ONLINE WORKSHOP: Ottoman Cultural Mobilities: 19th-Century Modes of Travel, Collecting and Display

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December 4, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Urban History / Studies, Humanities, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Dear All,
We are pleased to announce the architectural history workshop co-organized by METU and BIAA titled “Ottoman Cultural Mobilities: 19th Century Modes of Travel, Collecting and Display”. The event will be held in hybrid format (via zoom) between 08.30-16.30 (London UTC+0) | 11.30-19.30 (Ankara UTC+3) on Saturday 4 December 2021. Registration is required.

For registration:

For detailed information:


Schedule (UTC+3):
11:30 – 12:00 Introduction
Daniel-Joseph Macarthur-Seal
Belgin Turan Özkaya & Semra Horuz

12:00 – 13:30 Networks
Chair: Daniel Joseph MacArthur-Seal, BIAA
1. Russian Scholars, Orthodox Subjects, and Academic Mobility between Russia and Palestine in the Late
Ottoman Period
Pınar Üre, Middle East Technical University
2. Artful Diplomacy as Modus Itineris: Reflections on the Journeys of the Hyphenated Manases across Europe
Gizem Pilavcı, BIAA
3. Merchants, Bankers, Diplomats: Socio-economic Networks of the Glavany Family and their Imprints on
İstanbul's Urban Fabric
Efe Erünal, Koç University
Alexandra Koumpouli, Koç University

14.30 - 16.00 Travel
Chair: Belgin Turan Özkaya, Middle East Technical University
4. London as the Object and Site of Late Ottoman Cultural Mobilities: Three Anonymous Ottoman Travelogues
from the Early 19th Century
Semra Horuz, Bahçeşehir University
5. Reflections on an Architectural Excursion in 1910: Nihat Bey’s Notes and Photographs from Cairo
Müjde Dila Gümüş, İstanbul University
6. The Railway and Ottoman Engagements with Anatolian Pasts
Elvan Cobb, Hong Kong Baptist University

16.15 – 17:45 Objects
Chair: Gizem Tongo, Middle East Technical University
7. Lost Objects, Untold Stories: Mesopotamia c.1855
Belgin Turan Özkaya, Middle East Technical University
8. Treasuries in Motion: The Display of the Topkapı Palace Collections during the 19th Century
Nilay Özlü, Istanbul Bilgi University
9. Loans, Looms, and Liquidation: Ottoman Mobilities and the Early 20th-Century Market for Islamic Art and
Roxanne Goldberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

18.00 - 19.30 Visual Culture
Chair: Semra Horuz, Bahçeşehir University
10. History as You Go: Mobility, Photography, and the Visibility of the Past in Late Ottoman Print Space
Ahmet Ersoy, Boğaziçi University
11. Showcasing Empire: Art, Ottomanism and the 1900 Paris Exposition
Gizem Tongo, Middle East Technical University
Vazken Khatchig Davidian, Oxford University
12. Towards a Radical Cartography of Ottoman Landscape Photographs
Erin Hyde Nolan, Maine College of Art

Contact Info: 

Semra Horuz

Belgin Turan Ozkaya

Daniel-Joseph MacArthur-Seal

Gizem Tongo