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Seçil Yilmaz: 'Threats to Public Order and Health'

July 19, 2017

Seçil Yilmaz's recent article, "Threats to Public Order and Health: Mobile Men as Syphilis Vectors in Late Ottoman Medical Discourse and Practice," explores the control and treatment of syphilis in the late Ottoman period as medical and military institutions were increasingly used by Ottoman authorities to regulate and observe men’s sexual health. It was published in the July 2017 issue of Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, as a part of a special issue on Gendered and Sexual Mobilities.

Seçil Yilmaz is a historian of medicine, gender, and sexuality in the Ottoman Empire/modern Middle East. She completed her Ph.D. in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY with the dissertation “Love in the Time of Syphilis: Medicine and Sex in the Ottoman Empire, 1860-1922.” Before completing her Ph.D., she was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University in 2008-2009. She is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Society for the Humanities (SHC) and Department of Near Eastern Studies (NES) at Cornell University. She is also the co-curator of the podcast series on Women, Gender, and Sex in the Ottoman World at Ottoman History Podcast. 

"Threats to Public Order and Health: Mobile Men as Syphilis Vectors in Late Ottoman Medical Discourse and Practice" can be found on the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies website.

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