History Department
History Department

Symposium: Rethinking Late Ottoman Civilization Day 1 (sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies and others)

Fri, March 24, 2017 | CLA 1.302B

Rethinking Late Ottoman Civilization Symposium

March 24-25, 2017 | The University of Texas at Austin


Keynote Speaker: Suraiya Faroqhi

Program Committee: Samy Ayoub, Jeannette Okur, and Firdevs Canbaz Yumuşak

The Ottomans encountered the word civilization in the early 19th century, and the Ottoman version of this word, medeniyet, was coined thereafter. Both ‘civilization’ and ‘empire’ refer to comprehensive manifestations of power, culture, and ideas. This symposium will explore the artifacts of Ottoman modernization and intellectual history, and encourage careful examination of the late Ottoman discourse on “civilization.”

As is well known, many Ottoman intellectuals, in their conceptualization of civilization, aimed to reconcile the material achievements of European civilization with Ottoman-Islamic morality and aesthetics. Even so, historiographies in the post-Ottoman sovereign states have often equated modernization with de-Ottomanization, a notion which excludes the Ottoman period as a legitimate setting for the study of modernity. This symposium encourages new scholarship that will further legitimize the study of Ottomans’ engagement with modernity’s social, political, economic and aesthetic implications. 

View the Conference Program.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Samy Ayoub at sayoub@austin.utexas.edu

Co-sponsored by: Center for European Studies, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Department of History, Graduate School Academic Enrichment Fund, Institute for Historical Studies, Islamic Studies Initiative, Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

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