Byzantine Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-2020
Dr Çelik obtained her PhD in Byzantine Studies at the University of Birmingham in 2016. She has been a Junior Fellow in Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Center for Anatolian Studies, Koç University and at the Byzantine Studies Center of Boğaziçi University. In 2018-2019, she was adjunct faculty at Özyeğin University, Istanbul. Her PhD thesis on the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaiologos is forthcoming as a monograph entitled: Manuel II Palaiologos (1350-1425): A Byzantine Emperor in a Time of Tumult (Cambridge University Press, end of 2020). An author-emperor, Manuel II was a fascinating figure at the crossroads of Byzantine, Ottoman and Western medieval history. Working on Manuel's complete literary, philosophical and theological oeuvre, Dr Çelik attempts to construct an in-depth portrait of the emperor as a ruler, author and a personality, as well as offering insight into his world and times. She discusses some aspects of his literary style, such as character portrayals, metaphors and allusions, his self-representation and the autobiographical aspects of his works. Other major themes of the biography are the investigation of the emperor's philosophical and theological thought, his policies as a ruler and his personal life. Dr Çelik's research interests include Late Byzantine history, Byzantine literature and history-writing. Her current research focuses on the concept of time in Byzantium, especially in Late Byzantine historiography.