Journeys in the Ottoman World

Journeys in the Ottoman World
22-24 October 2015
İpek University, Ankara, Turkey

Many works concerning travellers in Ottoman lands have been published and studied, but there is also a wealth of material that has not been explored. The scope of this conference is to explore the rich field of material concerning travellers to and through the Ottoman lands, from the early Ottoman period to the present. We welcome proposals engaging with any kind of literary and visual material, including travelogues, letters, journals, fiction, or poetry, as well as early and late travellers, male and female perspectives, elevated and simple styles, official and private opinions.

Possible topics could include:
– Representations of the harem
– Traces of the Ottoman past in contemporary travel writing
– Early modern travellers’ encounters with the Ottoman Empire
– Orientalism and explorations of the exotic in Romantic era Ottoman travel writing
– Journeys back to the Ottoman past in contemporary fiction and poetry
– The role of interpreters, translators and guides
– Cultural clashes
– The relationship between text and image in travel writing about the Ottoman Empire
– Engagements with the late Ottoman westernising imperative
– Western tutors’ and governesses’ memoirs of the Ottoman Empire
The primary language is English, but original material in other languages can offer valuable sources, providing that an English translation is given.
Keynote Speakers:
Professor Donna Landry, Kent University
Professor Gerald McLean, University of Exeter

Conference Fee:
International Attendees 100 €
Attendees from Within Turkey 60 €
Students and Research Assistants 30 €

Conference fee includes lunches, morning and afternoon tea and coffee.
Excursions to classical sites and museums in or near Ankara will be offered on the 24th October
Proposals of 300-500 words should be addressed to and submitted by 30th June 2015.



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