Workshop: The Ottoman Empire and the 'Germansphere' in the Age of Imperialism, July 29-31 2021, Zurich

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Description: 

This workshop examines relations between the late Ottoman Empire (1878-1922) and the “Germansphere.” We employ the term “Germansphere” to designate a region shaped by a strong influence of the German language and common forms of cultural literacy, which comprises at its core the countries Germany, Austria(-Hungary), and Switzerland. Using insights from transnational and new imperial history our contributions address the question: under which circumstances did relations between the Ottomans and the Germansphere accommodate, support, or contradict the logics and structures of (informal) imperialism?

Conveners: Elife Biçer-Deveci, Ulrich Brandenburg

Places: ETH Zurich and University of Zurich

For registration, contact ulrich.brandenburg@uzh.ch

 

Program

Day 1 July 29, 2021

17:30-19:00

Public keynote lecture

Yavuz Köse (University of Vienna): “Rıza Nur and his Vienna Letters”

 

Day 2 July 30, 2021

9:00-9:30

Introductory remarks

Elife Biçer-Deveci, Ulrich Brandenburg: “Why Examine Ottoman-Germansphere Relations?”

9:30-10:00

Coffee break

10:00-12:30

Panel I: Scientific Exchanges

Chair and discussant: Maurus Reinkowski (University of Basel)

Elife Biçer-Deveci (ETH Zurich): “Anti-Alcohol Movement and Transnational Networks in the Ottoman Empire”

Barbara Henning (University of Mainz): “German-Speaking Orientalists with an Interest in Kurdish Studies and Their Local Interlocutors: Encounters, Co-Productions and (Mis-)Representations”

12:30-14:30

Lunch break

14:30-17:00

Panel II: Diplomatic Contacts

Chair and discussant: Hans-Lukas Kieser (University of Newcastle)

Giorgio Ennas (European University Institute): “Demanding Reciprocity: Ottoman-Swiss Negotiations During the First World War”

Tobias Völker (University of Hamburg): “Two Generations of Mordtmanns in Istanbul. Scholarly and Diplomatic Exchanges in Changing Political Circumstances”

 

Day 3 July 31, 2021

9:30-12:00

Panel III: Interpersonal Encounters

Chair and discussant: Ulrich Brandenburg

Umar Ryad (KU Leuven): “Berlin through Arab-Ottoman Eyes”

Sarah Khayati (University of Basel): “My name is Alfred": Migration of non-Muslim Ottomans to Switzerland in the aftermath of World War I”

12:00-13:30

Brownbag lunch and final discussion