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Karl Friedrich Hensler: Zaide, oder Das Weib in ihrer wahren Schönheit
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[Paul Weidmann] Hababah, oder die Eifersucht im Serail
[Paul Weidmann:] Hababah, oder die Eifersucht im Serail. Ein deutsches Originaltrauerspiel in Versen von fünf Aufzügen. Wien: Trattner, 1772 (Don Juan Archiv Wien, Komplex Mauerbach MB 2526)
Vulpius: Carl XII. bey Bender. Ein Schauspiel in fünf Aufzügen
Vulpius: Carl XII. bey Bender. Ein Schauspiel in fünf Aufzügen. Vom Verfasser des Rinaldo Rinaldini. Grätz, 1800. (Don Juan Archiv Wien, Komplex Mauerbach MB 2486)


Seraglios and Harems
A Commemoration of the Bicentenary of Lord Byron’s Sojourn in the Ottoman Capital (1810)

International Symposium in Two Acts
Organized by
Don Juan Archiv Wien

Forschungsverein für Theater- und Kulturgeschichte

In cooperation with
The UNESCO International Theatre Institute in Vienna
The Austrian Cultural Forum in Istanbul

Vienna / Istanbul

Dates: April 23-24, 2010   
Venue: UNESCO – ITI   
Palais Khevenhüller, Türkenstraße 19, A-1090 Wien

Dates: May 27–28, 2010   
Venue: Austrian Cultural Forum

Palais Yeniköy. Köybaşı Caddesi 44, Yeniköy, TR-34464 Istanbul


Conference Convenors: Michael Hüttler, Suna Suner, H. E. Weidinger


Call for Papers

(Act I)



10.00-10.30 Opening Ceremony

Helga Dostal (ITI-UNESCO Centrum Austria)

Exc. Kadri Ecvet Tezcan (Ambassador of the Turkish Republic)

Michael Hüttler (Don Juan Archiv Wien)

10:30-13:00 Session I  “Harem Represented”

Chair: Markus Köhbach (Vienna)

1. Hans Peter Kellner (Copenhagen)  

Aaron Hill (1685-1750): The Capturing of the Seraglio

2. Emre Aracı (London)  

“But if the Sultan has a taste for song, We will revive our fortunes before long”: Seeking Operatic Fortunes in the Nineteenth Century Ottoman Harem

3. Caroline Herfert (Vienna)

Between 'Romantic Reverie' and Critical Account: the Representation of the Harem in Murad Efendi’s Work (1872-1876)


13:00-14:30 Lunchbreak

14:30-16:00  Session II  “Das Serail”
Chair: Michael Walter (Graz)

1. Michael Hüttler (Vienna)

Joseph Friebert's Das Serail ('The Seraglio', Passavia, 1779) in the Don Juan Archiv Wien: Provenance and State of Research

2. Tatjana Marković (Belgrade/Graz)

Das Serail (1779) by Joseph Friebert: Introductory Notes


16:15-18:15 Session III  “Harem & Seraglio in the Fine Arts”
Chair: Claudia Römer (Vienna)

1. Darja Koter (Ljubljana)

The Traces of Seraglio in the Artworks in Slovenia: Depictions of Dance, Music and Theatre from the Seventeenth-Century Turqueries to Johann Josef Karl Henrici's Paintings in the Late Eighteenth Century

2. Luca Scarlini (Florence/Milan) 

Italian Seraglios: Images of Harems between the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, from Chronicles to Karl Henrici’s Paintings

3. Günsel Renda (Istanbul)  

Harem Women in Ottoman Painting





10:30-12:30 Session IV  “Round Italy”
Chair: Michael Hüttler (Vienna)

1. Vassilis Vavoulis (Nottingham/London)  

The Barbarian ‘Other’: Seraglio Themes in Seventeenth-Century Venetian Opera and Public Consciousness

2. Polona Vidmar (Maribor)  

Count Stefano Carli’s La Erizia (1765) in the Harem of Sultan Mehmed II

3. Alexandre Lhâa (Aix-en-Provence) 

The Metamorphosis of Tarare: Political Uses and Receptions of a "Seraglio Intrigue" from the Ancien Regime to the Restoration (1787-1826)


12:30-14:30 Lunchbreak

14:30-16:30 Session V “On the Road”
Chair: Helga Dostal (Vienna)

1. Käthe Springer-Dissmann (Vienna)

"Now at length we're off for Turkey, Lord knows when we shall come back!" : Byron’s Grand Tour to the Bosphorus, 1809-1811

2. Walter Puchner (Athens)

Childe Harold and Manfred: The Reception of Lord Byron in Nineteenth-Century Greek Drama and Theatre

3. Hans Ernst Weidinger (Vienna / Florence)

From Tabarca to Topkapi, or "the Sultan self shan't carry me, Unless his highness promises to marry me": Don Juan Crossing the Ottoman World II

Evening Program: Concert at Bibliotheca Theresiana (by invitation)
"Lord Byron's Pilgrimage"
Matthew Head (London) (Presentation)
Anna Pangalou (Athens) (Mezzo-soprano)

Stefano Cavallerin (Perugia) (Piano)

(Act II)



10:00-11:00 Opening Ceremony

Christian Brunmayr (Austrian Cultural Forum)
Exc. Selim Yenel (Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs) (inquired)

Cemal Öztaş (Grand National Assembly Of Turkey)
Michael Hüttler (Don Juan Archiv Wien)

Ilber Ortayli (Topkapi Palace)

 11:00-13:00 Session I “The Sultan’s Saray”

Chair: Günsel Renda (Istanbul)

1. Gülgün Üçel-Aybet (Istanbul)  

Banquet at the Seraglio from the Description of European Diplomats in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

2. Fikret Karakaya (Istanbul) [cancelled] 

Ali Ufkî (1610-1675) and Music in Topkapı Saray

3. Kısmet Deniz Polat (Istanbul)

Femininity in Male Bodies: “Köçekler”, Mediators of Two Seperate Worlds (1720)


13:00-14:00 Lunchbreak

14:00-16:00 Session II “Harem and Seraglio”
Chair: Zeynep Inankur (Istanbul)

1. Nina Trauth (Trier) 

Fantasies of the Harem in European Portraiture of the Baroque Period (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century)

2. Stefanie Steiner (Karlsruhe)

Enchantment / Disenchantment: Conceptions of Harem and Seraglio in Selected Literary Sources from 1608 to 1852

3. Bent Holm (Copenhagen)   

Between Moralism and Exoticism: The Harem on the Late Eighteenth- and the Early Nineteenth-Centuries’ Danish Stage

16:15-17:45 Session III “Seraglio in Musical Representations”
Chair: Filiz Ali (Istanbul)

1. Mary Hunter (Brunswick, Maine) 

The Veiled Music of the Seraglio: Aspects of Haydn’s L’incontro improvviso (Esterház 1775)

2. Andreas Münzmay (Bayreuth)  

Musical Representations of the Seraglio in Eugène Scribe's Vaudeville L’Ours et le Pacha (Paris 1820) and in its Adaptations in Nineteenth-Century European Theatre

Evening Program: Concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum
"Lord Byron's Dream"
Matthew Head (London) (Presentation)
Anna Pangalou (Athens) (Mezzo-soprano)

Stefano Cavallerin (Perugia) (Piano)

FRIDAY, MAY 28TH, 2010


09:30-11:00 Session IV “Through the Eyes of the Other”
Chair: Evren Kutlay Baydar (Istanbul)

1. Orlin Sabev (Sofia)  

European 'Seraglios' and 'Strange Arts' as Seen and Described from Ottoman Encounters from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century

2. Nazende Öztürk-Yılmaz (Istanbul)  

European Music Embraced in the Ottoman Seraglio during the Nineteenth Century

11:15-13:15 Session VI “On the Vienna Stage”
Chair: Michael Hüttler (Vienna)

1. Strother Purdy (Wisconsin, Milwaukee)  

Irene, Doomed Queen of the Seraglio: A Wise Austrian Looks at Moslem-Christian Violence (Vienna, 1781)

2. John Sienicki (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

But Not All Are Gentlemen: The Dark Side of the Harem Fantasy in the Works of Perinet, Spiess, and Hensler (1791/1794)

3. Lisa Feurzeig (Grand Rapids, Michigan)   

The Harem Transplanted? A Hopeful Picture of Bigamy in Schubert’s Unfinished Opera Der Graf von Gleichen (1826-1828)

13:15-14:15 Lunchbreak

14:15-16:15 Session V   “Byron’s Harems”
Chair: Matthew Head (London)

1. Himmet Umunc (Ankara)

           In Search of Exoticism: Byron's Reveries of the Ottoman Orient

 2. Mi Zhou (London)

'Here mingled in their many-hued array': Ali Pasha's Court as Harem in Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Hobhouse's A Journey Through Albania

3. Laura Tunbridge (Manchester)  

“The soft hours of Sardanapalus”: Music and Effeminacy in Byron’s Seraglios

16:30-18:30 Session VI   “Between Slavery and Freedom”
Chair: Nina Ergin (Istanbul)

1. Alev Karaduman Baysal (Ankara)

          The Rule of Women: A Study of Power and Femininity in  the Ottoman Seraglio

2. Marian Gilbart Read (Hampshire)  

"Schiava sono io, Corsaro!" : Does the Escape from the Harem Dramatise the Risorgimento Struggle in Giuseppe Verdi’s Adaptation of Byron’s The Corsair (Trieste 1848)?

3. Gönül Bakay (Istanbul)  

Can One Have Freedom in a Prison? : Emeline Lott’s The English Governess in Egypt. Harem Life in Egypt and Constantinople (1867)


21:00 Evening Program:  Don Giovanni and His Servant Pulcinella

A Production of Ankara State Theatre / Venue: Üsküdar Tekel Sahnesi – Üsküdar

Turkish State Theatres International Relations & Festivals


Symposium Full Program incl. Abstracts


Registration requested for all guests who wish to participate.

Don Juan Archiv Wien reserves the right to make changes in the symposia program, as necessary.





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