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Im/Mobilities at the End of Empire: People and Ideas in Flux

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May 16, 2024
3:30PM - 5:30PM
The Graduate, Jesse Owens Room (Thursday/Saturday) & Derby Hall 1039 (Friday)

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Add to Calendar 2024-05-16 15:30:00 2024-05-16 17:30:00 Im/Mobilities at the End of Empire: People and Ideas in Flux (This is a Mershon Center event.)Organizers: Yiğit Akın and Theodora DragostinovaThis workshop brings together scholars working on imperial and post-imperial transitions in the Ottoman Empire and its successor states in the Balkans and the Middle East from the nineteenth century through the 1920s. We put into conversation new research-in-progress based on original indigenous sources that engages with various geographical fields and methodological approaches. We propose the intertwined notions of “mobility” and “immobility” to emphasize the fluidity of the transitions while exploring multiple aspects of their manifestations. In the period under consideration, ideas of statehood, sovereignty, and citizenship fluctuated as state-building, violence, and war reshaped territories, environments, and communities. We recognize that different chronologies in various geographical and political contexts make a unitary narrative impossible. Yet, overlapping regimes of mobilities and immobilities—military, demographic, political, intellectual, cultural, environmental—reshaped empires, states, societies, families, and individuals. To think about an overarching framework, we choose to focus on two angles: people and ideas. We also incorporate a vigorous discussion of research and writing methodologies: comparative, transnational, or global; case-study or big picture narratives; intellectual, biographical, or micro-historical perspectives; or anthropological and literary approaches. Our overall goal is a comparative discussion on historiographies, sources, and methodologies related to the (post-)Ottoman transitions. This workshop is based on pre-circulated papers. Please contact akin.16@osu.edu and dragostinova.1@osu.edu with any questions.Conceptual partners:Peter Holquist, University of PennsylvaniaLaura Robson, Penn State UniversityPaper presenters:Yiğit Akın, Ohio State UniversityMustafa Aksakal, Georgetown UniversityEvguenia Davidova, Portland State UniversityTheodora Dragostinova, Ohio State UniversityLerna Ekmekçioğlu, MITMiloš Jovanović, UCLAMilena B. Methodieva, University of TorontoAyşe Parla, Boston UniversityIpek Yosmaoğlu, NorthwesternFull biographies, papers and abstracts are available on the Mershon Center website. The Graduate, Jesse Owens Room (Thursday/Saturday) & Derby Hall 1039 (Friday) Department of History history@osu.edu America/New_York public
May 17, 2024
9:00AM - 5:00PM
The Graduate, Jesse Owens Room (Thursday/Saturday) & Derby Hall 1039 (Friday)

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Add to Calendar 2024-05-17 09:00:00 2024-05-17 17:00:00 Im/Mobilities at the End of Empire: People and Ideas in Flux (This is a Mershon Center event.)Organizers: Yiğit Akın and Theodora DragostinovaThis workshop brings together scholars working on imperial and post-imperial transitions in the Ottoman Empire and its successor states in the Balkans and the Middle East from the nineteenth century through the 1920s. We put into conversation new research-in-progress based on original indigenous sources that engages with various geographical fields and methodological approaches. We propose the intertwined notions of “mobility” and “immobility” to emphasize the fluidity of the transitions while exploring multiple aspects of their manifestations. In the period under consideration, ideas of statehood, sovereignty, and citizenship fluctuated as state-building, violence, and war reshaped territories, environments, and communities. We recognize that different chronologies in various geographical and political contexts make a unitary narrative impossible. Yet, overlapping regimes of mobilities and immobilities—military, demographic, political, intellectual, cultural, environmental—reshaped empires, states, societies, families, and individuals. To think about an overarching framework, we choose to focus on two angles: people and ideas. We also incorporate a vigorous discussion of research and writing methodologies: comparative, transnational, or global; case-study or big picture narratives; intellectual, biographical, or micro-historical perspectives; or anthropological and literary approaches. Our overall goal is a comparative discussion on historiographies, sources, and methodologies related to the (post-)Ottoman transitions. This workshop is based on pre-circulated papers. Please contact akin.16@osu.edu and dragostinova.1@osu.edu with any questions.Conceptual partners:Peter Holquist, University of PennsylvaniaLaura Robson, Penn State UniversityPaper presenters:Yiğit Akın, Ohio State UniversityMustafa Aksakal, Georgetown UniversityEvguenia Davidova, Portland State UniversityTheodora Dragostinova, Ohio State UniversityLerna Ekmekçioğlu, MITMiloš Jovanović, UCLAMilena B. Methodieva, University of TorontoAyşe Parla, Boston UniversityIpek Yosmaoğlu, NorthwesternFull biographies, papers and abstracts are available on the Mershon Center website. The Graduate, Jesse Owens Room (Thursday/Saturday) & Derby Hall 1039 (Friday) Department of History history@osu.edu America/New_York public
May 18, 2024
9:00AM - 11:00AM
The Graduate, Jesse Owens Room (Thursday/Saturday) & Derby Hall 1039 (Friday)

Date Range
Add to Calendar 2024-05-18 09:00:00 2024-05-18 11:00:00 Im/Mobilities at the End of Empire: People and Ideas in Flux (This is a Mershon Center event.)Organizers: Yiğit Akın and Theodora DragostinovaThis workshop brings together scholars working on imperial and post-imperial transitions in the Ottoman Empire and its successor states in the Balkans and the Middle East from the nineteenth century through the 1920s. We put into conversation new research-in-progress based on original indigenous sources that engages with various geographical fields and methodological approaches. We propose the intertwined notions of “mobility” and “immobility” to emphasize the fluidity of the transitions while exploring multiple aspects of their manifestations. In the period under consideration, ideas of statehood, sovereignty, and citizenship fluctuated as state-building, violence, and war reshaped territories, environments, and communities. We recognize that different chronologies in various geographical and political contexts make a unitary narrative impossible. Yet, overlapping regimes of mobilities and immobilities—military, demographic, political, intellectual, cultural, environmental—reshaped empires, states, societies, families, and individuals. To think about an overarching framework, we choose to focus on two angles: people and ideas. We also incorporate a vigorous discussion of research and writing methodologies: comparative, transnational, or global; case-study or big picture narratives; intellectual, biographical, or micro-historical perspectives; or anthropological and literary approaches. Our overall goal is a comparative discussion on historiographies, sources, and methodologies related to the (post-)Ottoman transitions. This workshop is based on pre-circulated papers. Please contact akin.16@osu.edu and dragostinova.1@osu.edu with any questions.Conceptual partners:Peter Holquist, University of PennsylvaniaLaura Robson, Penn State UniversityPaper presenters:Yiğit Akın, Ohio State UniversityMustafa Aksakal, Georgetown UniversityEvguenia Davidova, Portland State UniversityTheodora Dragostinova, Ohio State UniversityLerna Ekmekçioğlu, MITMiloš Jovanović, UCLAMilena B. Methodieva, University of TorontoAyşe Parla, Boston UniversityIpek Yosmaoğlu, NorthwesternFull biographies, papers and abstracts are available on the Mershon Center website. The Graduate, Jesse Owens Room (Thursday/Saturday) & Derby Hall 1039 (Friday) Department of History history@osu.edu America/New_York public

(This is a Mershon Center event.)

Organizers: Yiğit Akın and Theodora Dragostinova

This workshop brings together scholars working on imperial and post-imperial transitions in the Ottoman Empire and its successor states in the Balkans and the Middle East from the nineteenth century through the 1920s. We put into conversation new research-in-progress based on original indigenous sources that engages with various geographical fields and methodological approaches. We propose the intertwined notions of “mobility” and “immobility” to emphasize the fluidity of the transitions while exploring multiple aspects of their manifestations. In the period under consideration, ideas of statehood, sovereignty, and citizenship fluctuated as state-building, violence, and war reshaped territories, environments, and communities. We recognize that different chronologies in various geographical and political contexts make a unitary narrative impossible. Yet, overlapping regimes of mobilities and immobilities—military, demographic, political, intellectual, cultural, environmental—reshaped empires, states, societies, families, and individuals. To think about an overarching framework, we choose to focus on two angles: people and ideas. We also incorporate a vigorous discussion of research and writing methodologies: comparative, transnational, or global; case-study or big picture narratives; intellectual, biographical, or micro-historical perspectives; or anthropological and literary approaches. Our overall goal is a comparative discussion on historiographies, sources, and methodologies related to the (post-)Ottoman transitions. 

This workshop is based on pre-circulated papers. Please contact akin.16@osu.edu and dragostinova.1@osu.edu with any questions.

Conceptual partners:
Peter Holquist, University of Pennsylvania
Laura Robson, Penn State University

Paper presenters:
Yiğit Akın, Ohio State University
Mustafa Aksakal, Georgetown University
Evguenia Davidova, Portland State University
Theodora Dragostinova, Ohio State University
Lerna Ekmekçioğlu, MIT
Miloš Jovanović, UCLA
Milena B. Methodieva, University of Toronto
Ayşe Parla, Boston University
Ipek Yosmaoğlu, Northwestern