Dr Hatice Yıldız

  • Comparative and Global History
  • Gender History
  • Social and Economic History

I completed my doctoral thesis, titled ‘A Comparative History of Gender and Factory Labour in Ottoman Bursa and Colonial Bombay’, in 2017. This study explored the ways in which gendered notions of skill, paid work, domesticity and technology shaped labour processes and politics in the silk factories of Bursa and the cotton mills of Bombay between 1850 and 1910. Contrary to a scholarly tradition that placed the late Ottoman and British Indian experiences in distinct categories, my thesis highlighted common mechanisms of adaptation and survival in the age of European industrial hegemony. These involved the development of flexible and low-cost production strategies which confined female workers to crude and subsidiary tasks and associated skill with masculine virtues. During my graduate studies I visited various libraries and archives in Cambridge, London, Istanbul, Bursa, Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata. I am currently working on a book project which will extend my original analysis to neighbouring textile-manufacturing towns in Western Anatolia and the Bombay Presidency.

College website: https://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-hatice-yıldız 

Journal Articles

Hatice Yıldız, ‘Parallels and Contrasts in Gendered Histories of Industrial Labour in Bursa and Bombay 1850 – 1910’, The Historical Journal, v. 60, no. 2 (June 2017).

Hatice Yıldız, ‘Time and Factory Work in Colonial Bombay and the Late Ottoman Bursa’, Journal of Social History, under review.

Selected Conference Papers

Hatice Yıldız, ‘Time and Factory Work in Bombay, 1875 – 1900’, Factory History Workshop at the Second European Labour History Network Conference (ELHN), November 2017, Paris, France

Hatice Yıldız, ‘Borders on the Shop Floor: Gender, Skill and Legislation in Bombay Cotton Factories’, Borderlands Biennial Gender Research Conference, November 2016, University of Hull, United Kingdom

Hatice Yıldız, ‘Spinning Places: Women’s Work and Men’s Work in Cotton and Silk Industries of Bursa and Bombay 1850 – 1910’, Economic History Society Annual Conference, April 2016, Robinson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Hatice Yıldız, ‘How Did Women Join Factories? A Comparison of Female Workforce Participation in the Late Ottoman Empire and Colonial India’, Graduate Research Conference, April 2016, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

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