Dr. Alev Berberoğlu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Main Focus

  • Photography in the Ottoman Empire
  • Ottoman Art History
  • Nineteenth-century Ottoman Visual Culture
  • Italian and Ottoman Interactions
  • Gender and Historiography

Research Project

The Image of Naples in Sultan Abdülhamid II’s Photography Collection

Publications (Selection)

  • (with Cansu Değirmencioğlu), "Deconstructing the Story of a Contagion: Tuberculosis and its Representations in Early Republican Turkey," in Capturing Contagion: Visual Culture and Epidemic Disease since 1750, ed. Marsha Morton and Ann-Marie Akehurst, New York 2023, pp. 225–245.
  • "Elisa Zonaro Aile Arşivi Rehberliğinde Osmanlı’dan Günümüze Fotoğrafın Seyyar Doğası," in Türkiye’de Arşivciliğin Bugünü ve Yarını - Kadınların Arşivlerdeki Yeri, ed. Aslı Davaz, Birsen Talay Keşoğlu, Seval Ünlü and Tuba Demirci, Istanbul 2022, pp. 671–697.
  • "Dynamics of an Artistic Duo: Reciprocal Influences Between Elisa and Fausto Zonaro," Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 8, 2 (2021), pp. 261–270.

Curriculum Vitae

Alev Berberoğlu is an art historian with a focus on the late nineteenth-century Ottoman visual culture. In 2023, she obtained her doctoral degree from the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University with her dissertation entitled “Unwritten Histories of Photography: Elisa Zonaro, an Italian Photographer in Ottoman Istanbul.” During her doctoral years, she studied a semester at the University of Bologna within the Erasmus+ exchange programme and she conducted research in Paris in affiliation with CETOBaC thanks to the French Embassy Research Fellowship. Prior to her PhD studies, she received her MA in Arts Management from Yeditepe University, and completed her BA with a double major in English Language and Literature and Latin Language and Literature at Istanbul University. Before joining the Department Michalsky as a postdoctoral fellow, Berberoğlu was a researcher for various museums including Museum Ludwig (Köln), ARTER (Istanbul), and Sadberk Hanım Museum (Istanbul).

Memberships/Honorary positions

  • International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Turkey
  • Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (OTSA)
  • Society for Turkic, Ottoman, and Turkish Studies (GTOT)
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
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