Edhem Eldem is a professor of history at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and holds the International Chair of Turkish and Ottoman History at the Collège de France, where his inaugural lecture was entitled “The Ottoman Empire and Turkey facing the West”. He has also taught at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, EHESS, EPHE, ENS, and was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin.
He has worked and published on topics such as the Levant trade, funerary epigraphy, the Imperial Ottoman Bank, Orientalism and Westernization, Istanbul at the turn of the twentieth century, and the history of archaeology, museology, and photography in the Ottoman Empire.
His publications include French Trade in Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century, A History of the Ottoman Bank, The Ottoman City between East and West: Aleppo, Izmir and Istanbul (with Daniel Goffman and Bruce Masters), Pride and Privilege. A History of Ottoman Orders, Medals and Decorations, Death in Istanbul, Consuming the Orient, L’épitaphe ottomane musulmane, XVIe-XXe siècles. Contribution à une histoire de la culture ottomane (with Nicolas Vatin), Un Ottoman en Orient. Osman Hamdi Bey en Irak (1869-1871), Le voyage à Nemrud Dağı d’Osman Hamdi Bey et Osgan Efendi, Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire (with Zainab Bahrani and Zeynep Çelik), Camera Ottomana: Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire (with Zeynep Çelik), To Kill a Sultan. A Transnational History of the Attempt on Abdülhamid II (1905) (with Houssine Alloul and Henk de Smaele), and L’Empire ottoman et la Turquie face à l’Occident.
Professor Eldem was trained at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul and received a doctorate at the University of Provence at Aix-Marseille.