“Istanbul” – “Kushta” – “Constantinople”: Diversity of Identities

German Consulate General Istanbul, Kaisersaal
Orient Institut Istanbul in cooparation with University of Bamberg
14.10.2010 - 15.10.2010
Orient Institut Istanbul

“Istanbul” – “Kushta” – “Constantinople”: Diversity of Identities and Personal Narratives in the Ottoman Capital (1830-1900)

- An International Conference -

German Consulate General Istanbul

October 14 - 15, 2010

Please note: Prior registration is required for attending the conference.
Please register via e-mail no later than October 11, oiist@oidmg.org



Thursday, 14 October

9:00-9:30 Greeting by Raoul Motika, Director of the Orient-Institut Istanbul Conference Opening, Christoph Herzog and Richard Wittmann:
Istanbul as a space of multi-cultural biographies?

Section 1, Chair: Miltos Pechlivanos

9:30-10:00 Himmet Taşkömür:
Identity, participation and self-discovery: travels of Arab intellectuals to Istanbul from the Levant and Egypt during the Hamidian era

10:00-10:30 Kent Schull:
Amalgamated observations: American impressions of nineteenth century Constantinople and its peoples

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Section 2, Chair: Barbara Kellner-Heinkele

11:00-11:30 Evgenia Kermeli:
Ninentheenth century Istanbul through the eyes of a zimmi

11:30-12:00 Miltos Pechlivanos:
M. Gedeon and the memoria of the Greek-Ottoman identity

12:00-12:30 Vangelis Kechriotis:
A passage to national modernity: Constantinople in the 1880s and the novel/travelogue ‘My Journey' by Ioannis Psycharis

12:30-14:00 Lunch

Section 3, Chair: Steven Richmond
14:00-14:30 Nora Seni:
The correspondence of an office clerk at the Camondo Bank in Istanbul (ca. 1860-1870)

14:30-15:00 Rifat Bali:
Jewish life in Istanbul in the first decades of the twentieth century:
Nissim Benezra and his memoirs

15:00-15:30 Yaron Ben-Naeh:
Istanbul Jews in European eyes: Ludwig August Frankel on his way to Jerusalem

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

Section 4, Chair: Kent Schull

16:00-16:30 Darin Stephanov:
‘Bulgar milleti nedir?’ Syncretic and fluctuating forms of belonging in mid-nineteenth century Istanbul

16:30-17:00 Malek Sharif:
Istanbul, sweet and bitter: Depictions of an Arab Teenager in 1914 and 1916.


Keynote Address: Murat Belge:
Tanzimat’ın Istanbul’a getirdikleri
[“What the Tanzimat brought to Istanbul”]
- English translation will be provided -
- Refreshments served -

Friday, 15 October

Section 5, Chair: Klaus Kreiser
9:00-9:30 Börte Sagaster:
Istanbul: some turn-of-the-century views from the Imperial Harem

9:30-10:00 Barbara Kellner-Heinkele:
‘Lachende Gärten, artige Moscheen.’ Istanbul's architectural fabric in the eyes of nineteenth century German globetrotters

10:00-10:30 Malte Fuhrmann:
Wanderlust, follies, and self-inflicted misfortunes: female entertainment workers from Central Europe in Constantinople and the Levant

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Section 6, Chair: Johann Strauss

11:00-11:30 Akşin Somel:
Ottoman impressions on Germans in late nineteenth century Constantinople

11:30-12:00 Rachel Goshgarian:
A stroll through the quarters of Constantinople: sketches of the city as seen through the eyes of the great satirist Hagop Baronian

12:00-12:30 Aylin Koçunyan:
From short stories to social topography: Kasim (Misak Koçunyan)’s Life Landscapes

12:30-14:00 Lunch

Section 7, Chair: Akşin Somel

14:00-14:30 Martin Pablo Asuero:
Istanbul through the eyes of Spanish and Latin American observers in the nineteenth century 1

4:30-15:00 Steven Richmond:
Julius Millingen (1800-1878): archeologist, revolutionary, physician, memorialist, journalist

15:00-15:30 Johann Strauss:
Twenty years in the Ottoman capital: the memoirs of Doctor Christo Taneff Stambolski from Kazanlik

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Closing session


Richard Wittmann

Orient Institut Istanbul


“Istanbul” – “Kushta” – “Constantinople”: Diversity of Identities, 14.10.2010 – 15.10.2010 Istanbul, in: H-Soz-Kult, 07.10.2010, <www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-14825>.
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