Çiğdem Kafescioğlu

Ph.D., 1996, Harvard University

(90) (212) 359 6960

TB 410/A

Research Interests: 

Urban, architectural and visual culture of the Ottoman world, 1400-1700; spatiality and urban imagination; urban waterscapes; vernacular architecture and residential patterns; Mediterranean cartography

Research Projects: 

"Mapping the residential topography of early modern Istanbul, 15th-18th centuries", Bogazici University Scientific Research Project #13780 - Completed


HIST 210: Research Methods in History II

HIST 48B: Ottoman Istanbul: urbanism, representation, architecture

HIST 552: Ottoman Art and Architecture

HIST 557: Sources for the Study of Visual and Material Culture of the Lands of Rum

HIST 581: Viewing Byzantium in Early Modern Istanbul

HIST 592: Cross-cultural issues in visual arts and architecture

Selected Publications: 

Tam Yerinden: İstanbul’a Panoramik Bakışın Tarihi / On the Spot: Panoramic Gaze on Istanbul, A History, ed. Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, K. Mehmet Kentel, M. Baha Tanman. Istanbul: Pera Müzesi, 2023.

Between Worlds, Between Visualities: Melchior Lorck’s Constantinople Prospect,” in Melchior Lorck: An Artist in Transit, ed. Hanne Kolind Poulsen and Mikael Bøgh Rasmussen (Copenhagen: Statens Museum für Kunst, 2023), 96-115.

“Passages, Linkages, and Departures in the Making of Istanbul’s Panoramic Image / İstanbul’un Panoramik İmgesinin Oluşumunda Geçişler, Bağlantılar ve Kopuşlar” in On the Spot: Panoramic Gaze on Istanbul, A History / Tam Yerinden: İstanbul’a Panoramik Bakışın Tarihi, ed. Ç. Kafescioğlu, K.M. Kentel, M. B. Tanman (Istanbul: Pera Müzesi, 2023), 36-63.

A Companion to Early Modern Istanbul, Shirine Hamadeh and Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, editors. Leiden: Brill, 2021.

“Byzantium in Early Modern Istanbul,” in The Cambridge Companion to Constantinople, ed. Sarah Bassett, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022, pp. 339-357.

“Picturing the square, the streets, and denizens of early modern Istanbul: practices of urban space and shifts in visuality,” Muqarnas, 37(2020), 139-77.

“Lives and afterlives of an urban institution and its spaces: the early Ottoman imaret as mosque,” Historicizing Sunni Islam in the Ottoman Empire, c. 1450-c. 1750, ed. Tijana Krstic and Derin Terzioglu, Leiden: Brill, 2020, 256-307.

“Istanbul, Isfahan, and Delhi: Imperial Designs and Urban Experiences in the Early Modern Era (1450-1650)”, with Sussan Babaie, in A Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture, ed. Gülru Necipoğlu and Finbarr Barry Flood. Oxford: Blackwell, 2017.

“Viewing, Walking, Mapping Istanbul, ca. 1580,” Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, LVI (2014): 16-35.

“Itinerant Gaze: Ottoman and Medieval Anatolian Architecture in the Book of Travels,” translated by Robert Dankoff, pp. 310-324 in The Book of Evliya Çelebi, ed. Nuran Tezcan, Semih Tezcan. Ankara: Kültür Bakanlığı, 2013.

“The Visual Arts,” in The Cambridge History of Turkey, vol. 2, The Ottoman Empire 1453-1603, ed. Suraiya Faroqhi and Kate Fleet. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 457-548.

Constantinopolis/Istanbul: Cultural Encounter, Imperial Vision, and the Construction of the Ottoman Capital. University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009.