Nevra Necipoglu

Nevra Necipoglu (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1990) is Professor of History at Bogazici University in Istanbul and the founding director of the Bogazici University Byzantine Studies Research Center, established in 2015. Her areas of research include late Byzantine social and economic history, Byzantine-Turkish relations, and the urban history of Constantinople and Thessalonike during the 13th‑15th centuries. Since 2001, she has been serving as the founding member and general secretary of the Turkish National Committee for Byzantine Studies.


Dans le cadre du séminaire Littérature, représentations et société à Byzance de Paolo Odorico

The Ottoman Expansion and the Byzantine Aristocracy

  • Lundi 8 janvier 2018

Effects of the Ottoman conquests on the Byzantine aristocracy will be examined, with particular emphasis on the transformations in the economic basis of aristocratic power in Byzantium during the late 14th and early 15th centuries. The discussion will demonstrate how some of these changes facilitated the economic survival of part of the Byzantine aristocracy in the face of the growing Ottoman threat.

The Ottoman Expansion and Byzantine Monasteries in Thessalonike and Constantinople

  • Lundi 15 janvier 2018

Evidence related to the condition of monasteries inside Thessalonike and Constantinople during the late 14th and early 15th centuries will be analyzed in order to shed light on the economic and physical decline these urban foundations underwent in the face of Ottoman attacks. Their situation will be compared with that of the rural monasteries in the Balkan territories of the Byzantine Empire, which enjoyed privileges and continued to flourish under Ottoman authority.

Political Attitudes and Socio-Economic Conditions in Thessalonike during the Venetian Domination (1423-1430)

  • Lundi 22 janvier 2018

Conflict and Cooperation between Byzantines, Ottomans, and Latins in Late 14th- and Early 15th-Century Constantinople

  • Lundi 29 janvier 2018

The lecture will first analyze evidence concerning hostilities between native Constantinopolitans and Italian merchants in the first half of the 15th century, set against well-known cases of cooperation between the two groups. In the second part, examples mainly of political cooperation between certain members of the Byzantine imperial court and the Ottomans will be analyzed against the backdrop of Byzantine-Ottoman military conflicts of the late 14th and early 15th centuries, taking into consideration the social position and motives of the individuals involved.