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Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & History
Ali Sipahi is currently in Turkey for his dissertation fieldwork. The historical rise and decline of a small town in the Eastern part of Turkey will be the focus of his research. The cosmopolitanism of the late Ottoman period and the parochialism of the early Republican era will be examined in this exemplary town. Emerged as a regional command headquarters for the central army in the 19the century, this very young town has things to say about city building and nation building, about displacement of populations and settlement patterns, and about the actual role of state and army in the provinces and countryside. His research will consist of archival research and open-ended interviews with local inhabitants.
M.A. (History of Modern Turkey), Bogazici University, 2006
B.Sc. (Electronics and Communication), Istanbul Technical University, 2004
Research Areas of Interest
Classical anthropology (1920-80); anthropology of peasantry; anthropology of Europe; anthropology of morality; history of Ottoman Empire and Turkey (19th-20th cent.); theories of place and belonging; academic critique
Interdepartmental Program in Anthropology and History
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