Seda Karamanlı is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the Near and Middle East department. She obtained her Master of Philosophy degree in June 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Boğaziçi University.
In the Aga Khan Library, Seda is responsible for cataloguing new acquisitions and some backlog, copy cataloguing and original cataloguing in RDA, adding original script and transliteration to the records. She is also keen to introduce critical texts from the rare book collection through a library blog initiative.
Previously, Seda collaborated on a research project titled "Women Writers' Literary Environment in Late Ottoman Istanbul (1869-1923)," supported by TUBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. She fulfilled the role of a PhD Placement Holder in the "Ottoman-Turkish Press in Bulgaria" Project at the British Library in 2021. She worked as a teaching assistant at SOAS from 2020 to 2021.
Seda has authored seven published articles and presented three conference papers on various subjects on her research interests, including non-Muslim women's writing in the Ottoman Empire, literary theories, the history of late Ottoman and modern Turkish society, and rewriting in contemporary Turkish literature.
Proficient in Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, and English at an advanced level, Seda possess upper-intermediate French, Western Armenian, and intermediate Greek proficiency.