For over 600 years until its dismemberment in the aftermath of the First World War, the Ottoman Empire was a multiethnic, polyglot, and multireligious entity with diverse political, cultural, and social backgrounds. Ottomans ruled over a vast geography encompassing the present Middle East, with the exception of Iran, North Africa, and Southeast Europe and left their "imperial print" in those regions. Describing the Ottoman Empire as a "gunpowder empire" establishing its sovereignty through military conquests and ironclad sultanic rule has certainly merit and historicity to a degree. However, perpetuating a political entity over such huge distances and diverse communities for so long requires in-depth inquiries and broad analyses and syntheses through the lenses of an “Ottoman world” and "foundational coexistences." Therefore, The 1st International Ottoman World: Foundational Coexistences Conference, 24-26 September 2012, organized by the Department of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Karabuk University at Karabuk, Turkey, largely aims to look at the Ottoman Empire from the edges in terms of space and actors mainly from the late eighteenth century up until the end of the First World War while providing a venue for a thorough discussion of varied themes ranging from, but not confined to, the contention between the imperial center and provinces to Muslim and non-Muslim communities to foreigners and missionaries to religion and law to education to heterodox communities to land administration and fiscal systems to the demise of ancien regime to fine arts, literature, and architecture to military to merchants and bazaars to women in palace and society to press to modernization and industrialization to sufism and tasavvuf to secularization and constitutionalism to labor and bourgeoisie to crime and punishment to police forces and espionage to prisons and undergrounds and to the daily lives of commoners.
The Conference will be a panaromic view of a series of disparate postcards both from the center and the edges of the Ottoman World and is open to papers both in English and in Turkish. Papers accepted by the Conference will be published and will be available online through a password provided shortly before the Conference date. A collection of articles selected out of the papers presented in the Conference will be published by a major academic press in English.
Both Karabuk University and Safranbolu, which has been in the world heritage list of UNESCO as a whole town since 1994 particularly for its 600 years old konaqs of unique architecture, will provide a perfect location to look at the Ottoman World from the edges in spatial terms.
For any inquiries you might have, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information and details about the Conference, please visit our website at http://www.karabuk.edu.tr/ottoman/index.htm.
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