Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics

DFG Priority Programme Transottomanica
21.05.2020 - 23.05.2020
Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists

To date, social and (trans)cultural ties between Russia, Poland-Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire and Persia from the early modern period to the beginning of the twentieth century have not been the subject of systematic historical study. The historical societies of the above-mentioned regions developed relationships that evolved and interconnected over centuries. The program will focus on the “transottoman” ties and communication practices which emerged as a consequence of mobility between these dominions and which have not previously become visible in studies of individual regions or bilateral relations. This approach promises to change our understanding of globalised European and Asian histories in a transcontinental context. Instead of constructing “one” new region, our “post-area studies” approach allows us to focus on several different contexts and fields of social interaction with different spatial and social ranges unified by the lens of mobility: Our focus will be on reciprocal processes of migration, knowledge circulation (travelling concepts), travel, trade and mobility of entire societies between Muscovy and then the tsarist empire, Poland-Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire and Persia. Since we are exploring undiscovered terrain, we will first carry out basic research. On the basis of these findings we will then develop suitable methodological tools for a new theory design that will take into account the specific requirements of our subject of research.


Thursday, 21 May


Introduction and outlook: Stefan Rohdewald, Florian Riedler: Transottoman Mobility Dynamics


Section 1: Mobile Biographies

Panel 1:

Veruschka Wagner, Lives in Pieces: The Biographies of Domestic Slaves in Early Modern Istanbul

Nana Kharebava, The Life and Death of Queen Ketevan (d. 1624): From Georgia to Iran and India

Andreas Helmedach, Francesco Muazzo: A Venetian Professional Soldier in the First Morean War (1684–1699)

Lybomir Pozharliev, The Transimperial Biography of Petar Popov (d. 1894) and the First Bulgarian Steamship Company

Discussant: Johannes Paulmann

Panel 2:

Hacer Topaktaş, Istanbul and Egypt in the Eyes of the Eighteenth-Century Polish Traveler Jan Potocki

Giorgio Rota, European Renegades and Persian Converts during the Safavid Period

Zaur Gasimov, Turkophone Scholars in Exile: The Case of Ahmet Caferoğlu

Chair: Anna Vlachopoulou


Keynote lecture: Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Follow the Discourse: Methodological Considerations for Studying Transregional Flows Through the Lens of Discourse

Friday, 22 May


Section 2: Knowledge on the Move

Panel 1:

Ani Sargsian, Persian in the Ottoman Empire as Reflected in Selected Farhangs (Dictionaries) of the 16th Century: A Cultural Transottoman Configuration

Taisiya Leber, Interreligious Polemics and Early Book Printing in the Transottoman Context

Barbara Henning, Follow the Text: Transottoman Trajectories of Early-Modern Ottoman Political Advice Literature

Dennis Dierks, Muslim Modernity as Local and Translocal Practice: Transimperial Entanglements of Modernisation Discourses between Russia, the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire

Eveline Dierauff, (Christian) Arabs and (Russian) Jews: Identity and Zionism Debates in the Transottoman Migration Society of Palestine (1880–1925)

Discussants: Tijana Kristić, Henning Sievert

Panel 2:

Nikolas Pissis, Knowledge on the Move in the Princely Library of Nikolaos Mavrokordatos (1720s)

Nil Palabiyik, Johannes Leunclavius (1541–1594) and the Rewards of Writing the History of the Ottomans in Early Modern Europe

Diliara Brileva, Depicting the Middle East: Travelogues in the Journal Shura (1908-1917)

Discussants: Michael Khodarkovsky, Mustafa Tuna


Section 3: Object Mobility

Panel 1:

Florian Riedler, Objects in a Transottoman Context: Geographical, Symbolic and Temporal Mobilities

Arkadiusz Blaszczyk, Byzantine by Shape, Sino-Mongolian by Name? A Muscovite “Tournament of Value” and the Crimean Tatar Appropriation of the Golden Hanging Seal (baysa)

Alexandr Osipian, Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation: Oriental Carpets in Early Modern Poland-Lithuania.

Vitalij Fastovskij, Scientists from Russia in the “Near East”: Christian Antiquities and National Self-Consciousness (1895–1914)

Discussant: Michal Wasiucionek

Panel 2:

Yuka Kadoi, Candlesticks: Material and Stylistic Exchanges across the Transottomanica Contact Zone

Nicole Kançal-Ferrari, Patterning Divergence and Likeness: Exquisite Textiles and Other Objects in Eastern Europe, 15th–17th Centuries

Suraiya Faroqhi, Made in Istanbul, Delhi or Agra’: Serving Imperial and Princely Courts in the Ottoman and Mughal Worlds


Roundtable discussion with Albrecht Fuess, Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Cyrus Schayegh, and Giancarlo Casale

Saturday, 23 May


Excursion to Schloss Friedrichstein in Bad Wildungen

Visit to the museum with collection of Turcica and to the city church: Hendrik Ziegler, Andreas Helmedach, Robert Born


Florian Riedler
University of Giessen
East European History
E-Mail: Florian.Riedler@geschichte.uni-giessen.de

Eastern European-Ottoman-Persian Mobility Dynamics, 21.05.2020 – 23.05.2020 Giessen, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 28.02.2020, <www.connections.clio-online.net/event/id/termine-42646>.