Ottoman Topologies: a conference

Spatial Experience in an Early Modern Empire and Beyond


If in the Stanford area, an interesting conference will take place the weekend after next (May 16–17) at Stanford University.

Ottoman Topologies will explore spatial experience in the early Ottoman Empire. On May 16, papers and discussions relating to Imagining, Mapping and Building Space will be concentrated on. The following day, the topic will shift to Experiencing, Administering and Digitising Space.

Almost 30 academics will present papers and engage in panels. Of particular interest are Shirine Hamadeh (an Associate Professor of Art History at Rice University and the author of The City’s Pleasures) who will presents on the topic of ‘The everyday spaces of Istanbul’s migrants, 1720–1840’; Amy Singer (a Professor of Ottoman and Turkish History at Tel Aviv University and the author of Feeding People, Feeding Power) who will look at situating an Ottoman city in the time-space continuum with a special focus on Edirne; and Aleksandar Sopov, a PhD student at Harvard University and an expert in Ottoman agricultural practices who spent last summer in Istanbul trying to save the Yedikule bostans. He will present on in the topic ‘Land reclamation and expansion of agricultural production in Ottoman Istanbul and Mamluk Cairo at the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th century’.

Other topics of interest include ‘landscape and the subjective experience of place in medieval Anatolia’ (Nicolas Trépanier, an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Mississippi); Ottoman cartography (Karen Pinto, an Assistant Professor of History at Gettysburg College and Gottfried Hagen, an Associate Professor of Turkish Studies at the University of Michigan); money and the empire (Şevket Pamuk, Orhan’s brother, a Professor of Economics at Bogaziçi University); and early Ottoman architecture (Patricia Blessing, who teaches medieval history and Islamic art and architecture at Stanford University).

Click here for the full programme. Seating is limited so RSVP to Vladimir Troyansky at if you would like to attend.

Main image shows Alanya, Piri Reis, Kitab-ı Bahriye (1525), Walters Art Museum, W.582, fol. 329a.

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