SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Ceyda Karamursel

BA (Bogazici University) MA, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
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Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Lecturer in the Department of History

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Dr Ceyda Karamursel
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Dr. Ceyda Karamursel received her PhD in History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Middle East Center. Her work explores the practice of slavery and the elusive meanings of freedom in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic in the second half of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries and has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, among others. She is currently working on her book manuscript, which continues to explore Ottoman slaves’ and slaveholders’ perceptions of freedom, justice, equality, and in an indirect way, of citizenship.

In addition to her book manuscript, Dr. Karamursel also works on two smaller projects, first of which focuses on a moment in the late Ottoman and early Republican history during which subsequent governments faced the persistent challenge of determining territorial and jurisdictional limits of the state as they grappled with the ontological question of what it meant for “the people” to own slaves, among other “things.” The second one, which also launches her second book project on how Ottoman concepts of slavery circulated in the global nineteenth century, traces the news of an American opera singer who was allegedly murdered in the imperial harem in Istanbul. Dr. Karamursel's work appeared in New Perspectives on Turkey, Journal of Women's History, and Comparative Studies in Society and History.



Modern Middle East, Ottoman Empire, slavery and abolition, legal history, gender, race, citizenship, borderlands studies, material culture.



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Karamursel, Ceyda (2019) 'Shiny Things and Sovereign Legalities: Expropriation of Dynastic Property in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic'. International Journal of Middle East Studies. [Forthcoming]

Karamursel, Ceyda (2017) 'Transplanted slavery, contested freedom and vernacularization of rights in the reform era Ottoman Empire'. Comparative Studies in Society and History, (59) 3, pp 690-714.

Karamursel, Ceyda (2016) 'The uncertainties of freedom : The second constitutional era and the end of slavery in the late Ottoman Empire'. Journal of Women's History, (28) 3, pp 138-161.

Karamursel, Ceyda (2014) 'Ottoman slavery as a tool for historical analysis: a review of recent literature'. New Perspectives on Turkey, (50), pp 193-203.


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