Images of the Harem, edited volume, 31 Jan 2013

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Don Juan Archive Wien: Ottomania
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We are seeking additional contributions to an edited volume, Images of the Harem, to be published as part of the Don Juan Archive's Ottomania series in 2014-2015.

Images of the harem proliferate European representations of Turkey, India, and other 'Oriental' nations. Yet, the relationships between the nations involved varied considerable. This edited volume focuses on representations of the harem in relationship to the Ottoman Empire during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We seek papers dealing with both fictional and non-fictional representations. Possible questions include:

Do representations of the Ottoman harem differ when compared to other empires and? How does the harem figure in debates over women's rights in the country producing the work? How does it connect to political relations with the country being represented? How do images of or produced during the eighteenth century continue to influence popular concepts of the harem (e.g., Craig Thompson's graphic novel, Habibi, or the Turkish soap opera, The Magnificent Century). The current volume chapters focus mainly on European perspectives, but other cultural/national viewpoints are welcome.

If interested, please send your submission to by 15 January 2014. Submissions in English preferred. There is no set length, but chapters should aim for approximately 5,000 to 12,000 words. Questions about abstracts and the volume can be sent to Emily MN Kugler ( For more information on the Ottomania series in general, contact Michael Hüttler (