SOAS University of London

Department of History

Philipp Wirtz

PhD (SOAS), MA History and Middle Eastern Studies (Frankfurt a. Main), MA History (SOAS)
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Philipp Wirtz
Department of History

Senior Teaching Fellow

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Ottoman Studies


Dr Philipp Wirtz
Email address:
020 7898 4773
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Mondays 2-3pm


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.



Past research: 

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: 
  1. German expatriate intellectuals in the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic, 1880-1933.


Book Chapters

Wirtz, Philipp (2011) 'Perceptions of the First World War in Turkish Autobiographies.' In: Miller, Alisa and Rowe , Laura and Kitchen, James, (eds.), Other Combatants, Other Fronts: Competing Histories of the First World War. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , pp. 275-292.


Wirtz, Philipp (2010) 'A Long Farewell: Depicting the Late Ottoman Empire in Autobiographies, 1920-1950.' Polyvocia: The SOAS Journal of Graduate Research (2). pp. 46-63.

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