Fatih Parlak holds a BA and MA in English Literature and Humanities from the Eastern Mediterranean University of Northern Cyprus, and a PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Fatih is interested in the intersections between literature and history. His research focuses on the history of Europe and the Ottoman Empire in the Early Modern age, Mediterranean Studies and Climate History. In his doctoral thesis, he studied the the way the Turk was portrayed in card and board games (1500-1700). He is currently examining the effects of climate change and other factors on players’ preferences in the Early Modern period. He has organized a colloquium on board games in Bologna and a workshop on politics, trade and culture between Anatolia and Iberia in the late Middle Ages. He is the Turkish representative of the Cost Action “Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750)”. He is co-founder of the Society for Mediterranean and Black Sea Studies (MEDIBS).