The historical importance of the Ottoman Empire’s presence in Europe is highlighted by its frequent appearance in theatre. The aim of the “Ottoman Empire and European Theatre” research project is to explore, on the one hand, the various performative expressions of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Turkish/Ottoman culture and diplomacy on European theatre stages, and on the other hand, the appearance of European theatre and opera in the Ottoman Empire.
The project consists of different sections:
Research / Edition Projects
- Sefâretnâmes – Ottoman Embassy Reports Edition
- Theatre and Diplomacy
- Joseph Friebert’s Das Serail (‘The Seraglio’, Passavia, 1779)
Databases and Tables
- Database: Stageworks with ‘Turkish’ sujets from 16th to 18th century (“Türkenstücke”, “Türkenopern”).
- Database: Turkish and Oriental Plays in the Pálffy Theatre-Library
- Database: Register of Ottoman and European Ambassadors
- Bibliography of research literature: Turkish and Oriental sujets in Theatre and Opera
- 2008 Vienna (April 25.-26.) and Istanbul (June 05.-06.)
- 2009 Vienna (April 24.-25.) and Istanbul (June 04.-05.)
- 2010 Vienna (April 23.-24.) and Istanbul (May 27.-28.)
- 2011 Vienna (April 29.-30.) and Istanbul (June 09.-10.)
- 2012 Istanbul (June 28.-29.)
- 2013 Istanbul (June 13.-14.)
- 2014 Vienna (June 05.-06.)
Ottomania Publication Series
Michael Hüttler / Hans Ernst Weidinger (eds.), Ottoman Empire and European Theatre. Vol. I: The Age of Mozart and Selim III (1756–1808). Wien: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag, 2013 (Ottomania 1).
Bent Holm, The Taming of the Turk: Ottomans on the Danish Stage 1596–1896. Translated from the Danish by Gaye Kynoch, Wien: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag 2014 (Ottomania 2).
Michael Hüttler / Hans Ernst Weidinger (eds.), Ottoman Empire and European Theatre. Vol. II: The Time of Joseph Haydn: From Sultan Mahmud I to Mahmud II (r.1730–1839). Wien: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag, 2014 (Ottomania 3).
Walter Puchner, Das neugriechische Schattentheater Karagiozis. Wien: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag, 2014 (Ottomania 4).
Projektleitung: Suna Suner