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dhr. dr. J.M.A.H. (Enno) Maessen

Moderne Europese Letterkunde
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
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  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Kamernummer:D 3.03
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Enno Maessen is a junior lecturer at the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational and European Studies (ARTES). His main area of interests are modern Turkish history and urban history, with a particular focus on the relationship between history, space and identity.

    In my recently completed PhD project I analysed the development of one of Istanbul’s historical districts, Beyoğlu, between 1950 and 1990. The thesis explores the historicity of place-making in Beyoğlu through the lense of six case studies. The thesis’ historical focus – 1950 to 1990 – is marked by Istanbul’s development from a middle-sized city into a metropole, ending with the acceleration of gentrification processes in historical areas.
    It argues that perceptions of the district’s change in terms of its socio-cultural composition and built environment have resulted in discursive over-determinations of the area’s identities or associations. Those are for instance cosmopolitanism, urban deterioration, socio-cultural marginalism and a place where people fail to claim their rights to the city. The thesis highlights the historical complexity of processes of place-making in the district, thereby problematizing popular representations of processes of continuity and discontinuity in Beyoğlu.


  • Publicaties



    • Maessen, E. (2016). Bread from the Lion's Mouth: Artisans Struggling for a Livelihood in Ottoman Cities. Journal of World History, 27(1), 143-+. https://doi.org/10.1353/jwh.2016.0075
    • Maessen, E. (2016). The City in the Muslim World: Depictions by Western Travel Writers, Culture and Civilization in the Middle East. OSMANLI ARASTIRMALARI-THE JOURNAL OF OTTOMAN STUDIES, (48), 436-440.



    • Maessen, J. M. A. H. (2019). Building Beyoğlu: Histories of place in a central district in Istanbul. [details]
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