Empire's Province Into National City: Architecture and the Dissolution of the Ottoman Empire

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This two-day event convenes recent scholarship and works-in-progress on the transformation of Ottoman province centers into national capitals/cities during the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the broader transformations in the region, such as Aleppo, Athens, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Kars and Khartoum. This event will be the very last one in the series Esra Akcan and Peter Christensen have been running since 2015 with a grant from the Central New York Humanities Corridor, a consortium of universities and colleges in the central New York region. 

Schedule March 14


6:00 p.m.

Heghnar Watenpaugh (UC Davis) "Islamic City, Colonial City, Refugee City: Writing Urban History in Aleppo from Empire to Nation State"


Schedule March 15


9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction with Esra Akcan and Peter Christensen

Panel 1 | North

9:10 a.m.

Ecem Sarıçayır (Cornell University) "Discourse of Architecture and Hygiene on the Russian-Ottoman Borderlands"

Peter Christensen (University of Rochester) "Turanism and the Ottoman Architectural Legacy in Austria-Hungary"

H. Şükrü Ilıcak (University of Crete) "Revolutionary Athens through Ottoman Eyes. New Evidence from the Ottoman State Archives"

Break | End of Panel 1

10:15 a.m.

Panel 2 | South

10:20 a.m.

Mohamed Elshahed (Indepent Scholar and Curator) "Architects and Identity in Egypt and the End of Ottoman Cosmopolitanism"

Esra Akcan (Cornell University) "After the 'Last Ottoman Generation': Sudan at Colonial and Postcolonial Crossroads"

Break | End of Panel 2

10:05 a.m.

Panel 3 | East

11:10 a.m.

Caecilia Pieri (French Institute of the Near-East) "Following Ottoman modernity in Iraq: architectural themes and variations (1870-1950)"

Lydia Harrington (Boston University) "The hands of the compassionate: the Damascus vocational school and imperial patronage at the end of the Ottoman Empire"


11:55 a.m. 

Sibel Bozdogan (Boston University)

Q & A

12:05 p.m. 


12:45 p.m.

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