Berke Çetinkaya


Advisor: Leonora Neville

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My previous research focused on ideology and practice on the Byzantine-Islamic frontier, focusing on historiography, geographical imagination and discourse, and the administration of the frontier regions between the seventh and eleventh centuries. Now, for my PhD, I am shifting my focus to the intellectual and social history of the Middle Byzantine period. My particular interest lies in understanding the significance of social capital and networks in the accumulation of wealth among Byzantine literati.


M.A., Boğaziçi University History Department
B.A., Boğaziçi University History Department


  • European History

MA Title

  • “The Tenth Century Byzantine Expansion in Crete, Cyprus, and Northern Syria: Ideology and Practice”

Selected Awards

  • Summer Stipend, The Center for Turkish Studies Karpat Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Library Research Accommodation Support, AKMED- Koç University Suna&İnan Kıraç Research Center for Mediterranean Civilizations
  • Andrew W. Mellon Short Term Travel Grant, Boğaziçi University Byzantine Studies Research Center
  • Domestic Master Scholarship, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Scholarship for the M.A Program in Byzantine Studies, Boğaziçi University Byzantine Studies Research Center
  • Incentive Award, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar- Muhammad Bin Hamad Aal Thani Center for Muslim Contribution to Civilization
  • Boğaziçi University History Department Bachelor Honor Certificate