Vacancy: Research Associate at the Orient-Institut Istanbul – Standing Working Group Iran and Beyond: Breaking the Ground for Sustainable Scholarly Collaboration (IRSSC)

The Orient-Institut Istanbul is currently seeking a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher to work on a project in the framework of the

Standing Working Group Iran and Beyond: Performance of Culture, Religion and Body as Strategies of Self-Empowerment in the Islamic Republic Iran

for the following position, available immediately (April, 1 2019):

Research Associate (90%), 37 hrs / week for 36 months (salary based on the salary scale of German institutions in Turkey for locally hired personnel; currently about 6,375 TL net per month)

About the project

The Standing Working Group IRSSC, funded by a grant of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, seeks to explore possibilities and limits of cooperation of German and Turkish scholars with Iranian colleagues and academic institutions by employing innovative research topics in an interdisciplinary framework. Cultural, social and religious connections in the transregional continuum stretching from Anatolia to Iran and beyond to Pakistan are in the focus of attention. Creative appropriation of practices and discourses under the conditions of an authoritarian state aiming at social and individual self-assertion happens in a relationship of tension and in reciprocity with hegemonically enforced norms and practices. These are for example related to Shiite Islam, e.g. concerning body habitus, religious ritual, gender roles as well as active and passive access to music. Conditions of modern-day mediality and the multiplication of social interaction caused by it help create a larger, internally more differentiated and hybrid repertoire of behavior in dealing with ruling institutions as well as with an international public, e.g. via social media. These questions will be investigated with methods of cultural and social studies in relation to the cultural areas of music, religion and (body-modifying) therapeutic and non-therapeutic medicine. One of the chief aims of the Standing Working Group is to set up an international research network integrating scholars from the region, especially from Iran, into international processes of scholarly communication and production.

Applicants are expected to hold a master degree (PhD preferred), ideally in social sciences or humanities. Those interested in or working on issues of Sociology of Medicine, Medicine, Science and Technology Studies, Ethnomusicology or Cultural Anthropology/Cultural Studies (with a focus on religious topics) in Iran or Pakistan are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates have to be willing and able to conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Iran.

Candidates from Medicine, Science and Technology Studies or Sociology of Medicine, should have an interest in conducting a comparative analysis of the human genome project in Turkey and Iran, in particular its bio(geo)political factors and impacts on health policies.

Additionally, coordinating and organizing skills are beneficial. Academic Turkish and English skills are required, Persian is preferable. Workplace of the project will be at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, Beyoglu.

The Orient-Institut Istanbul is an independent turcological and regional scholarly research Institute of the Max Weber Foundation. Much of our work is conducted in cooperation with universities and independent academic institutions, both in Turkey and abroad. The Institute also contributes to the scientific exchange between Germany and Turkey.

The Orient-Institut Istanbul is committed to raising the number of women in research. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification.

Applications should be submitted as one single pdf document including a letter of motivation, the outline of a proposed project (one page), academic CV and certificates. Please include the contact information for two academic referees.

Application deadline: March 18, 2019

Please submit your complete application to:
Prof. Dr. Raoul Motika
Director of the
Orient-Institut Istanbul
Susam Sokak 16 D.8

34433 Cihangir-IstanbulTurkey

For any question about the application, please contact:
PD Dr. Judith Haug at (Musicology)
PD Dr. Rober Langer at (Religious Studies)
Dr. Melike Şahinol at (Human, Medicine and Society)







Check it out: “Human, Medicine, and Society” Research at the Orient-Institut Istanbul

Human, Medicine and Society at the Orient-Institut Istanbul

New types of medical innovations enable previously unknown interventions into the nature of man. Culturally different interpretations and modes of behavior affect the handling of these fundamentally new challenges for society, culture, law, and politics. Genome editing, eugenics programs, modern reproductive technologies, and health apps that analyze our fitness and health data everyday are just some examples of Science, Technology, and Medicine changing various dimensions of individual and social life. As a result of these dynamic changes, questions arise as to how these developments shape socio-technical, socio-cultural, and socio-political processes. For a young and dynamic society like Turkey, these questions are particularly explosive. Dealing with them is thus of particular importance. On May 15, 2015, we launched the new research field “Human, Medicine, and Society”. It will focus mainly on the way society in Turkey deals with practices of Human Enhancement through medical innovations and thus understanding the developments in science, technology, and medicine in relation to their social contexts. With this research field, the Orient-Institut Istanbul broke new ground in Turkey, treating for the first time the current challenges of biotechnology, neurosciences, nano- and information technologies in the medical field. Central to the development of this research field is the close cooperation with the leading German scientific institution in this field, the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). For this purpose, a cooperation agreement has been signed. To officially kick off the partnership, a ceremony took place at ITAS on Monday, December 7, 2015. As the research field “Human, Medicine, and Society” is currently still in development, you can find a few details of several (planned) individual projects on this website.

#necs2017 Panel “Changing sensory regimes and emergent corpo-realities” (01 July 2017)

Mediale Teilhabe

Reflections on dis-/abling practices

We are very happy to announce this exciting panel with the following speakers: David Parisi (Charleston) and Jason Archer (Chicago), Melike Sahinol (Istanbul), Denisa Butnaru (Freiburg) and Andreas Henze (Siegen). Convenor: Robert Stock (Konstanz).

Please come join us on July 1, 2017, 13.00-14.45 / J, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. (Notice the schedule update!)

Have a look at the definitive programme on the NECS-homepage.

ABSTRACT: This panel will analyze changing sensory regimes and emergent corpo-realities by looking at dis-/abling practices and exploring relevant examples within contemporary contexts of digital media or medial dispositives developed in medical sciences and robotics. According to Schillmeier, who analyzes blind money practices, the notion of “(visual) disability refers to complex sets of heterogeneous practices that (re)associate bodies, material objects, and technologies with sensory and other practices.” (2007: 197) Relations between biotechnologies (i.e. neuro-prostheses) and bodies provide the basis for new sensory practices…

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19.4.: Medical Humanities Discussing Bodily Enhancement (Rainer Brömer, Istanbul University Medical Faculty)

Medical Humanities Discussing Bodily Enhancement
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rainer Brömer, Istanbul University Medical Faculty, Dept. for History of Medicine and Ethics

date: Wednesday, 19 April, 7PM UTC+02
location: Orient-Institut Istanbul, Susam Sok. 16, D. 8, Cihangir-Istanbul
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Enhancement has become a multidisciplinary topic par excellence, being discussed academically by physicians and natural scientists as well as ethicists, social, cultural and political scientists, and literary scholars and many more. What is the most suitable approach for society as a whole to make sense of the promises, chances, and possible threats of ever deeper techno-medical intervention into the human body?

Medical Humanities try to bridge the gap between the natural and human sciences of medicine and the humanity of medical practice. Questions of meaning (culture) and values (ethics) related to biomedical developments can be usefully addressed in this field where the exact, numeric sciences merge with the creative imagination of the arts, reflecting and anticipating potential human experiences in a world that may look fairly different from the conditions the human species has evolved in over the millennia. Maybe a good SciFi can achieve more than some academic textbook?


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rainer Brömer studied biology, philosophy, and history of science in Germany and Italy and has been working in medical humanities in England and in history of medicine and ethics in Germany and Turkey. His research area includes the attitude to the human body in anatomy in the Ottoman Empire, while in the realm of ethics, he has increasingly become interested in the meaning of permanently modifying the biological frame of human beings. As a lapsed biologist, he does not share the enthusiasm of certain philosophers who are postulating for themselves a life expectancy of centuries, though biotechnological change seems inevitable.

Conceptions of Contagious Diseases among Early Modern Ottomans (Sara Nur Yıldız), Wednesday, 12 April, 7PM, OII

How did Ottoman physicians conceive of epidemic diseases and pestilence and their relationship to contagion? This talk addresses this question through the examination of a medical text composed by Mehmed IV’s (r. 1648-1687) head physician, Ḥayātīzāde Muṣṭafā Feyżī the Elder (d. 1692), or Moshe ben Raphael Abravanel, as he was known before he converted to Islam in the late 1660s. This work, el-Risāʾilü’l-Müşfiye li’l-emrāżı’l-müşkile, commonly known as the Quintet of Five Diseases discusses five “epidemic” diseases in the seventeenth century: syphilis, plica, the plague, and two kinds of melancholy. Trained as a physican in Padua, Italy, Ḥayātīzāde claims to present new information not found in the classical Islamic/Ottoman medical corpus. The Quintet of Five Diseases exemplifies how medical knowledge and conceptions of disease and contagion traveled across linguistic, state and religious borders in the early modern Mediterranean world.

About Dr. Sara Nur Yıldız: Currently a Koç University ANAMED Senior Fellow, Dr. Yıldız is a historian of the political, cultural, religious and intellectual life of late medieval Anatolia of the Seljuk, Mongol and Ottoman periods. She received her PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago (2006). Her current research focuses on the Seljuks of Anatolia, as well as Islamization, textual production and the transfer of knowledge, and Islamic/Ottoman medical textual traditions. She has served as assistant professor at Istanbul Bilgi University (2003-2010), researcher at the Orient-Institut Istanbul (2011-2016), and research fellow on the European Research Council Project entitled “The Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500,” based at the School of History, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK (2013-2016).

date: Wednesday, 12 April, 7PM UTC+02
location: Orient-Institut Istanbul, Susam Sok. 16, D. 8, Cihangir-Istanbul
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20.03.2017, Orient-Institut Istanbul: Sunum İptali, Cancelled Talk, Vortrag fällt aus

20 Mayıs  2017 sunumu “Yardımcı üreme tekniklerinin sosyokültürel etkileri (Prof. Dr. Ramazan Mercan)” elimizde olmayan sebeplerden dolayı iptal edilmiştir.

20 March 2017 talk “Yardımcı üreme tekniklerinin sosyokültürel etkileri (Prof. Dr. Ramazan Mercan)” is cancelled due to given circumstances.

20. März 2017 Vortrag “Yardımcı üreme tekniklerinin sosyokültürel etkileri (Prof. Dr. Ramazan Mercan)” fällt aus gegebenem Anlass aus.

tmr 7PM: The vulnerable consumer in times of greedy institutions. Digital #self-tracking between disruptive technologies and cultural change (Prof. Dr. Selke)

Digital self measurement is an indication of societies to come. I will argue that this is nothing more than a modern-day return to the alchemistic principle. The starting point is always the “common” person, the human who is not yet fully developed, or the human who represents a risk or a source of error. With the help of quantification, one’s lifestyle is said to become more rational: “common” people should be transformed into “precious” people. On the one hand, high resolution data collections open the door to new possibilities of rational differentiation. However, self observation is not only becoming more exact, it is also becoming increasingly divisive. Being socially assessable is becoming increasingly tied to economic exploitability. And economic exploitability and rational observation represent an act of abstraction that alienates people from themselves and from others: We start to perceive ourselves differently when we all observe each other based on data.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Selke is professor of “Sociology and Social change” at the University of Furtwangen ( in Germany. He is also a research professor for “Transformative and Public Science” (2015-2018). At the Furtwangen University he holds the positions of a senate representative for sustainable development and the vice dean of the faculty “Health, Safety and Society”. His current research interests are about the economy of poverty, reputation capital in the charity market, public science/public sociology and the digitalisation of society (in particular lifelogging and artificial intelligence).

date: Thursday, 7. March, zPM UTC+02
location: Orient-Institut Istanbul, Susam Sok. 16, D. 8, Cihangir-Istanbul
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1.2.17, davetiye: İnterkültürel Etikte Bir Sorun Olarak Embriyonun Ahlaki Statüsü (Prof. Dr. Dr. İlhan İlkilic)

1 Şubat‘ta çarşamba günü saat 19:00, Orient-Institut Istanbul
İnterkültürel Etikte Bir Sorun Olarak Embriyonun Ahlaki Statüsü (Prof. Dr. Dr. İlhan İlkilic)
Yaşamın başlangıcı ve embriyonun ahlaki statüsü artık biyoetiğin klasik sorun alanlarından sayılmakta. Biyoteknoloji alanındaki gelişmeler ve araştırmalar göz önüne alındığında bu alandaki ahlaki soruların giderek daha fazla önem kazanmaktadır. Diğer taraftan bu uygulamaların sadece bir ülkeyi ilgilendirmediğini ve genelde uluslararası bir boyutunun olduğunu biliyoruz. Embriyonun ahlaki statüsünü belirlemek sadece biyolojik bilgiler ve teorilerle mümkün olamayacağı için, bu alanda daha çok felsefi teoriler ve teolojik yaklaşımlara ihtiyaç duymaktayız. Yukarıdaki bahsedilen alanların çerçevesini oluşturduğu tebliğde embriyonun ahlaki statüsünü belirleyen felsefi teoriler ve monoteist dinlerin yaklaşımları ele alınacaktır. Yine bu yaklaşımlardan neşet eden modern uygulamaların ahlaki değerlendirmeleri tartışılacaktır. Bu süreçteki ahlaki çoğulculuğun barındırdığı felsefi implikasyonlar ve evrensel yaklaşımın kısır karakteri ise tebliğin refleksiyon alanlarını teşkil etmektedir.
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. et med. habil. İlhan İlkılıç 1990 yılında İstanbul Üniversitesi Cerrahpaşa Tıp Fakültesi’nden mezun oldu. Almanya Bochum-Ruhr Üniversitesi’nde Felsefe, Şarkiyat ve Doğu Dilleri Filolojisi bölümlerinden mezun olduktan sonra Felsefe’de mastır ve doktora yaptı. Tübingen, Bochum ve Mainz Üniversitelerinde bilimsel projelerde çalıştı ve Mainz’da habilitasyonunu yazdı. ABD’de Georgetown Üniversitesi ve Duke Üniversitelerinde bilimsel araştırmalarda bulundu. 2012 yılında Alman Etik Konseyi üyeliğine, 2016 yılında Alman Tabipler Birliği Etik Komisyonuna atandı. 2012 yılınının sonundan itibaren İstanbul Üniversitesi İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi Tıp Tarihi ve Etik Anabilim Dalı’nda öğretim üyeliği yapmakta ve 2015 yılından itibaren de aynı kürsünün anabilim dalı başkanlığını yürütmektedir.  2016’dan itibaren de İstanbul Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü Müdürlüğü yapmaktadır.

Stipendienausschreibung 2017 (Bewerbungsfrist: 30. Januar 2017)

Bewerbungsfrist verlängert! Neue Bewerbungsfrist: 30.01.2017

Dr. Melike Şahinol

Das Orient-Institut Istanbul vergibt für 2017 sowie für das akademische Jahr 2017-18 Stipendien zur Förderung der Promotion. Berücksichtigt werden Promotionsprojekte, die sich mit den hier genannten Themenschwerpunkten oder einem der weiteren Forschungsbereiche des Orient-Instituts Istanbul befassen:
1) Musikwissenschaftliche Forschung zum Osmanischen Reich und der Türkei
2) Narrative Quellen zu Istanbul und dem spätosmanischen Reich
3) Ausdrucksformen, Geschichte und Gegenwart der Religionen Anatoliens (ab dem 11. Jh.)
4) Manuskriptkultur im Osmanischen Reich und Iran in Kooperation mit
dem SFB 950 an der Universität Hamburg
5) Mensch, Medizin und Gesellschaft in Kooperation mit dem ITAS am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Das Stipendium beträgt monatlich €1.100 für einen Zeitraum von in der Regel sechs Monaten. Die Kosten der An- und Abreise in die Türkei werden erstattet.
Bewerbungsfrist: 9. Januar 2017

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