5. März 2021: Nematollahy, Kamyar “The Young Generation of Iranian Composers in the Digital Era”

Dr. des. Kamyar Nematollahy is a musician and ethnomusicologist from the University of Cologne where he defended his Ph.D. thesis in 2020. Since September 2019, he has been working in the BMBF-funded initiative “Iran and Beyond – Breaking the Ground for Sustainable Scholarly Collaboration (IRSSC). Performance of Culture, Religion and Body as Strategies of Self-Empowerment in the Islamic Republic of Iran”.


Remembering the Ottoman Past in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Orient-Institut Istanbul and the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Ottoman Studies Programme), Athens, have jointly organized at the Sismanoglio Megaro building of the Greek Consulate General in Istanbul the lecture series “Remembering the Ottoman Past in the Eastern Mediterranean/ Doğu Akdeniz’de Osmanlı Geçmişini Hatırlamak”  (October 2015 – May 2016). All lectures were recorded and have been made freely accessible in Turkish and English versions on the Bodossaki Foundation’s digital platform BLOD (Bodossaki Lectures on Demand). Please see individual links below; for the program, click here.

October 26, 2015: The Recollections of Diplomats and Traders

Sinan Kuneralp (Istanbul)
Diaries, Memories and Correspondence of Ottoman Diplomats of Greek Ethnicity in the Tanzimat and post-Tanzimat Periods/

Tanzimat ve Tanzimat Sonrası Dönemlerde Rum Asıllı Osmanlı Diplomatlarının Günce, Anı ve Yazışmaları

Maria-Christina Chatziioannou (Athens)
Testimonies for the Ottoman Empire. The Case of Greek Trade Networks in the 19th Century/

Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’na Tanıklıklar; 19. Yüzyılda Yunan Ticaret Ağları Örneği

URL English: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2434

URL Turkish: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2435

November 18, 2015: Ottoman Past in Crete and Madeconia

Eleutheria Zei (Rethymno)
The Invisible Cities in History: Crete, 19th-20th Centuries/

Tarihte Görünmez Kentler: Girit, 19.- 20. Yüzyıllar

Heath Lowry (Istanbul)

A Unique Glimpse into Life in Late Ottoman Serez: The Memoirs of Mehmet Esad Serezli/

Osmanlı Son Döneminde Serez’deki Yaşama Özgün Bir Bakış: Mehmet Esad Serezli’nin Anıları

URL English: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2457

URL Turkish: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2458

December 9, 2015: Picturing Ottoman Life in Photography

Edhem Eldem (Istanbul)
The Search for Ottoman Vernacular Photography/

Osmanlı Fotoğrafçılığında Yerel Boyutun Peşinde

Karl Kaser (Graz)
Creating Memories: Photography in the Late Ottoman Empire/

Hatıraları Oluşturma: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nun Son Döneminde Fotoğrafçılık

URL English: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2519

URL Turkish: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2520

February 16, 2016: Musical References to the Ottoman Past

Okan Murat Öztürk (Ankara)
From the Music of Dystopia to the Music of Utopia: The Fantasies of the Early Republican Cadres on “Obsolete Music”/

Distopyanın Musikisinden, Ütopyanın Müziğine: Erken Cumhuriyet Kadrolarının “Geçmiş Musiki’” Kurguları

Ioannis Zelepos (Munich)
Between (lost) Homeland and Orientalism – Ottoman Cities in 20th Century Greek Popular Song/

(Kayıp) Vatan ve Oryantalizm Arasında 20. Yüzyıl Yunan Halk Şarkılarında Osmanlı Şehirleri

URL English: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2636

URL Turkish: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2637

March 15, 2016: The Memory of Ottoman Salonica

Vassilios Colonas (Volos)
“The new Town is beautiful”/ Iconography of the Hamidiye district in Thessaloniki (1885-1912)/

“Yeni Şehir Güzeldir”. Selanik Hamidiye Mahallesinin Tasviri (1885-1912)

Rena Molho (Thessaloniki)
The Memoirs of Dr. Meir Yoel: An Autobiographical Account on Social Change in Ottoman Salonica at the Turn of the 20th Century/

Dr. Meir Yoel’in Anıları: 20. Yüzyılın başlarında Osmanlı Selanik’inde Sosyal Değişimin Otobiyografik Bir Hikayesi

URL English: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2709

URL Turkish: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2710

April 19, 2016: Memory of the Ottoman Past in the Arab Lands

Ourania Polykandrioti (Athens)
Fin de siècle Alexandria: Histories, Memoirs and Literary Representations/

Geç Osmanlı dönemi İskenderiye: Hikayeler, Hatıralar ve Edebî Tasvirler

Malek Sharif (Münster)
Remembering Late Ottoman Beirut: Reminiscences and Histories/

Son Dönem Osmanlı Beyrut’unu Hatırlamak: Hatıralar ve Hikayeler

URL English: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2873

URL Turkish: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2874

May 24, 2016: The Ottoman Past in Moving Images

Nezih Erdoğan (Istanbul)
Disremembering the Ottoman Past: Problems of the Turkish Film Historiography/

Osmanlı Geçmişini Hatırlayamamak: Türk Sineması’nda Tarihyazımının Sorunları

Giannis Papadopoulos (Athens)
Reflections of Asia Minor in Greek Cinema/

Yunan Sinemasında Anadolu Yansımaları

URL English: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2923

URL Turkish: http://www.blod.gr/lectures/Pages/viewlecture.aspx?LectureID=2924


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).


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, andLevant: 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.


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.


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).