ONLINE WORKSHOP: Ottoman Cultural Mobilities: 19th-Century Modes of Travel, Collecting and Display

04 December 2021 11:30 to 19:30 | Online

The seminar will be held via Zoom, please register for details, thank you.

Ottoman Cultural Mobilities: 

19th-Century Modes of Travel, Collecting and Display

A British Institute at Ankara-Middle East Technical University Architectural History Workshop

Saturday 4 December 2021 | 08.30-16.30 (London UTC+0) | 11.30-19.30 (Ankara UTC+3)

Stressing the contextual and conceptual aspects, this workshop will discuss  Ottoman participation and response to the international 19th century culture of travel, collecting and display. It particularly focuses on the mobility and circulation of people and objects around Ottoman and connected contexts; Ottoman encounters and exchanges en route; the journeys of intellectuals, collections and archives in the late Ottoman Empire.


11:30 – 12:00 Introduction

Daniel-Joseph Macarthur-Seal

Belgin Turan Özkaya & Semra Horuz

12:00 – 13:30 Networks

1.Russian Scholars, Orthodox Subjects, and Academic Mobility between Russia and Palestine in the Late Ottoman Period

Pınar Üre, TOBB University of Economics and Technology

2.Artful Diplomacy as Modus Itineris: Reflections on the Journeys of the Hyphenated Manases across Europe

Gizem Pilavcı, BIAA

3.Merchants, Bankers, Diplomats: Socio-economic Networks of the Glavany Family and their Imprints on İstanbul's Urban Fabric

Efe Erünal, Koç University 

Alexandra Koumpouli, Koç University

14.30 - 16.00 Travel

4.London as the Object and Site of Late Ottoman Cultural Mobilities: Three Anonymous Ottoman Travelogues from the Early 19th Century 

Semra Horuz, Bahçeşehir University

5.Reflections on an Architectural Excursion in 1910: Nihat Bey’s Notes and Photographs from Cairo

Müjde Dila Gümüş, İstanbul University

6.The Railway and Ottoman Engagements with Anatolian Pasts

Elvan Cobb, Hong Kong Baptist University


16.15 – 17:45 Objects

7.Lost Objects, Untold Stories: Mesopotamia c.1855

Belgin Turan Özkaya, Middle East Technical University

8.Treasuries in Motion: The Display of the Topkapı Palace Collections during the 19th Century

Nilay Özlü, Istanbul Bilgi University

9.Loans, Looms, and Liquidation: Ottoman Mobilities and the Early 20th-Century Market for Islamic Art and Antiquities

Roxanne Goldberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

18.00 - 19.30 Visual Culture

10.History as You Go: Mobility, Photography, and the Visibility of the Past in Late Ottoman Print Space

Ahmet Ersoy, Boğaziçi University

11.Showcasing Empire: Art, Ottomanism and the 1900 Paris Exposition

Gizem Tongo, Middle East Technical University  

Vazken Khatchig Davidian, Oxford University

12.Towards a Radical Cartography of Ottoman Landscape Photographs

Erin Hyde Nolan, Maine College of Art

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