Colloque “Contacts, Encounters, Practices: Ottoman-European Diplomacy, 1500-1800” — St Andrews, Ecosse, 24/06/2014

This one-day international roundtable exploring the practice of European-Ottoman diplomacy in the early modern period will be held at the University of St Andrews on 24 June 2014.

The roundtable will seek to address questions of commercial, social, and intelligence networks and interests and their role in diplomatic practice, as well as the material and ideological logistics of diplomatic encounters. It will also explore the sources available to historians of early modern Ottoman-European diplomacy, and their methodological issues. The fundamental purpose of this roundtable is to provide an intimate space for vigorous discussion of the context and historiography of Ottoman-European diplomacy.

We hope to publish the proceedings as a special issue of a major journal, presenting our discussions and findings to the wider academic community, and hopefully generating more discussion and engagement on the subject of diplomacy between the Ottoman Empire and Europe.

Inscription jusqu’au 31 Mai 2014.
Information http://ottomaneuropeandiplomacy.blogspot.co.uk/

Programme

Tea & Coffee, Registration & Welcome
8.30am       
Session 1
9.00am
His Bailo’s Kapudan: Uluç Hasan Pasha and the Venetian Bailo
Emrah Safa Gürkan, İstanbul 29 Mayıs University
 
The embassy of Müteferrika Süleyman Ağa to Louis XIV in 1669
Phil McCluskey, Sheffield University

Thy flashing sword is the dread of the world: Polish-Lithuanian/Ottoman diplomacy during the reign of Kanuni Sultan Süleyman
Michael Połczyński, Georgetown University
 
Coffee break
11.00am
Session 2
11.30am
 
What’s in a name? Some preliminary remarks on the semantic changes in the denomination of Ottoman diplomatic treaties
Güneş Işıksel, Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne
 
Accounts of lives abroad: Financing Ottoman diplomats in Prussia, 1761-1806
Irena Fliter, Tel Aviv University 
 
The idea of the gift in Ottoman-British relations in the seventeenth and eighteenth century
Michael Talbot, University of St Andrews
 
Lunch and stroll around St Andrews
1.30pm
Session 3
3.00pm
Diplomats and philosophers: Heinrich von Diez and Ali Aziz Efendi, 1797
Lela Gibson, University of California – Los Angeles
 
The French Revolutionary attack on diplomatic practice and Franco-Ottoman negotiations in Istanbul
Pascal Firges, Heidelberg University
 
Coffee break
4.30pm
 
Session 4
5.00pm
Moving forward in the historiography of Ottoman-European diplomacy
Open discussion

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