Istanbul Sehir University
Albert J. Wood Fellowship

Research Topic

Beyond the Muslim/Jewish Divide: Confluence, Conversion, and Conviviality in Interwar Istanbul


Esra Almas is a professor in translation studies at Istanbul Şehir University. As part of her focus on modern Turkish literature, she has concentrated her research on the diaspora, exile narratives, the urban imaginary, auto/biography, and Sufism. She has published extensively on Orhan Pamuk, one of Turkey’s most prominent novelists.

Almas earned her PhD at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam and has taught at the Netherlands Institute in Turkey as well as at Haliç University, Istanbul.

Selected publications

  • “Disoriented in Istanbul: A Reading of Its Fogscapes across the Twentieth Century,” Culture Theory and Critique (2016)
  • “Framing My Name In Red: Reading a Masterpiece” in Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamuk, ed. M. Afridi and D. Buyze (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)



Delving into the meaning of modernity beyond the European, American, and Israeli contexts, looking instead to North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia.