018 – “Scenes from the Ottoman Empire: The Palace, Coffehouses, and Gardens” in The Yale Turkish Program, Yale University.

2017 – “Love at the Ottoman Court: Poems, Poets, and Parties” in Institute for Oriental Studies, University of Vienna.

2016 – “I Anatolia, do you know me: A Historical Approach to Anatolian Cultural Heritage” in Service de la Culture et de l’information de l’Ambassade de Turqie a Paris.

2015 – “Aşık Veysel” in Europalia Arts Festival, Yunus Emre Institute-Brussels.

Conference Presentations

2016 – “Osmanlı Rönesansı ve Fatih: Kalemin ve Kılıcın Hükümdarı” in Sultan II. Mehmed ve Dönemi Sempozyumu.

2015 – “Gender and Self-presentation in the World of Early-Modern Ottoman Court Poetry at the Turn of the 16th Century” (with W. G. Andrews) in Gender and Status Competition in Premodern Societies, Umea University.

2013 – “Silk Road as a Cultural Corridor between the East and the West” in International Silk Road Congress, İstanbul Ticaret Üniversitesi.

Panel and Workshop Presentations

2016 – “Caravans of Love on the Roads of Anatolia, from Tabriz to Venice” in Workshop: Cross-Cultural Encounters in Anatolia Between the Byzantines, Persians and Ottomans, Bilkent University.

2016 – “Il Sultano e L’occidente, Capire Maometto II: (Sultan ve Batı, Fatih Sultan Mehmed’i Anlamak)”
in National Museum of Oriental Art, Rome.

2015 – “Communicating the Museum: People, Culture, Ideas” in Communicating the Museum Conference, Istanbul.

Interviews

2013 – “The Ottomans: Europe’s Muslim Empire” by BBC.

2013 – “Fatih Üzerine, Fatih: Avrupa’nın Kaderini Değiştiren Adam” by TRT.

For a complete list of Professor Mehmet Kalpaklı’s publications, lectures, and interviews, visit his web page.