Seminars

  • Founded
    1974
  • Seminar Number
    551

From its inception, this seminar adopted an interdisciplinary approach to Turkic studies, and its members represent many fields. At the same time, their interests span more than twelve centuries. In most years, the program covers a selection of topics reflecting current research of members. Special anniversaries such as the Atatürk centennial (1981–1982), the sixtieth anniversary of the Turkish Republic (1983–1984), and the traveling exhibition, The Age of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent (1987–1988), however, have provided themes around which all papers or a series of papers have been centered. Discussion on papers presented—no matter what their topic—has shown that dialogue between, for example, political scientist and art historian, medievalist and modernist, can be both stimulating and productive.


Co-Chairs
Professor Leyla Amzi-Erdoğdular
la2142@columbia.edu

Professor A. Tunç Şen
ats2171@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Yasemin Akçagüner
ya2300@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.


Meeting Schedule

09/27/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
The Turkish Shahnama and its Illustrations
Robert Dankoff, University of Chicago
Abstract

Abstract

Prof. Dankoff will assess the Turkish Shahnama as a cultural phenomenon. What about it (aside from the language) is "Turkish"? What is its significance in the Ottoman context? He will focus on the illustrated copies made for Sultan Osman II (r. 1618-22), especially one in Uppsala and one in the New York Public Library.





10/18/2019 411 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University
3:15 PM
Portraits of Unbelonging: Photography, the Ottoman State and the making of Armenian Emigrants
Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, Rutgers University
Abstract

Abstract

How has photography policed borders and differences? How do photography and statecraft intersect in the making and unmaking of citizens? Portraits of Unbelonging is a double-sided history of migration, examining one of the first uses of photographs to police borders. It studies the history of Ottoman Armenian emigration from the Ottoman east to the United States from the politically fraught and often violent 1890s to the end of Abdülhamid II's reign in 1909.

Like each individual terk-i tabiiyet photograph, the official document used in the renunciation of Ottoman nationality for emigration, the project faces two directions; it links an Ottoman past to an American future. Portraits of Unbelonging traces the stories of emigrant families over a century – from the bureaucratic files that unmade Ottoman subjects, to the ship manifests that tracked their migration routes, to the census and naturalization records that documented their new lives as immigrants, then citizens in the United States, to the family albums of their descendants living today. It is a history of mass migration on an intimate scale.





11/01/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM

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12/06/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM

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01/31/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM

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02/21/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM

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03/27/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM

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04/24/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM

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