"Situating Ottoman Europe" Workshop

Friday, December 6, 2019, 1:30 pmSaturday, December 7, 2019, 5:00 pm
211 Dickinson Hall



Event Description

About This Workshop

The historical profession is still, by and large, organized around geographical units. Ottoman Europe presents something of a conundrum. This geographical space has long been recognized as a confluence of Christianity and Islam, Europe and the broader Middle East; as such, it defies the conventional boundaries which remain powerful in the division of historical knowledge. At the same time, the geopolitical and, by extension, historiographical priorities of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have confined the historical significance of the region to the themes of conflict, violence, and economic backwardness. In effect, the study of the region’s history has routinely fallen through historiographical and disciplinary cracks.

By bringing together a group of junior and senior scholars whose work focuses on different aspects of early modern Ottoman Europe, this workshop seeks to confront tropes and assumptions embedded in the study of the region and to reimagine the significance that Southeastern European space had for the Ottoman Empire and beyond. Specifically, the workshop will explore what new light political, religious, linguistic encounters and routine boundary crossings cast not only on the history of the Ottoman Empire and Eastern Mediterranean but on history writ large. In doing so, the workshop will also explicitly address the professional challenges of fitting in traditionally defined disciplinary fields. The overall goal of the event is to begin setting the intellectual agenda of integrating southeastern European history more visibly into historical studies as well as to provide a platform for developing future projects and scholarly collaboration.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, December 6

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. | Welcome/Introduction | 211 Dickinson Hall
  • Molly Greene, Princeton University
  • Ana Sekulić, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University
1:45 – 2:30 p.m. | Paper 1 | 211 Dickinson Hall
“Approaching Global Catholicism in Early Modern Ottoman Europe”
Emese Muntan, Central European University
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Break | 210 Dickinson Hall
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. | Paper 2 | 211 Dickinson Hall
““And He Ordered the Collection of the Words Non-Arabic” : The Ideological Implications of Slavophone Arabografia in the Ottoman Empire, 1450-1600”
Marijana Mišević, Harvard University
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. | Paper 3 | 211 Dickinson Hall
"Sultan’s Clergy: The Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople between Serbian communities and Ottoman Government, 1797-1813" 
Yusuf Karabıçak, McGill University
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. | Break | 210 Dickinson Hall
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. | Keynote Adress | 211 Dickinson Hall
"“The Historical as Ethical: On the Use and Abuse of Ottoman Europe”
Edin Hajdarpašić, Loyola University Chicago

Saturday, December 7

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. | Paper 4 | 211 Dickinson Hall
“Ordering the Oriental City: Urban Transformation and the Destruction of Vakıf Property in post-Ottoman Niš”
Jelena Radovanović, Princeton University
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. | Break | 210 Dickinson Hall
10:30 a.m.  – 12  p.m. | Professional Framework Roundtable | 211 Dickinson Hall
Grigor Boykov, University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Amy Singer, Brandeis University
Edin Hajdarpašić, Loyola University Chicago
Jesse Howell, Harvard University
12 – 1 p.m. | Lunch | 210 Dickinson Hall
1 – 2:30 p.m. | Historiography Roundtable | 211 Dickinson Hall
Gábor Ágoston, Georgetown University
Fred Anscombe, University of London-Birkbeck
Molly Greene, Princeton University
Cemal Kafadar, Harvard University
2:30 – 3 p.m. | Break | 210 Dickinson Hall
3 – 4 p.m. | Guest Talk | 211 Dickinson Hall
"Not Fitting In: When Research Interests Fall between Cracks"
Magda Teter, Fordham University
4 – 4:15 p.m. | Break | 210 Dickinson Hall
4:15 – 5 p.m. | Final Discussion | 211 Dickinson Hall
5 p.m. | Workshop Concludes

Speaker Biographies

Funding for this workshop was generously provided by:

Center for Collaborative History  • Department of Near Eastern Studies and the M. Münir Ertegün Foundation for Turkish StudiesHumanities Council  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional StudiesProgram in Contemporary European Politics and Society  The Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund

Organized by:

Professor Molly Greene, Ana Sekulić, and the Center for Collaborative History.


Jennifer D. Loessy
Middle East and North Africa