Behice Tezçakar Özdemir
Behice Tezçakar Özdemir who is an author, history researcher and journalist born and raised in Bosphorus (Istanbul). She received her B.A in History as a valedictorian of Istanbul Bilgi Univesity. She got the Master’s Degree from History Department of Boğaziçi University. She specialized on the Turkish- German industrial relations and the roles of German, English enterprises and companies on the industrial developments of Ottoman territories including today’s Turkey, Middle East and Balkans. Her research book ‘Discovery of Oil in the Minds and Lands of the Ottoman Empire’ is published internationally (2009). Özdemir is co-writer for ‘Daheim in Konstantinopel-Deutch Spuren am Bosporus ab 1850- Memleketimiz Dersaadet 1850’den itibaren Boğaziçi’nde Alman izleri’ published by Pagma Verlag in Germany (2013). Her last research book ‘History of Siemens from Empire to Republic - In the Light of Documents from State Archives’ was published for Siemens 160th anniversary (2016). In that work she examined different territories of Ottoman Empire like Constantinople, Baghdad, Basra, Fao, Sudan, Mosul, Aleppo, Tripoli, Rhodes, Thessalonica on behalf of the industrial activities in different sectors like communications, mobility, energy and industry, defense, cities and building technologies, human resources and healthcare. Behice is the founder managing editor of Atlas Tarih (Atlas History Magazine) from Doganburda Publishing, a media company in Istanbul. She authored 80 articles for different magazines and newspapers such as Hürriyet, Milliyet, Radikal, and Yapı Kredi Cogito, Atlas Tarih. She has written three experimental history books in new format created by her on Mehmed the Conqueror, Suleyman the Magnificient and Abdülhamid II. She got “Yaşar Nabi Nayır Poetry Award” and her related file was published in 2010. Özdemir was the history advisor for the historical movie on the Battle of Gallipoli called “Çanakkale Yolun Sonu” (2012). She was a participant in the LHF Conference (2017) link can be found here. Behice is a member of Darüşşafaka Yüksek İstişare Kurulu (Darüşşafaka Advisory Board) which is a highly respected historical lycee for orphans in Istanbul. She still gives lectures at Turkish Deutsche University (TDU), and she is currently working on her new book.