Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nazan Çiçek

Contact Information

 Office:  AÜ Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi Cebeci 06590 Ankara TURKEY
 Email:  ciceknazan@yahoo.co.uk
 Phone:  +90 312 595 1298
 Fax:  +90 312 319 7720


Georg-Eckert-Institut für Internationale
Schulbuchforschung Fellowship Program: May-June 2009

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship
ESRC-British Academy September 2008-January 2009

Overseas Research Scholarship
Universities UK
June 2002-September 2005

School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London, PhD, History
September 2001-January 2006

Faculty of Political Sciences
Ankara University, MA, Political Sciences

Faculty of Political Sciences
Ankara University, BA (Hons) Political Sciences and Public Administration


Academic Profile

Nazan Çiçek was born in İzmir, in 1975. She completed her BA and MA in Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences. She was awarded two grants by the Universities UK and the Turkish Higher Educational Council to undertake her PhD in London between 2001-2006. Nazan Çiçek completed her PhD at History Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2006.Her PhD thesis has been recently published by I.B.Tauris under the title of “The Young Ottomans: Turkish Critics of the Eastern Question in the Late Nineteenth Century”. She won a postdoctoral fellowship provided by the British Academy and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in 2008-2009 for her project entitled “How ‘Childish’ were Ottoman/Turkish Children? Childhood As a Social Construction in the 19th-Century Ottoman Empire and the Early Republican Era? She published articles on the political, social, cultural and intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic in several journals including Middle Eastern Studies and Études Balkaniques. She currently teaches at Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences. Her main area of interest covers the social, cultural and political history of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic; she is exclusively interested in the parameters of the transformation of the value systems as well as the identity formation strategies in the Ottoman and Turkish Republican Muslim societies. She has recently completed her project that delves into the construction of gender regimes in the early Republic with a special emphasis on the conception of childhood.   



The Young Ottomans: Turkish Critics of the Eastern Question in the Late Nineteenth Century, I.B.Tauris, London, 2010.

Articles and Book Chapters:

"The Interplay Between Modernization and the Reconstruction of Childhood: Romantic Interpretations of the Child in Early Republican Era Popular Magazines,1924-1950", Benjamin C. Fortna (ed), Childhood in the Late Ottoman Empire and After, Brill, Leiden/Boston, 2015. 

“The Eastern Question in Turkish Republican Textbooks: Settling Old Scores with the European and Ottoman Other” in Lucien Frary and Mara Kozelsky (eds), From the Balkans to Caucasus: Reconsidering the Eastern Question, Wisconsin University Press, Wisconsin, 2014.

“Mapping the Turkish Republican Notion of Childhood and Juvenile Delinquency: The Story of Children’s Courts in Turkey (1940-1990) in Heather Ellis (ed), Juvenile Delinquency 1850-2000: East-West Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2014.

"Hayal Edilmiş Coğrafyada Ezber Bozan Bir İngiliz Oryantalist: David Urquhart, Osmanlı Modernleşmesi, Temenna ve Türk Hamamı", Toplum ve Bilim, no: 130, 2014.

“More History than They Can Consume?: Perception of the Balkan Wars in the Turkish Republican Textbooks (1932-2007)”, Hakan Yavuz and Isa Blumi (ed), War and Nationalism, The Balkan Wars, 1912-1913, Their Sociopolitical Implications, The University of Utah Press, Utah, 2013.

“Erken Cumhuriyet Döneminde Modern Çocukluk Nosyonunun Görünümleri Üzerine Bir Analiz” (“An Analysis on the Manifestations of Modern Notion of Childhood circa the Foundation of the Turkish Republic”), Mülkiye Dergisi, 36:4, Kış 2012.

“The Role of Mass Education in Nation-Building in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic, 1870-1930”, Laurence Brockliss and Nicola Sheldon (eds), Mass Education and the Limits of State Building, c. 1870-1930, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2012.

“Talihsiz Çerkeslere İngiliz Peksimeti”: İngiliz Arşiv Belgelerinde Büyük Çerkes Göçü (Şubat 1864-Mayıs 1865) (“Biscuits for the Distressed Circassians: Circassian Emigration to the Ottoman Empire in British Documents (February 1864-May 1865”), SBF Dergisi, 64 (1), Ocak-Mart 2009.

“Teaching the Nation to be Civilized: The Ego Ideal of the Turkish Founding Elite and the Magazine Halk (The Populace) 1929-1931”, Académie Des Sciences De Bulgarie Instıtut D’ Études Balkaniques Études Balkaniques, No: 4, 2008.

“The Young Ottomans’ Perception of Financial Crisis and External Borrowing Policy of the Ottoman Empire”, Académie Des Sciences De Bulgarie Instıtut D’ Études Balkaniques Études Balkaniques, No: 3, 2008.

“The Battle for British Public Opinion on Turkey and the Eastern Question: Two Documents, 1876 and 1904”, C. M. Amin, B. C. Fortna and E. B. Frierson (eds.), The Modern Middle East, Oxford UP, Oxford, 2006.

“The Turkish Response to the Bulgarian Horrors: A Study in English Turcophobia”, Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 42, No: 1, January 2006.

Book Reviews:

"James H. Meyer, Turks across Empires: Marketing Muslin Indentity in the Russian-Ottoman Borderlands, 1856-1914, The American Historical Review, 121: 3, 2016, 1044-1045. 

"Spiritus Roberti, Shaping New Minds and Robert College in Late Ottoman Society (1863-1923), written by Sabev Orlin (Orhan Salih)", Turkish Historical Review, 6:2, 2015, 227-231. 

“Şenışık P. (2011), The Transformation of Ottoman Crete: Revolts, Politics and Identity in the Late Nineteenth Century”, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 24:3, 2013. 

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