YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies 5 (2023)
The new volume of YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies is released, after major additions to its advisory and editorial boards. YILLIK 5 (2023) opens with a peer-reviewed dossier, co-edited by one of our new subject editors, Ümit Fırat Açıkgöz, together with Yaşar Tolga Cora, on Armenian agencies in Istanbul’s capitalistic transformation in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The dossier begins with a detailed historiographical introduction by Açıkgöz, and includes three research articles by Cora, Aslıhan Günhan, and Sarine Agopian, the latter of whom was awarded our Early Career Article Prize.
In addition to the special dossier, there are four research articles that examine Istanbul’s architectural, cultural, energy, and economic histories from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries, by Selin Sur-Ufuk Serin, Gürbey Hiz-Ayşe Şentürer, Kazuma Iwata, and Hande Betül Ünal. Cabinet presents three anonymous panoramic views of Istanbul from the early nineteenth century. These paintings were recently added to the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Orientalist Paintings Collection and are currently on display in Pera Museum’s On the Spot: Panoramic Gaze on Istanbul, a History exhibition. Meclis features Emre Güldoğan’s report on the İstYA archaeological field survey in Şile. The Reviews section begins with a featured review of Yannis Stouraitis’ 2022 edited volume Identities and Ideologies in the Medieval East Roman World, by Anthony Kaldellis. It continues with essays on seven books and one exhibition. As always, the journal concludes with the most recent edition of the Istanbul Bibliography.
Istanbul, December 2023