Middle East-Japan Relations

Cultural Interactions Between Japan & the Middle East at the Turn of the 20th Century


January 18 | 7:00 pm, Smith Memorial Student Union, Browsing Lounge (238), 1825 SW Broadway

Ayşe Selçuk Esenbel is Graduate Student Advisor in the Department of History at Bogaziçi University. Esenbel completed her undergraduate degree in History in the International Christian University (Japan) and George Washington University. She received her master’s degree from the Department of Japanese Language and Linguistics at Georgetown University and a PhD in Japanese history from Columbia University. She is a Professor in the Department of History at Bogazici University.

Esenbel helped establish the Japanese Studies Association in 1993 and consolidated the organization as a Board Member. She became its third president in 2002 and has since contributed to academic and intellectual exchange between Turkey and Japan through the organization and hosting of various conferences and lectures.

Esenbel contributed to the establishment of a Japanese language department at Ankara University in 1986 and a Japanese language teaching program at Bogaziçi University in 1988, and the Japanese Studies Certificate in 2002. Her major publications in English include Even the Gods Rebel: The Peasants of Takaino and the 1871 Nakano Uprising in Japan and The Rising Sun and the Turkish Crescent (co-authored). Her articles in Japanese are published in such books as Kindai Nihon to Toruko sekai and Ibunka rikai no shiza: Sekai kara mita Nihon, Nihon kara mita sekai. Her articles in English are published in journals such as the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (UK), and The American Historical Review (USA).

This event is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Centers for Japanese and Middle East Studies.