David Selim Sayers

DAVID SELIM SAYERS is a founding and core faculty member of PICT. He teaches and writes on cultural history, particularly in relation to the Middle East and to narrative arts such as film and literature.

David is a Lecturer at HEC Paris and École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC). He previously served as Lecturer at Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 (2019-20), Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna (2017-18), Research Fellow at Justus Liebig University Giessen (2016-17), Visiting Faculty Member at Bosphorus University (2016), and Lecturer at San Francisco State University (2013-16). He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. A native speaker of English, German, and Turkish, David has taught university courses in all three languages as well as French.

David’s publications include the books The Wiles of Women as a Literary Genre (Harrassowitz, 2019), the translated volume Muhacirname: Poetry’s Voice for the Karamanlidhes Refugees (Istos, 2016), and Tıfli Hikayeleri (Bilgi University Press, 2013). His articles, including “Sociosexual Roles in Ottoman Pulp Fiction” (2017), “Must All Literature Have Identity?” (2006), and “Muslim Theodicy as Reflected in Turkish Media Reactions to the 1999 Earthquake” (2001), have been published in international academic journals. David is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern current affairs at conferences and in the media, including the ABC television show Good Morning America.