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Lela J. Gibson

MA, Georgetown University, 2007; BA, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005

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E-mail: lela.gibson@ucla.edu

Field

German History; Ottoman History; Cultural & Intellecutal History; World History; Global History; European History; Middle East History

Research Interests

My dissertation, "Between Aufklärung and Nizam-i Cedid: The German Enlightenment and Ottoman Sufism, 1751-1817," 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.

Publications

Book Chapter
"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 Gulalp and Gunter Seufert (Routledge, 2013)

Translations (German-English)
"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

Summer Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, 2013
Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies,
Summer 2012
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

Advisors

David Sabean (Chair)
Nile Green
Lynn Hunt
Gabriel Piterberg
Saree Makdisi

Conference Presentations

“Towards Global Intellectual History: Ottoman Elites and the German Enlightenment, 1773-1817," German Studies Association, 2013

"Ottoman Diplomats in Habsburg and Prussian Enlightenment Society, 1791-98," Middle East Studies Association, 2013

"Ottoman Sufism and the Prussian Enlightenment: Heinrich von Diez, 1751–1817”
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2013

"An Ottoman Diplomat in Berlin: Ahmed Azmi Efendi, 1791-92",German Studies Association, 2011

"Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange: Ebubekir Ratib Efendi's Mission to Vienna, 1792,"
Ottoman-European Exchanges in Commerce, Finance, and Culture, Newnham College, University of Cambridge, 2011

"Dueling Orientalisms: Prussian and Habsburg Scholarship on the Near East, 1790-1819"
German Studies Association, 2010

"Prussian, Habsburg, and Ottoman Relations in the Early Nineteenth Century"
UCLA-University of Zurich-Tel Aviv University Colloquium, Zurich, Switzerland, 2010


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