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Dr. Gizem Sivri (Marie Sklodowska Curie Global Postdoctoral Fellow, Project ID: 101105274)


Women’s Criminality in the Ottoman Press and Literature (1860-1922)

Dr. Gizem Sivri is a full-time postdoctoral researcher at BGSMCS at Freie Universität Berlin. She received her BA in History from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2014 and her MA in Modern Turkish History from Boğaziçi University ATA Institute in 2017. She started her Ph.D. study at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich in 2018. She received 3 years Ph.D. scholarship from Gerda Henkel Stiftung (2018) and a pre-doctoral research grant from Zeit Stiftung, Trajectories of Change Program (2017). Her doctoral project concentrates on the methods of incarceration of women, living and health conditions and control mechanisms of women’s prisons, penal laboring of women, amnesty, and release policies for Ottoman women prisoners. In the first years of doctoral study, she became the third prize winner of the 10th Dicle Koğacıoğlu Essay Competition 2019, organized by Sabancı University, Gender, and Women's Studies (SU Gender), with her article titled "Being a Woman in Prison: Female Criminality and Women's Incarceration in the Ottoman Empire (1840-1919)." During her doctoral study, she taught Ottoman social, political, and economic history at the Institute for Middle and Near Eastern Studies at LMU Munich. 

Gizem Sivri defended her dissertation in January 2022 and earned her doctoral degree in August 2022. Upon her doctoral graduation, she got the LMU-UCB postdoctoral research grant in Humanities 2022 and worked as a visiting scholar at the Department of History, University of California Berkeley in Spring Semester 2022. 

Gizem Sivri is currently a Marie Curie global postdoctoral fellow. She is pursuing her project at BGSMCS, Freie Universität Berlin, and at Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Stanford University. Her postdoctoral project aims to examine representations of Ottoman female delinquents and narrations of women’s criminal cases (fiction and real cases) in the late Ottoman literature and press.


2023- Sivri, Gizem, “ Karakol Aynasında Kadın Aksı: Fosforlu Cevriye Romanında Kadın, Suç ve Aşk/ The Axis of Woman in the Police Station’s Mirror: Women, Crime in Fosforlu Cevriye”, Feminist Tahayyül /Feminist Imagination, Vol. 4/2, August 2023. 

2023-Sivri, Gizem, “A German Hand on Ottoman Women’s Prisons: Dr. Paul Pollitz (1916-1918),” Studies JOTSA (Journal of Ottoman Studies Association), Forthcoming. 

2023-Sivri, Gizem, “The Birth of Ottoman Penal Biopolitics (1850-1918): Motherhood and Pregnancy in Women’s Prisons”, IJMES (International Journal of Middle East Studies), Forthcoming.

2023- Annotated Bibliography,“Feminist Criminology/Feminist Kriminoloji,” in Feminist Bellek/Feminist Memory, https://feministbellek.org/feminist-kriminoloji/

2023- Sivri, Gizem, “Jinekolojik Şiddet Manzaraları: Muayene, Tıbbi Otorite ve Doğurganlık Üzerine/Scenes of Gynecological Violence: On Consultation, Medical Authority and Fertility” Beş Harfliler, 23 May 2022, https://www.5harfliler.com/jinekolojik-siddet-manzaralari-muayene-tibbi-otorite-ve-dogurganlik-uzerine/

2022-Sivri, Gizem, “Suç ve Kadın II: Hapishane Erkeğin, İmam Evi Kadının/ Crime and Woman II: Prisons for Men, Imam’s Houses for Women,” Beş Harfliler, 14 July 2022, https://www.5harfliler.com/suc-ve-kadin-ii-hapishane-erkegin-imam-evi-kadinin/


2022-Sivri, Gizem, “Suç ve Kadın I: Kişiliksizleştirilen “Fail” Kadınlar ve İmdada Yetişen Feminist Kriminoloji/ Depersonalized Women “Perpetrators” and Feminist Criminology as a Rescue”, Beş Harfliler, 18 May 2022, https://www.5harfliler.com/suc-ve-kadin-i-kisiliksizlestirilen-fail-kadinlar-ve-imdada-yetisen-feminist-kriminoloji/

2020-Sivri, Gizem, “Hapiste Kadın Olmak: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda Kadın Suçluluğu ve Kadınların Hapsedilmesi (1840-1919)/ Being a Woman in Prison: Female Criminality and Imprisonment of Women in the Ottoman Empire”, Feminist Tahayyül, Vol 1, Issue 1. Jan.2020. (Dicle Koğacıoğlu Article Awards, Third Prize Awarded Article).

2018-Sivri, Gizem, “The Politics of Women’s Imprisonment in the Late Ottoman Empire (1840-1918): Imams’ Houses as Spatial Place and Detention Question of Women Inmates”, in CISST& TCPS International Conference on Alternatives to Imprisonment, 24-25 November 2018, Conference Book, Istanbul: TCPS Kitapliği, December 2018. 


2017-Sivri, Gizem, “Osmanlı’da Kadın Mahkum Olmak: Kadınları Mahkum Etme ve Denetleme Pratikleri Üzerine Bir Değerlendirme, 1840-1919/ Being a Woman Convicted in the Ottoman Empire: An Essay on the Practices of Conviction and Supervision of Women”, Toplumsal Tarih, Vol. 283, July 2017, 84-91.