Laurent Mignon

Position:

Associate Professor of Turkish; Fellow in Turkish, Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / St Antony's College

Email:

laurent.mignon@orinst.ox.ac.uk

Biographic information

Laurent Mignon is Associate Professor of Turkish at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Saint Antony’s College. He also collaborates to “New Religiosities in Turkey: Reenchantment in a Secularized Muslim Country?”, a collaborative research project of the Orient Institut in Istanbul and the Paris-based Centre d’études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques (CETOBAC). His research interests include modern Turkish literature and intellectual history, minority literature, socialist literature, new religious movements in Turkey, the reception of Japanese poetry in Turkey, biblical themes in Turkish literature and modern Jewish intellectual history.

From 2002 to 2011 he taught at the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University in Ankara. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Göttingen from January to July 2016.  

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Ottoman
  • Turkish-English Translation
  • 19th and 20th Century Texts in Ottoman Script
  • Modern Literary Texts
  • Political and Cultural Texts
  • Literary Texts 1300-1900
  • Turkish Literature: General Topics
  • Language Reform Texts
  • Turkish Literature: Texts and Contexts
  • Critics, Cronies and Chroniclers:  Literary Criticism in Turkey
  • Jewish-Turkish Literature

Recent publications

Books

  • Hüzünlü Özgürlük : Yahudi Edebiyatı ve Düşüncesi Üzerine Yazılar, Istanbul : Gözlem Yayınları, 2014.
  • Edebiyatın Sınırlarında: Türkçe Edebiyat, Gürcistan ve Cengiz Aytmatov’a Dair, Istanbul: Evrensel Basım, 2016.

Edited Volume

  • With Cristina Alleman Ghionda and Gülbeyaz Kula, Diversität in europäischen Bildungssystemen und in der Lehrer_innenbildung, Peter Lang, 2017.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “A Pilgrim’s Progress: Armenian and Kurdish Literatures in Turkish and the Rewriting of Literary History”, Patterns of Prejudice 48/2 (May 2014) : 182- 200.
  • “French in Ottoman Turkey: ‘The Language of the Afflicted Peoples’?” in European Francophonie: The Social, Political and Cultural History of an International Prestige Language, edited by V. Rjéoutski, G. Argent and D. Offord,  Peter Lang, 2014: 405-434.
  • “Turkey” in Tagore: One Hundred Years of Global Reception, edited by M. Kämpchen and I. Bangha, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2014: 162-174.
  • “Judeo-Turkish” in Handbook of Jewish Languages, edited by L. Kahn and A.D. Rubin, Leiden: Brill, 2015, 634-640.
  • With Katja Triplett, “From Kikaku to Orhan Veli: The Genesis of the Turkish Haiku”, Kansai University Japan-EU Research Center Report 6/6 (2016): 43-50.
  • “Se préoccuper de Judas” in Bilge Karasu : L’étranger de l’intérieur (Inverses Hors Série N˚4), edited by Alain Mascarou, Paris : Société des amis d’Axiéros, 2016 : 67-76.
  • “Von verlorenen Buchstaben und verborgenen Welten: Minderheitenliteraturen in der Türkei und in Großbritannien lehren” in Diversität in europäischen Bildungssystemen und in der Lehrer_innenbildung, edited by C. Alleman Ghionda, G. Kula and L. Mignon, Peter Lang, 2017: 169-184.
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