Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and transcultural memories

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: School of English

Abstract

Research Context
The context of this research is a contemporary climate (in media, culture and much scholarship) that emphasises conflict: Muslims versus Jews; Christians versus Muslims -- above all East versus West. The late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries are shaped by religious, regional and cultural nationalisms, competing claims that hinge on difference. Our network intervenes in contemporary tensions by looking at what the past can teach the present about exchanges and connections between cultural groups. Our subject of the Ottoman Empire, at once one of largest and longest empires and yet still relatively understudied, is rich in such exchanges; its multiethnic cities, including Baghdad, Beirut, Jerusalem, Gaza, Sarajevo and Belgrade, have given way to many recent conflicts . The historical period of the 1780s to the present is especially productive for cultural exchange, as the Ottoman Empire encountered different colonialisms, namely British and French, and then transitioned into postcolonial nationalisms and sectarianisms which are our heritage.

Aims and Objectives
The key aim of the research is to question received ideas about the Ottoman Empire, in particular that it has a single past and that it was an Islamic Empire. Our focus on Ottoman cities discovers the cultural exchanges (which we call 'transcultural') between groups, including non-Muslims and multiple ethnicities. Using a term more intimate than history, our attention to memories traces how experiences, objects, texts, stories, images and practices are passed down. We show the city as not simply an arrangement of buildings but as biographically, poetically, familiarly alive, often bearing the marks of fusion; it is no coincidence that the word 'cosmopolitanism' suggests both urbanity and cultural extroversion. To recover Ottoman transcultural memories, our method juxtaposes different disciplines - history, the literary, the visual. We also foster creative work -- photography, music, performance, life writing, fiction - as forms that do more allusive and imaginative memory work. Photography has a key role to play in restoring an Ottoman city archive because of its associations with what's lost and what's preserved - with nostalgia and memory itself - and with the urban. A photographic exhibition is the main public dissemination and culmination of the research.

Applications and benefits
The key benefit of the research for a general public is educational, social and cultural. Cosmopolitanism teaches us about what is lacking in multiculturalism; examples from the Ottoman past provide a flipside to present divisions, and memories of urban exchanges might go some way towards healing the wounds of identity politics. Our exhibition aimed at the general public uses artwork to show points of conjuncture between East and West. The research benefits to various communities, for example Jewish, Kurdish, Turkish, Armenian, Palestinian, Iraqi, comprise principally promoting awareness of each other's cultural histories and prompting exchange. A participatory element to the exhibition --to be extended via a website -- stimulates the sharing of memories. Organisations specialising in dialoguing between groups will be engaged with a view to the research being applied to underpin their own transcultural work. The network will work with refugee Arts groups and the Arab Image Foundation in order to produce new resources for further study (a photography archive and artwork available via the website). The scholarly outputs (particularly an edition of critical essays) will revitalise the study of the Ottoman Empire by juxtaposing Ottoman cities and showing the vitality of a 'transdiscplinary' approach. In its public forms of dissemination, the research will challenge how Ottoman memories overturn the ideology of a 'clash of civilisations.'

Planned Impact

1. The principal impact of the network beyond the academic benefits indicated above will be upon the general public. The advances here will consist of challenging culturally-received notions about conflicts depicted in the media and thus familiar to, and allowing us to draw in, a general public. A supposed clash of civilisations is currently mapped onto oppositions between religions -- Islam versus Christianity, Judaism versus Islam - and 'races' - Arabs versus Jews. Our attention to Ottoman cosmopolitanism will put these constructed antitheses, along with current and recent conflicts in former Ottoman-Empire states (e.g., Iraq, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo, Kurdistan, Israel/Palestine,Cyprus) and set them in a much larger, historical and geographical, and syncretic context. We will show the importance of Ottoman memories for contemporary nationalisms and modernisations, spurred by the fact that Spivak's comments about the importance of Ottoman memories were made in the context of Turkey's still-imminent entry into the European Union.
2. The multicultural communities of London, where our events will take place, will benefit from talks, performances and an exhibition related to the richness of their own, and moreover their cultural neighbours', backgrounds. Our events will bring diverse cultural audiences together and foster social cohesion across contemporary divisions.
3. Other beneficiaries will include specific community groups. We will use the network's focus on a cosmopolitan Ottoman past to enhance the knowledge and research of, and promote debate and participation from, educational and peace-building organisations. We expect to involve groups such as the Coexistence Trust, which builds trust and understanding between Muslim and Jewish students on UK campuses; the UK Kurdish Studies & Student Organisation, a non-political body that strives to promote greater awareness of the Kurds, their political and cultural situation in the Middle East and as a significant minority community in the UK; and Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and Independent Jewish Voices, which both promote dialogic views on peace in Israel/Palestine.
4. We will use the research network to involve and inspire related Arts and refugee groups. Our workshops and outputs will provide creative fora for UK-based arts groups to disseminate and exchange their work under the umbrella of Ottoman cosmopolitanism. We will engage refugee arts groups, such as Renk Art, a group for artists from within the London Turkish and Kurdish Community, and appropriate personnel from the Refugee Arts Project, which promotes among refugees activities and training, using photography, filming, dance and music and community theatre.
5. The exhibition, 'East and West: Visualising the Ottoman City,' will feature the work of four Middle Eastern artists little known in the UK, thereby disseminating their work and promoting their profile here under our research theme. The exhibition's organisational scheme of East and West encounters and conjunctions (rather than oppositions and contrasts) will be presented in a way to show the contemporary relevance of the key ideas of the research to a general interested public.
6. Specific organisations in the Middle East would benefit from our research. We would deposit original artwork and make a contribution to the collection of family photographs at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut, a not-for-profit organisation established with the goal of locating, collecting, preserving, interpreting and presenting the photographic heritage of the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora from the mid 19th century to the present. Our images collected under the aegis of Ottoman cosmopolitanism would support and advance the Foundation's stated goal to 'provide an alternative to the Orientalist tendencies of prevailing representations of this region and its people.'

Publications

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Hakim-Dowek L (2014) The city that exploded slowly (2009) in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies

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Hakim-Dowek, L (2014) The City that Exploded Slowly

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Koureas, G (2014) Ottoman Assemblages

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P. Petridis (2014) Visualising the Ottoman City

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Petridis, P (2014) Souvenir de Salonique

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Prosser J (2013) 'Yasmin Levy, Libertad' in Jewish Renaissance

 
Title East and West -- Visualising the Ottoman City 
Description Exhbition held at the Peltz Gallery with 3 artists 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Engagements and colloborations with Sephardi Voices, Armenian Institute, Beirut Arab Foundation for the Image, and British-Arab Centre 
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/exhibition/catalogue/
 
Description The concept of Ottoman Cosmopolitanism is both useful and problematic. There is a long, wide and very rich history of transcultural exchange between different communities under the Ottoman Empire. At the same time, not all of these exchanges were enabled or indeed directly linked to Ottoman imperial structures. As the research progressed, the importance of our subject of examining points of connection and communication in current sites of increasing conflict became even more notable.
Exploitation Route There is a need to extend the concept of transcultural exchange under the Ottoman Empire by undertaking more close, specialised and comparative work, particularly across languages, disciplines and geographies.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/
 
Description Our findings were used during outreach events in differing community spaces in Leeds: in a school with a high proportion of refugee children; in a mosque as part of a community interfaith event; and on the street near the university areas. The findings were used in particular to encourage transcultural dialogue by evidencing the long history of transcultural exchange under the Ottoman Empire.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Higher Education Innovation Fund
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2014 
End 07/2014
 
Title G. Koureas and C. Wilson, Training Programme, Ottoman Cosmopolitanism, 
Description Contribution to Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies organised by the London Centre for Social Studies on August 3rd, 2015. We presented the Ottoman Cosmopolitanism project to the participants and archival sources we used for our research. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Sharing of archival resources and method 
URL http://socialstudies.org.uk/News/Detail/23534/LCSS
 
Title Masterclass 
Description Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Masterclass: "Transmedial/Transcultural Memories: Points of Convergence" (Birkbeck, University of London, 29 November 2014) 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact On Saturday 29 November 2014 the Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Network held a free half-day masterclass on the topic of transmedial/transcultural Ottoman memories for postgraduate students and early career researchers, led by theorist of postmemory, Marianne Hirsch (Professor, Columbia University) and archivist/creator of aka Kurdistan, Susan Meiselas (Magnum photographer). The class focused on the ways in which transcultural memories become crucially translated across various media, including trans-modal forms, e.g. in combination with websites and books, films and exhibitions. The class also explored the nature of disputed memories and representations of particular attachments to land and place in spite of histories of trauma and exile. The second half of the day was dedicated to performances by storytellers and cultural activists who practise differing creative modalities of articulating transcultural Ottoman memories 
URL https://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/masterclass/
 
Title Transcultural Ottomans: approach to translating cultures 
Description Presentation of our research methods and approach at the AHRC Translating Cultures: A Symposium.' 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Contribution to theory on translating cultures 
 
Description Exiled Writers Ink in conjunction with the Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Network 
Organisation Exiled Writers Ink
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Collaborated on an event at the Poetry Cafe, London. 'Ottoman Memoirs in Dialogue & Oud Music'
Collaborator Contribution Venue; skills expertise; networking
Impact Event
Start Year 2013
 
Description Ottoman Armenians 
Organisation Armenian National Institute
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Ottoman Cosmopolitanism AHRC Research Network, in collaboration with the Armenian Institute, presents an Ottoman Armenians Workshop: 'A Return Through Art: Exploring Absence and Memory' (London, Saturday 12 April 2014 3.00-5.30pm). For a full audio recording of the event, scroll down on our podcast/audio files page,
Collaborator Contribution Venue, speakers, networking, audience, skills
Impact Public event, podcast talks, futher collaborations
Start Year 2014
 
Description Transcultural Dialogue 
Organisation Dialogue Society, London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Received a HEIF grant of £2k to collaborate on a project on transcultural dialogue and symbolism of food in Leeds.
Collaborator Contribution Knowledge, skills, network, facilities, interfaith resources.
Impact events, school training
Start Year 2014
 
Description 'The Dark Years' - Churches and Minarets: Ottoman transcultural memories and Cypriot artistic production', IABA Conference 'Excavating Lives', University of Cyprus, May 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Panel organised as part of the IABA International conference and the University of Cyprus which took place in Nicosia, Cyprus. The panel, titled 'Ottoman Transcultural Memories and Beyond' presented research carried out during the Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities project. Panel participants: Dr. Jay Prosser, Dr. Gabriel Koureas, Vazken Davidian.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://en-gb.facebook.com/iaba2016/
 
Description 'The Dark Years' - Churches and Minarets: Ottoman transcultural memories and Cypriot artistic production', Troubled Contemporary Art Practices in the Middle East: Post-colonial conflicts, Pedagogies of art history, and Precarious artistic mobilization, University of Nicosia, June 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact International conference which concentrated on artistic production in the Middle East. The conference attracted considerable attention in the press in Cyprus and sparked debates on artistic production in relation to conflict and divided societies in the Middle East.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://troubledcontemporaryartconference.wordpress.com/conference-programme/
 
Description C. Wilson, 'Jacques Hassoun's Alexandries: Voices in Time, Space and Text' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion about minority groups and cosmopolitans in the Ottoman Empire

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/events/research-events/
 
Description C. Wilson, 'Louis Bertrand's Ottoman journey: Dispelling the myths of the 'Mirage oriental'?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion about the status of Orientalism for reading travelogues.

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://ottomancosmopolitanism.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/ottoman-cosmopolitanism-conference-progra...
 
Description C. Wilson, Louis Bertrand's Ottoman journey: Dispelling the myths of the 'Mirage oriental'? Society of French Studies Annual Conference at the University of Cardiff: 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion

Sharing research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description C. Wilson, Migrating Memories: Edmond-Edouard Boissonnas's Smyrne (1919), University of Westminster Migrations: Visualising Diaspora Research Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion

sharing research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description C. Wilson, Salonica and Smyrna: two Greek cities through the lens of Frédéric and Edmond-Edouard Boissonnas, Institute of Art, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw - workshop on Survey Photography and Cultural Heritage in Europe (1851-1945). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk spared questions and discussion

Sharing information
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Facebook account 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our Facebook account has 500 followers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017
URL https://www.facebook.com/OttomanCosmopolitanismNetwork/
 
Description G Koureas,'Ottoman Assemblages' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion and helped refine work toward workshop 3

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description G. Koureas, 'Parallelotopia: Ottoman Assemblages' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion on the spatial and visual formations of the Ottoman Empire and the value of new theoretical approaches to the field.

None
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/podcasts/
 
Description G. Koureas, Curating Ottoman Memories in Contemporary Artistic Production 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion of how to curate Ottoman images

Talk refined thinking for curation of Ottoman artwork
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description J. Prossser 'Mahallah Memories: An Ottoman Jewish Family in the British Empire' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion and questions about the intersections of and difference between forms of empire.

None.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/podcasts/
 
Description L Hakim-Dowek, Memories of Beirut and Tunis: Transformed Cities and the Family Album 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion.

Support for exhibition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.autonomyofself.com/#events
 
Description L. Hakim-Dowek, 'The City that Exploded Slowly' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion of postmemory and post-Ottoman conflict.

None.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/exhibition/leslie-hakim-dowek/
 
Description L. Hakim-Dowek, 'War, Memory and Amnesia: Francophone Perspectives on Lebanon' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk sparked discussion about representations of war in Lebanon.

Talk increased artistic production on war in Lebanon in work of artist.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description L. Hakim-Dowek, Curator, Exhibition events and podcasts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Artist Talks and Roundtable Discussion with Shoair Mavlian (Tate Modern) and Reem Akl (Arab Image Foundation) - Chair: Jay Prosser
Roundtable with Ruba Asfani (British Arab Centre); Bea Lewkowicz (Sephardi Voices) and Nouritza Matossian (Armenian Institute) - Chair: Gabriel Koureas. Talks and discussion explored Ottoman representation in different minority communities

After this event the audience and participants were made aware of the crucial role of representation for Ottoman minority communities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/exhibition/exhibition-podcasts/
 
Description Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories International Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Conference explored Ottoman Cosmopolitanism

As a result of this conference, scholars, artists and the interested public in the field of Ottoman studies had a greater knowledge of the concept of Ottoman cosmopolitanism
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/events/international-conference-2014/
 
Description The Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Network and Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies present an afternoon of discussion on Alexandria and Cyprus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Comparative analysis of the Ottoman influence in two different Ottoman states. Discussants: Sahar Hamouda, Gabriel Koureas, Colette Wilson

Future plans for collaboration with Alexandria Institute
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/impact-and-public-engagement/igrs-afternoon-of-dialogue/
 
Description Transcultural Storytelling and Disputed Memories 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In line with the transmedial/transcultural theme of our event, there was a performance by Kurdish storyteller or Dengbej, Suna Alan who sang tales from collective memories from ex-Ottoman minorities including Armenian, Kurdish and Sephardi. She was accompanied by traditional musicians and introduced by ethnomusicologist Ed Emery. Dengbej, a tradition of expressing the history and struggle of its people, is shared by Armenians and played a vital role in transferring oral histories to new generations.

In dealing with repeated histories of conflicts and displacements, the roundtable discussion brought together representatives from Arab, Armenian, Kurdish and Sephardi communities in London to explore the importance of storytelling and oral history in recording and preserving the memories, perceptions, and voices of individuals and groups across cultures. Further discussion focused on the development of creative modalities in articulating transcultural memories such as storytelling /oral history combined with social media and digital technologies to share these histories and engage the public with history and culture within our increasingly connected world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/impact-and-public-engagement/transcultural-storytelling...
 
Description Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Our Twitter account has 500 followers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
URL https://twitter.com/Ottoman_Cosmo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
 
Description Workshop 2 'Ottoman Memories: Transculturalism and Empires in Comparison' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop explored a new, comparative approach to the Ottoman Empire. Overlapping historically with other empires (British, French, Spanish, Hapsburg) and geographically abutting them, can the Ottoman Empire be studied in isolation? What do we learn about Empires in comparison?



Programme



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Welcome/Network Introduction
1.45 pm Sami Zubaida (Birkbeck, University of London): 'The Peculiarity of the Ottomans'
2.15 pm Jay Prosser (University of Leeds): 'Mahallah memories: An Ottoman Jewish family in the British Empire'
2.45 pm - 3.15 pm COFFEE BREAK
3.15 pm John McLeod (University of Leeds): 'Working with transculturalism'
3.45 pm Claire Launchbury (University of Leeds): 'Imperial Topographies: Navigating Beirut in Time and Space'
4.15 pm - 5:00 pm COFFEE BREAK & Roundtable Discussion

This workshop brought our research to audiences like Sephardi Voices
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/events/research-events/
 
Description Workshop 3: Visualising the Ottomans 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop showed how the invention of photography during the mid 19th century did not only provide an opportunity for Western European photographers to capture the 'exoticism' of the Ottoman Empire but also importantly, was speedily adopted within the Empire and its adoption was simultaneous with the import of Western style painting and the establishment of the first academy of fine art in Istanbul. This provided for the first time in the visual culture of the Empire the possibility of 'realist' representation which was almost completely absent up to that point. The implications of this were twofold: firstly, an indigenous thriving photographic practice developed consisting mainly of Armenian and Greek photographers who captured the fast-changing Empire in terms of its cities, industries, people, ethnicities and modernity. Secondly, the Ottoman authorities and in particular the rulers Sultan Abdelaziz and Sultan Abdelhamid saw photography not only as a means to survey and control their Empire but also as the perfect vehicle in promoting their modernising efforts to the West.
The workshop addressed some of the representational issues that arise from this pivotal historical moment in the visual culture of the empire to question the possibility of a multi-vocal cosmopolitanism emerging out of these images. Parallel to this the workshop addressed the visual 'archive fever' that is currently sweeping the ex-Ottoman cities and the dialogue that could be initiated between the visual ottoman pasts and present conflicts in the Middle East thus highlighting the role that contemporary artistic interventions can play in transgressing present nationalisms in the area.


This workshop stimulated artists to work with us in preparation for our exhibition
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/events/research-events/
 
Description ottomancosmopolitanism: Website and social media 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Includes podcasts from research events, and an in-progress collection of old photographs and postcards.



This website has brought our project to the attention of other researchers, the media and the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/
 
Description •Exiled Writers Ink in conjunction with the Ottoman Cosmopolitanism Network, Poetry Cafe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Impact event with readings from Memoirs from Palestine and Baghdad in Dialogue & Oud music and Mint Tea

After this talk, further collaborations with Exiled Writers was discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/impact-and-public-engagement/exiled-lit-cafe-afternoon/
 
Description •Official Launch Workshop: "How was the Ottoman Empire Transcultural?" (21 June 2013) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The workshop explored in several different Ottoman cities, moments and in different disciplines the degree of transcultrual exchange taking place in the Empire.



Programme

1.30 pm Welcome/Network Introduction

1.45 pm Sahar Hamouda (Alexandria University) "'Five Races, Five Creeds, a Dozen Languages": The Multiculturalism of Cosmopolitan Alexandria"

2.15 pm Colette Wilson (Institute of Germanic Studies and Romance Studies, University of London): 'Jacques Hassoun's Alexandries: Voices i

This workshop contributed an Ottoman focus to work on transculturalism.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://ottomancosmopolitanism.wordpress.com/events/research-events/