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Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories 26-27 June 2014
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Ottoman Cosmopolitanism AHRC Network
Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories AHRC Research Network
International two-day conference
Plenary speakers include Professor Ulrike Freitag, Freie Universität Berlin; Susan Meiselas, documentary photographer; Claudia Roden, chef, writer and cultural anthropologist; Professor Gayatri Spivak, Columbia University
Call for papers:
Ottoman scholarship has so far largely been organised by the historical, political, philosophical, archaeological and linguistic, often concentrating on Edward Said’s ‘orientalist’ representations of the Ottoman Empire. The project and conference aims to further the revaluation of orientalism by engaging different disciplines to read the legacies of Ottoman cities.
This two-day international conference aims to investigate these themes further through an inter-disciplinary approach. We are inviting proposals for twenty-minute papers that explore all aspects of the ex-Ottoman city and its many intercultural encounters, and whose approaches to these encounters may include, for example: cultural history, city and architectural studies particularly in relation to individual and transcultural memory; cultural studies including literature, autobiography and life-writing, the visual arts (photography, cinema, painting); anthropology, Middle-Eastern and North African studies as well as the study of all the Ottoman lands per se (including also the Balkans, Greece, Cyprus, Armenia, Eastern Europe); Jewish studies, colonial and postcolonial studies; French/francophone and Italian studies (many ex-Ottoman cities had French or Italian as their lingua franca).
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
The conference also includes an exhibition entitled ‘East and West: Visualising the Ottoman City’ which features the work of four lens-based artists representing the Ottoman city through a perspective of transcultural memory. The exhibition will explore key ideas from the network’s research within a contemporary art framework.
Closing date for submissions of abstracts (250 words): 1 January 2014
Please email abstracts together with a short biographical note to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop Organisers/Network Members: Principal Investigator, Jay Prosser (University of Leeds), Co-investigator, Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck College, University of London), Visual Advisor, Leslie Hakim-Dowek (University of Portsmouth), Project Advisor, Colette Wilson (University of Westminster), Research Assistant, Henghameh Saroukhani (University of Leeds)
For more information on the network, visit our website: