Researcher and Academic
I am Ayşenur Çenesiz. I study and create on Ottoman History and Gender Studies. My primary focus is on subalterns, especially women and minorities. I am also interested in literature and photography.
In my master’s thesis, I discussed the concept of namus (honor) as a regulative phenomenon in early modern Ottoman society and specifically for ordinary women. My aim was to understand how the namus of women differs from the general perception of it in Ottoman society. As a result of a comprehensive archive research and literature review, it became clear that the namus of women in Ottoman society was perceived as a fragile value reduced to sexuality. What particularly caught my attention was that this perception of namus brought three-layered protection mechanism that is intertwined with each other: woman – family – society.
I have studied on Ottoman Social and Political History, and I have written my MA Thesis on Women and Namus, as a Regulative Phenomenon in Premodern Ottoman Society.
I’ve studied on Political Thought & Sociology, Turkish Bureaucracy and Political Structure, Theories of Nationalism, Globalization and Nation States, History of Central Asia.
I’ve improved my Ottoman Turkish capability. I’ve learned the basics of Methodology of History and specialized in Ottoman History.
Said and I have transcribed 20 issues of an old Turkish Newspaper to modern Turkish for a project held by Ankara Municipality.
I was an instructor at Bilkent University Turkish Unit. I gave Turkish 101 and Turkish 102 courses for five semesters.
I have scanned the library of the foundation for my research interests during my volunteer stay in the summer break.