Lectures on Ottoman past to be held at Greek Consulate

Lectures on Ottoman past to be held at Greek Consulate

Lectures on Ottoman past to be held at Greek Consulate The Consulate General of Greece in Istanbul is set to organize a series of lectures, “Remembering the Ottoman Past in the Eastern Mediterranean,” at the Sismanoglio Megaro. The first lecture of the series will be on Oct. 26. 

With the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire into more than a dozen new nation states as a consequence of the political developments following the Balkan Wars and World War I, the awareness of a shared past in the eastern Mediterranean under the shadow of Ottoman rule had until recently been ignored as far as the official history textbooks of the successor nation-states are concerned.

The joint series of lectures, organized by Evangelia Balta form the Program of Ottoman Studies, the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens and Richard Wittmann from the Orient-Institut in Istanbul, will continue through May 24, 2016. 

Lectures on Ottoman past to be held at Greek Consulate Lectures on Ottoman past to be held at Greek Consulate

The lectures aim to shed light on various aspects of the communal past of today’s residents of the eastern Mediterranean region. 

They focus on a large number of sources that go beyond the standard rules of established history-writing. By taking into account personal and official textual sources, as well as visual and artistic forms of expression, an attempt will be made to throw light on the rifts and continuities that accompanied the profound political reshuffling in this wide – and for centuries, unified – geographical area during the first third of the 20th century. Indeed, the consequences and impact of the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire continue to be felt even today. 

The planned lectures will introduce the work of international researchers from different academic disciplines, who study the rich ethnic and cultural diversity of the eastern Mediterranean region. This area has been closely interconnected since antiquity. 

The lectures will discuss how the memory of an Ottoman past is portrayed in an enormously wide range of sources. In addition to drawing on the personal testimonies of the inhabitants and on local literature, the speakers will also illustrate how this memory has been expressed in popular music, film, photography and, last but not least, in food.

All lectures will also be uploaded to the Bodossaki Foundation’s digital platform “BLOD” (Bodossaki Lectures on Demand) (www.blod.gr).

There will be simultaneous translation from English to Turkish and vice versa, while entrance to the lectures is free of charge.

Lectures on Ottoman past to be held at Greek Consulate

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Lectures on Ottoman past to be held at Greek Consulate

Oct. 26: 
Sinan Kuneralp, “Diaries, Memoirs and Correspondence of Ottoman Diplomats of Greek Ethnicity in the Tanzimat and post-Tanzimat periods”
Maria-Christina Chatziioannou, “Testimonies for the Ottoman Empire: The case of Greek trade networks in the 19th century”

Nov. 18
Eleutheria Zei, “The Invisible Cities in History: Crete, 19th -20th Centuries”
Heath Lowry, “A Unique Glimpse into Life in Late Ottoman Serez: The Memoirs of Mehmet Esad Serezli”

Dec. 9
Edhem Eldem, “The Search for Ottoman Vernacular Photography”
Karl Kaser, “Creating Memories: Photography in the Late Ottoman Empire”

Jan. 12, 2016 
Marianna Yerasimou, “The Time of Cookies, or Cookies from the Past” 
Takuhi Tovmasyan, “The Time of Topik”

Feb. 16, 2016
Okan Murat Öztürk, “From the Music of Dystopia to the Music of Utopia: The Phantasies of the Early Republican Cadres on ‘Obsolete Music’”
Ioannis Zelepos, “Between (lost) Homeland and Orientalism – Ottoman Cities in 20th Century Greek Popular Song”

March 15, 2016 
Vassilios Colonas, “The new town is beautiful: Iconography of the Hamidiye district in Thessaloniki (1885-1912)” 
Rena Molho, “The Memoirs of Dr. Meir Yoel: An Autobiographical Account on Social Change in Ottoman Salonica at the Turn of the 20th Century”

April 19, 2016 
Ourania Polycandrioti, “Fin de siècle Alexandria: Histories, Memoirs and Literary Representations”
Malek Sharif, “Remembering Late Ottoman Beirut: Reminiscences and Histories”

May 24, 2016
Nezih Erdoğan, “Disremembering the Ottoman Past: Problems of Turkish Film Historiography” 
Yannis Papadopoulos, “Reflections of Asia Minor in Greek Cinema”