Ottoman and Turkish Studies

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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.

Professor Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular

Professor Zeynep Çelik

Dotan Halevy

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



09/29/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
Christian Mountains in a Muslim Empire
Molly Greene, Princeton University

10/27/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
Orhan Veli Kanık, His Life and Works: A Reappreciation
Sibel Erol, New York University

11/17/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
Kerosene Nights: Light and Enlightenment in Late Ottoman Jerusalem
Avner Wishnitzer, Tel Aviv University

12/08/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
The Migrant Shia: Pilgrims of the Sultan and the Shah
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, University of Pennsylvania

01/19/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
David Ohannessian and the Armenian Ceramics of Jerusalem
Sato Moughalian, Flutist, Author, and Granddaughter of David Ohannessian

02/23/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
Inventing Laziness: The Culture of Productivity in Late Ottoman Society
Melis Hafez, Virginia Commonwealth University

03/30/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM
Cultural History of Enslaved and Emancipated Africans in the late Ottoman Empire
Michael Ferguson, Concordia University

04/06/2018 Horace Mann Hall, Room 435, Teachers College, Columbia University
2:00 PM
19th century musical encounters of European and Ottoman musicians (with performances of some of the pieces in discussion)
Nicolas Dufetel, Institut de Recherche en Musicologie

04/20/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
2:00 PM