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23.05.2017

Konferenz "The Power of Connections. Interpersonal Networks and Agency in the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Europe (Die Macht der Verbindungen. Interpersonelle Netzwerke und im Osmanischen Reich und im osmanischen Europa)" (27./28.09.17)

Whether on a local, a regional, an imperial, or a global level, interpersonal networks provide the crucial social infrastructure for human activity across the board, from ostensibly lonely academic studies to dinner parties, from travel to conquest. Like the physical infrastructure provided by roads and ports, the postal system and telegraph lines, water pipes and electric wires, this social infrastructure enables, shapes, and sustains certain forms of human behaviour. Like physical infrastructure, the existence of social infrastructure was the result of conscious efforts as much as serendipity. Moreover, in their very nature, interpersonal networks were dynamic, changing over time as individual members reoriented themselves or passed away and as the social, political, economic, and legal frameworks transformed. Such shifts in turn affected the formation of webs of contact as well as the respective patterns of and options for action.

This conference invites scholars working on Ottoman Europe from the fourteenth to the twentieth century to reflect on the ways in which interpersonal networks enabled, constrained, and shaped the actions of individual as well as group actors and how the creation and maintenance of such networks itself became the object of agency. We hope to attract papers which cover a wide variety of themes, including, but not limited to, Ottoman political history, diplomacy and 'international' relations, violence, economic history, the history of art, architecture, and literature, the history of science, intellectual and religious history, the history of institutions and associations (not only state institutions but also guilds, clubs, Masonic lodges, etc.), and the history of law and legal practices.

Weitere Informationen zu dieser Tagung folgen in Kürze.

Organisiert von Prof. Dr. Lejla Demiri (Tübingen),Dr. Tobias Graf (Tübingen/Heidelberg), Ayşegül Argıt, MA (Heidelberg)

in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Arbeitskreis Osmanisches Europa http://www.osmanisches-europa.de/

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Conference: "The Power of Connections. Interpersonal Networks and Agency in the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Europe"

Whether on a local, a regional, an imperial, or a global level, interpersonal networks provide the crucial social infrastructure for human activity across the board, from ostensibly lonely academic studies to dinner parties, from travel to conquest. Like the physical infrastructure provided by roads and ports, the postal system and telegraph lines, water pipes and electric wires, this social infrastructure enables, shapes, and sustains certain forms of human behaviour. Like physical infrastructure, the existence of social infrastructure was the result of conscious efforts as much as serendipity. Moreover, in their very nature, interpersonal networks were dynamic, changing over time as individual members reoriented themselves or passed away and as the social, political, economic, and legal frameworks transformed. Such shifts in turn affected the formation of webs of contact as well as the respective patterns of and options for action.

This conference invites scholars working on Ottoman Europe from the fourteenth to the twentieth century to reflect on the ways in which interpersonal networks enabled, constrained, and shaped the actions of individual as well as group actors and how the creation and maintenance of such networks itself became the object of agency. We hope to attract papers which cover a wide variety of themes, including, but not limited to, Ottoman political history, diplomacy and 'international' relations, violence, economic history, the history of art, architecture, and literature, the history of science, intellectual and religious history, the history of institutions and associations (not only state institutions but also guilds, clubs, Masonic lodges, etc.), and the history of law and legal practices.

Further information on this conference will be published shortly

Organized by Prof. Dr. Lejla Demiri (Tübingen), Dr. Tobias Graf (Tübingen/Heidelberg), Ayşegül Argıt, MA (Heidelberg)

in cooperation with the Working Group Ottoman Europe www.osmanisches-europa.de

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