Stefano Taglia, Ph.D.


  • Modern Middle East
  • Ottoman history
  • Intellectual history
  • Ottoman minorities
  • The making of modern Turkey and transformation of the Middle East from 19th and 20th century
  • Ottoman modernization and the concept of productivity



2012  Ph.D. in Ottoman History, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London – Thesis: “The intellectual's dilemma: Ahmet Rıza and Mehmet Sabahettin on reform and the future of the Ottoman Empire.”

2000  MA Middle East Area Study (SOAS)

1997  BA International Affairs, John Cabot University, Rome



2014-          Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague

2013-2014  New York University on London (NYUL) – Lecturer in Middle Eastern history

2013-2014  The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London – Lecturer in history of the Islamic world

2010-2014  SOAS – Senior Teaching Fellow in the History of the Near and Middle East

2009/2010  St. Mary’s University College – Visiting Lecturer in Ottoman history

2008-2010  Birkbeck College – Sessional Lecturer in History of the Middle East



  • 2018-2019 Research Grant Strategie AV21, the Czech Academy of Sciences – Religion and State Ideology in the Middle East and Asia
  • 2018 Research Grant Strategie AV21, the Czech Academy of Sciences – Nation Building and Religious Identity in the Middle East and Asia.
  • 2017-2018 Research Grant Strategie AV21, the Czech Academy of Sciences – Non-Western Freemasonry: Hidden Loci of Alternative Power.
  • 2004-2005 Research Grant: SOAS (2004-2005) – Archival Research Fund, at Princeton University, USA.
  • 2013 Language Grant: Ottoman Studies Foundation to attend course in Ottoman
  • Conference Grants:

        2010 Learning and Teaching Unit, SOAS – Participation at WOCMES.

        2008 Royal Historical Society - Participation at MESA.

        2008 History Department, SOAS - Participation at MESA.





Membership in editorial committees
  • 2015-  Assistant Editor, Middle East Area Submissions, Archiv Orientálni
  • 2014- Member of the Editorial Board, Vakanuvis
  • Manuscript reviewer, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Manuscript reviewer, Bloomsbury Publishing


Other academic and administrative positions

  • 2018- Member (elected), Advisory Council, Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • 2015- Research Associate, School of History, Religions and Philosophies SOAS, University of London


Membership in academic societies and bodies

  • Member, Middle East Study Association (MESA) of North America
  • Member, London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS
  • Gesellschaft für Turkologie, Osmanistik und Türkeiforschung (GTOT)
  • Member, Centre for Ottoman Studies (COS) at SOAS
  • Member, German Middle East Study Association (DAVO)


Ongoing academic activities

  • 2017- Co-organiser, Middle East Lecture Series (MELS) Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Charles University, Prague
  • 2015- Organiser, Institute Seminar Series, Oriental Institute, the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Media appearances



Selected papers, lectures and workshops

  • Panel Organiser: “Power and Visibility in Ottoman Istanbul: the Seen, Unseen, and to Be Seen.” Turkologentag 2018 – 3rd European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies and Bamberg, 19th – 21st September, 2018. Paper: “The High Corners of Istanbul: Unseen Marginals and the Consumption of Cannabis in the Late Ottoman Empire.”
  • Panel organiser: “The City in the Eye of the Beholder: Perspectives of Ottoman Istanbul.” 20th Annual Mediterranean Studies Association International Congress, Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta, Valletta, 31st May – 3rd June, 2017. Paper: “Getting High in the City: The Use and Abuse of Recreational Drugs in late-Ottoman Istanbul.”
  • Paper: “The Feasibility of Ottomanism according to Ottoman Albanian Ismail Kemal Bey.” CIEPO 22 Symposium, Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi, Trabzon 8th October, 2016.
  • Paper: “Ottoman Cosmopolitanism.” International Conference Overcoming Global Threats, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, 13th April, 2016.
  • Paper: “The Feasibility of Ottomanism according to Ottoman Albanian Ismail Kemal Bey.” DAVO/DMG Joint International Conference, Ruhr University, Bochum, 26th September, 2015.
  • Paper: “Exiled Activists or Cosmopolitan Intellectuals? The Young Turk Opposition in Paris.” Modern Turkish Studies Programme, SOAS, London, 2nd March, 2012.
  • Co-organiser of the 2011-12 Seminar Series held at the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, Turkish Cultural Centre, 10 Maple Street, W1T 5HA, London.
  • Co-organiser of the Middle East PhD Students International Conference, “State, Society and Economy in the Modern Middle East,” London Middle East Institute, 7th – 8th May, 2011.
  • Panel co-organiser: “Neither pashas nor sultans: alternative leadership in the late Ottoman Empire and early Republican Turkey.” Discussant: Dr. Marc Aymes (CNRS – Paris) and Dr. Vangelis Kechriotis (Boğaziçi Üniversitesi). Paper: “Constructing the superiority of the Ottomans: Mehmet Sabahettin and his synthesis of Edmond Demolins.” World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) 19th – 24th July 2010, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Panel co-organiser: “Political and social aspects of the press in Ottoman and post-Ottoman lands.” Chair/Discussant: Prof. Palmira Brummett. Paper: “Late 19th Century Ottoman Press in Exile as a Political Tool against Sultan Abdulhamid II, the Experience of Mechveret Supplément Français.” Middle East Study Association (MESA) 22nd – 25th November 2008, Washington DC.


Invited speaker

  • Round-table: “The Kurds and Shifting Borders in the Middle East.” Anglo-American University, Prague 11th May, 2017.
  • Lecture: “The Ottoman Empire in WW1.” Department of Turkology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague 4th January, 2017.
  • Paper: “Religion and Ethnicity in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Seminar Series: Orient a Closer Look, Charles University, Prague 1st December, 2016.
  • Panel Discussion: “The Turkish Coup Attempt and its Aftermath: Sultanic Despotism, Military Dictatorship or a Divided Society?” Anglo-American University, Prague 17th October, 2015.
  • Lecture: “Religion and Ethnicity in Young Turk Thought.” Faculté des lettres et des sciences humaines, Université Saint-Joseph, Beirut 2nd October, 2015.
  • Lecture: “Intellectuals without Borders.” Anglo-American University, Prague 10th June, 2015.
  • Lecture: “Women and Reform in the Ottoman Empire.” Metropolitan University, Prague 7th May, 2015.



  • Workshop Organiser: “Religion and State Ideology in the Middle East and Asia.” Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague 11th November, 2019.
  • Paper: “The Fight for the Nation: Young Turk and Hamidian Religious Discourse in theCo-chair of Workshop: “Late Ottoman Identities: the National, Transnational, and Marginal.” Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Charles University, Prague 12th – 13th October, 2018. Formulation of Ottomanism as Proto-nationalism.”
  • Workshop Organiser: “Outcasts and the State in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague 4th December, 2017. Paper: “Getting High at the Gates of Felicity: Social Dimensions of Marijuana and Hashish Consumption in the Late Ottoman Empire.”