Erik-Jan Zürcher

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials E.J.
Main position Hoogleraar UL
Disciplines Language and literature studies of other language groups
  Language and literature studies
Chair Turkse talen en culturen
Domain Humanities
Membership Member
Since 2008
Chair of Science Committee KITLV-KNAW
Member of Humanities
Member of Jury of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History
Employed by Universiteit Leiden
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
tel.   071 527 2145

Erik-Jan Zürcher  primarily interested in the period of transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey (roughly: 1880-1950) and in the role of the Young Turk generation/movement in this process.

After a period in which he studied the political history of the period, he gradually became more interested in its social history as well. In his view the key to an understanding of the emergence of modern Turkey lies in linking the processes of forced migration, war, the imperial legacy and nation building. He defines himself primarily as a historian, who is informed by social science theory and able to access Turkish primary sources.