March 24, 2017, 08:30 AM - March 25, 2017, 08:00 PM

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Various locations

Rethinking Late Ottoman Civilization
March 24, 2017, 08:30 AM - March 25, 2017, 08:00 PM
Rethinking Late Ottoman Civilization

From March 24 - 25, 2017, in partnership with the Robert Strauss Center, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies will hold the symposium "Rethinking Late Ottoman Civilization," involving keynote speakers and panels examining late Ottoman Empire attitudes towards European concepts of 'modernity.' 

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, the Graduate School Academic Enrichment Fund, the Institute for Historical Studies, the Islamic Studies Initiative, and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. 

For more information, please visit the Department of Middle Eastern Studies' page here.


DAY ONE: Friday, March 24, 2017

Registration/Coffee: 8:30AM – 9:00 AM All Day One events held in the Glickman Conference Center, CLA 1.302B

Opening Remarks: 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Session One: 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM Ulama, Courts, and Political Order
Moderator: Samy Ayoub, UT Austin

- Amir Toft, University of Chicago, “Registered Silence: The Institutional Logic of the Ottoman Sicils”
- Marilene Karam, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, “Ulama as ambivalent political actors of change: the work of ‘Abd al-Jawād al-Qāyātī in the end of 19th century”

Coffee Break 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Session Two: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Rethinking Late Ottoman Historiography
Moderator: Chris Rose, UT Austin

- Chantal El Hayek, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, “Historiography of Levantine Beirut (1830–1930): Questioning Modernist and Postcolonial Narratives of the Late Ottoman City”
- Patrick Adamiak, University of California, San Diego, “Expanding the Circle of Civilization in the Syrian Desert: Ottoman Discourse and Refugee Settlement,1878-1914”
- Jelena Radovanović, Princeton University, “Can there be a “genius Turk”? Encountering the Ottoman in post-1878 Niš”
- Eyal Ginio, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Shaping the Constitutional Sultanate: The Reign of Mehmed Reşad (1909-1918)”

Lunch 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Session Three: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Minorities in the Late Ottoman Empire
Moderator: Kamran Aghaie. UT Austin

- J. Andrew Bush, New York University, Abu Dhabi, “Religious Difference and the Politics of Literary Imagination in Kurdistan (1850-1930)”
- Michael Sims, University of Washington, Seattle, “Education and National Purpose in Kurdish and Syriac Christian Periodicals of the Late Ottoman Empire”
- Rabea Benhalim, University of Texas at Austin, "Reforms and Shifts in Ottoman Jews’ Legal Authority"
- Yasar Tolga Cora, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor “Championing Ottomanism: Language and Practice of the Armenian Notables in the Eastern Provinces in mid-Nineteenth Century”

Break 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Keynote lecture: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

- Suraiya Faroqhi, Istanbul Bilgi University, “The material culture of poverty: Cristina Trivulzio’s account of life in mid-nineteenth century Central Anatolia”

Dinner 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Group Dinner at Lavaca Teppan

DAY TWO: Saturday, March 25, 2017 All Day Two Events held in CAL 100.

Session One: 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM Perspectives on Ottoman Civilization
Moderator: Andrew Akhlaghi, UT Austin

- Meltem Toksöz, Brown University/Bosphorus University, “The Concept of Civilization in Late Ottoman Universal Histories”
- Melis Hafez, Virginia Commonwealth University, “Moralists as Culture Producers in Late Ottoman Society”
- Stefan Detchev, South-West University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, “Procession of civilization” - the first Bulgarian Istanbul cookbook from 1870 and the road to modernity

Coffee Break 10:45 - 11:00 AM

The Ottoman rebab, mini-concert by Celil Refik Kaya 11:00 – 11:30 AM

Lunch 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Session Two: 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM Ottoman Sensibilities
Moderator: David Rahimi, UT Austin

- Alison Terndrup, Boston University, “Picturing the Modern Sultan: a Portrait of Mahmud II”
- Emrah Şahin, University of Florida, “Taken Hostage in Ottoman Lands: Imperial State Responses to Miss Stone Affair, American Missionaries, and Public Disorder”
- Ellinor Morack, Otto-Friedrich University, Bamburg, “The experience of Ottoman modernity and the advent of the apocalypse: Yecüc ve Mecüc (Istanbul ca. 1910)”

Break 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Session Three: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Ottoman Women, Family and Modernity
Moderator: Jeannette Okur, UT Austin

- Kate Dannies, Georgetown University, “Gender and Modernity in the Ottoman First World War”
- Ansev Demirhan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “A Transregional Muslim Woman Question and its Ottoman Roots”
- Tuğba Karaman, Independent Scholar, “Rethinking Islam, Remaking Ottoman Women: “True Islam” Discourse in the Late Ottoman Women’s Press”
- Hakan Karpuzcu, Princeton University, “Reorganizing the Family Through Law in the Late Ottoman Empire”

Concluding Remarks 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM