[P4330] Ottoman Seas 2

Created by Murat Menguc
Friday, 11/18/16 1:45pm


"Ottoman Seas" is a two-panel session that explores how the Ottomans imagined, constructed, and interacted with maritime space. As with every early modern empire, the limits of Ottoman territories were characterized by a degree of fluidity, more akin to flexible markers (Stuart Elden, The Birth of Territory). Much more so in the case of maritime realms, territorial ownership and control were regularly negotiated and reconstructed. Trying to avoid generalizations and blanket statements about big spatial units such as the Mediterranean, the session shifts attention to the specific components of the Ottoman seas: the Black Sea, the Adriatic, the Marmara Sea, the Aegean archipelago or the North African coast. Bringing together scholars who work on different facets of maritime interactions in these areas, we invite them to consider how maritime spaces were both geographically- as well as ideologically defined Ottoman entities. Participants will explore Ottoman seascapes on the basis of eyewitness accounts, collective experiences of sailors, pirates and statesman, as well as cartographical and architectural evidence. Enquiring into the military, economic and cultural nature of the Ottoman imaginations of the empire's liquid frontiers, we aim to bring together studies of primary sources, and construct empirical and theoretical arguments building upon and contributing to, existing literature.






Palmira Brummett

(Brown University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair;

Christine Isom-Verhaaren

(Brigham Young University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Nabil Al-Tikriti

(University of Mary Washington)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Joshua White

(University of Virginia)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;