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Rethinking Ottoman Modernity: Culture, Politics and Religion

February 19th, 2016
12:00 PM


Friday, February 19, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 pm

Light lunch served.

This public forum is open to students, staff, faculty, and the community. For this discussion, a panel of distinguished scholars will discuss some of the cultural, political, and religious contexts and legacies of the little known period of late Ottoman modernity from the 1820s to the 1920s. The period is framed by the early nineteenth century reign of Sultan Mahmud II (r. 1808-39) and the early twentieth century abolishment of the Ottoman Caliphate (1924). The panel will initiate an interdisciplinary discussion around various aspects of this period.

Co-sponsored by the Duke Middle East Studies Center, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, the Department of History (UNC), the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the Institute for Arts and Humanities, the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (UNC), the Carolina Asia Center, the Department of Asian Studies (UNC), the Department of Geography (UNC), the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Department of Religious Studies (UNC), the Curriculum in Global Studies (UNC), the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense, and the Center for Global Initiatives (UNC), with additional support from the Chancellors Global Education Fund (UNC).

Michelle Campos

University of Florida

Michelle Campos is Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Florida. She earned her PhD in 2003 from Stanford University, after which she taught in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. Dr. Campos has lived and done research in Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, and her areas of interest include the late Ottoman Empire, the social history of historical Palestine, Muslim-Non-Muslim relations, urban history and social networks. Dr. Campos’s first book, Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early-Twentieth Century Palestine, explores the development of Ottoman collective identity in the aftermath of the July 1908 Ottoman revolution, tracing how Muslims, Christians, and Jews defined, practiced, and contested the contours of imperial citizenship and local belonging. Dr. Campos’s research also has been published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly File, and various edited books.

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu is Associate Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a historian of the modern Middle East and an affiliate of the Women and Gender Studies Program, and specializes on Turkish and Armenian lands in the beginning of the 20th century. Her most recent book, Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey, came out from Stanford University Press in early 2016.

Dimitris Kamouzis

Centre for Asia Minor Studies, Athens, Greece

Dimitris Kamouzis is a Researcher at the Centre for Asia Minor Studies (Athens, Greece). He received his PhD in History at the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, King’s College London. He has written several articles on the Greek Orthodox populations of the Ottoman Empire/Turkey and is co-editor of the collective volume State – Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims, 1830-1945 (Oxon: SOAS/ Routledge Studies on the Middle East, 2013). His research interests include Non-Muslim Minorities in the Ottoman Empire/Turkey, Greek-Turkish Relations, History of the Greek Diaspora, Oral History, Refugee Studies, and the History of Humanitarianism.

Shai Ginsburg

Duke University

Shai Ginsburg is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. His teaching and scholarship address Hebrew Literature, Israeli Cinema, Jewish Cinema, Critical Theory, Film Theory, and Nationalism. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and two books.

Didem Havlioğlu

Duke University

Didem Havlioğlu is Lecturing Fellow in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. Her areas of specialty include Modern/Ottoman Language and Literature, Islamic Aesthetics, Women and Gender in the Middle East, and Women Writers in the Intellectual History of the Middle East.

Erdağ Göknar

Duke University

Photo credit: Les Todd

Erdağ Göknar is Associate Professor of Turkish Studies at Duke University and an award-winning literary translator. He holds a Ph.D. in Near and Middle Eastern studies (Turkish literature and culture) and has published critical articles on Turkish literary culture as well as three book-length translations: Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red; Atiq Rahimi’s Earth and Ashes (from Dari); and A.H. Tanpınar’s A Mind at Peace. He is the co-editor of Mediterranean Passages: Readings from Dido to Derrida (UNC Press, 2008). His most recent project, forthcoming from Routledge, is a book of criticism entitled Secular Blasphemies: Orhan Pamuk and the Politics of the Turkish Novel.