A World of Realms: A Long View of Diplomacy and Spatiality in the Premodern Islamicate World.

Malika Dekkiche Announcement
Subject Fields
Diplomacy and International Relations, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies

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Online Workshop hosted by the University of Antwerp, May 12-13, 2022

Registration via email: AWOR2022@uantwerpen.be


Day 1: May 12


2 pm - 2:30 pm: Welcome and introductory remarks


2:30pm – 4 pm: Panel 1 Thinking Territoriality

Chair: Houssine Alloul (University of Amsterdam)


  • Karen Pinto (University of Colorado-Boulder) “On the Cusp of Dār al-Islām and Dār al-ḥarb: The Islamicate Cartographic Vision of the Border with Byzantium (Thughūr al-shamiyya)
  • Samuel Kigar (University of Puget Sound) “Itineracy, Homecoming, and Territory in the Maghreb Over the Longue Durée”
  • Peter Kitlas (Emory University) A Scribe’s Realm: Islamic ideals of treaty making and negotiation in the eighteenth-century Ottoman Empire





4:30 pm-5:30 pm: Panel 2 Rhetorics of Territoriality

Chair: Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA)


  • Palmira Brummett (University of Tennessee) “The End of the Renaissance: Ambrosio Bembo and the ‘Limits’ of Ottoman Space”
  • Sarah Waheed (University of South Carolina) “A Warrior Queen of the Deccan: Contesting Territorial Space and the Power of the Zenana”


Day 2: May 13



1:30pm -3:00pm. Panel 4 Staging Diplomacy

Chair: Karen Pinto (University of Colorado-Boulder)


  • Shivangini Tandon (Max Planck Institute for Human Development; Aligarh Muslim University, India), “From a Cultural Category to a Territorial Claim: Imaginations of ‘Hindustan’ in Mughal Imperial Discourse”
  • Georg Christ (University of Manchester) “Rogue Emporia and Spatial Dynamics of Fading Power: Venice and the Mamluk Empire in the Late Middle Ages
  • Shounak Ghosh (Vanderbilt University) “Diplomatic Practices in the Persianate World: Notes from a Mughal Ambassador’s Diary”


3:30pm-4:30 pm. Panel 5 Mobilities and Intermediaries

Chair: Palmira Brummett (University of Tennessee)


  • Anthony Minnema (Samford University) “Between Amīr and Rey moro: Bahā’ al-Dawla Ibn Hūd and the Question of Sovereignty in Thirteenth-Century Murcia”
  • Özlem Yıldız (Temple University) “Art in Diplomacy: Ottoman-Qajar Visual Exchange through Ambassadorial Visits in the Early Nineteenth Century”


4:30 pm: concluding remarks


5:30pm: Keynote lecture at the University of Antwerp (Promotiezaal van het Klooster van de Grauwzusters) followed with a reception

(open to a broader public with registration: malika.dekkiche@uantwerpen.be)


Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA), "Round about 1500: Diplomacy and Conflict in the western Indian Ocean before and after Vasco da Gama".


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