AKMI Workshop
Fr 22 Okt 2004 | 14:30–18:30

New Approaches to the Study of Merchant Cities

AKMI fellows working on Ottoman merchant cities with interested scholars from Berlin

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin

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At the beginning of the academic year 2004/5 this afternoon workshop will bring together the five AKMI fellows working on Ottoman merchant cities with interested scholars from Berlin to discuss new approaches to the study of merchant cities in the Eastern Mediterranean. The workshop is primarily devoted to a presentation and discussion of individual research projects.

The workshop is of an entirely informal nature and designed to allow free and critical discussion rather than to present results. Thus, questions of sources and methodology should take precedence over the presentation of historical detail. The workshop is part of the project ‘New Approaches to the Study of Merchant Cities in the ottoman Empire”. It will consist of 2 panels, 6 presentations of ca. 15 Minutes, and a round-table discussion.

Participants will come from the active institutions.


2.30 pm - 3.00 pm 
Panel I
Chair: Ulrike Freitag (CMOS)
Nora Lafi (Université de Provence, Arles), Old regime urban government in Merchant cities of the Ottoman Empire (Middle-East and Maghreb)
Hülya Canbakal (Sabanci University), Social Conflict in 18th century `Ayntab
Yücel Terzibasoglu (Bogazici University) Urban Property and Administration in Dispute: Ayvalik, 1877-1926

4.30 pm - 5.30 pm 
Panel II
Chair: Gudrun Krämer (Free University Berlin)
Constantin Iordachi (Central European University, Budapest), Inter- Communitarian Relations at the Lower Danube: The Case of the Dobrudjan Merchant Cities of Tulcea, Sluina and Constanta (1839-1940)
Thomas Riis (Universität Kiel), An Italian Trading House in 19th Century Aleppo: The Company Fratelli Castelli & Cie/Giustiniani e Nipoti/Vincenzo Marcopoli & Cie
Malek Sharif (FU Berlin) A Social History of the Medical Profession in 19th Century Beirut

5.30 pm – 6.30 pm 

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