Dr Philipp Wirtz
PhD (SOAS), MA History and Middle Eastern Studies (Frankfurt a. Main), MA History (SOAS)
I received my PhD from SOAS in 2013 after studies and research in Germany, Iran, Turkey and the UK. My research areas include the modern history of the Middle East, particularly of the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, especially contemporary Turkey. I am interested in "ego documents" and personal narratives, contacts between the Ottomans and the world around them as well as questions of cultural change and cultural politics.
Personal narratives in the Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic, especially autobiographies. Relationships between cultural production and politics in the Ottoman and post-Ottoman Middle East.
Current research projects:
- German expatriate intellectuals in the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic, 1880-1933.
- Traditional Turkish archery: A cultural history from Ottoman martial art to Turkish national sport