CFP for Edited Collections: Images of the Harem (Deadline 31 January 2014)

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Don Juan Archive’s Ottomania series
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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 (