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Distant Neighbour, Close Memories: Conference

March 7, 2014 – March 8, 2014
Fri: 14.00–18.00, Sat: 14.00–17.00
Attendance is free and open to all

Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Sakıp Sabancı Cad 42, Emirgan 34467 Istanbul


A two-day conference organised in conjunction with the Distant Neighbour, Close Memories exhibition which comprehensively explores the friendly diplomatic relations which have existed between Turkey and Poland for the last 600 years.

On Friday, Prof. Dariusz Kolodziejczyk will look at historical moments from Polish-Ottoman and Polish-Turkish relations. Then, Prof. Tadeusz Majda will discuss Polish envoys’ ceremonial entries to Istanbul. Dr. Beata Biedronska-Slota will follow with her presentation on the the significance of Turkish textiles in Polish culture. Prof. Osman Sertkaya will discuss Polish Turcology and Turcologists. The day will end with Assoc. Prof. Kahraman Şakul talking about Ottoman-Polish battles from Chocim (1618) to Vienna (1683).

On Saturday, Prof. Halime Doğru will talk about women from the Ottoman court in the Chocim campaign of Sultan Mehmed IV and the birth of Ahmed III. Prof. Tülay Artan will present on the departure procession of 1672. Prof. Zeren Tanındı will talk about the book treasuries of sultans’ mothers and statesmen from 1650–1700. Finally, Ersu Pekin will discuss Ali Ufki Bey’s musical contemporaries.



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