Dr. Ozan Ozavci is Assistant Professor of Transimperial History at Utrecht University, and associate member at the Centre d’Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques (CETOBaC, UMR 8032) in Paris. Following the completion of his ERC-funded monograph titled Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864 (Oxford University Press, 2021), he’s currently finalizing his third monograph (under contract with Bloomsbury) that looks into the two Istanbul embassies of the Scottish diplomat Sir Robert Liston. In this book, he discusses the intimate connections between the capitulations and peace-making at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Jonathan Conlin is Professor of Modern History at the University of Southampton. A historian of Britain by training, he became interested in late Ottoman/Middle East history as Principal Investigator of the Gulbenkian Biography Project (2012-7). The resulting biography, Mr Five Per Cent: the Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, The World’s Richest Man (Profile, 2019) has been translated into five languages and won the 2020 BAC Wadsworth Prize for Business History. Jon has also published a suite of important articles on Ottoman loans, naval financing and oil diplomacy.
Dr Julia Secklehner is a specialist in the history of modern art and visual culture in central Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, currently collaborating on the ERC-funded project “Continuity / Rupture: Art and Architecture in Central Europe, 1918-1939 (CRAACE)“, based at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. In addition to contributing a chapter on the Hungarian artists Derso and Kelèn to the Project’s edited volume Julia is coordinating the production of our graphic novel and advising the Lausanne History Museum on their centenary exhibition.
Dr. Georgios (Yorgos) Giannakopoulos lectures in modern history at City University of London and is a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London. His research focuses on the international and intellectual history of Britain and Southeastern Europe. He also runs the Global 1922 project – a project that aims to place the Greek-Turkish entanglements in Anatolia in the wider context of imperial transitions across Europe and the Middle East in the 1920s.
Bryony Harris was a postgraduate student in International Relations in Historical Perspective at Utrecht University. Alongside assisting with the design and launch of the project website she researched her thesis on the Irish Free State’s response to the Lausanne ‘episode’. Bryony received her BA(Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and her MA from Royal Holloway, University of London in Victorian Art, Literature and Culture.
Sevde Bolat is a second-year Ph.D. Student at Istanbul Medeniyet University, International Ottoman Studies Programme. She received her BA in History and International Relations from TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Ankara. After graduating, she attended Ibn Haldun University where she received her MA degree in Turkish Studies. She finished her master’s thesis titled “Social Darwinism in Unionist Theory and Practice: The German Connection” in 2021. Her areas of scholarly interest and research include the History of the Late Ottoman Empire, Young Turks and the CUP, and Turkish Politics.
Patrick Boyle studied History and Philosophy at the University of Southampton, followed by an MA in History. His dissertation focused on the Labour Party between 1918 and 1929, exploring the consequences of its imperialist outlook for Iraq and India.
Dimitris Mitsopoulos graduated with a BA in History and Archaeology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki before completing an MA in Global History at the Freie & Humboldt University in Berlin. His thesis was entitled “Contraband Trade during WWI in Southeast Europe: The case of Thessaloniki: Local, Regional & Global Dimensions, 1913-1916”. His research interests focus on Sephardic Jews, the history of the Eastern Mediterranean, the First World War, and transnational illicit networks during the first half of the 20th century.