Visions of the Future in Ottoman Europe (15th–20th Century)

Conference of the study group „Ottoman Europe“ (November 22th to 24th, 2018)
Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany



Thursday, November 22th


Mitgliederversammlung des Arbeitskreises Osmanisches Europa  

(Meeting of the members of the Study group "Ottoman Europe")


Evening lecture

Lucian Hölscher (Ruhr University, Bochum): Between Theology of History and Scientific Development: The Origin of the Concept >Future< in Early Modern Europe


Friday, November 23th



Markus Koller (Ruhr University, Bochum), Stefan Rohdewald (Justus Liebig University, Giessen)


Panel 1: Early Modern Ottoman Europe, Early Modern Ottoman Empire

Andreas Helmedach (Ruhr University, Bochum): Did the Venetians have a Vision of the Future for their Overseas Empire (Stato da mar)?

Markus Koller (Ruhr University, Bochum): Tombs in Venice. Visions of the Future in the Venetian and Ottoman Territories in Southeastern Europe

Stefan Rohdewald (Justus Liebig University, Giessen): Perpetual Peace: Temporal Horizons in Peace Treaties in a Transottoman Context

Huseyin Yilmaz (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA): Spiritual Explorations into the Future of (the?)Ottoman Dynasty in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Nedim Zahirović (GWZO Leipzig): Mystical Prophecies in 17th Century Ottoman Bosnia 


Panel 2: Sattelzeit. Around 1800 

Yusuf Ziya Karabicak (McGill University, Montreal & EHESS, Paris): Dreaming about Orthodox Ottomans: From Catherine II's Greek Project to Selim III's Nizam-ı Cedid

Ovidiu Olar (Romanian Academy of Science, Bucarest): "My Times are in Your Hands": Two 18th Century Genealogies of Christ Reconsidered (Princeton Greek Ms. 16 & Bar _ Ms. Rom. _5896

Zsófia Turóczy (Leipzig University): Freemason Utopies between Budapest and Istanbul: A Transimperial Concept?

Ioannis Zelepos (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich): Metamorphoses of Ottoman-Orthodox Salvation History: From the Pre-Revolutionary Future to the National Past – Greek Text Sources from the 18th and 19th Centuries.


Saturday, November 24th


Panel 3: Ottoman Europe and the Ottoman Reform Era from Tanzimat to the Young Turks

Serena Acciai (University of Florence): The Ottoman House: A Modern Idea of Living

Ibrahim-Kaan Cevahir (Robert-Schuhmann-Hochschule, Institute for Musicology, Düsseldorf): "Civilized" Culture and "advanced" Music. Tradition and Progressiveness in the Construct of a Turkish National Identity

Dennis Dierks (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena): Shared Futures? Muslim Visions of Future in  Postottoman Europe at the Beginng of the 20th Century

Malte Fuhrmann (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin): The European Dream. An Ideal for the 19th Century Ottoman Empire 

Lyubomir Pozharliev (Justus Liebig University, Giessen): Entering the Orient by a Steamship. The Port of Varna in the mid-19th Century






On behalf of the study group Ottoman Europe:

Andreas Helmedach, Markus Koller