The Economy Without Economics
Join us for a conversation with Murat Bozluolcay, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, to explore the history of economies.
About the Event
Can there be economy without economics?
Join us for a conversation with Murat Bozluolcay, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, to explore the history of economies. We will start with the rise of economics, from liberal political economy to the scientification of economics in the 20th century. With the help of classic texts, we will also explore economies of other times and places. What can Mesopotamian trade or gift giving practices in Polynesia say about our own economies?
Our conversation will preview Bozluolcay's forthcoming course at the Graham School in Winter quarter.
Postdoctoral Researcher, The Institute on the Formation of Knowledge
Murat Bozluolcay is a historian of the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East whose primary research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, economic history, and intellectual history. What drives his research is a preoccupation with the question of how a historically and geographically specific way of talking about the economy, which occupied itself with notions such as “commercial society” and “capitalism,” both transformed historical political formations and hegemonized the conceptual frameworks developed to study them. Relying mainly on Middle Eastern historical archives, Bozluolcay focuses on the nineteenth-century Ottoman context and looks at the political and administrative transformations that allowed setting up the economy as an object of study as pertaining to markets, the private sphere, and “the economic.” His current work builds on his doctoral research, in which he focused on prevalent political economic themes in Ottoman Syrian history—provincial financing, revenue extraction, and the “opening up” of Syria to European economic interests—to investigate the changing relationship between the Ottoman imperial center and its provincial government in Damascus throughout the nineteenth century.
Bozluolcay received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 2023 with a dissertation titled “Coalescence of the Empire: Administration of the Provincial Economy in Ottoman Damascus, 1820-1860.” Before coming to the United States from Istanbul, he completed MA-level coursework in modern Turkish history at Boğaziçi University and received his BA in Sociology and BS in Computer Science from Koç University.