Ari Şekeryan

Position title: Honorary Fellow (2018-2020)

Independent Scholar

Portrait image of Ari Sekeryan standing in front of a brick wall with his arms crossed wearing a dark suit, light blue shirt, and glasses

The Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey after the First World War

This project is a historical study of the Ottoman Armenians in the Ottoman Empire from 1918-1923. It seeks to delineate how the Ottoman Armenians reorganized their political position against the massive socio-political crises that led to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. This study employs Armenian and Ottoman Turkish media sources published in Istanbul and Anatolia during the Armistice years (1918-1923) to track the post-war interrelationship of Ottoman society in general and the Armenian community in particular, the social and political reorganizations of the Armenian community and the transformation of the Armenian political position in the last years of the Ottoman Empire.

Ari Şekeryan recently received his DPhil from the University of Oxford Faculty of Oriental Studies. His thesis was entitled “The Armenians in the Ottoman Empire after the First World War (1918-1923)”. His Ph.D. thesis sought to bridge the disciplines of history, international relations, and area studies by analyzing the minority-majority relations in the final years of the Ottoman Empire, primarily focusing on the relations between the Armenians and Turks. The research was grounded in detailed archival research conducted at the library of the Armenian Mekhitarist Congregation in Vienna, Austria; the Prime Minister’s Ottoman Archives in Istanbul, Turkey; and the State Archives and the National Library of Yerevan, Armenia. Ari Şekeryan’s main research interests include the theories of minority-majority relations and the Muslim-non Muslim relations in the Ottoman Empire. He edited The Adana Massacre 1909: Three Reports and An Anthology of Armenian Literature 1913. His latest articles appeared in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association and War in History.