Barbara Henning

 Barbara Henning
  • History

Areas of Expertise:
Turkish & Ottoman history; Ottoman-Kurdish history; Memory studies; Conceptual history, Cultural translation, History of knowledge

Membership:
since 2021

Contact

Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

Department of History
Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
55128 Mainz
Germany

+49 6131 3921157
bahennin(at)uni-mainz.de
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About me

I am a professor for Islamic history at Mainz University with a focus on Ottoman and Turkish history and a theoretical grounding in cultural history and social anthropology. For my PhD, I followed the trajectories of members of a late-19th century Ottoman-Kurdish family, working on the basis of self-narratives and qualitative network analysis. The overarching questions of memory, difference, and belonging have stayed with me since: I am currently researching Ottoman concepts of social boundaries, drawing on Ottoman advice literature, the example of the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad, and the management of diversity in Ottoman urban contexts.

In AGYA, I can unlock new perspectives and synergies for my research, teaching, and professional outlook.

Topics that I currently work on include memory studies, conceptual history, and urban transformation – all of which are best explored not in isolation, but in a broader collaborative and interdisciplinary setting like AGYA.


Academic career
2020 - today Professor for Islamic History of the Eastern Mediterranean (Jun.-Prof., tenure track), History, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany
2018 - 2020

Post-doctoral research associate in the DFG Priority Program Transottomanica, Turkish Studies, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany

2017 - 2018 Consultant for cultural policy (film, literature, and translation), German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
2017

Ph.D. in Ottoman History, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany, awarded with Dissertationspreis der Gesellschaft für Turkologie, Osmanistik und Türkeistudien (GTOT) and Promotionspreis der Hans-Löwel-Stiftung

2013 - 2016 Research Associate and Ph.D. candidate, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany
2012 - 2013 Member of the Ph.D. program ‘Interdisciplinary Near and Middle Eastern Studies’, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
2012 M.A. in Turkish Studies, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Thomas Bauer, A Culture of Ambiguity: An Alternative History of Islam (2021)

Favourite novel:
Juli Zeh, Unterleuten (2016)

The scientist from my country you should know:
Doris Bachmann-Medick: Cultural Theory & Translation Studies