The Forgotten Revolution: Visual and Material Culture of the Hungarian Diaspora in the Ottoman Empire (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)
Organizers: Nebahat Avcıoğlu (Hunter College), Deniz Türker (University of Cambridge)
Event Date: September 7-8, 2018
The European upheaval of 1848-9 brought a great number of refugees from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Ottoman lands. So far, scholars have approached them as temporary residents, who made little or no impact on Ottoman society, culture and history. This two-day workshop, which marks the 200th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, welcomes papers that examine the lives and deeds of some of these Hungarian men and women, whose extraordinary accounts of their experiences have recently been brought to light. Diasporas are often defined by their polyglot culture, relatedness and movement between communities. Hence the useful way to think about Hungarian refugees in the Ottoman Empire is to see them as inhabiting several empires simultaneously — Prussian, Austro-Hungarian, British, Ottoman and others. How can we connect these lives? How do they intersect materially and intellectually? We aim to address such questions and also to engage with methodological issues faced by scholars who try to capture identities on the move.