Upcoming Panel: Women, Patronage, and Agency in the Ottoman Empire

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by Ayşe Baltacıoğlu-Brammer

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to inform you about an upcoming panel organized by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative at New York University (OTS-NYU) on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 12:30 (EST). Below you can find the abstract, as well as the link to register. 

This event is a part of a series of panels and lectures that will take place in the next several months under the rubric of the 2nd Mid-Atlantic Ottoman Studies Workshop

Panel Title: Women, Patronage, and Agency in the Ottoman Empire

Link to register:   https://nyu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYodumrrzMtG9HiS8KctilgiWZuKg4VTEyF

Panel Abstract: This panel will present a diverse and nuanced set of studies that seek to expand, question, and resituate our understandings of gender and women’s agency in the Ottoman Empire. Gamze Yavuzer examines 17th-century legal cases of Muslim and non-Muslim Ottoman women abandoned by their husbands to question the notion of the advantageousness of the Sharia courts vis-à-vis the non-Muslim community courts for women; Betül Başaran explores the practice of marriages between Ottoman women and foreigners (kebin) to introduce new ways of conceptualizing women’s agency in the empire; Susanna Ferguson investigates gender segregation in schooling and the gendered practice of moral cultivation and proper raising of children (tarbiya) as a way to understand how civilizational labor offered women new opportunities to claim authority in the late Ottoman Arab East; and Müge Özbek analyzes post-Ottoman memoirs and travelogues of women accompanying their male relatives throughout the Arab provinces to examine how female mobility impacted the workings of the Empire and its colonial projects. Our commentator, Michael Ferguson, will draw on each of these presentations to speak about some of the relevant themes around gender, agency, and patronage. The panel will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Panelists and the Titles of Their Talks:

Gamze Yavuzer (University of Maryland): Deserted Women of Istanbul in the Late-Seventeenth Century Registers of the Sharia and the Patriarchal courts.

Betül Başaran (St. Mary's College of Maryland): Preliminary Observations on Kebin and Mixed Marriages in the Ottoman Empire  (Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries)

Susanna Ferguson (Smith College): Schooling, Gender Difference, and Civilizational Labor in the Late-Ottoman Arab East

Müge Özbek (Bilgi University): Gender, Female Mobility, and the Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Imperialism in the  Memoirs of the Female Companions of Government Officials

Commentator – Michael Ferguson, Concordia University

Contact email: abb12@nyu.edu