I am Professor of Translation Studies at the Boğaziçi University, Bebek/Istanbul (Turkey). My main research focus is translation history, Turkish translation history to be specific, which focuses on different periods and issues such as modernisation, identity formation, and translation and cultural policies.
My starting point in the field was my PhD dissertation awarded in 2000 and entitled Translation and Westernisation in Turkey (from the 1840s to the 1980s) that covered a period of over a century looking at the role and function translations played in the modernisation movement in Turkey. In more recent years, I have conducted research projects, organized panels and conferences, and published extensively on intralingual translation and retranslation, two phenomena that have great prominence in Turkish translation and literary history.
Currently, I am working on a book examining memoirs written by women translators from a narratological perspective focusing on the construction of the self in a cultural context. From a historical-descriptive framework, I also reflect on the translators’ background, education, and social and professional activities with the aim to shed light on the socio-cultural context of translation at a specific point in history.
The examination of political, socio-cultural, and economic factors surrounding the publication of translated literature combined with my interest in translators’ autobiographical writing and working documents have recently led me to conduct archival research. In this regard, I aim to conduct research drawing on the British Publishing Archive, more specifically the George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Archive, to study the correspondence between George Allen & Unwin Ltd. and Turkish authors and translators, as well as the reader’s reports on these authors’ works. Allen & Unwin was one of the first publishing houses to publish literary works by Turkish authors. Investigating its archive will help me to fill the gaps in the process of publishing the early English translations of Turkish literature and shed light on the translation/translator history of Turkish literature, as well as on the biographies of some Turkish authors.