Conference / workshops (in chronogical order)

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Izmir au miroir des voyageurs français et de l’histoire: Colloque franco-turce - Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature des Voyages (CRLV), 9-10 April 2001

‘Izmir and France (1600-1900) - 3 centuries of privileged relations’ - in French [info in Turkish] - French Cultural Centre, Izmir, Turkey 18-19-20 Oct. 2006

‘The Italians of Istanbul and the Italian Labour Society of Mutual Aid, representative nucleus of the Comunity. From the nineteenth-century reforms (Tanzimat) to the Turkish Republic (1839-1923)’, Casa d’Italia, Istanbul, 18-19-20 Oct. 2006 - in Italian with simutaneous Turkish translations, Click for details here:

The Late Ottoman Port Cities and Their Inhabitants: Subjectivity, Urbanity,and Conflicting Orders’, directed by Malte Fuhrmann & Vangelis Kechriotis, 22-24 March 2007, 8th Mediterranean Research Meeting

Migration and Urban Institutions in the Late Ottoman Reform Period, May 10-11, 2007 - Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin

Precarious neighborhood: Interconfessional Relations in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean 1854-1923: Local Constraints and International Power Games - hosted by the French School of Athens, 26 - 28 September 2007

Constantinople/Istanbul: Destination, Way-Station, City of Renegades, Faculty Weekend Seminar at the Folger Shakespeare Library Washington, DC, 28-29 September, 2007

Italian Architects in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean: the role of Italians in the South of the Mediterranean and North Africa - Alex-Med (The Alexandria & Mediterranean Research Center), Alexandria, Egypt, 15-16 November, 2007 - (in association with the ‘Architectures modernes en Méditerranée groupment de recherche international’)

The Minorities of Cyprus: Past, Present and Future - 24 & 25 November 2007 - Cyprus College , Nicosia

Cosmopolitanism in the Ottoman Empire and Beyond - Ottoman Urban Studies Seminar, Oct 29 2007 - June 16 2008, ZMO-EUME-Colloquium, Berlin

Cognitive approaches to the concept of food in the Mediterranean cultures, Girne American University, Cyprus, an international symposium - 7th – 8th May 2008

Europe and Turkey in the Eighteenth Century: Annual Conference of the German Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (DGEJ), October 9-11, 2008, Bonn

Lecture Series: Between the clash and the truce: Spain and the Ottoman Empire, November 2008 - Participants’ summaries, Fundación Juan March, Castelló, 77, Madrid, Spain

Les intérêts français dans l’Empire ottoman, XIXᵉ-XXᵉ siècles [French interests in the Ottoman Empire, 19-20th Centuries] - Université Paris VIII, 25 March 2010

3rd Maritime History Network Conference, Izmir, Turkey, 4-7 May, 2010

From Capitulations to Unequal Treaties: The Matter of an Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in the Ottoman Empire - Eliana Augusti - Mediterranean Legal Hybridity: Mixtures and Movements, the Relationship between the Legal and Normative Traditions of the Region - Malta, June 11-12, 2010

Levantines Past, Present, Future Symposium, Izmir, November 3-8, 2010 - details:

Migrant Communities and Urban Space in the Mediterranean ports, 17th-19th centuries - 10th International Conference on urban History, Ghent 1st-4th September 2010

Union in Separation: Trading Diasporas in the Eastern Mediterranean (1200-1700) - Trading Diasporas Research Group, Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany 17-19 February 2011

Colloquium on ‘Mediterranean Cities: Antiquity as Future?’ - Mersin, October 20-22, 2011 - programme: basic - detailed

Beit Ghazaleh Research Project, Aleppo, 2010-11 report

Photographic and documentary exhibition on ‘Smyrna of the Greeks’ (July 5 - August 26 2012) at the National History Museum, Athens, Greece - examples of exhibits:

‘Yaşamak, İnşa Etmek, Korumak: Şehirlerin Sorunları’ [To live, to construct, to preserve: A city’s problems] - Symposium organised by the French Cultural Institute, 12 - 16th November 2012, Izmir - video of opening presentation by Marie Carmen Smyrnelis

‘International Symposium on Alsancak: Past, Present and Future of a District of Friendship between Communities and Religions’ - Izmir Meetings of Archaeology and Cultural History no: 1, November 28, 2012 - info: - programme:

‘Smyrna: The Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City 1900-1922’, 28th January - 10th February 2013, the Hellenic Centre of London with a photographic exhibition held earlier in the year at the Benaki Museum in Athens and screenings of the documentary film by Maria Iliou with the same title. In addition, Friday 8 February, Great Hall, Hellenic Centre: ‘Smyrna’s Living Heritage’, George Vassiadis talk about the Station Square, a surviving district of Old Smyrna. George Galdies and George Poulimenos, authors of A Lexicon of Smyrneika together with Alex Baltazzi, present the only dictionary of Smyrna’s historic Greco-Levantine dialect, written in Frangohiotika and translated into English, Turkish and Greek - Hellenic Centre Events flyer - Smyrna events programme - press release - video of presentation.

Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’nda ve modern Türkiye’de İtalyan inşaatçılar ve mimarlar, 1780-2000 [The Italian developers and architects of Ottoman and Modern Turkey, 1780-2000] - 8-9 March 2013 Italian Cultural Centre, Istanbul and 10 March 2013 Boğaziçi University - details: - programme / in Turkish:

Sociétés urbaines méditerranéennes et levantines. Histoire et anthropologie - Institut interdisciplinaire d’anthropologie du contemporain, Paris - Jan - June 2013

Greece and the Levant at the age of Empire - University of Cyprus Archaeological Research Unit, Gladstone Street, Nicosia - 31 May - 2 June, 2013

Knowledge, Exchange, Encounter: Europe and the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1718 - 8-9 July 2013, CRASSH, Cambridge, UK

Trade, Travel and Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean - Third Biennial Conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean - 8-10 July, 2013, at Churchill College, Cambridge, UK - Theme: Trade, Travel and Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean - Conference Schedule

Exhibition on Smyrna in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Western Views (Evocation of a City), held in the Fondation Arkas Izmir, 25 September - 29 December 2013. Accompanied by a catalogue in Turkish, French and English, arranged by Jean Luc Maeso - details

4th Mediterranean Maritime History Conference, 7-9 May 2014, Museu Marítim de Barcelona, Spain

Ottoman Istanbul International Conference, 27-29 May 2014 - programme:

International Symposium: Ottoman Empire & European Theatre VII, 5-6 June 2014, Don Juan Archiv Wien, Vienna, Austria

The Late Ottoman and Russian Empires: Citizenship, Belonging and Difference - A National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, 9-27 June 2014, The George Washington University, USA

Contacts, Encounters, Practices: European-Ottoman Diplomacy, 1500-1800, 24 June 2014, University of St Andrews, Scotland - report:

East and West: Visualising the Ottoman City - AHRC conference project Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories, this exhibition brings together three contemporary artists using lens-based media, focusing on the representations of the Ottoman City: Aikaterini Gegisian, Leslie Hakim-Dowek and Paris Petridis. Leslie Hakim-Dowek is also the curator of the exhibition. 6-26 June 2014. International Two-Day Conference 26-27 June 2014, Birkbeck College, University of London - programme

Colloquium on Mediterranean Urban Studies: The Transformation of Mediterranean port cities: 19th and 20th centuries, 23-25 October 2014, Mersin, Turkey

Second Levantine Symposium in Izmir, Friday 31 October, 2014 with an optional visit to Chios on 2-3 November - flyer

1st International Conference by the LHF: ‘The Levantines: Commerce and Diplomacy’, Istanbul on 3-5 November 2014 (with optional sightseeing on 6 November), 2014 - flyer - press release / Türkçe - booklet - Mimarist news

Smyrna: The Eye of Asia - A British Museum Classical Colloquium, in honour of Charles Sebag-Montefiore, 5-6 December 2014

To celebrate the publication of a new book by Prof Gelina Harlaftis and Dr Katerina Papakonstantinou, Greek Shipping, 1700-1821: The Heyday before the Greek War of Independence (Kedros Publications, 2013), a round table discussion on Greek Shipping Hellenic Centre, London on 26 January 2015

Long weekend on Mediterranean & Ottoman Studies: Trade and Exchange - The University of California Davis, 30 January - 1 February, 2015

Exhibition: The Ottoman Court Painter Fausto Zonaro (1854-1929), 1-30 April 2015, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi Florence, Italy

‘Orientality: Beyond Foreign Affairs’, a conference at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 2-3 June 2015 - info:

The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art - National Museum Krakow, Poland, 26-27 June 2015

Economic relationships between Europe and the Turkish homeland from the Early Modern age to the 20th century - CHAM International Conference, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 15-18 July 2015

Workshop on Intermediaries between East and West, University of Lund, Sweden, 21 September 2015 - info:

Xenophobia and Alterophobia in Pre-Modern Ottoman Lands - The University of Chicago, October 22-23, 2015

Izmir from Past to Present - Human & Cultural Interactions, Ahmed Adnan Saygun Cultural Center, Izmir, Turkey, 4-7 November 2015 - web site - programme

A Civilization Destroyed: The Wealth of Non-Muslims in the Late Ottoman Period and the Early Republican Era, 20-21 November 2015 - info - programme

Italiani a Izmir: Storia, attualità e prospettive della presenza Italiana nella Regione [Italians in Izmir: History, present situation and prospects of the Italian presence in the region] - Atatürk Kültür Merkezi, Izmir, 26 February 2016

Gender and Diplomacy: Women and men in European and Ottoman Embassies from the 15th to the 18th Century - University of Vienna, Austria, 11-12 March 2016

LSE Contemporary Turkish Studies Conference - Interrogating the Post-Ottoman, 17 March 2016, LSE, London

Cultural Enocunters in Anatolia in the Medieval Period: The Italians in Anatolia during 12th-15th Centuries - programme, 13 May 2016, VEKAM, Ankara

Remembering the Ottoman Past in the Eastern Mediterranean lecture series, (26 Oct 2015 - 24 May 2016), Orient-Institute, Istanbul

Constantinople the eternal in a changing world: Swedish eye-witnesses through the ages, Karin Ådahl, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, 26 January 2016

Digital exhibition: ‘Pitoresk’, 12 March 2016 - 1 November 2016, Naval Museum, Beşiktaş, Istanbul

Transcending Boundaries: The Ottoman Empire, Europe and the Mediterranean World, 1500-1800, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers - June 20 – July 15, 2016, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA.

Seminar: ‘Svenskar i Konstantinopel under det långa 1700-talet’ [Swedes in Constantinople in the long eighteenth century] - M. A. Karin Berner, Uppsala, docent Paula Henrickson, Uppsala & docent Joachim Östulund, Lund, Sweden - 21 September 2016, Engelska Parken Humanistiskt Centrum, Uppsala.

LHF Conference in Istanbul:The Effects and Contributions of Levantines in the development of Beyoğlu/Pera and Galata Neighbourhoods: A long heritage of Trade, Culture and Arts since 1453’ (25th September a cultural tours day) 23-24 September, 2016 - Programme - poster - booklet - gallery - local press: Turkish / French

‘Instruments between East and West’, 26-30 September 2016 - XXXV Scientific Instrument Symposium, Istanbul

CIEPO-22 Symposium - 4-8 October 2016, Trabzon, Turkey

Balkan Worlds III: Power Networks in the Imperial and Post-Imperial Balkans (18th - 20th c.), 6-8 October 2016 - Dept. of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Salonica, Greece programme:

The Reign of King Peter I of Cyprus: Crusading and Diplomacy in the Late Medieval Eastern Mediterranean, 14 October 2016, University of Notre Dame, Rome, Italy.

LHF Second International Conference: The Levant & Europe: Shipping and Trade Networks of People and Knowledge’, 2-4th November 2016, London - Programme - booklet - press - gallery - videos:

Discussion: ‘Les Levantins de Smyrne XIXe siècle: Environment communautaire et religieux’ [The Levantines of Smyrna in the nineteenth century: Communal and Religious Environment] - Rinaldo Marmara, 21 November 2016, French Cultural Centre, Izmir.

Conference: The Dominican order of Constantinople and Anatolia, 8 December 2016 - info, Italian Cultural Centre of Istanbul

The lasting impact of tobacco on the history of Kavala - series of lectures, Nov-Dec 2016, Istanbul - Swedish Research Institute of Istanbul

1. International Workshop: Building Confessional Identities in the Ottoman Empire (16th-18th centuries), 6 February 2017 - Piazza Farnese, 67 - 000186 Rome, Italy - flyer:

Workshop: Ottoman History in a Global Context, 1400-1800, 10 February 2017, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Global and International History: Migration, Immigration, Diaspora, 9-10 March 2017 - Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Symposium, The performance of diplomacy in the early modern world Symposium, 17-18 March 2017, University of Granada and Stvdivm fæsvlanvm, Vienna, Austria

Symposium: Rethinking Late Ottoman Civilization Symposium, 24-25 March 2017, The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Symposium: Asia and the Dutch: 400 years of interactions across the globe, 30 March 2017, Lipsius Building Leiden University, Room 011, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden, Holland

Workshop: The British Empire and the Turkish Republic in the 1920s and 30s, 31 March - 1 April 2017, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK

Conference: Crossing Borders, Challenging Boundaries, 31 March - 1 April 2017, Central Michigan University, USA

Conference: Medicine, Environment and Health in the Eastern Mediterranean World, 1400-1750, 3-4 April 2017 - Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, UK

Conference: Beyrouth, Patrimoines urbains et paysages culturels: Défis, enjeux et stratégies, 4 April 201 - Sorbonne Université, 17 Rue de la Sorbonne / 1 rue Victor Cousin, 75005 Paris, France

Conference: International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport - The Transformation of Sport and Physical Activity Through Time: Journeys in History, 3-6 April 2017, Tolip Hotel, Corniche Road, Roshdy, Alexandria, Egypt

Conference: Mendicant Orders in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art, Architecture and Material Culture (13th-16th c.), 19 - 23 April 2017, Nafplion, Greece

Conference: Visual Sources in Late Ottoman History, 20 April 2017 - Ottoman and Turkish Studies Seminar, Columbia University, New York, USA

Workshop: Across the Black Sea: Russian-Ottoman Encounters in The 18th and 19th Centuries, 22 April 2017, International Affairs Building 1219, Columbia University, USA

9th International Symposium of Turkish Sea Trading, 4-5 May 2017, Istanbul University

Conference: Transcultural Memories of Mediterranean Port Cities: 1850 to the present, 5 May 2017, University of London

Nomad Tent 5th Annual Symposium: ‘Travellers and Treasures of the Ottoman World’, 6 May 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland - info:

Twin lectures on: European Refugees in the Ottoman Empire, 11 May 2017 - The Royal Swedish exile in the Ottoman Empire, 1709-14 - Prof. Dr. Johan Martelius / Polish political émigrés in the Ottoman service as engineers in the 1850s-1870s - Paulina Dominik, M.A. Orient Institut Istanbul

Seminar: Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy, 13-14 May 2017 - Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland - info:

Twin lectures on: Choosing a new homeland, 17 May 2017 - In search of a better life. German-speaking craftspeople and journeymen in Late Ottoman Istanbul - Dr. Richard Wittmann / A Jewish Novelist writes on Ottoman exiles in Berlin - Dr. Esra Almas, Orient Institut Istanbul - Venue: Cezayir, Hayriye Cad. 12, Galatasaray, Istanbul

International Conference on Ottoman Istanbul, V - 19-21 May 2017, 29 Mayis University, Altunizade Campus, Istanbul

International Workshop - Salonica: A Multi-cultural City in the Ottoman Empire and the Greek State between the World Wars, 22-23 May 2017 - The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem & Haifa, Israel

Conference: Ambivalent Legacies: Memory and Amnesia in Post-Habsburg and Post-Ottoman Cities, 26-28 May 2017 - Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen, Germany

20th Annual International Congress, Mediterranean Studies Association, 31 May - 3 June 2017, University of Malta, Valletta, Malta

Exhibition: The Characters of Yusuf Franko: An Ottoman Bureaucrat’s Caricatures, 26 January - 1 June 2017, Anamed, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Conference: Building, Bending, and Breaking Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean World, 1-3 June 2017, Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Nador u. 15, Room: 103, Budapest, Hungary

‘Multiculturalism from Late Antiquity to Modernity’, 18th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, 3 June 2017, University of Birmingham, UK

Conferemce: Mediterranean Cities in Transition, 7-11 June 2017: Glasgow, Scotland

Conference: Sicily at the Crossroad of the Mediterranean World, 28 June - 2 July 2017, Palermo University, Sicily

The European Association of Middle East Librarians, 39th Annual Conference, 3 July 2017, Runcie Room at the Faculty of Divinity of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, England - info:

Christians and Jews in Ottoman Society: A Workshop, 3-5 July 2017, University of Oxford, England - info:

Conference: ‘Movement and Migration in the Middle East: People and Ideas in Flux’, 5-7 July 2017, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Conference: ‘Communities, Imaginations and Emotions in the Medieval Mediterranean’, 10-12 July 2017, Society for the Medieval Mediterranean Biennal Conference, Ghent University, Belgium

Conference: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Reformation Era, 18-21 July 2017, Germany

Conference: Twelfth Biennial Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East, 21-24 July 2017, Norwich, England

14th International Congress of Ottoman Social and Economic History (ICOSEH), 24-28 July 2017, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Symposium: ‘Heinrich Friedrich von Diez (1751-1817) – Diplomat, Orientalist, and Collector’, 7-8 September 2017, State library Berlin, Germany

Conference: Journée d’études. Histoires, espaces et patrimoines pendant la transition de l’Empire ottoman à l’État grec, 15 September 2017 - French School at Athens, Greece

Conference: ‘33. Deutscher Orientalistentag: "Asia, Africa and Europe"’, 18-22 September 2017, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Thuringia, Germany

Conference: The Power of Connections: Interpersonal Networks and Agency in the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Europe, 27–28 September 2017, University of Tübingen, Germany

Conference: ‘Through the Looking Glass of the Local: Rereading Istanbul’s Heterogeneous Pasts’, 28-29 September 2017, Library Hall at Max Planck Institute - MMG, Göttingen, Germany

Research Workshop: ‘Multiplicity of Divisions: Boundaries and Borders of the Habsburg, Ottoman, and Russian Empires in the 19th –early 20th Century’, 28-29 September 2017, History Faculty, Hryhoriy Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Conference: ‘Knowledge Exchange. Europe and the Black Sea Region, ca. 1750 – 1850’, 29-30 September 2017, Southeast European History and Anthropology, University of Graz, Austria

‘International Symposium on Turkey-Romania Relations: Past and Present’, 4-6 October 2017, Constanta, Romania

Symposium: ‘Black Sea Myths and Modern Europe’, 6 October 2017, Heyman Center Common Room, Columbia University, USA

Exhibition: Levant’ın Gōzleri – The Eyes of the Levant, postcards of the Levant, 18 October - 3 December 2017 - Schneidertempel Sanat Merkezi, Bankalar Cd. Felek Sk. No:1 Karaköy, Istanbul

Symposium: Aegean Islands, 19-21 October 2017 - Turkish Historical Society in association with Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey

Workshop: ‘Transcending boundaries? Solidarity in the pre-industrial period’, 26-27 October 2017, Bruges, Belgium

Workshop: ‘Language and Group Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean’, 2-3 November 2017, Yale University, Bingham Hall, 8th Floor, 300 College St., New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Seminar: ‘Ethnicity, Faith and Communal Relations in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean’, 3-4 November 2017, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

LHF Second Beyoğlu Conference in Istanbul: ‘Levantines as pioneers of Modernization in Industry and Trade in the Ottoman Empire’, 10-11 November 2017 - call for papers - flyer: / Türkçe: - gallery - videos:

International Workshop: Dialogues in Late Medieval Mediterranean: between East and West, 13-14 November 2017 - University of Granada, Spain

Symposium: The Mediterranean In Motion, 16-18 November 2017 - Izmir Mediterranean Academy, Ahmed Adnan Saygun Sanat Merkezi, Izmir, Turkey

International Workshop: Politics and Sociability in a Transcultural Context: The Diplomatic Milieu in Istanbul during the Long Eighteenth Century, 17 November 2017 - German Historical Institute, Hôtel Duret-de-Chevry, 8 rue du Parc-Royal, Paris

Seminar: English travellers, spies, and diplomats in foreign courts, by TIDE: Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England, c.1550-1700, 20 November 2017 - University of Liverpool in London, 33 Finsbury Square, London

Exhibition: Pierre Loti and the silhouettes of Hassan, Portraits before the 2nd Constitution, 24 October - 23 November 2017, Saint Benoît Lycee, “La Galerie”, Kemeraltı Caddesi No: 11, Galata, Istanbul

Conference: The Social, Cultural and Economic History of İzmir and the Region, 24-25 November 2017, The Hrant Dink Foundation, Izmir

Conference: II. International Interdisciplinary Conference on Middle East, 24-25 November 2017, Nippon Hotel, Topçu Caddesi No:6, Taksim, Istanbul

Conference: In partibus fidelium. Missions in the Levant and understanding the Christian East (XIX-XXIth centuries), 27-29 November 2017 - Ecole française de Rome, Italy - programme:

Workshop: Mobility, Idenitification and Identity in the Early Modern Mediterranean, 15-16 December 2017, Servizio Comunicazione e Relazioni Esterne, Palazzo della Carovana, Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7 Pisa, Italy

Exhibition: ‘Oriental Christians: 2,000 Years of History’, 26 September 2017 to 14 January 2018 - Arab World Institute, 1 Rue des Fossés, Saint-Bernard, Paris, France