Dr. Kaya Şahin is Associate Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington, with adjunct status in the departments of Central Eurasian Studies, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He is the author of Empire and Power in the Reign of Süleyman: Narrating the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman World (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013; Turkish translation 2014). There, he discusses the building of an Ottoman “Empire” as a distinct bureaucratic edifice and a cultural complex with its own discourse; he also establishes parallels between the Ottoman case and the global dynamics of early modern empire building from Tudor England to Mughal India and beyond. Şahin’s articles and book chapters, focusing on Ottoman and Byzantine apocalypticism, Ottoman historiography, early modern Orientalism, and various aspects of Ottoman political and cultural life in the sixteenth century, appeared in the Journal of Early Modern History, Renaissance Quarterly, and various edited volumes. Şahin was the recipient of a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Middle Eastern Studies at Northwestern University (2007-8), a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the Newberry Library (2010-2011), an SSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research (2012-2013), and an NEH Fellowship (2015-2016). His recent and current projects deal with the commensurability of political ideas across early modern Eurasia (which resulted in an article jointly written with Julia Schleck), the origins of Ottoman imperial governance, early modern ceremonies and rituals, and the performative aspects of early modern identities.
Dr. Julia Schleck is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. She is the author of Telling True Tales of Islamic Lands: Forms of Mediation in Early English Travel Writing, 1575-1630 (Susquehanna University Press, 2011), which examines the generic and social pressures on English authors as they crafted their tales of early modern Islamicate cultures, interrogating the processes by which knowledge about the lands and peoples of the Ottoman Empire, Persia and North Africa was produced, vetted, and accepted as “true.” Her work has appeared in Renaissance Quarterly, Prose Studies, and numerous essay collections on travel writings. She regularly teaches early modern travel texts on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has published on the importance of including early modern materials in classes focused on race and ethnicity. Schleck is co-founder and co-editor of the online collaboratory Serai: Early Modern Encounters and she serves as co-editor of the Arc Humanities Press series Connected Histories in the Early Modern World. Her current book project, Imagining a Corporate Order: Textuality and Performativity in the East India Company, 1600-1630, draws on theories of performativity and gender to investigate the myriad prose documents constituting the East India Company archive, positioning the archive as a social document that attempts to imagine the nature and meaning of a global corporation in early modern England.