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Western Ottomanists’ Workshop (WOW) Fall 2022 – Day 1

Friday, Nov 18, 2022 @ 1:30 PM - 6:45 PM
10383 Bunche Hall,

UCLA will be hosting the Western Ottomanists’ Workshop (WOW) hybrid, both in person and online. Organized by CMRS-CEGS faculty member Choon Hwee Koh (UCLA, History) and hosted by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Friday, November 18 – Day 1
10383 Bunche Hall (10th floor) & Zoom

Alternate plans for strike

1:30pm Registration
2pm Opening Speech – James Gelvin (UCLA)
2:30-3:30pm Panel 1: Nineteenth Century Ottoman Identities Beyond the Millet System

Presenter Bedros Torosian (UCI), Discussant: Sebouh Aslanian (UCLA); Presenter: Hilal Tümer (UCB), Discussant: Isacar Bolaños (CSULB)

3:30-3:45pm Break
3:45-5:15pm Panel 2: Ottoman Legal and Administrative Structures

Presenter: Ismail Noyan (Simon Fraser University), Discussant: Jun Akiba (University of Tokyo); Presenter: Madonna Aoun Ghazal (UCLA), Discussant: Samy Ayoub (UT Austin); Presenter: Daniel Ohanian (UCLA), Discussant: Christine Philliou (UCB)

5:15-5:30pm Break
5:30-6:45pm Workshop on Publishing and Professionalization – Heather Ferguson (Claremont McKenna, JOTSA)

Saturday, November 19 – Day 2
Royce 314 & Zoom

8-8:30am Registration
8:30-10:10am Panel 3: Ottoman Language, Literature, and Carnivals

Presenter: Jennifer Manoukian (UCLA), Discussant: Nir Shafir (UCSD); Presenter: İpek Şahinler (U Texas at Austin), Discussant: Selim Kuru (UW); Presenter: Nora Bairamian (UCLA), Discussant: Dzovinar Derderian (UCB); Presenter: Naz Vardar (Simon Fraser University), Discussant: Ceyhun Arslan (Koç University)

10:10-10:30am Break
10:30am-12:10pm Panel 4: Vampires, Converts, and Financiers in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire

Presenter: Zehra Ilhan (UCD), Discussant: Adam Sabra (UCSB); Presenter: Christopher Whitehead (OSU), Discussant: Linda Darling (University of Arizona), Presenter: Elyakim Engelmann-Suissa (UW), Discussant: Jacob Max Daniels (Stanford University), Presenter: Hüseyin Göcen (UCD), Discussant: James Grehan (PSU)

12:10-1:10pm Lunch Break
1:15-2:15pmLunchtime Roundtable on Manuscripts in SoCal

Ali Anooshahr (UCD), Gwendolyn Collaço (LACMA), Sohaib Baig (UCLA Libraries), Luke Yarbrough (UCLA, NELC)

2:15-2:30pm Break
2:30-4pm Panel 5: Race and Capitalism in the Ottoman Empire: Sephardic Jews, Afro-Turks, Greek-Turkish Population Exchange

Presenter: Rachel Smith (UCLA), Discussant: Reşat Kasaba (UW); Presenter: Oluwamayowa (Bam) Willoughby (Cornell), Discussant: Baki Tezcan (UCD); Presenter: Herman Adney (UCLA), Discussant: Nora Barakat (Stanford University)

3:50-4:05pm Break
4:05-5:30 Keynote Panel

Christine Philliou (UCB), Sebouh Aslanian (UCLA), Sarah Stein (UCLA), Moderator: Baki Tezcan (UCD)

5:30-6pm Closing Speech – Sebouh Aslanian (UCLA)
6-7pm Ottoman Music Performance – Münir Beken (UCLA Ethnomusicology)

Register Here

Please direct all queries to wowuclawow@gmail.com

WOW was founded in 2010 to bring together scholars and researchers based in the Western regions of the United States who are working to advance the study of the Ottoman Empire and its interactions with the wider world from the period of the late thirteenth century up until the early decades of the twentieth century. Two years into this pandemic, many of us have not had a chance to meet each other in person. WOW 2022 aims to provide a space for in-person meeting, discussion, feedback, and conversation. Join us!

Sponsors: Center for Near Eastern StudiesCenter for European and Russian StudiesAfrican Studies CenterProgram on Central AsiaDepartment of HistoryIslamic StudiesNear Eastern Languages and CulturesCenter for 17th and 18th Century Studies, UCLA’s Richard Hovannisian Endowed Chair in Modern Armenian History, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture, CMRS Center for Early Global Studies, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Library Special Collections.


Friday, Nov 18, 2022
1:30 PM - 6:45 PM
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10383 Bunche Hall


UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
CMRS Center for Early Global Studies