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Ottoman Roundtables - I
Ottoman Roundtables - II

Ottoman Roundtables

 

Having launched the research-cultural project „Ottoman Empire & European Theatre“ in 2007 and, after six years of fruitful research and ten international symposia held alternately in Vienna and Istanbul since 2008, Don Juan Archiv Wien begins in 2014 a new series of discussion meetings entitled „Ottoman Roundtables“. The primary aim of these discussion meetings is networking and exchange for possibilities and ways of processing and producing output of the most recent research in Ottoman-related topics with cultural historical aspects. Through the Ottoman Roundtables, it is also aimed to gather scholars as well as organizations and institutions from various disciplines whose fields of activities embrace Ottoman studies. The Ottoman Roundtables are envisaged to take place twice a year in the form of a closed framework of discussion and exchange of research, and are expected to yield to perspectives towards cooperation of the contributing institutions.

 

Ottoman Roundtables - I

13th January 2014, Don Juan Archiv

 

The first of the Ottoman Roundtables will be realized on 13th January 2014 and will be dedicated to the theme „Sefâretnâmes – Ottoman Embassy Reports“, and is considered part of the Sefâretnâmes – Ottoman Reports Edition project that Don Juan Archiv Wien has initiated as an international cooperation in 2010. The earliest of these documents known to date categorically considered as sefâretnâme (’book of embassy’) dates as early as 1419 and was written during the reign of Mehmed I (r. 1413–1421) by Hoca Gıyaseddin Nakkaş, the envoy of Shahrukh Mirza (r. 1405–1447), then ruler of the Timurid Empire, on the mission to China reigned by Emperor Yongle (r. 1402–1424; Ming Dynasty) – this is, indeed, a specific case where the envoy is Timurid but the document belongs to the sefâretnâme category. The latest sefâretnâme dates from the reign of Sultan Abdülhamid II (r. 1876–1909) and stems from the envoy Mehmed Tahir Münif Paşa’s 1877 mission to Persia, at the time ruled by Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar (r. 1848–1896).

As for the sefâretnâmes written on missions to European states, the earliest one dates back to 1495 and originates from an embassy to Pécs in the Apostolic Kingdom of Hungary; the last two from Europe were written during the era of the resident embassies instituted by Sultan Selim II (r. 1789–1807): from Lombardy in the Austrian Empire in 1838 by the ambassador was Mehmed Sadık Rıfat Paşa who was on his Vienna mission during the reigns of Sultan Mahmud II (r. 1808– 1838) and Emperor Ferdinand I (r. 1835–1848), and from Paris in 1845, by ambassador Abdülrezzak Bahir Efendi during the reign of Abdülmecid I (r. 1839–1861) and Louis Philippe (1830–1848). Other European states on which sefâretnâmes were written are Holy Roman Empire (8 reports between 1665-1792), France (8 reports between 1721-1845), Russia (8 reports between 1722-1794), Poland (3 reports between 1730-1758), Sweden (1 report 1732), Prussia (3 reports between 1763-1798), Spain (1 report on 1787 mission), and Great Britain (3 reports between 1793-1832).

There are 50 such documents known to exist, of which manuscript copies are held not only in institutions in the Turkish Republic (as, for instance, in Topkapı Palace Archives with a collection of 105 manuscripts and in Istanbul University Library with 26 manuscripts), but also widespread in various European institutions in Vienna (11), Paris (6), Basel (3), Berlin (2), Munich (1), Gotha (1), Halle (1), Uppsala (1) as well as in Cairo (6). Of these, Vienna holds the most number of sefâretnâme manuscript copies outside of Turkey, belonging to the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (7) and Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv (4).

Don Juan Archiv Wien has composed a complete register of the entire corpus of the Ottoman sefâretnâmes for further research purposes which can also be seen online.

 

The participants to this first Roundtable are cordially invited to reflect to the theme with respect to their own fields of expertise and with regard to possibilities of their institutions, so as to bring a channel of exchange and to provide a discussion on possible new angles to research on the subject.

 

Participating Guests to Ottoman Roundtable – I

(names in alphabetical order)

Johannes Feichtiger (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Institut für Kulturwissenschaften und Theatergeschichte)

Ingeborg Formann (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Sammlung von Handschriften und alten Drucken)

Seyfi Kenan (Istanbul, Marmara University & Centre for Islamic Studies)

Markus Köhbach (Universität Wien, Institut für Orientalistik)

Ernst Petritsch (Wien, Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv)

Gisela Procházka-Eisl (Universität Wien, Institut für Orientalistik)

Claudia Römer (Universität Wien, Institut für Orientalistik)

Solveigh Rumpf-Dorner (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Sammlung von Handschriften und alten Drucken)

Florian Schwarz (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Institut für Iranistik)

 

Concept and Organisation

Matthias J. Pernerstorfer, Suna Suner, Hans Ernst Weidinger

 

Ottoman Roundtables - II

6th June 2014, Don Juan Archiv

 

The second of the Ottoman Roundtables will be realized on 6th June 2014 and will be dedicated to three topics:

 

1. “Copenhagen – Istanbul – Vienna and Melchior Lorck: Art Historical Aspects on a Joint Culture Project”

Presentation by Bent Holm and follow-up discussion

 

2. “Story of Vildan Hanım as an Ottoman Painter: The Genealogy of a Viennese-Istanbulite Family Saga in the Wake of Fin de Siècle”

Presentation by Nedret Kuran-Burçoğlu and follow-up discussion

 

3. “Sefâretnâmes Edition Project: Continuation Aspects as a European Union Project”

Discussion with the attendees

 

The attendees to this second Round Table are cordially invited to reflect to the topics in the light of their own fields of expertise and their institutions, so as to bring a channel of exchange and to provide possible new angles to research and project realization on the presented topics.

 

Attending Guests to Ottoman Roundtable – II

(Names in alphabetical order)

David Chataignier (Turku – Åbo Akademi University)

Bent Holm (Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen)

Michael Hüttler (Vienna – Hollitzer Verlag)

Seyfi Kenan (Istanbul – Marmara University)

Nedret Kuran-Burçoğlu (Istanbul – Yeditepe University)

İlber Ortaylı (Istanbul – Galatasaray University)

Matthias J. Pernerstofer (Vienna – Don Juan Archiv)

Suna Suner (Vienna – Don Juan Archiv)

Hans Ernst Weidinger (Vienna / Florence – Don Juan Archiv / STVDIVM FÆSVLANVM)

 

Concept and Organisation

Matthias J. Pernerstorfer, Suna Suner, Hans Ernst Weidinger

 

Ottoman Roundtables - III

29th May 2015, 13:30-15:30

Venue: Istanbul Research Institute (2nd Floor)

Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.47, 34443 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu, İstanbul

 

Discussion Title: “Envoys, Embassies: Art Historical and Cultural Historical Substance and Sources”

 

The attendees to this third Roundtable are cordially invited to make brief presentations (approximately 5 to 10 minutes) reflecting to the discussion topic “Envoys, Embassies: Art Historical and Cultural Historical Substance and Sources” in the light of their own fields of expertise and their institutions, so as to bring a channel of exchange and to provide possible new angles to research on the topic. The issues to address are the typology and iconology of diplomatic missions in Ottoman-European context, considering aspects such as processions, ceremonies, gift giving, image(s) of the envoys and ambassadors, social and cultural gatherings, and not least, royal and official audiences; as well as sources to these aspects in art and cultural history.

 

Attending Guests to Ottoman Roundtable – III

(Names in alphabetical order)

Michael Hüttler (Vienna – Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag)

Zeynep İnankur (Istanbul – Mimar Sinan University)

Seyfi Kenan (Istanbul – Marmara University)

Tatjana Marković (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna)

İlber Ortaylı (Istanbul – Galatasaray University)

Günsel Renda (Istanbul – Koç University)

Suna Suner (Vienna – Don Juan Archiv)

Hacer Topaktaş (Istanbul – Istanbul University)

John Whitehead (London – Independent Researcher)

 

Concept and Organisation

Matthias J. Pernerstorfer, Suna Suner, Hans Ernst Weidinger

Letztes Update: 26.05.2015
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