Sermin Kalafat is associate professor in the field of Turkish language. She received her bachelor’s (2007) and master’s (2009) degrees from Trakya University and her PhD degree from Uludag University in 2015. During her undergraduate studies, she was awarded the Turkish Education Foundation (TEV) Merit Scholarship and was honoured twice with the Outstanding Achievement Scholarship.

Kalafat began her academic career as a research assistant at Uludag University, and after completing her PhD, she worked as a Turkish instructor at Yunus Emre Institute in London. She joined Istanbul Medeniyet University as an assistant professor in 2016 and received the title of associate professor in 2020. In 2023, she was awarded the TUBITAK Overseas Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.

Her research focuses on the linguistic structure and terminological ontologies of Ottoman mathematical and astronomical texts and traditional Turkish lexicography in the Ottoman period.

Her research at Cambridge Digital Humanities is a digital monograph focusing on the lexicographical identity and practices of Redhouse, aiming to bring a new digital and interdisciplinary interpretation to the study of traditional Ottoman Turkish lexicography and metalexicography. The logo of the REDMOS project was designed and registered by Sermin Kalafat.

At the centre of Kalafat’s vision for the future is the creation of a digital artwork that combines language and culture with traditional Turkish calligraphy and marbling, which are part of her personal inspirations and pursuits, along with the musical timbre of the Istanbul kamanche.

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