Public Seminar: Liberty and Social Life in the 19th Century Ottoman Empire, 26 February 2018, London School of Economics and Political Science
Dr. Ceyda Karamürsel, Lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Dr. Michael Talbot, Lecturer in the History of Ottoman Empire and Middle East at the University of Greenwich
Dr. Katarine Dalacoura, Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Clement House 7.02, LSE, WC2B 4JF
Monday, 26 February 2018
18.30 – 20.00
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We are pleased to announce the Centre for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey) public seminar titled “Ottomans at the Margins: Liberty and Social Life in the 19th Century Empire”, to be delivered Dr. Ceyda Karamursel (SOAS) and Dr. Michael Talbot (University of Greenwich). This event will be chaired by Dr. Katerina Dalacoura (LSE). The event will take place on Monday 26 February 2018, at 18.30-20.00 at Clement House Room 7.02, LSE, WC2B 4FJ. This seminar will be kindly chaired by Dr. Katarina Dalacoura who is an Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
De-Exoticising Slavery in the Ottoman Empire, Dr. Karamursel.
This talk will examine the jurisdictional conflicts over slavery and emancipation in the Ottoman Empire in the second half of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries. Tracing the legal action taken by slaves against their owners, known largely as hürriyet davaları (freedom suits), it will look at how slaves built their claims in relation to different legal terrains, problems and concepts. All in all, it aims to demonstrate that the judicial management of slavery related conflicts determined not only the limits of slavery, but also how such liberal “fictions” as freedom and equality before the law were vernacularized by local agents in the Ottoman Empire.
Cartoons, jokes, and politics in late Ottoman print culture, Dr. Talbot.
Humour, absurdity, and downright rudeness are a major part of political and satirical commentary in historical and contemporary societies. Trying to translate or work out humour and satire from different linguistic and/or cultural contexts can be very difficult indeed. This paper will consider how different areas of the late Ottoman Turkish press used humour and visual satire to explore and critique their rapidly changing society, but also how historians might use these texts and images in their research and teaching – and what the limitations upon them might be.
Dr. Ceyda Karamursel is a lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She completed her PhD in history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Middle East Center. Her research focuses on the practice of slavery in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish republic in the second half of the nineteenth and early decades of the twentieth centuries and has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, among others. She is currently working on her book manuscript, which continues to explore Ottoman slaves’ and slaveholders’ perceptions of freedom, justice, equality, and in an indirect way, of citizenship.
Dr. Michael Talbot is Lecturer in the History of the Ottoman Empire and Middle East at the University of Greenwich. His first book examined Ottoman-British relations in the 18th century, but he has a broad interest in Ottoman history from the 17th to 19th centuries in terms of Ottoman relations with the wider world and Ottoman identities.
Dr. Katerina Dalacoura is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2015-16, she was British Academy Mid-Career Fellow and is currently participating in a project on the ‘Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture’, sponsored by the European Commission under the auspices of Horizon 2020 (2016-19). She previously worked at the University of Essex and at the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Dr Dalacoura’s work has centered on the intersection of Islamism and international human rights norms. She has worked on human rights, democracy and democracy promotion, in the Middle East, particularly in the context of Western policies in the region. Her latest research focuses on the role of culture and civilization in International Relations with special reference to Turkey. She has a continuing interest in questions of secularity and secularization in the Middle East. She is author of Islam, Liberalism and Human Rights: Implications for International Relations(I. B. Tauris, 2007), Islamist Terrorism and Democracy in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and of a number of chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.