• Kentel, Koca Mehmet. “Pera, Kasımpaşa, Sewers, and Maps: Representing Infrastructural Entanglements in the Nineteenth-Century Istanbul.” Journal of the Ottoman & Turkish Studies Association 8, no. 1 (Summer 2021): 405–414.

    Author(s):
    Koca Mehmet Kentel (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Subject(s):
    Turkey, Environmental conditions, Geography, Critical theory
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Istanbul, Sewers, maps, Ottoman Empire, Infrastructure, Environmental history, Critical geography, Mapping
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/fvxn-gt35
    Abstract:
    In this piece, I first introduce Pera’s nineteenth-century sewers as a gateway to exploring the district’s interconnections with its surrounding geographies, which requires a close study of infrastructural plans. I then propose the methodological virtues of juxtaposing these with insurance maps, frequently utilized in the conventional histories of the district. I argue that a critical reflection on the way we use these visual sources is helpful to dissect the limited frames that structure our understanding of the district’s history, geography, and layers of social topography.
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