Con­fer­ence: Third an­nual grad­u­ate work­shop in Ot­toman stud­ies: In the Mar­gins of Ot­toman His­tory: Re­vis­it­ing the Late Ot­toman Past, Ox­ford Univer­sity

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On June 5, the Ot­toman Stud­ies Group at Ox­ford (OSGO) held its third an­nual grad­u­ate work­shop in Ot­toman stud­ies at Ox­ford Univer­sity’s Erte­gun House. The OSGO was es­tab­lished in 2012 by a group of doc­toral stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Ox­ford who sought to pro­vide grad­u­ate stu­dents who spe­cial­ize in Ot­toman his­tory with a plat­form upon which they can present their re­search, help spe­cial­ists net­work with other Ot­toman­ists and boost the vis­i­bil­ity of Ot­toman stud­ies at Ox­ford.

The ti­tle of this year’s con­fer­ence was “In the Mar­gins of Ot­toman His­tory: Re­vis­it­ing the Late Ot­toman Past.” Pre­vi­ous con­fer­ences dealt with re­think­ing the “long 19th cen­tury” in Ot­toman his­tory and political and cul­tural rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the Ot­toman Em­pire in the “age of moder­nity.” Seven grad­u­ate stu­dents from the United States, Canada and Europe par­tic­i­pated in the panel, in ad­di­tion to the key­note speaker, Dr. Emre Aracı, a com­poser, con­duc­tor and au­thor of, among other works, “Naum Tiy­a­trosu – 19. Yüzyıl İs­tan­bulu’nun İtalyan Operası” (2010) and “Kayıp Ses­lerin İzinde” (2011).

The first panel, “Ot­toman Daily Life and Pub­lic Do­main,” fea­tured Müge Özoğlu’s es­say ti­tled “Cas­tra­tion Anx­i­ety in Ot­toman Hege­monic Mas­culin­ity” and my own piece, “‘Ot­tomans Will Here­after Live for Re­venge’: Pre­sent­ing the Ot­toman-Ital­ian War

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