Prof. Dr. Arzu Öztürkmen

Style of Art : Academic / historian
Branch of Art : Ottoman history: oral history; folklore, history of performing arts; historical ethnography
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Dr. Arzu Öztürken is a Professor at the History Department of Boğaziçi University. She received her doctoral degree at the Department of Folklore and Folk life of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Since 1994 she has been teaching at Boğaziçi University. She specializes in Performance Studies (National Celebrations, Dance History, Verbal art as performance, Television Drama), Oral History and History of Emotions (Memory of Conflict), Folklore Studies, Black Sea Studies, and Performance in the Eastern Mediterranean. She has published several books including Celebration, Entertainment and Theater in the Ottoman World (Seagull Publications, 2014) with Prof. Dr. Suraiya Faroqhi and Müzik, Dans, Gösterim: Tarihsel ve Kuramsal Tartışmalar (Boğaziçi University Publications, 2013).

Prof. Dr. Öztürkmen has numerous publications and has participated in many international congresses and meetings on performance studies. She has also organized various symposia and meetings as an organizer or co-organizer in Turkey and abroad; and has served as an editorial board member of International journals such as Journal of Middle Eastern History (IJMES) and Journal of Women′s History. Dr. Öztürkmen is a member of various professional organizations such as Société Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore, American Folklore Society, International Council of Traditional Music, Foundation of Turkish Economic and Social History and International Oral History Association.

Selected articles:
“Entre éthnologie européenne et approche américaine du folklore: Les repositionnements de la recherche sur le Folklore en Turquie,” in Folklores et politique, eds. Jean-Sébastien Noël, Antoine Nivière, Didier Francfort & Stanislaw Fiszer. (Éditions Le Manuscrit, 2014).
“The Women’s Movement under Ottoman and Republican Rule: A Historical Reappraisal,” in Journal of Women′s History (2013), 25/4:256-265.
“Istanbul-Beirut-Yerevan: A Turkish Journey towards Armenianness,” in Anywhere But Now: Landscapes of Belonging in the Eastern Mediterranean, eds. Samar Kanafani, Munira Khayyat, Rasha Salti, Layla Al-Zubaidi (Beirut: Heinrich Böll Foundation Publication, 2012).
“Diyarbakır’ın Sırları, Surları, Soruları,” in Sessizliğin Sesi: Diyarbakır Ermenileri Konuşuyor (Hrant Dink Vakfı Yayınları, 2012).
“Dancing around Folklore: Constructing a National Culture in Turkey,” in A Companion to Folklore Studies, eds. Regina Bendix & Galit Hasan Rokem (Blackwell Wiley, 2012).
“Turkish Research on Armenian Culture and History,” in Positive Examples of Coexistence of Armenian and Turkish People from the History  (Yerevan: ACGRC Publications, 2012).
“Turkish American History Reflected in the Life Story of Howard A. Reed,” in American Turkish Encounters, Politics and Culture, 1830-1989, eds. Nur Bilge Criss, Selcuk Esenbel, Tony Greenwood & Louis Mazzari; Newcastle upon Tyne (UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011).
“Performance, iconography and narrative in Ottoman Festive Events,” in Imaging Dance, eds. Barbara Sparti, Judy Van Zile, Elsie Ivancich Dunin, Nancy G. Heller, Adrienne L. Kaeppler, (Olms Verlag, 2011).
“Tirebolu’dan Kadın sesleri: Yaşam Alanları ve İktidar,” in Feminist Yaklaşımlar, Sayı 13, Mart 2011.
“My Round Table,” in Talking Openly, ed. Helin Anahit (Istanbul: Geniş Kitaplık, 2010).
“Women Sounds from Tirebolu: Domains of Existence and Power Network,” in Economy and Society on Both Shores of the Aegean (Athens: Alpha Bank Historical Archives, 2010), 423-445.
“Orality and  Performance in Late Medieval Turkish Texts: Epic Tales, Hagiographies and Chronicles,” in Text and Performance Quarterly, (2009), Vol.29 Issue 4: 327–345.
(With Joanna Bornat) “Oral History,” in Encyclopedia of Women′s Folklore and Folklife, eds. L. Locke, P.Greenhill & T. A. Vaughan (Abingdon,OX: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009), 433-435.
“Muslim Women’s Folklore,” in Encyclopedia of Women′s Folklore and Folklife, eds. L. Locke, P.Greenhill & T. A. Vaughan (Abingdon,OX: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009), 453-456.
“The Multiple Faces of Meaning in the Structural Analysis of Modern Turkish Folk Dance Tradition,” in Dance Structures: Perspectives on the Analysis of Human Movement, eds. Adrienne L. Kaeppler & Elsie Ivanchic Dunin (Budapest: Akademiai Kiado, 2007), 349-356.
“FolkDancers & FolkSingers: Turkey,” in Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC) (Leiden: Brill, 2007), 60-61.  
“FolkDancers & FolkSingers: TheOttomanEmpire,” in Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC) (Leiden: Brill, 2007), 56-58.  
“Historical Ethnography of a Multicultural Education: A Critical Memory of the 1970s-1980s,” in Education in ‘Multicultural’ Societies: Turkish and Swedish Perspectives, eds. Marie Carlson, Annika Rabo & Fatma Gök. (Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul Transactions, 2007), 18: 23-34.
“Turkish Women in Academia: Problems of Legitimacy in Trans/National Perspective,” in Journal of Women’s History (2007), 173-179.
“Domestic Space: Turkey” in Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC), (Leiden: Brill, 2006), 527-528.
“Female Space: Turkey,” in Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC), (Leiden: Brill, 2006), 539-540.
“Remembering conflicts in a Black Sea town: A multi-sited ethnography of memory,” in New Perspectives on Turkey (2006), 34: 93-115. (SSCI)


Foundation : Boğaziçi University
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City : Istanbul
Country : Turkey
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