New Issue Announcement ­| YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies 3 (2021)

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The third volume of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies, Istanbul Research Institute's peer-reviewed and open access journal is now online! 

Peer-reviewed articles of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies 3 (2021), devoted to the memories and intellectual legacies of Dr. Yavuz Sezer (1979–2021) and Professor Doğan Kuban (1926–2021), include works from architectural and urban history, historical geography, and history of the book. Among the peer-reviewed articles, Ezgi Dikici’s “Eunuchs and the City: Residences and Real Estate Owned by Court Eunuchs in Late Sixteenth-Century Istanbul” is the recipient of our Early Career Article Prize.

In the Meclis section, under the co-editorship of three members of our Advisory Board—Koray Durak, Cemal Kafadar, and Christine Philliou—we are excited to present the “Interventions to Istanbul Studies” series. Cabinet, devoted to documents from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collections, features an analysis of a nineteenth-century engraving that depicts an eighteenth-century courtly procession. YILLIK’s 2021 issue concludes with book and exhibition reviews, and the most recent edition of the Istanbul Bibliography.

Table of Contents


Research Articles

Ezgi Dikici – Eunuchs and the City: Residences and Real Estate Owned by Court Eunuchs in Late Sixteenth-Century Istanbul

Gavin Moulton – Mid-Century Sinan: Vasfi Egeli and the Turkish Republic’s First Mosque

Semra Horuz – Touring Europe, Envisioning Homeland: Istanbul in Two Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Travelogues

Gökçen Erkılıç –  “For Thousands of Years, Waters Delineated the Destiny of This City and Its People”: A Material Cartography of the Coastlines and the Shaping of Istanbul’s Port Geography

Muhammed Tatlısu – Kitapçı Karabet Efendi’nin Osmanlı Matbuatına Katkıları Üzerine Bir Methal


Alison Terndrup – Procession and Continuity: A Nineteenth-Century View of an Eighteenth-Century Ceremony


M. Baha Tanman –İstanbul Haseki Camii’ne İlişkin Bazı Gözlemler

Koray Durak, Cemal Kafadar, Christine Philliou –  Introduction: Interventions to Istanbul Studies

Roland Betancourt – The Monuments We Privilege, or, How to Write an Ethical History of Byzantium

Zavier Wingham – Arap Bacı’nın Ara Muhaveresi: Under the Shadow of the Ottoman Empire and Its Study

Lerna Ekmekcioglu – Of Dark Pasts and Pipe Dreams: The Turkish University

In Memoriam

Zeynep Ahunbay –In Memoriam: Doğan Kuban (8 Nisan 1926–22 Eylül 2021)

Zeynep Kuban – Introducing Doğan Kuban’s Istanbul Bibliography

Reviews and Istanbul Bibliography

Bülent Batuman, Milletin Mimarisi: Yeni İslamcı Ulus İnşasının Kent ve Mekân Siyaseti. Trans. Şahika Tokel. Istanbul: Metis, 2018. Reviewed by Hasan Turgut.


Esra Akcan, Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship, and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA–1984/87. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2018. Reviewed by Kathleen James-Chakraborty.


Zeynep Çelik, Europe Knows Nothing about the Orient: A Critical Discourse from the East (1872–1932). Istanbul: Koç University Press, 2021. Reviewed by Yeliz Çavuş.


Elena N. Boeck, The Bronze Horseman of Justinian in Constantinople: The Cross-Cultural Biography of a Mediterranean Monument. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. Reviewed by Brigitte Pitarakis.


Fatih’in Rönesansı. İBB Saraçhane Belediye Sarayı, October 6–December 4 2020, Istanbul. Curated by Nurhan Atasoy. Reviewed by Sevil Enginsoy Ekinci.


Cohabitation: A Manifesto for the Solidarity of Non-Humans and Humans in Urban Space. ARCH+gGmbH in cooperation with silent green, Berlin, June 4–July 4,

2021. Reviewed by Yelta Köm.


Istanbul Bibliography 2021. Compiled by Ryan Mitchell and Miray Eroğlu.


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Osman Kocabal



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