Lela Jaise Gibson
MA, Georgetown University, 2007; BA, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005
German History; Ottoman History; 18th/19th centuries
My dissertation, "Tracing the Ottoman Enlightenment: Ottoman-Prussian Intellectual Exchange, 1784-1815," examines knowledge exchange alongside diplomatic encounters between the Ottoman Empire and the German-speaking world. The project highlights cultural and intellectual exchange between Europe and the Islamic world in the late eighteenth century.
"The Ottoman Empire, Islam and the Emergence of German National Identity, 1789-1815," in: Religion, Identity and Politics: Germany and Turkey in Interaction, eds. Haldun GAlalp and GAnter Seufert (Routledge, forthcoming, June 2013)
"A European Jewish woman's travel diary: reflections on Sofia, Salonica, and Constantinople (1911-1912), in Sephardic Lives: A Documentary History of the Ottoman Judeo-Spanish world & its Diaspora, 1700-1950, ed. Julia Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein (Stanford University Press, forthcoming).
"How to define the 'Sephardic women'? A debate between two female intellectuals in interwar Sarajevo (1916), "In Sephardic Lives: A Documentary History of the Ottoman Judeo-Spanish World & its Diaspora, 1700-1950, ed. Julia Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein (Stanford University Press, forthcoming).
Grants and Awards
Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies,
Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, UCLA Center for Near East Studies,
Summer 2012 (declined)
Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, 2011-12
Research grant from the Berkeley-Vienna Fund, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, 2010
Graduate Research Mentorship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010-11
Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, Ottoman Paleography, Summer 2010
DAAD German Studies Research Grant, Summer 2010
Graduate School Scholarship, Georgetown University, 2005-2007
Summer Institute Scholarship, Russian and East European Summer Language Institute Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, University of Pittsburgh, Summer 2003
Congress-Bundestag Scholarship, Muelheim/Ruhr, Germany, US Department of State, 1998-99
David Sabean (Chair)
"An Ottoman Diplomat in Berlin: Ahmed Azmi Efendi, 1791-92",
Presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Louisville, KY, 2011
"Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange: Ebubekir Ratib Efendi's Mission to Vienna, 1792,"
Presented at Ottoman-European Exchanges in Commerce, Finance, and Culture, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, March 28-30, 2011
"Dueling Orientalisms: Prussian and Habsburg Scholarship on the Near East, 1790-1819"
Presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the German Studies Association, Oakland, CA
"Prussian, Habsburg, and Ottoman Relations in the Early Nineteenth Century"
Presented at UCLA-University of Zurich-Tel Aviv University Colloquium, Zurich, Switzerland
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