Ottoman Topologies: Spatial Experience in an Early Modern Empire and Beyond (Stanford, May 16-17, 2014)

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Department of History, Stanford University

May 16-17, 2014

The conference brings together scholars of Ottoman history who have been working on space-related themes in dialogue with the spatial turn in social sciences and humanities. The papers discuss how men and women in the Ottoman world imagined, experienced, built, mapped, and administered space in early modern times and how we can understand these imaginers, movers, builders, geographers, and administrators. The conference includes a panel that considers new possibilities of digital technology in space-related historical studies.

Please direct any inquiries to

Vladimir Troyansky
Ph.D. Candidate
Ottoman and Modern Middle Eastern History
Department of History, Stanford University


MAY 16, 2014 - Lane History Corner, 200-307

Introductory Remarks (8:45-9:00)

Ali Yaycıoğlu (Stanford University), Space, Place, Territory and the Ottoman World 

Keynote lecture (9:00-10:00)

Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University), The Politics of Space in Ottoman Historiography: Sacralization, Contestation, and Mulberries in the Middle

Panel I: Imagining Space (10:00-12:15)

Chair: Shahzad Bashir (Stanford University)

Ahmet Karamustafa (University of Maryland), Sufi Paths and the Spatial Turn

Nicolas Trépanier (University of Mississippi), Landscape and the Subjective Experience of Place in Mediaeval Anatolia

Rachel Goshgarian (Lafayette College), How Big Was the Ottoman Empire in the 17th Century? Placing Ethnicity, Language and the State in an Armeno-Ottoman Manuscript from Kaffa (Feodopolis)

Selim Kuru (University of Washington), Poetic Cartographies, Urban Anxieties: Lâmi‘î Chelebi's 'Bursa Shehrengizi' Redux

Özer Ergenç (Bilkent University), Perception of Space in the Early Modern Ottoman World: "Vatan" and "Diyar-ı Aher" within the Triangular Context of "Memalik-i Mahruse", "Diyar-ı Acem" and "Frengistan”

Panel II: Mapping Space (1:15-3:15)

Chair: Martin Lewis (Stanford University)

Maria Mavroudi (University of California, Berkeley), Rendering Ptolemy's Geography from Greek into Arabic at the Court of Mehmet the Conqueror: Ancient Toponyms

Karen Pinto (Gettysburg College), Ottomans Mediating Islamic Cartographic Space

Gottfried Hagen (University of Michigan), Time, Space, and Politics in Ottoman Maps

Pinar Emiralioğlu (University of Pittsburg), The Ottoman Enlightenment: 'Geography' and Politics in the Long Eighteenth Century

Panel III: Building Space (3:45-5:45)

Chair: Bissera Pentcheva (Stanford University)

Patricia Blessing (Stanford University), All Quiet on the Eastern Frontier? Early Ottoman Architecture and Its Contemporaries in Eastern Anatolia

Aleksandar Sopov (Harvard University), Land Reclamation and Expansion of Agricultural Production in Ottoman Istanbul and Mamluk Cairo at the End of the Fifteenth and Beginning of the Sixteenth Century

Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh (University of California, Davis), City and Landscape in the Ottoman Empire: Experiencing Architecture, Narrating Space in Aleppo

Shirine Hamadeh (Rice University), In and Out of Place: The Everyday Spaces of Istanbul’s Migrants, 1720-1840

MAY 17, 2014 - Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall

Panel IV: Experiencing Space (9:00-11:30)

Chair: Nancy Kollmann (Stanford University)

Giancarlo Casale (University of Minnesota), An Ottoman Humanist on the Long Road to Egypt: Space, Time and Belonging in Salih Celalzade's Tarih-i Misr al-Cedid

Helen Pfeifer (Princeton University), The Well-Mannered Domains: Adab and the Road to a Pan-Ottoman Sociability

Elizabeth Lambourn (De Montfort University), Ottoman Horses on the Move - A Window into Ottoman-Mughal Relations

Sinem Arcak Casale (University of Minnesota), Qazvin to Istanbul: The Journey of a Safavid Prince through Imperial Eyes

Alan Mikhail (Yale University), Ottoman Iceland

Panel V: Administering Space (12:30-2:30)

Chair: Aron Rodrigue (Stanford University)

Himmet Taşkömür (Harvard University), Dividing the Empire to Rule: Juridical Space in the Early Modern Ottoman Legal Discourse and Practice

Will Smiley (Yale University), Ottoman Space, Empire, and International Law

Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Princeton University), Insularity and Empire: The Production of Space in Ottoman Cyprus

Şevket Pamuk (Boğaziçi University), Money and Empire in the Sixteenth Century, The Spatial Dimension

Panel VI: Digitizing Space (3:00-5:00)

Chair: Zephyr Frank (Stanford University)

Owen Doonan (California State University, Northridge), The Hinterland of Sinop in the Context of Black Sea Empires: A Comparative Perspective

Victor Ostapchuk (University of Toronto), Tracking the Movements of Masses throughout Ottoman Space: The Views from Non-narrative Documents and Their Value for Spatial History

Amy Singer (Tel Aviv University), Where IS Edirne? Situating an Ottoman City in the Time-Space Continuum

Hakan Karateke (University of Chicago), Mapping Ottoman Inscriptions

General Discussion (5:00-6:00)

Concluding Remarks (6:00-6:20)

Kären Wigen (Stanford University)