Didem Z Havlioglu

Didem Z Havlioglu

Lecturing Fellow of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

External address: 
1203 Ruffin St, Apt F 5, Durham, NC 27701
(919) 613-8372

My research focuses on gender and sexuality in the early modern Ottoman culture production. I am particularly interested in women poets and writers and their ways of appropriating the traditional discourse. I have written both in Turkish in English about Ottoman women writers from early modern to Modern periods. My book project, titled “Mihri Hatun: Performance, Gender-bending and Subversion,” is a study of the first Ottoman woman poet who managed to collect her poetry and achieved an unprecedented success in literary circles of her time. Through her writing I try to understand the gender structure of Ottoman intellectual history.


Modern/Ottoman Language and Literature, Women and Gender in the Middle East, Women Writers in the Intellectual History of the Middle East.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Washington 2008

Border Crossing with the Black Book: Overcoming the Spatial, Cultural and Linguistic Distances.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Orhan Pamuk, Approaches to Teaching World L, 2017.

Havlioğlu, Didem. “The Writing Subjects.” Journal of Middle East Women’S Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, Duke University Press, July 2016, pp. 291–95. Crossref, doi:10.1215/15525864-3507771. Full Text

Havlioglu, D. Z. “The Writing Subjects: Halide Edip and Assia Djebar.” Jmews, vol. 12, no. 2.