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Levent Yilmaz

Global Faculty in Residence
(212) 992-6309
411 Laf, Room 352

Office Hours
Thursday 2-6

B.A. Communications, University of Ankara, 1993
Ph.D. History & Civilizations, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2002

Levent Yilmaz is a professor of intellectual and cultural history of the early modern and modern Europe. He has taught at Istanbul Bilgi University and Koç University. His research focuses on European historiography from the 14th to 18th century. He received his PhD in 2002 from EHESS, Paris, the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, with a dissertation on the quarrel of the ancients and moderns and the emergence of modern time. He also directed the Turkish translation of Yves Bonnefoy's Dictionary of Mythologies. He is the author of Le Temps Moderne (Gallimard, 2004) and edited Giambattista Vico and the Basic Concepts of The New Science (İstanhul Bilgi University Press, 2007) and The Vico Road (Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2016). His monograph, Politikon: A History of Sociability from Machiavelli to Vico, is forthcoming in 2019 from Columbia University Press. His current research is on the scientific discovery of a deep past in the 19th century by the natural sciences and the political uses and abuses that it generated. He was a Senior Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute and Directeur d’études invité at EHESS, Paris. He was as Mellon Fellow at the Villa I Tatti (Harvard University), a fellow of Paris Institute of Advanced Study and a fellow of IMéRA, Marseille Institute of Advanced Study. He taught at the Collège de France, Freïe Universität, and Nanterre University as visiting professor and he is an associated member of the Centre des Recherches Historiques (EHESS, Paris).

Teaching and Research Interests

intellectual and cultural history of early modern and modern Europe; history of comparative political thought; 19th century Ottoman Empire; 20th century world poetry; historiography

Levent Yilmaz