We are pleased to announce the details for a conference entitled “Contact Zones in Turkish-Polish Relations (1414-2014)”. It will be held at the University of Warsaw on 6th-8th June, 2014. The conference is organized by the Turkish Historical Society and the Institute of History, the University of Warsaw to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkish relations.
The conference will be about communication between individuals and groups belonging to the “Polish” and “Ottoman/Turkish world”. The organizers of the conference invite the prospective participants to explore a variety of “contact zones” such as diplomacy, trade (including slave trade), war and art. The conference will examine the role played in this cross-cultural communication by “inter-cultural” people such as the Ottoman dragomans of Polish origin in the Early Modern Period or the Polish exiles converted to Islam in the 19th century. The perception of Polish-Ottoman/Turkish relations by the Third Side (e.g. the English, the French, Venetians, Hungarians or Russians) will be also discussed. Hopefully, it could offer a promising, new look on the Polish perception and contacts with the Ottomans/Turks and vice-versa. The organizers of the conference are in particular interested in initiating a dialogue between international group of senior academics and early career researchers engaged with the study of cross-cultural communication. Therefore, the conference would be a forum in which to discuss Polish-Ottoman/Turkish relations in comparison to these between the other European states and the Ottoman Empire/Turkey.
We welcome papers on Polish-Ottoman/Turkish relations drawing on data from a variety of time periods and geographic locations. Please send in abstracts and brief biographical statements of 250-500 words by 1st November: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated information about the conference can be accessed at:
(in English) http://sempozyum.ttk.gov.tr/eng/2014-eng-sempozyum8.html
(in Turkish) http://sempozyum.ttk.gov.tr/2014-tr-sempozyum14.html
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