Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics

Florian Riedler Announcement
Subject Fields
Borderlands, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies

International Conference

Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics

Giessen, 21–23 May 2020




Thursday, 21 May


Introduction and outlook: Stefan Rohdewald, Florian Riedler: Transottoman Mobility Dynamics



Section 1: Mobile Biographies

Panel 1:

Veruschka Wagner, Lives in Pieces: The Biographies of Domestic Slaves in Early Modern Istanbul

Nana Kharebava, The Life and Death of Queen Ketevan (d. 1624): From Georgia to Iran and India

Andreas Helmedach, Francesco Muazzo: A Venetian Professional Soldier in the First Morean War (1684–1699)

Lybomir Pozharliev, The Transimperial Biography of Petar Popov (d. 1894) and the First Bulgarian Steamship Company

Discussant: Johannes Paulmann

Panel 2:

Hacer Topaktaş, Istanbul and Egypt in the Eyes of the Eighteenth-Century Polish Traveler Jan Potocki

Giorgio Rota, European Renegades and Persian Converts during the Safavid Period

Zaur Gasimov, Turkophone Scholars in Exile: The Case of Ahmet Caferoğlu

Chair: Anna Vlachopoulou



Keynote lecture: Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Follow the Discourse: Methodological Considerations for Studying Transregional Flows Through the Lens of Discourse


Friday, 22 May


Section 2: Knowledge on the Move

Panel 1:

Ani Sargsian, Persian in the Ottoman Empire as Reflected in Selected Farhangs (Dictionaries) of the 16th Century: A Cultural Transottoman Configuration

Taisiya Leber, Interreligious Polemics and Early Book Printing in the Transottoman Context

Barbara Henning, Follow the Text: Transottoman Trajectories of Early-Modern Ottoman Political Advice Literature

Dennis Dierks, Muslim Modernity as Local and Translocal Practice: Transimperial Entanglements of Modernisation Discourses between Russia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire

Eveline Dierauff, (Christian) Arabs and (Russian) Jews: Identity and Zionism Debates in the Transottoman Migration Society of Palestine (1880–1925)

Discussants: Tijana Kristić, Henning Sievert

Panel 2:

Nikolas Pissis, Knowledge on the Move in the Princely Library of Nikolaos Mavrokordatos (1720s)

Nil Palabiyik, Johannes Leunclavius (1541–1594) and the Rewards of Writing the History of the Ottomans in Early Modern Europe

Diliara Brileva, Depicting the Middle East: Travelogues in the Journal Shura (1908-1917)

Discussants: Michael Khodarkovsky, Mustafa Tuna



Section 3: Object Mobility

Panel 1:

Florian Riedler, Objects in a Transottoman Context: Geographical, Symbolic and Temporal Mobilities

Arkadiusz Blaszczyk, Byzantine by Shape, Sino-Mongolian by Name? A Muscovite “Tournament of Value” and the Crimean Tatar Appropriation of the Golden Hanging Seal (baysa)

Alexandr Osipian, Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation: Oriental Carpets in Early Modern Poland-Lithuania.

Vitalij Fastovskij, Scientists from Russia in the “Near East”: Christian Antiquities and National Self-Consciousness (1895–1914)

Discussant: Michal Wasiucionek

Panel 2:

Yuka Kadoi, Candlesticks: Material and Stylistic Exchanges across the Transottomanica Contact Zone

Nicole Kançal-Ferrari, Patterning Divergence and Likeness: Exquisite Textiles and Other Objects in Eastern Europe, 15th–17th Centuries

Suraiya Faroqhi, Made in Istanbul, Delhi or Agra’: Serving Imperial and Princely Courts in the Ottoman and Mughal Worlds



Roundtable discussion with Albrecht Fuess, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Cyrus Schayegh, and Giancarlo Casale


Saturday, 23 May


Excursion to Schloss Friedrichstein in Bad Wildungen

Visit to the museum with collection of Turcica and to the city church: Hendrik Ziegler, Andreas Helmedach, Robert Born

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Florian Riedler

University of Giessen, East European History

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