Edhem ELDEM teaches at the Department of History of Boğaziçi University and holds the International Chair of Turkish and Ottoman History at the Collège de France. He has taught as visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley (1999), Harvard University (2009), at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2001-2003, 2006, 2011, 2014), at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris (2005), at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris (2008), and at Columbia University (2016). He has been a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2011-12), at Bonn University (2013) and at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich (2015).
Among his fields of interest are the Levant trade in the eighteenth century, Ottoman funerary epigraphy, the development of an urban bourgeoisie in Istanbul, the history of the Ottoman Bank, the history of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, late-nineteenth-century Ottoman first-person narratives and biographies, and the history of photography in the Ottoman Empire.
His publications include: French Trade in Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century (1999); A History of the Ottoman Bank (1999); The Ottoman City between East and West: Aleppo, Izmir and Istanbul (1999, with D. Goffman and B. Masters); La Méditerranéee turque (2000, with F. Çiçekoğlu); Pride and Privilege. A History of Ottoman Orders, Medals and Decorations (2004); Death in Istanbul. Death and its Rituals in Ottoman-Islamic Culture (2005); Consuming the Orient (2007); L’épitaphe ottomane musulmane XVIe-XXe siècles (2007, with N. Vatin); Un Ottoman en Orient. Osman Hamdi Bey en Irak (1869-1871) (2010); Le voyage à Nemrud Dağı d’Osman Hamdi Bey et Osgan Efendi (2010); Osman Hamdi Bey Sözlüğü (2010); Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (2011, with Z. Bahrani and Z. Çelik); Mendel-Sebah: Müze-i Hümayun’u Belgelemek – Mendel-Sebah: Documenting the Imperial Museum (2014); Camera Ottomana. Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire, 1870-1914 (2015, with Z. Çelik); L’Empire ottoman et la Turquie face à l’Occident (2018); L’Alhambra. À la croisée des histoires (2021).