The Western Ottomanists' Workshop | 2018

The Western Ottomanists' Workshop

Organized by Portland State's History Department and Reed College

March 30th-31st, Karl Miller Center



The Western Ottomanists' Workshop will hold its ninth annual meeting in Portland, Oregon on March 30-31, 2018. The meeting will take place under the sponsorship of Portland State University's History Department, Middle East Studies Center, and Reed College.

All topics related to Ottoman history, culture, literature, art history, religion, and all other relevant fields are eligible.

Following past practice, all papers will be pre-circulated with the aim of maximizing time for discussion.

Some financial assistance may be available to graduate students for travel expenses. Funds are limited so interested students should apply and register as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to put yourself on the membership list, please contact Will Smiley

Detailed information about the program and venue is available below for reference.



Friday 30 March 2018


Welcoming Reception
Karl Miller Center
RM 245


Urban Representation and Memory

Bill Hickman, “The Eşrefoğlu Mosque in İznik and its Inscriptions”

K. Mehmet Kentel, “Ruin and Knowledge: Writing the History of Genoese Pera in the Moment of its Destruction”

Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano, “Spaces of Poetry: Inhabiting Istanbul through Poetry after the Conquest (1453-1512)”

Located at: Karl Miller Center RM 245



Evening Reception

Located at the Simon Benson House (1803 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR)



Saturday, 31 March, 2018


Early Modern Religion and Society

Ali Atabey, “Marriage, Family, and Law: A Socio-Legal Analysis of Cross-Cultural Interactions in Early Modern Istanbul”

Henry Clements, “Yamaklık and the End of Ottoman Christianity” 

Irfana Hashmi, “Waqf Reform and Religious Learning in Ottoman Egypt”

Located at: Karl Miller Center RM 245


Perspectives on Late Ottoman Society

Dimitrios Stergiopoulos, “A Bourgeoisie between Nation and State: The Ottoman Greeks on the Eve of Ottoman Constitutionalism (1876-1878)”

Alex Schweig, “Ambiguous Foreigners: European Residents in the Social Fabric of Late Ottoman Eskişehir”

Ceren Abi, “Ottoman-German Archeology during World War I”

Located at: Karl Miller Center RM 245