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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 has joined the BGSMCS as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie global postdoctoral fellow in June 2023. She earned her BA in History from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2014 and her MA in Modern Turkish History from Boğaziçi University's ATA Institute in 2017. In 2018, she commenced her Ph.D.  at the Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.

During her doctoral studies, she received a 3-year Ph.D. scholarship from Gerda Henkel Stiftung in 2018 and a pre-doctoral research grant from Zeit Stiftung, Trajectories of Change Program in 2017. In 2019, during her second year of Ph.D. studies, she earned the third prize in the 10th Dicle Koğacıoğlu Essay Competition, organized by Sabancı University's Gender and Women's Studies (SU Gender), for her article titled "Being a Woman in Prison: Women’s Criminality and Women’s Incarceration in the Ottoman Empire (1840-1919).”


In addition to her academic achievements, Dr. Sivri taught Ottoman social, political, and legal history for six semesters at the Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at LMU Munich. Her doctoral dissertation delves into the living conditions of women’s prisons and incarceration methods for female prisoners during the late Ottoman period (1840-1922), culminating in the award of her doctoral degree in January 2022.

Shortly after completing her Ph.D., Dr. Sivri received an LMU-UCB postdoctoral research grant in Humanities and served as a visiting scholar at the Department of History at the University of California Berkeley during the Spring Semester of 2022.

Dr. Sivri's current postdoctoral project centers on examining the identification and representations of Ottoman female perpetrators and narratives surrounding women’s criminal cases in late Ottoman and early republican literature and press. She is collaborating on this project with the BGSMCS at the Free University of Berlin and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University. She is currently conducting her research at the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University. Simultaneously, she is working on transforming her dissertation into a book manuscript.

Her primary areas of interest include Ottoman history, historical criminology, the history of prisons, legal history, as well as women’s and gender history.


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.