The Power of Connections Interpersonal Networks and Agency in the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Europe 

Tübingen, Germany, 27–28 September 2017 

Annual Conference of the Working Group “Ottoman Europe” 



University of Tübingen, Theologicum (Faculty of Theology), Liebermeister Straße 12, 72076 Tübingen, Germany 

Seminar Room 12 (2nd floor, Room 223) 



Institute for Modern History, University of Tübingen 

Center for Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies, University of Tübingen 

Historical Institute, Gießen University 

organized by
Prof. Dr. Lejla Demiri (Tübingen), Dr. Tobias P. Graf (Tübingen), and Ayşegül Argıt, MA (Heidelberg) 



Wednesday, 27 September 2017 


14:30–15:00  Registration and tea/coffee 


15:00–15:15  Welcome and introduction 


15:15–16:15 Panel 1: Scholarly Networks 

Chair: Lejla Demiri (Tübingen) 

M. Sait Özervarlı (Istanbul), Study Circles, Scholar Invitations, and Text Competitions: Building Scholarly Networks in the Early Ottoman Period 

Asim Zubčević (Sarajevo), Books and Their Owners in Ottoman Sarajevo, 1762–1828 


16:15–16:30 Tea/coffee break 


16:30–17:30 Panel 2: Networks in Pursuance of Religion and Ethics 

Chair: Erdal Toprakyaran (Tübingen)
Ines Aščerić-Todd (Edinburgh), Sufis, Artisans and Traders: Ottoman 

Guilds as Economic, Social and Spiritual Networks 

Fatih Ermiş (Tübingen), The Construction of Ottoman Ethics: From the Nicomachean Ethics to Akhlaq-i Alai 


17:30–17:45 Tea/coffee break 


17:45–18:45 Panel 3: Political Mobilization 

Chair: Denise Klein (Mainz)
Ayşegül Argıt (Heidelberg), Press, Politics, and Mobilization in Istanbul, 


Johann Büssow (Tübingen), Social and Political Networks in Late Ottoman Gaza 


Dinner 20:00 


Thursday, 28 September 2017 

9:30–11:00  Panel 4: Between War and Peace 

Chair: Katja Patzel-Mattern (Heidelberg, to be confirmed)
Tobias Graf (Tübingen), Reconstructing Intelligence Networks: The 

Example of Austrian-Habsburg Intelligence in Istanbul, c. 1575–1583 Nikolas Pissis (Berlin), The Greek Spies of Muscovy in the Ottoman Empire, 


Andreas Helmedach (Berlin/Bochum), Between Venice and the Ottoman Empire: Networks of Violence in Dalmatia 

11:00–11:15 Tea/coffee break 


11:15–12:45 Panel 5: Commerce and Trade 

Chair: Ayşegül Argıt (Heidelberg)
Evelyn Korsch (Venice/Erfurt), Global Networks and Multi-Layered 

Agency of an Armenian Merchant Banker Family 

Gülay Tulasoğlu (Ankara), The Katipzade Family between Trade and Politics 

Anna Vlachopoulou (Munich), Networking as a Business Strategy in the “Long 19th Century” 


12:45–14:30 Lunch 


14:30–15:30  Panel 6: Connecting the Localities and the Imperial Centre 

Chair: Stefan Rohdewald (Gießen)
Uroš Dakić (Belgrade), Sokollu Mehmed Pasha’s Kinship Network in the 

Serbian Orthodox Church 

Henning Sievert (Berne/Heidelberg), Brokerage in the Well-Connected Domains 

15:30–15:45  Tea/coffee break 



15:45–16:45 Panel 7: The Ottoman’s Empire’s Tributaries 

Chair: Philip Hahn (Tübingen)
Daniel Ursprung (Zurich), Christians Acting as Ottomans: Wallachia's 

Seventeenth-Century Elites as Agents of Ottomanization 

Konrad Petrovszky (Vienna), When Networks Fail: The Case of the Phanariot Iordaki Stavraki 


16:45–17:00 Tea/coffee break 


17:00–17:45 Concluding discussion 

Chair and commentary: Renate Dürr (Tübingen) 


18:00–19:00 Organizational meeting of the Working Group “Ottoman Europe” 


Contact: Dr. Tobias Graf

Conference Report:  Aysegül Argit, in: H-Mediterranean, December 11, 2017