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Prof Dr Hans-Lukas Kieser is an historian of the late Ottoman Empire and Turkey, and is currently an ARC Future Fellow with the School of Humanities and Social Science in the Faculty of Education and Arts at The University of Newcastle.

The title of the Future Fellowship project is "War, Violence, and Apocalyptic-Millenarianism in the Middle East: Talat Pasha and the Foundation of Modern Turkey, 1874-1921".  This research project considers the Young Turk Revolution of 1908, the Ottoman entry into the First Word War on the side of the Axis powers, and the subsequent demise of the Ottoman Empire in a broad international context. It addresses matters of deep analytical import - state formation, political violence, and genocide - and the relationship between these elements. It focuses in particular on the Grand Vizir, Talat Pasha, the founder of the modern Turkish nation-state, and the architect of the Armenian genocide. This history is essential for a contemporary understanding of the most controversial problems - the Kurdish conflict, the Armenian question, Palestine - facing Turkey and the Middle East today.

Dr Kieser also holds an adjunct positon with the University of Zurich as a Professor of Modern History.  He was an Invited Professor at Stanford University (2010), University of Michigan (2008) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, in 2004, and has been President of the Research Foundation Switzerland-Turkey in Basel.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Basel, 20/07/2011
  • Master of Arts (History), University of Basel, 04/07/1994

Research

Research keywords

  • Contemporary Middle East
  • Genocide
  • History of Turkey
  • Massacre
  • Modern History
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Political Violence
  • Protestant Theology
  • Violence Studies
  • War
  • World War I

Research expertise

History

History of Violence

History of Turkey

Genocide

World War I

Political Violence

Languages

  • English
  • German And Related Languages
  • Turkish

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
210310Middle Eastern And African History70
210399Historical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified30

Appointments

Director
Research Foundation Switzerland-Turkey (Switzerland)
01/01/2007

Awards

Other

2012Fellowship in the School of History at the Institute for Advanced Studies
School of History at the Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) (Germany)
Fellowship

Invitations

Visting Professor
Stanford University, United States (Distinguished Visitor)
2010
Invited Professor
University of Michigan, United States (Distinguished Visitor)
2011
Invited Scholar
Bilgi University, Turkey (Distinguished Visitor)
2006
Invited Scholar
Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Sciences Sociales, France (Distinguished Visitor)
2004
Thesis Committee Member
Clark University in Boston, United States ( )
2013
Invited Presenter
Humboldt University, Germany (Invited Presenter)
2010
Invited Presenter
University of Potsdam , Germany (Invited Presenter)
2011
Invited Presenter
Anatolia Culture Foundation , Turkey (Invited Presenter)
2012
Presenter
Human Rights Association of Istanbul, Turkey (Invited Presenter)
2012
Invited Presenter
Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel (Invited Presenter)
2012
Invited Presenter
Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel (Invited Presenter)
2012
Invited Presenter
University of Köln, Germany (Invited Presenter)
2012
Invited Presenter
University of Erfurt, Germany (Invited Presenter)
2012
Invited Presenter
University of Lancaster, United Kingdom (Invited Presenter)
2012
Der Völkermord an den Armeniern und die deutsche Öffentlichkeit
Heinrich Böll Foundation , Germany (Keynote Address)
2011
Invited Speaker
Universities of Munich, Germany (Invited Presenter)
2013
Invited Speaker
Clark University , United States (Invited Presenter)
2013

Collaboration

The dozen collective research projects Prof Kieser has initiated and led in the last fifteen years were all interdisciplinary and international, and mostly on the basis of free, non-paid cooperation like in traditional scholarly networks. They involve scholars from a variety of universities and form an important pool of trusty scholarly relations.

These collaborations include members of, among others, Stanford University; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Clark University, Boston; the Départment d’Etudes turques and the Institut d’e?tudes de l’Islam et des Socie?te?s du Monde Musulman, both of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; the School of History at the University of Edinburgh; the Sabanc? University, Istanbul; and the Hrant Dink Foundation, Istanbul.

Aspects of Prof Kieser’s research topics have been and remain publicly visible and politically relevant. They have brought him in touch with the media, civil society groups and political protagonists in Switzerland, Europe and Turkey, and have led to his participation in public panel discussions, the preparation of exhibitions, and a theatre production.

He collaborated on two documentaries - Aghet by Eric Friedler (2010); and The Armenian Genocide by Laurence Jourdan (2004) - both broadcast by the leading European Culture channel, Arte.

As the president of the Research Foundation Switzerland-Turkey, a small academic think tank based in Basel, he has worked with different institutions, among them Swiss universities, Culturescapes, the house for literature in Basel, the S. Fischer Foundation and the Europainstitut Basel. The Research Foundation Switzerland-Turkey has, and continues to, organise a number of academic events in cooperation with universities and other institutions for the annual Swiss cultural festival, Culturescapes.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Contemporary Middle East
  • History of Turkey
  • Modern History

Teaching expertise

History

History of Violence

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Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Kieser H-L, Nearest east: American millenialism and mission to the middle east (2010)

Citations: Scopus - 0

2005Kieser H-L, Vorkämpfer der "Neuen Türkei", Chronos, Zurich, 197 (2005)
2000Kieser H-L, Der verpasste Friede, Chronos, Zurich, 642 (2000)

Chapter (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Kieser HL, 'Beatrice Rohner's work in the death camps of Armenians in 1916', Resisting Genocide, Columbia University Press, New York 367-382 (2014)
2011Kieser HL, 'From 'patriotism' to mass murder: Dr. Mehmed Resid (1873-1919)', A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire, Oxford University Press, Oxford 126-149 (2011)
2011Kieser HL, 'Marges de manoeuvres missionnaires: les stratégies américaines dans le monde ottoman', L'Islam des marges, KARTHALA Editions, Paris 129-144 (2011)
2011Kieser HL, 'Johannes Lepsius: Theologian, humanitarian activist and historian of Völkermord. An approach to a German biography (1858-1926)', Logos im Dialogos: In der Suche nach Orthodoxie. Gedenkschrift für Hermann Goltz (1946-2010), Berlin : Lit, Berlin 209-229 (2011)
2011Kieser HL, 'The massacre of the Dersim in Turkey, in 1937-1938', Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, SciencePo, http://www.massviolence.org/Dersim-Massacre-1937-1938 .-. (2011)
2010Kieser HL, 'Germany and the Armenian Genocide', The Routledge History of the Holocaust, Taylor & Francis, New York 30-44 (2010)
2008Kieser HL, 'La missionnaire Beatrice Rohner face au génocide des Arméniens', La résistance aux génocides, Les Presses de Sciences Po, Paris 383-398 (2008)
2008Kieser HL, 'Europäische Union inklusive Türkei. Eine Antwort auf offene Fragen moderner Geschichte? [European Union including Turkey. An answer to open questions of modern history?]', Europa: ein christliches Projekt?, W. Kohlhammer Verlag, Stuttgart 83-91 (2008)
2008Kieser HL, 'Mahmut Bozkurt und die 'Revolution des Rechts' in der jungen Republik Türkei [Mahmut Bozkurt and the ¿Revolution of Law¿ in the young Republic of Turkey]', Revolution islamischen Rechts, Chronos, Zurich 49-58 (2008)
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Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Kieser H-L, 'Domestic Frontiers: Gender, Reform, and American Interventions in the Ottoman Balkans and the Near East', AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, 118 1490-1491 (2013) [C3]
2011Kieser H-L, 'World war and world revolution: Alexander Helphand-Parvus in Germany and Turkey', Kritika, 12 387-410 (2011) [C1]

Citations: Scopus - 2

2011Kieser HL, 'Réformes ottomanes et cohabitation entre chrétiens et Kurdes (1839-1915)', Etudes rurales, 186 43-60 (2011)
2010Kieser H-L, 'Réformes Ottomanes et cohabitation entre Chrétiens et Kurdes (1839-1915))', Etudes Rurales, 186 43-60 (2010) [C1]

Citations: Scopus - 0

2009Kieser HL, 'Zion-Armenien-Deutschland. Johannes Lepsius und die ¿protestantische Internationale¿ in der spätosmanischen Welt', Armenisch-Deutsche Korrespondenz, 143 15-21 (2009)
2008Kieser HL, 'Removal of American Indians, destruction of Ottoman Armenians American missionaries and demographic engineering', European Journal of Turkish Studies, 7 .-. (2008)
2008Kieser HL, 'Der Armeniermord von 1915/16 im Spannungsfeld von Forschung und Politik', Polis. Das Magazin für Politische Bildung, 2 16-18 (2008)
2005Kieser HL, 'America and the Armenian genocide of 1915', SLAVIC REVIEW, 64 654-656 (2005)

DOI: 10.2307/3650170 | Author URL

Citations:

2003Kieser H-L, 'Geschichtliche verantwortung und rechtskultur statt kulturpathos - zum historikerstreit über die Türkei und die Grenzen Europas', Orient, 44 63-73 (2003)

Citations: Scopus - 0

2001Kieser H-L, 'Muslim heterodoxy and protestant Utopia. the interactions between Alevis and missionaries in Ottoman anatolia', Welt des Islams, 41 89-111 (2001)

DOI: 10.1163/157006001323146849

Citations: Scopus - 5

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Creative Work (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Friedler E, Aghet (2010)

Other (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Kieser HL, 'Kazanilabilecek baris [A peace to win]', Birikim Dergisi ( issue.264/265 pp.78-96) (2011)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants5
Total funding$1,269,072

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2014 (1 grants)

Violence Studies$30,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Professor Philip Dwyer, Doctor Hans Lukas Kieser, Associate Professor Roger Markwick, Doctor Lisa Featherstone, Doctor Michael Ondaatje, Doctor Shigeru Sato, Doctor Matthew Lewis
SchemeRole
Research Programme 2014Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020142014
GNo:G1400927

2013 (1 grants)

War, Violence, and Apocalyptic-Millenarianism in the Middle East: Talat Pasha and the Foundation of Modern Turkey, 1874-1921 $790,764
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Hans Lukas Kieser
SchemeRole
Future FellowshipsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$790,76420132017
GNo:G1300027

2000 (2 grants)

Switzerland-Turkey: lifestyles and cultural encounters (late 19th to mid 20th century)$365,307
Funding Body: Swiss National Science Foundation

SchemeRole
Project FundingChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$365,30720002004
GNo:185668918

"Moderne Nahostfragen und ihre Vernetzung mit Europa und der Schweiz"$83,000
Funding Body: Fonds zur Förderung des Akademischen Nachwuchses

SchemeRole
GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$83,00020002002
GNo:185499586

1998 (1 grants)

"Switzerland-Turkey: life worlds and cultural encounters (late 19th to mid 20th century)"$1
Funding Body: Swiss National Science Foundation

SchemeRole
GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$119982001
GNo:185499517
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions5

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132018PHD History
University of Zurich
Co-SupervisorArab states, Arab interest groups and the anti-Zionist movement in Western Europe and the U.S., 1952 - 1979
20122016PHD History
University of Zurich
Co-SupervisorSwitzerland-Turkey diplomatic history
20122016PHD History
University of Zurich
Sole SupervisorThe "Modern" in Turkey. An analysis of the Turkish path to modernity based on the theory of communicative action of Jürgen Habermas
20122017PHD History
University of Zurich
Sole SupervisorHrant Dink and the construction of a public Armenian identity in Turkey
20112016PHD History
University of Zurich
Co-SupervisorThe image of man in the Turkish Constitution State

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PHD History
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Consultant SupervisorSurviving the ordinary: The Armenians in Turkey, 1930s to 1950
2013PHD History
University of Zurich
Principal Supervisor Historical arguments in the debate on Turkey's rapprochement with the European Union in the institutions of the EU
2009PHD History
University of Zurich
Sole SupervisorThe Kurdish question in the context of Turkey's accession to the European Union
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Dr Hans (Hans Lukas) Kieser

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PositionARC Future Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/