Atacan Atakan is a PhD student in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
with minors in History and Gender and Women’s Studies. His dissertation research examines
the history of childhood during the late Ottoman Empire (1800-1918). It specifically focuses
on the ways in which children’s sexuality, gender identity, and corporeality were
reconceptualized, reconfigured, and represented under the influence of modernization,
nationalism, and Islam.
Besides the Ottoman history of childhood, other research interests of him are social and
cultural history of the late Ottoman Empire, Ottoman women’s movement, theories of
sexuality and gender, nationalism, political Islam, and body politics.
Language proficiency: Turkish (Native Speaker), English (Proficient), Standart Arabic
(advanced), French (beginner), Ottoman (advance in reading)