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