CBOMGS doctoral researcher awarded Fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

Manuel_II_PaleologusSiren Celik, a final-year doctoral researcher in Byzantine Studies in CBOMGS, has been awarded a Junior Fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington DC for the academic year 2015-2016. In the past few years several PhD candidates at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies have been awarded this highly competitive and prestigious Fellowship.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington DC, administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It is a prime centre for Byzantine, Pre-Columbian and Garden studies, attracting exceptional scholars for short and long-term residential fellowships at different stages of their research. The Junior Fellowship is designed for the writing-up year of doctoral research, providing an opportunity for candidates to finalise their thesis with the extensive library resources of Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of their supervisor.

Siren is delighted to have been offeredthis prestigious fellowship and to have the chance to complete her dissertation at Dumbarton Oaks. Her research will benefit greatly from the extensive library resources and the vibrant scholarly environment. She works on a new biography of Manuel II Palaiologos, representing him as emperor, writer and private individual; offering for the first time, a complete analysis of the emperor’s literary, philosophical and theological works.