Knowledge Systems and Ottoman-European Encounters: Spatial and Social Dynamics. 

Organized together with the Priority Programme Transottomanica 


Time in Zurich local time: 14:00 corresponds to 12:00 UTC


The Conference was hold on Zoom 

Thursday, June 10, 2021


14:00 (12:00 UTC) Greeting, Opening – Introduction 


14.30 – 16.00  Moderation: Stefan Rohdewald (Leipzig)

  • Sundar Henny (Bern): A new Nebuchadnezzar? The Ottoman conquest of the Holy Land as reflected in European pilgrimage accounts
  • Huseyin Yilmaz (Fairfax VA): Early modern intellectual encounters and knowledge production in Istanbul: Katip Çelebi’s cosmopolitan circle and synthesis of information
  • Nikolas Pissis (Berlin): Ottoman Greek elites and the mediation of Russian-Ottoman exchange (17th and early 18th centuries)


16:00 – 16:30 Break 


16:30 – 18:00  Moderation: Daniel Ursprung (Zurich)

  • Kenan Tekin (Cambridge, MA): Genealogies of early modern Ottoman conception of science
  • Giorgio Ennas (Florence): “Dualising” the Ottoman society. Mirroring the east-west contraposition within the Ottoman social structure
  • N. Zeynep Yelçe/Ela Bozok (Istanbul, Florence): Gossip, rumors, and facts: The year 1521

18:00 – 18:10 Short Break


18:10 – 18:30 Organizational Meeting of the Research Group "The Ottoman Europe: Methods and Perspectives of Early Modern Studies on South East Europe" open to anyone interested



Get-together on – open end 



Friday, June 11, 2021


Start: 14:00 (12:00 UTC)


14:00 – 15:30  Moderation:  Konrad Petrovszky (Vienna)

  • Dennis Dierks (Jena) & Barbara Henning (Mainz): How to track down, capture and map out knowledge on the move in a Transottoman perspective? Recent findings and open questions
  • Barbara Henning (Mainz): Descendants of the prophet and their privileges as a topic in Ottoman political thought: Legacies and late-Ottoman re-interpretations
  • Dennis Dierks (Jena): Is there something like Transottoman intellectual history? The example of peripheral Muslim reformism


15:30 – 16:00 Break 


16.00 – 17.00  Moderation: Markus Koller (Bochum)

  • Elke Katharina Wittich (Hannover): "Pathosformeln" of other people: Graphics for the imprinting of pictorial memories in mid-16th century
  • Lara Mehling (Zurich): The irony of imperial decorative styles: The role of diversity in the production of unified cultural identities


17:00 – 17:30 Break 


17.30 – 19.00 Moderation: Nada Boškovska (Zurich)


  • Eva Asboth (Wien): Preparing the “Oriental Europe” for Habsburg’s expansion. Felix Kanitz and the Viennese scientific circle as spatial knowledge producers on the Balkans in the 19th century
  • Zsuzsa Barbarics-Hermanik (Graz): The European republic of letters and the Ottoman Empire: knowledge transfer and networks of knowledge in the age of the enlightenment
  • Nikos Magouliotis (Zurich): “The authentic Greek village-house of the northern regions”: Nationalization and folklorization of Ottoman residential architecture in Greece


19.00 – 19.30

  • Final Discussion, Concluding Remarks


Get-together on – open end 








Review of the Conference by Prof. Dr. Barbara Hennings and Dr. Dennis Dierks (Hsozkult)