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On 17 February, Dr Paulina Dominik will give a presentation for the Levantine Heritage Foundation on Levantine-Polish contacts in Istanbul. Throughout the nineteenth century the Ottoman Empire was one of the chief destinations for the Polish political émigrés. These émigrés were also involved in various enterprises connected to the nineteenth reforms of the Ottoman state, and the chief political figures of the Tanzimat Era welcomed their services.
This presentation focuses on the relations between the Levantine community and the Polish newcomers into the late Ottoman capital and explores the urban spaces shared by both communities. It delves into the issue of intermarriages, as well as the phenomenon of Levantinization of the descendants of Polish émigrés in the late Ottoman Empire.