Spring 2020: ON LEAVE
Ph.D. – University of Chicago, 2016
M.A. – University of Chicago, 2010
M.A. – Sabancı University, 2008
B.A. – Sabancı University, 2006
Interests and Research
Tunç Şen is a historian of the Ottoman Empire, whose research revolves around questions about the history of science and divination, history of mentalities and perceptions/computations of time, history of books/manuscripts and their readers, and social history of scholarship and education in the early modern era. His current book project based upon his award-winning dissertation and tentatively titled “The Masters of Time: Astrologers and Scientific Expertise at the Early Modern Ottoman Court” examines the role of stargazers as scientific experts in measuring, displaying, and interpreting time, ranging from chronological dating to designation of precise auspicious moments.
Şen is a member of an international research project Geographies and Histories of the Ottoman Supernatural Tradition: Exploring Magic, the Marvelous, and the Strange in Ottoman Mentalities led by Dr. Marinos Sariyannis and funded by the European Research Council. He is also co-chairing the Columbia University Ottoman and Turkish Studies Seminars and sitting on the advisory board for the Manuscripts of the Muslim World project. For more frequent updates about his scholarly activities, see here.
Prior to joining Columbia University, he taught courses on Ottoman history/paleography and Modern Middle East history at Leiden University during the academic year 2016-2017.
- The Ottoman Empire (Global Core survey)
- Contemporary Civilization I-II
- Manuscripts of the Muslim World
- Topics in Ottoman History, 1300-1700
- Margins of Historiography: Ottoman-Turkish Tradition (co-taught with Prof. Zeynep Çelik)
- Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant (2019).
- CIEPO (Comité International des Études pré-Ottomanes et Ottomanes): Best Original Article in the field of pre-Ottoman and/or Ottoman studies written by a young scholar (2018).
- MEM (Middle East Medievalists) Inaugural Best Dissertation Prize (2018).
- Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities, McGill University (2016-2018) (Declined).
- Provost’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Chicago (2015-2016).
- Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship, University of Chicago (2015-2016).
- SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2014-2015).
- American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Dissertation Fellowship (2013-2014).
- Newberry Library Dissertation Seminar for Historians Fellowship (2012-2013).
- University of Chicago Graduate Studies Fellowship (2008-2013).
- The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey Fellowship (2006-2008).
Book (in preparation)
The Masters of Time: Astrologers and Scientific Expertise at the Early Modern Ottoman Court
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Volumes
(co-authored with Cornell H. Fleischer) “Books on Astrology, Astronomical Tables, and Almanacs in the Library Inventory of Bayezid II,” in Treasures of Knowledge: An Inventory of the Ottoman Palace Library (1502/3-1503/4), eds. Gülru Necipoğlu, Cemal Kafadar, Cornell H. Fleischer (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 767-821.
“Reading the Stars at the Ottoman Court: Bāyezīd II (r. 886/1481-918/1512) and his Celestial Interests,” Arabica 64/3-4 (2017): 557-608 [special issue New Perspectives on Islamicate Occultism (13th-17th Centuries), eds. Matthew Melvin-Koushki & Noah Gardiner].
“Practicing Astral Magic in Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Istanbul: A Treatise on Talismans attributed to Ibn Kemāl (d. 1534),” Journal of Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 12 (2017): 66- 88.
“Rasattan Takvime: 15. ve 16. Yüzyıllarda Osmanlı Dünyasında Astrolojinin Yeri Üzerine Bazı Gözlemler,” [From Astronomical Observations to Almanac Prognostications: Revisiting the Role of Astrology in the fifteenth-and sixteenth-century Ottoman World] in Osmanlı’da İlim ve Fikir Dünyası, ed. Ömer Mahir Alper et al. (Istanbul: Klasik, 2016), 227-250.
“A Mirror for Princes, A Fiction for Readers: Habname of Veysi and Dream Narratives in Ottoman-Turkish Literature,” Journal of Turkish Literature 8 (2011): 41-64.