To attend this online workshop, prior registration is necessary: Please send an email specifying your name and academic affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 August 2020
To attend this online workshop, prior registration is necessary: Please send an email specifying your name and academic affiliation to email@example.com by 31 August 2020 (Monday) at the latest. For technical reasons, the number of participants is limited. You will be informed about the organizational and technical procedure before the workshop starts.
Sounds are an essential medium of representation of power. Especially on the occasion of festive events they were effectively used in the form of music, noises and performative speech acts. However, this was not done in isolation from other media. Rule was to be experienced as all-encompassing, in order to amaze and awe the court, the subjects as well as competing and “friendly” courts, and to present the ruler’s government, person and environment as ideal instances of power.
The workshop “Sonic Rituals: Ottoman, Habsburg & Burgundian Festivities (15th – 17th Centuries) From an Intermedial Perspective”, which will be organized on 4th and 5th September 2020 by the SNF project “The Sound of Power: Sounding as Intermedial Category of 15th to 17th Century Court Festivity Rituals in an Intercultural Perspective” (University Bern) together with the Orient-Institut Istanbul, will focus specifically on the intermedial interplay of power and sound in rituals in the context of the Ottoman Sultans and the courts of Habsburg-Burgundy. Lecturers from Istanbul, Ankara, Bern, Dijon, Vienna and Boston will approach the topic from different disciplinary and time perspectives.
The workshop is organized as a video conference and thus offers the possibility to get into conversation with each other despite different locations. Interested persons who would like to join the workshop as listeners and discussants are welcome.
Online Workshop The Ingredients of Aşure which will take place on 24 September 2020 17.00 - 19.30
The Ingredients of Aşure
which will take place on 24 September 2020
17.00 – 19.30 (Istanbul time)
The workshop is part of a series of research meetings dedicated to Materialities of Everyday Religiosity, Past and Present. It aims to look closely at aşure, the sweet boiled grain soup, or pudding, which is ceremonially cooked and distributed in the month of Muharrem. The ingredients of aşure are amazingly numerous, and manifold and ambiguous religious connotations are connected to this dish, which seems to evade simple categorizations. It is both sweet and savoury; it is cooked, and distributed among neighbours, by religious and secular people of all kinds of urban and rural backgrounds. The variety of grains, pulses and dry fruit it is composed of are often commemorated as the food supplies on Noah’s ark; but this is only one of the numerous oral traditions related to the cooking of aşure. It is surprising that so far, neither anthropology of religion nor anthropology of food have thoroughly dealt with this ceremonial dish. We are therefore pleased that three experts on the topic have agreed to share and discuss a part of their work on the cultural history, ritual, and symbolism of aşure. Priscilla Mary Işın (Istanbul), an authority in the historical research of Ottman food and sweets will shed light on aşure in the 17th century according to Evliya Çelebi. Anthropologist Dr. Marie Hélène Sauner (Idemec Aix-Marseille/Galatasaray University Istanbul) will present from her research on oral tradition related to colours and textures of aşure. Prof. em. Frances Trix (Indiana University, Bloomington), drawing on many decades of her ethnographic fieldwork among Albanian Bektaşis, will share some of her memories of Bektaşi aşure ceremonies in Michigan. Anthropologist of religion Dr. Esther Voswinckel Filiz (Orient-Institut Istanbul) will shed light on the ritual importance of aşure cooking and distribution at some of Istanbul’s historical Sufi tekkes.
|In order to register for the event and in order to receive the zoom admission code, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Tuesday, 22 September.|
Together with my colleagues in the research field History of Religions of Anatolia I am looking forward to welcoming you at our online event. Esther Voswinckel Filiz
(Donnerstag) 17:00 - 19:30