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

Havlioglu, D. Mihrî Hatun Performance, Gender-Bending, and Subversion in Ottoman Intellectual History.: Syracuse University Press, November 15, 2017.

"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. (Chapter)

Havlioğlu, D. "The Writing Subjects." Journal of Middle East Women'S Studies 12.2 (July 2016): 291-295. Full Text