gizemtongoGizem Tongo

Lord Dulverton Scholar

D.Phil - Ottoman Painting and Painters during the First World War

Supervisor: Dr Mignon & Dr Yürekli-Görkay

College Affiliation: St John's College

Postal Address: The Khalili Research Centre, 3 St John Street, Oxford OX1 2LG, U.K.



• M.A. Boğaziçi University, History of Art and Architecture, 2012
• M.A. University of Manchester, Post-1900 Literatures, Theories and Cultures, 2007
• B.A. Boğaziçi University, Philosophy, 2006

Research Interests

• Late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century visual culture of the Ottoman Empire
• European Avant-Garde art
• Cultural history of the First World War

Selected Awards and Grants

• Bourse Gerda Henkel du Centre International de Recherche de l'Historial de la Grande Guerre [November 2016]

• University of Oxford, Lord Dulverton Scholarship [2013-2016]

• Orient-Institut Istanbul, Doctoral Fellowship [September 2015-March 2016]

• British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES)/ Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Award [June 2014]

• Hrant Dink Foundation, Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant [May 2014]

Selected Publications

"An Ambivalent Patriot: Namık İsmail, the First World War, and the Politics of Remembrance in Turkey", in Painting, Memory, and the Great War, edited by Margaret Hutchinson and Steven Trout (Alabama: The University of Alabama Press) [forthcoming].

"'Civilisation and Competence': Displaying Ottoman War Paintings to Her Allies" in The Great War in the Middle East: A Clash of  Empires, edited by Rob Johnson and James Kitchen (London; New York: Routledge) [forthcoming].

"Eleni Iliadis: An Ottoman Greek Woman Painter in End-of-Empire Istanbul", East Clio. Femmes, Genre, Histoire [invited to contribute, writing in process].

• "Between Memory and History: Remembering Johnnies, Mehmets, and the Armenians", co-authored with Jenny Macleod, in Beyond Gallipoli: New Perspectives on Anzac, edited by Raelene Frances and Bruce Scates (Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2016), 21-34.

"Tarih ve Hafıza Arasında: Geç Osmanlı Dönemi Istanbul'unda Bir Ressam; Eleni Iliadis",Toplumsal Tarih, August (2016): 57-63.

 "Artist and Revolutionary: Panos Terlemezian as an Ottoman Armenian Painter", Études arméniennes contemporaines, no. 6, December (2015): 111-153.

"Yusuf Atılgan" in Dictionary of Literary Biography: Modern Turkish Novelists, edited by Çimen Günay-Erkol and Burcu Alkan (Columbia: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2913), 60-68.

"Interview with Professor Donald Preziosi" co-authored with Nilay Özlü, Tarih: Graduate History Journal, Issue:2 (2010): 34-47.

• "Interview with Professor Gülru Necipoğlu: Ottoman Architecture and the Representation of Identity," Tarih: Graduate History Journal, Issue:1 (2009): 5-28.

• Translation: Süleyman Berk's "Mustafa Rakım Efendi's Architectural Calligraphy" (from Turkish to English), published in Calligraphy in Islamic Architecture: Space, Form, and Function, edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Irvin Cemil Schick (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), 306-325.

Translation: (co-translated with Yan Overfield Shaw) Murat Sülün's "Qur'anic Verses on Works of Architecture: The Ottoman Case" (from Turkish to English), published in Calligraphy in Islamic Architecture: Space, Form, and Function, edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Irvin Cemil Schick (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), 159-177.

• Review: "Wendy Shaw's Ottoman Painting: Reflections of Western Art from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic," Tarih: Graduate Journal of the History Department, Issue:3 (2013): 88-91.

• Review: "Janet Wolff's The Aesthetics of Uncertainty," Interactions: Ege Journal of British and American Studies, Vol. 18.2, (Fall 2009): 165-167.

Selected Conference Presentations

Panel Chair: "The (Re)Presentation of Women in the Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic", VII Congress of the Italian Society of Women Historians (SIS), Pisa, Italy, February 2-4, 2017.

Invited Talk: "Painting the War: Ottoman Art and the Great War," The Great War in the Middle East, 1911-1923 Conference, organised by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the University of Oxford, UK, April 20-22, 2016.

Invited Talk: "Panos Terlemezian (1865-1941)," Toward Inclusive Art Histories: Ottoman Armenian Voices Speak Back, Birkbeck College, UK, April 26, 2016.

• Public Lecture: "Picturing the Enemy: The Representation of the 'Other Side' in Ottoman and Turkish Gallipoli Paintings," The Museum of History of Science, University of Oxford, UK, July 28, 2015.

• Invited Talk: "The Aesthetics of the Unknown Soldier: Gallipoli Paintings in the Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic," Gallipoli/Gelibolu Conference, organised by the University of Sydney & The Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia, May 22, 2015.

• Invited Talk: "The Poetics and Politics of Ottoman Painting during the First World War," World War I and the Aesthetics of Empire Conference, organised by Brandeis University, Mendel Center for the Humanities, MA, United States, April 25, 2015.

• Invited Talk: "Painting, Artistic Patronage and Criticism in the Public Sphere: A Study of the Ottoman Society of Painters, 1909-1918", Foundation for Arts and Sciences (Bilim ve Sanat Vakfı), Istanbul, Turkey, December 10, 2013.

• Invited Talk: "Osmanlı'da Bir 'Milli Ressam' Tahayyülü: Kültürel ve Toplumsal Değişimler Işığında Hoca Ali Rıza ve 'Göksu Manzarası' Üzerine" ("The Imagination of an Ottoman 'National Painter': Hoca Ali Rıza's 'Göksu Landscape' and Cultural and Social Transformations), Museum Talk Series at the Istanbul Musem of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey, August 30, 2012.

• Conference Presentation: "The Ottoman Society of Painters during the First World War," at the International Conference: Not All Quiet on the Ottoman Fronts; Neglected Perspectives on a Global War (1914-1918), Istanbul, April 2014.

• Conference Presentation: "In Search of a New Past: Representation of the Tulip Period in a Late Ottoman Film Binnaz (1919)" presented at the 26th Middle East History and Theory (MEHAT) Conference , University of Chicago, U.S., May 2011.

Courses Taught

• Substitute Lecturer, "Constantinople: The Formation of An Imperial Capital", "Court Styles in Ottoman Decorative Arts and the Arts of the Book," University of Oxford, The Khalili Research Centre, 2015.

• Teaching Assistant, "The Making of the Modern World" (HIST 105, HIST 106), Boğaziçi University, 2010-2011.

• Teaching Assistant, "Art Scene and Cultural Analysis" (CAM 201), Istanbul Bilgi University, 2009-2010.

• "Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics" (monthly seminars), Eskişehir Osmangazi University, 2007-2008

Museum Experience

• Museum Guide, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; research on the collection of Ottoman and Turkish painting [2004]

Professional Activities:

• Founding Editor of Tarih: Graduate History Journal of Boğaziçi University, since 2009.

• Research Assistant of Dr. Jenny Macleod, "Turkey and 18th March" in Jenny Macleod,Gallipoli (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).

• Project Assistant of Calligraphy in Islamic Architecture: Space, Form, and Function, edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Irvin Cemil Schick (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013).