Dr. E. (Emre) Erol

Position:
  • Docent
Expertise:
  • Turkish Studies


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7180
E-Mail: e.erol@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.18B
Personal Homepage: nl.linkedin.com/​pub/​emre-erol/​22/​295/​539


Fields of interest

Late Ottoman and Modern Turkish history, politics and culture.

PhD research

Salt, Harbor and Migration; An Ottoman Town in Turmoil: Local History of Foça Between late 19th and early 20th centuries
Supervisors: Erik-Jan Zürcher (LIAS) and Jan Lucassen (IISG, VU University)

My research is centered on the history of a Western Anatolian county; the county of Foçateyn in the age of wars and nation states. It discusses themes like forced migration, World War I, Greek and Turkish nationalisms, establishment of the Turkish Republic and regional dynamics in a local history context. It tests our macro narratives about the transformation from Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic on a micro history level. 

Keywords: Eski Foça, Παλιές Φώκιες, Yeni Foça, Νέες Φώκιες, 1914, Forced Migration, 1919, Greek Invasion, 1922, Turkish War of Independence, World War I, Ottoman Greeks, Salt, Workers, Nationalisms, Demographic Engineering.

CV

Education

2014:

UNIVERSITY OF LEIDEN, Leiden / THE NETHERLANDS

PhD in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Middle Eastern Studies

Primary Advisor: Prof. Dr. Erik Jan Zürcher

Co-Advisor: Prof. Dr. Jan Lucassen

Dissertation Title: From Empire to Republic, From Boomtown to Ghost town: The history of the County of Foçateyn, 1820s-1920s

 

2009:

SABANCI UNIVERSITY, İstanbul / TURKEY

Master of Arts in History in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Primary Advisor: Prof. Dr. Fikret Adanır

Thesis: Reproaching Hüseyin (İştirakçi) Hilmi: An Ottoman Socialist in Early 20th Century

 

Sept. – Jan. 2008:

UNIVERSITY OF LEIDEN, Leiden / THE NETHERLANDS

Master of Arts Erasmus Exchange in the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Middle Eastern Studies

2007: SABANCI UNIVERSITY, İstanbul / TURKEY

Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Social and Political Sciences

 

July – August 2006:

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY (IIPES), Chania / GREECE

International Institute for Political and Economic Studies (IIPES) Summer School, (Overall Grade: A-)


Lecturer:

Aug. 2013 – Present

The International Honours College of Leiden University (LUC), University of Leiden (The Hague, The Netherlands)

History of Philosophy, instructor of the course, undergraduate introductory course offered by the LUC.

 

Feb. 2013 – Aug. 2013

Leiden University International Studies (BAIS), University of Leiden (Leiden, The Netherlands)

History by Area Tutorial Sessions, instructor of East Asia, Middle East, South and South East Asia tutorials, undergraduate course offered by the International Studies program.

 

Sept. 2011 – Present

Leiden University Institute of Area Studies (LIAS), University of Leiden (Leiden, The Netherlands)

History and Culture of Modern Turkey (also Moderne Turkse Geschiedenis

en Cultuur {1923 – heden}), co-instructor together with Prof. Dr. Erik Jan Zürcher, undergraduate course offered by the Middle Eastern Studies – Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

 

Jan. 2012 – June 2012

Introduction to Area Studies, Honours College “Multiple Horizons”. Trajectory course, co-instructor together with Dr. Ethan Mark and Dr. Harold Hays, undergraduate course for exceptional students of the Humanities faculty

 

Sept. 2009 – June 2010

Advanced Level Turkish Language, instructor of the course, undergraduate course offered by the Middle Eastern Studies – Spring 2009

Advanced Level Turkish Language, instructor of the course, undergraduate course offered by the Middle Eastern Studies – Fall 2010


Teaching Assistant:

Sept. 2010 – present

Leiden University Institute of Area Studies (LIAS), University of Leiden (Leiden, The Netherlands) From Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic, teaching assistant and codesigner, graduate course offered by the Middle Eastern Studies thought by Prof. Dr. Erik Jan Zürcher, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013

Turkey Since World War II, teaching assistant and co-designer, graduate course offered by the Middle Eastern Studies thought by Prof. Dr. Erik Jan Zürcher, Spring 2011, Spring 2012

The Formation of Contemporary Turkey: Kemalism and Its Competitors, teaching assistant and co-designer, graduate course offered by the Middle Eastern Studies thought by Prof. Dr. Erik Jan Zürcher, Spring 2013

 

Sept. 2010 – 2012

Assistantship for the supervision of master theses in the Middle Eastern Studies together with the supervision of Dr. Hans P.A. Theunissen

 

Sept. 2007 – June 2009

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University (İstanbul, Turkey) Humanity & Society I (SPS 101), discussion section moderator, undergraduate course offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Fall 2007, Summer 2008, Fall 2009

Humanity & Society II (SPS 102), discussion section moderator, undergraduate course offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,Spring 2008, 2009

 

Sept. 2003 – June 2008

Center for Individual and Academic Development (CIAD), Sabancı University (İstanbul, Turkey) Peer Tutor in the Academic Support Program (ASP) for undergraduate programs with work scholarship

 


Research Assistant:

June 2005 – August 2005

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), Sabancı University (İstanbul, Turkey) Translation of the final text of “(EUMAP) EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program” project about “Monitoring Television Across Europe

Publications

-   “Organized Chaos as Diplomatic Ruse and Demographic Weapon: The Expulsion of the Ottoman Greeks (Rum) from Foça, 1914.” Upcoming publication in the special issue of TSEG (The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History)

-    “An Ottoman Town in Turmoil: a multidimensional analysis of the events in Eski Foça  (Παλαιά Φώκαια) on the period of Summer 1914,” Cahiers Balkaniques 40 (2011): 199-226. Link:

-    “Kapalı Kapılar Ardında”, in Radikal Genç, 10 January 2007

Related Professional Experience

-  Participation to the “MUBIT Doctoral Seminar on Turkish Nationalism” hosted by University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 13-14 September 2013

-  “Organized chaos as a weapon against Ottoman Greeks (the Rum) in Foça, 1914.” Presented at the International Conference of Contemporary Turkish Studies at a Glance – Topics, Institutions and Future Perspectives, İstanbul, Turkey, 13-14 October 2012

-   “An Empire in Demise and Nations in Rise: The role and the magnitude of Muslim Refugees in the process of transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turksih Republic.” Presented at the IISH (International Institute on Social History) 4th Global Migration History Conference /Migrations and Societies in Africa and the Middle East, Rabat, Morocco, 19-21 May 2012

-   “History of a Western Anatolian Boomtown (Eski Foça / Παλαιά Φώκαια) in the Age of Wars and Nation States.” Presented at “Quo vadis, Exile Studies? Status and Perspectives. The Challenge of Globalization” conference by IISH and Gesellschaft für Exilforschung (GfE), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, dated 4 February 2013

-   “Natives, Migrants and Refugees in Eski Foça (Παλαιά Φώκαια) in 1914.” Presented at the WATS VIII (Workshop on Armenian Turkish Scholarship) conference: Ethnic Tensions and Violence at the End of the Ottoman Empire by IISH and NOID (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 27-30 October 2011

-   Participation to the “Social History Master Class” for PhD researchers by IISH, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 23-25 March 2012

-   “An Ottoman Town in Turmoil: A multidimensional Analysis of the events in Eski Foça (Παλαιά Φώκαια) on the Period of Summer 1914.” Presented at the Autour des photographies de l'ingénieur archéologue Félix Sartiaux: Phocée 1913-1920 by INALCO, Paris, France, 25 November 2010

-   “Renaissance, Decadence or Décloisonnement? A discussion on the different meanings of Tulip Era.” Presented at the Tributary Empires Compared conference, Rome, Italy, 21-23 September 2009

-   Participation in the organization team of the “Sabancı University Hrant Dink Memorial Workshop”, İstanbul, Turkey, 30 May – 1 June 2008

Grants & Awards

-   Research Grant from IISH, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2009-2010
-   Sabancı University MA Fellowship, full tuition waiver & stipend, 2007-2009
-   Sakıp Sabancı Grant for Academic Excellence, 2005-2006
-   Sabancı University Extra-Curricular Activities Reward, 2005
-   Certificate of High Honor for 3 semesters and Honor for 3 semesters during undergraduate

Teaching and research interests

Intellectual, political and social history of the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey, personal histories and ego documents of the Young Turks and Kemalists, history of migrations in the Ottoman Empire with special focus on the Balkans and western Anatolia in the late Ottoman period, comparative World History, the history of technologies, theories and methodology in the Humanities, history of ideologies and philosophy.

Languages

Turkish (native), English (fluent), Ottoman language (high intermediate), Modern Greek (intermediate), Spanish (basic)

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