S. (Sinan) Dinçer

  • PhD student
  • Turkish Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: s.dincer.2@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT

Fields of interest

Ottoman and Turkish History; History of Migration; Labor History; Nationalisms.

PhD research

From Janissaries to Wage Workers: Porters and Lightermen in Istanbul (1800-1930)
Supervisor: Erik-Jan Zürcher

I work on the emergence and development of migrants' networks in the Ottoman Empire and early republican Turkey. By studying the effects of these networks on the countryside and the cities, I will try to demonstrate how these networks shaped the emerging national movements within the Ottoman Empire and the perception of different ethno-religious groups by the state and the society.


Ph.D.: 2012- … Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.
Dissertation topic: From Janissaries to Wage Workers: Porters and Lightermen in Istanbul (1800-1930)

Ph.D.: 2007-2012 (terminated). Ruhr University, Germany; Department of History.

M.A.: 2004- 2006, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul; Department of Political Science.

B.A.: 2001-2004, Duke University, NC, USA; Departments of Political Science and Cultural Anthropology (Double Major).

Turkish (native), English (fluent), German (fluent), Spanish (intermediate).


Conference papers
2012, 5-6 September: “Supermen or Savages: Ottoman Porters in the Age of Imperialism” The IMAGES Project 2012 Conference: Images of the Poor. Austrian Cultural Center, Istanbul.

2012, 25-27 April: “Armenian Migrant Labour in the Black Sea Basin” Graduate Workshop on Migration. Bilkent University, Ankara.

2011, 18-20 November: “Armenian Labourers in the Black Sea Basin” Working in the Ottoman Empire and in Turkey: Ottoman and Turkish Labour History Within a Global Perspective. Bilgi University, Istanbul.

2011, 27-30 October: “The Armenian Massacre in Istanbul in 1896” WATS VIII: Ethnic Tensions and Violence at the end of the Ottoman Empire. Amsterdam.

2009, 6-7 November: “Migrant Laborers and Adana Massacres” Adana: 1909: History, Memory, and Identity from a Hundred Year Perspective”, Istanbul.

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