Turkologentag 2018 – CfP for Panel “Going Native: Converts, Renegades and ‘New’ Ottomans”, 16th-19th century”

Turkologentag 2018, Bamberg, September 19-21, 2018
Deadline: December, 30, 2017

This panel, organized by Yavuz Köse, Petr Kučera and Tobias Völker (University of Hamburg), will examine the role of Europeans who settled in the Ottoman Empire between the 16th and 19th centuries and assumed “Ottoman identity”, be it by way of conversion to Islam and assimilating to the host society or by becoming citizens/loyal servants of the Ottoman state, identifying themselves as Ottomans, but retaining their faith. Being aware of the fact that identity formation is an extremely complex process and every identity is multi-layered, we do not assume that those who underwent “Ottomanization” just shook off their old identity. We rather refer to the process whereby a person who, while originally coming from and being attached to his or her homeland by language, culture, and/or religion, made the Ottoman Empire his or her permanent home, and, after some time, socialized into the new culture and claimed to have become Ottoman or was described as such by others.

For further details see: Turkologentag-CFP_Going-Native

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Turkologentag 2018 – CfP (Deadline February 15, 2018)

GTOT e.V. (Society for Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies) invites scholars from all over the world working in the fields of history, linguistics, philology, literary studies, social sciences, anthropology, and political sciences on Turkey and the Turkic World to participate in the third European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (Turkologentag 2018).

The conference is organized in co-operation with the Department of Oriental Studies at Bamberg University. Papers may be presented in English, German or Turkish. Interested scholars are asked to send a 250 word abstract of their paper along with a short CV to


Panel applications are strongly encouraged and should also indicate the panel language. All applications are due February 15, 2018.
Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by expert reviewers who decide whether or not the paper is accepted to the conference.
Applicants will be notified of the results of review in early April 2018.
Once your paper is selected, you will be asked to submit your conference fee. We encourage you to become a member of GTOT and to be part of a growing international network of researchers engaging in Turkic, Ottoman, and Turkish studies. All members (especially students) will profit by paying reduced conference participation fees!

GTOT is an academic organization operating in the field of Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish studies. GTOT aims at creating a network for scholars and especially for young researchers in the field of Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish studies encompassing a wide range of research interests including the diverse range of religions and ethnic groups existing and living in areas populated by Turkic groups in the past or present.

For further information see: https://www.uni-bamberg.de/turkologie/studium/veranstaltungen/turkologentag-2018/

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Announcement of GTOT Prizes 2018

For the first time, the Society for Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (GTOT) is awarding junior researchers with the GTOT Prize for outstanding theses in the fields of Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish studies.

For further information see:

GTOT-Prize-Call_eng (pdf)

GTOT-Preis-Ausschreibung_de (pdf)

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Save the Date! Turkologentag 2018

Save the Date! GTOT is excited to announce that the Turkologentag 2018 will be held in beautiful Bamberg, Germany, from September 19-21.

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Job advertisement: Research Associate

UHH-Logo_2010_Farbe_RGBfor the project “HerCoRe –Hermeneutic and Computer based Analysis of Reliability, Consistency and Vagueness in historical texts (illustrated through two main historical works of Dimitrie Cantemir)”

The position commences on 1 May 2017 and is based in the department of Turkish Studies.

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2017

It is remunerated at the salary level TV – L 13 and calls for 65% of standard work hours per week.

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates can also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:
Support for the development and evaluation of annotation tools for complex annotations considering vagueness. Preparation of annotations of project-specific parameters (Dates, Places, and Names) as well as related parameters for two books of Dimitrie Cantemir (Beschreibung der Moldau und Geschichte des osmanischen Reichs nach seinem Anwachsen und Abnehmen). Preparing of lists that bring together vague terms related to parameters.

M.A. in Turkish/Ottoman studies preferred. Knowledge of German, English and Turkish/Ottoman is obligatory. Knowledge of digital annotation process is an advantage.

Further information: https://www.uni-hamburg.de/en/uhh/stellenangebote/wissenschaftliches-personal/15-03-17-67-en.pdf

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Call for Papers: Workshop „Environmental History of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey“

old_halfeti_0327-28 October 2017,
Universität Hamburg, Asien-Afrika-Institut

The TürkeiEuropaZentrum (TEZ) of Universität Hamburg will host a two-day academic workshop to examine new approaches to the environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey. Environmental history is an emerging field in Ottoman and Turkish studies. Contrary to the growing number  of  environmental historical  studies  in  North  America,  Europe,  and  other  parts  of  the  world,  the number of studies in this burgeoning subfield in Ottoman and Turkish studies still can be counted on the fingers of one hand. This workshop is an invitation to historians, sociologists, political scientists, geographers, environmental and natural scientists, and all other researchers, both early career and experienced, identifying themselves or showing an interest in the field of Ottoman/Turkish environmental history.

For further information: https://www.aai.uni-hamburg.de/tuerkeieuropa/veranstaltungen/workshops/environmentalturkey2017.html

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Now available! Open access to our catalogue “Wonders of Creation. Ottoman Manuscripts from Hamburg Collections”


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