Prof. Cemal Kafadar: "Vampire trouble is more serious than the mighty plague": A comparative look at the history of evil and mischief, inspired by Evliya Celebi

Lecture at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, January 9, 2014

A graduate of Istanbul's Robert College Cemal Kafadar earned his PhD from McGill University's Institute of Islamic Studies in 1987. After teaching for two years at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, Prof. Kafadar has been teaching at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies where he holds the Vehbi Koç Chair of Turkish Studies. Prof. Kafadar’s work focuses on the social and cultural history of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe in the early modern era. He teaches seminars on archival research and on popular culture. His much noted publications include The Ottomans and Europe, 1400-1600 (1994) and a book on the rise of the Ottoman state Between Two Worlds: The Construction of the Ottoman State (1995).

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Dr. Philip Mansel: Friend or foe? The Ottoman Empire and Europe, from Mehmed II to Wilhelm II

Lecture at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, October 24, 2013

The Ottoman Empire rose with the help of European allies, such as Genoa; it fell partly due to entering the First World War on the side of another ally, Germany. Using pictures and diplomatic documents, Dr Philip Mansel shows how the Ottoman Empire interlocked for more than three centuries with the powers of Europe. It had friendly relations, sometimes confirmed by treaties, with Poland, England, the Netherlands, Sweden, above all France. Beginning in the mid-sixteenth century, the French-Ottoman alliance was one of the few fixed points in European diplomacy. It had long-term commercial, cultural and religious consequences, as the recent exhibition at Versailles on the Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre proved. More seventeenth-century French royal silver, presents from kings Louis XIII and XIV, has been preserved in Jerusalem than in Paris, since it was not melted down in wars or revolutions. From 1799 formal treaties confirmed the Ottoman Empire as part of the Concert of Europe.

Dr Philip Mansel is a historian of France and the Ottoman Empire. His books Sultans in Splendour, a photographic history of monarchs of the Middle East ,Constantinople: city of the World's desire, and Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean have been translated into Turkish. He is editor of The Court Historian, journal of the Society for Court studies, and a Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, London, and the Royal Historical Society.

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Dr. Carole Woodall: "Constan Town" Jazz: A guide to 1920s Beyoğlu

Lecture at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, November 10, 2014

G. Carole Woodall is an assistant professor of Modern Middle East history in the Departments of History and Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.  Currently, she is working on her forthcoming book titled The Decadent Modern: Cocaine, Jazz, and the Charleston in 1920s Istanbul, and is part of a Turkish-US collaborative transmedia-documentary project based on early jazz in Istanbul.

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Dr. Andrew Peacock: From Wild West to Islambol: The mediaeval transformation of Anatolia

Lecture at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, September 11, 2014

For at least a hundred years after the Turkish conquests in the 11th century, Anatolia was a remote frontier of the Muslim world, lacking most of the attributes of Islamic civilisation - mosques, madrasa, scholars and the accoutrements of urban Muslim life. In this sense it is often called mediaeval Islam's 'Wild West'. Yet by the fifteen century, 'the lands of Rum' had become a major centre of Islamic intellectual life, a place which not only attracted foreign scholars but also exported considerable numbers of its own learned class to the traditional heartlands of the Islamic, Mecca and Cairo. The lecture explores how this transformation came about. Dr Andrew Peacock is Reader in Middle Eastern Studies at the School of history, University of St Andrews. He is Principal Investigator of the research project, The Islamisation of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500, funded by the European Research Council (grant number 284076).

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