Imperial Cities: The Tsarist Empire, the Habsburg Empire and the Ottoman Empire in Comparison

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April 26, 2018 to April 27, 2018
Russian Federation
Subject Fields: 
Russian or Soviet History / Studies


Imperial Cities:The Tsarist Empire, the Habsburg Empire and the Ottoman Empire in Comparison


German Historical Institute (DHI), Moscow, April 26-27, 2018


THURSDAY, April 26

09:30-10:00   OPENING

(DHI Moscow): Welcome

Gabriele Freitag (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde): Welcome

Eszter Gantner (Herder Institute, Marburg) / Ulrich Hofmeister (Vienna University): Introduction

10:00-13:00 PANEL 1: CITYSCAPES

Chair: Julia Obertreis (Verband der Osteuropa-Historikerinnen und -historiker / Friedrich-Alexander-Universität   Erlangen-Nürnberg)

10:00                 Keynote: Ilya Gerasimov (Ab Imperio) Discussion

10:45                 Clemena Antonova (Sofia University):

Jewish Cityscapes in St. Petersburg, Vienna, and Istanbul as Models of In/ex/clusion

Florian Riedler (Justus Liebig University Giessen):

Niš as an Imperial Border City between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans Discussion

11:45                 Coffee Break

12:00                 Gulchachak Nugmanova (Research Institute of the Theory and History of Architecture and Town Planning, Moscow): Imperial Power, Imperial Identity and Kazan Architecture: Visualizing the Empire in Nineteenth Century Russian Province

Robert Born (Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig): Divide et impera? Imperial Representation in the Banat Capital during the 18th Century and its Legacy


13:00-15:00   Lunch Break


Chair: Piro Rexhepi (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen)

15:00                 Keynote: Heidemarie Uhl (Austrian Academy of Sciences) Discussion

15:45                Nilay Özlü (Boğaziçi University Istanbul):

The Imperial Palaces in comparative perspective during the 19th and

early-20th centuries: The Topkapi Palace, the Kremlin Palace, and the Hofburg Palace                                                                                                                 

Jovana Knežević (Stanford University):

From Imperial Outpost to Multinational Capital: The Transformation of Belgrade, 1860s-1930s


16:45                 Coffee Break

17:00                 Olga Zabalueva (Linköping University):

(De)constructing imperial heritage: Moscow Zaryadye in times of transition

Nikolina Šimetin Šegvić / Filip Šimetin Šegvić (Zagreb University): Zagreb: The (Un)usual Case of a Local Imperial Centre?




FRYDAY, April 27

09:00-12:00   PANEL 3: MODERNIZATION

Chair: Gabriele Freitag (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde) 09:00 Keynote: Edhem Eldem (Boğaziçi University Istanbul)


09:45                 Alexis Hofmeister (Basel University):

Four situative cosmopolitan cityscapes – one paradigm? Ethnic and non-Ethnic spaces in late Imperial Riga, Salonika, Triest and Odessa

Aida Murtić (Heidelberg University):

Reconfiguring the urban and the monumental: (Bi)imperial modernizations in Sarajevo Discussion

10:45                 Coffee Break

11:00                 Michel Abesser (Freiburg University):

Imperial Cities Merging – Rostov and Nakhichevan in the 19th and early 20th century


Attila Aytekin (Middle East Technical University Ankara):

From Imperial City to National Capital: ‘Cosmopolitanism’ and Its Demise in Belgrade and Ankara


12:00                 Coffee Break

12:30-13:30   CONCLUSION

Eszter Gantner (Herder Institute, Marburg) / Ulrich Hofmeister (Vienna University): Concluding remarks


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