From Istanbul to Paris to San Francisco: Our international team produced this first English edition of Sabiha Sertel’s autobiography
Sabiha Sertel (1895-1968) was the first professional female journalist in Turkey, a feminist and a socialist. She lived in Salonica (now Thessaloniki), Istanbul, New York, Paris, Rome, Budapest, Leipzig, Moscow and Baku.
Tia O'Brien, granddaughter of Sabiha Sertel, is an award-winning reporter and editor based in San Francisco. Her journalistic career spans broadcasting--TV and radio, newspapers, magazines and online with a focus on politics, business and technology, Turkish issues and consumer affairs . Her work has appeared in numerous international, national and local publications and major broadcast outlets. O’Brien also is a multimedia educator and business editorial consultant, developing content that appears in publications worldwide.
Nur Deriş, grandniece of Sabiha Sertel, is a freelance conference interpreter and translator. She is a member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC). She has studied English Literature at the Faculty of Letters, Istanbul University and later at the Faculty of Letters, University of Geneva. Deriş worked as a community interpreter at the Refugee Aid Center in Geneva between 1983 and 1991, during which time she also worked for the Public Education Department of Geneva teaching immigrant children and their parents. Recently, she has worked as a trainer in the European Masters in Conference Interpreting at Bosphorus University, Istanbul.
David Selim Sayers is a Founding Member of the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT) and a Lecturer at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Université Sorbonne Paris Cité. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge, and has served as 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). David's publications include the books The Wiles of Women as a Literary Genre (forthcoming from Harrassowitz) and Tifli Hikayeleri (Bilgi University Press, 2013) as well as the article “Sociosexual Roles in Ottoman Pulp Fiction” (IJMES, 2017). A native speaker of English, German, and Turkish, David has taught and published in all three languages.
Evrim Emir-Sayers is a Founding Member of the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking (PICT). Having received her MA and MPhil from the Higher Institute of Philosophy, Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), she went on to obtain her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam in 2018. From 2013 to 2016, Evrim served as Lecturer in Philosophy at San Francisco State University, where she taught on continental philosophy, existentialism, and phenomenology. Her publications in English and Turkish include the article “Gauging Proximities: An Inquiry into a Possible Nexus Between Middle Eastern and Western Painting” (Philosophy and Literature, 2014) and the Turkish translations of two dialogues by Plato (“Criton” and “Lysis”) as part of the volume Platon Toplu Diyaloglari I (Eos, 2008).