New Geographies in Political Thought: The Ottoman Empire and the Eastern Mediterranean

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Call for Papers
March 17, 2019 to March 19, 2019
Washington, United States
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, Intellectual History, Islamic History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Political History / Studies

Part of a series of panels designed to expand the range of “early modern political thought,” this call seeks proposals for papers concentrating on political/legal thought that engage the peoples, locations, and issues of the Ottoman Empire and the early modern eastern Mediterranean.


Sponsored by the RSA’s “Political and Legal Thought” division, this will be a guaranteed session for the conference that will ideally examine “political thought” from a broad perspective within early modern culture. Submissions that address consider new sources, geographic perspectives, and topics are thus as welcome as those speaking to more recognizable issues such as advice to princes or questions of empire and conqest.


Potential participants should submit the following to Todd Butler, Washington State University ( by August 6. Panelists will be informed by August 10.

  • paper title (15-word maximum)
  • abstract (150-word maximum)
  • curriculum vitae (.pdf or .doc upload), including PhD completion date (past or expected)
  • full name, current affiliation, and email address


Note that participants are now required to be members of RSA at the time of panel submission (August 10), which again is guaranteed. For information on RSA membership, see


Contact Info: 

Todd Butler

Associate Professor and Chair (English)

Washington State University

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