Transottoman Retro-Perspectives: Eastern European-Near Eastern Shared History and its Global Implications

Transottoman Retro-Perspectives: Eastern European-Near Eastern Shared History and its Global Implications

SPP 1981 Transottomanica
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29.02.2024 - 01.03.2024
Florian Riedler, Ost- und Südosteuropäische Geschichte, Universität Leipzig

A conference to mark the conclusion of the priority programme Transottomanica (DFG SPP 1981) and future research.

Transottoman Retro-Perspectives: Eastern European-Near Eastern Shared History and its Global Implications

At the end of 2023, the DFG Priority Program Transottomanica will draw to a close. We want to mark the end of the program with a conference that will reflect on Transottomanica’s outcomes and discuss new avenues of research.

In the past six years, Transottomanica conducted research on mobility dynamics and their spatial and societal consequences in all their dimensions between Eastern Europe and the Middle East from the early modern period to the twentieth century. We started from the observation that to date, social and (trans)cultural ties between Poland-Lithuania, Russia, the Ottoman Empire and Persia have not been the subject of systematic historical research. Therefore, the program focused on societal ties and communication practices in the context of a large transregional migration society, which emerged as a consequence of large scale mobility between these dominions. This approach promised to change our understanding of globalized European and Asian histories in a transcontinental context. Instead of constructing “one” new region, our “post-area studies” approach allowed us to look beyond the established area containers and focus on concrete contexts and fields of social interaction with different spatial and social ranges unified by the lens of mobility: Our focus was on reciprocal processes of migration, knowledge circulation, travel, trade and mobility of entire societies between Muscovy and then the Russian Empire, Poland-Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire and Persia, always including military dynamics. In the program’s publication series, we proposed a research perspective in an introductory volume (2019) and gathered preliminary results in three more volumes: Knowledge on the Move (2021), Transottoman Matters (2022), Transottoman Biographies (forthcoming 2023).

The conference will give opportunity to the working groups and research projects assembled in the program to discuss their results. Moreover, the event wants to open the horizon again and invite researchers with a similar approach to reflect on their relationship with Transottomanica. This can include a critical assessment of common concepts, a reflection on difficulties and avenues of future research that would productively enlarge and deepen the Transottoman approach.


Transottoman Retro-Perspectives: Eastern European-Near Eastern Shared History and its Global Implications

29 February–1 March 2024
Venue: Felix-Klein-Hörsaal P501 P5.014, Paulinum, Augustusplatz 10, 04109 Leipzig


29 February

9:00–10:30 Welcome: Reflections on Transottomanica
- Stefan Rohdewald (Leipzig), Markus Koller (Bochum), Albrecht Fuess (Marburg)

10:30–11:00 Coffee break

11:00–13:00 Panel I: New Methodological Approaches
- Taisiya Leber (Mainz), Ani Sargsyan (Hamburg) and Barbara Henning (Mainz), Approaching Transottoman Expertise: From Knowledge Circulation via Mobile Experts to Exploring Cultures of Expertise
- Ludwig Paul (Hamburg), Lexicography as Cultural History
- Yusuf Karabicak (Mainz), Conceptual Diplomacy: A Transottoman Look at “European” Diplomacy from Istanbul in the 18th century

13:00–14:30 Lunch break

14:30–16:00 Panel II: Areas
- Stephan Conermann (Bonn), New Area Studies
- Malte Fuhrmann (New Europe College, Bucharest) and Esther Möller (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin), The Modern Mediterranean as Shared History

16:00–16:30 Coffee break

16:30–18:30 Keynote lecture
- Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg), At, On and In the Mediterranean: Three Approaches to Medieval History

1 March

9:30-11:00 Panel III: Case Studies: Early Modern Period
- Dilyara Agisheva (Harvard), Fostering Commercial Exchange in Transottoman Space through Crimea in the late 18th century
- Jovo Miladinović (Konstanz), A Trans-Adriatic Story of Ulcinj: Negotiating Maritime Sovereignty in the Eighteenth-Century Mediterranean through the Balkan-Maghreb Connections
- Will Smiley (New Hampshire), From Moscow and Mysore to Mehmetçiks: Tipu Sultan, Koca Yusuf Paşa, and the Nizam-ı Cedid

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Panel IV: Case Studies: Religion and Culture
- Cornelia Soldat (Cologne), National and Transnational Perspectives in Religious Studies: Christian-Muslim Relations in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Russian Empire
- Ioannis Tsekouras (Athens), Ecstasy and Agape: Pontic muhabeti and the Oblivion (?) of Devotional Islamic Musical Heritage
- Roy Marom (Berkeley), Circassians, Bosnians and Russian Jews: Transnational Migration, Cultural Patrimony and Political Conflict in Ottoman, and Post-Ottoman, Palestine

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:30 Panel V: Case Studies: Nineteenth-Century Imperialism
- Isa Blumi (Stockholm), Cultivating Defection: How European Imperial Agents Harvested Indigenous Allies in the Ottoman World, and Its Twentieth century Consequences
- Sven Jaros (Halle), Adampol Revisited: The Polish Emigration and Its Political Implications in a Network Analytical Perspective
- Paulina D. Dominik (European University Institute, Florence), The White Eagle and the Crescent: Seyfeddin Thadée Gasztowtt, the Young Turks and Polish-Muslim Geopolitical Entanglements in the Trans-Mediterranean Context in the Age of High Imperialism

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-19:00 Closing discussion and roundtable on the priority programme as a format
- Stephan Conermann (Bonn), Yavuz Köse (Vienna), Stefan Rohdewald (Leipzig) and Kim Siebenhüner (Jena), hosted by Albrecht Fuess (Marburg)

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