Past LHF Events | Past External Conference / workshops | past external lectures

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

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

18th London group meeting 4 February 2015, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knigtsbridge, with guest speaker Joseph Murat: ‘The Murat family of Bournabat, Smyrna, Turkey’ - video:

19th London group meeting 2 July 2015, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knigtsbridge, with guest speakers Edward Charlton-Jones: ‘White Russian Émigré Society in Constantinople, 1918-23’ and George Vassiadis: ‘Sacred Spaces: Greek and Levantine Places of Worship in Alexandria and Cairo’ - flyer:

20th London group meeting 21 October 2015, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knigtsbridge, with guest speakers Brian Taylor: ‘In search of Antoine van der Steen, the forgotten painter of eighteenth-century Constantinople’ and Valerie Neild: ‘Snow in Smyrna: the travels of a portrait’ - flyer:

21st London group meeting 27 January 2016, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knigtsbridge, with guest speakers Briony Llewellyn: ‘The Ambassador’s Artist: Luigi Mayer (c. 1750-1803) and Sir Robert Ainslie, British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (1775-93)’ and Thora Ray: ‘A Millwright’s Tale; Life in Menemen during WW1’ - flyer:

22nd London group meeting 28 April 2016, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knigtsbridge, with guest speakers Dr Philip Mansel: ‘Aleppo: World City to War Zone’ and Dr Simon Mills: ‘Trade, Religion, and Scholarship between England and Aleppo, 1620-1760’ - flyer:

23rd London group meeting 7 September 2016, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knigtsbridge, with guest speakers Charles Newton: ‘Count Amadeo Preziosi: Levantines Observed’ and Malcolm Billings: ‘Vartan of Nazareth’ - flyer:

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

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:

24th group meeting 19 January 2017, Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knigtsbridge, with guest speakers author Jerry Brotton: ‘This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World’ and LHF trustee Zeynep Cebeci Suvari: ‘Consular property records of the Italian community of Istanbul 1873-1910’ - flyer:

25th Levantine Heritage Foundation dinner gathering in London, 24 April 2017, with guest speaker author Haydn Williams:Turquerie: An 18-Century European Fantasy’ - flyer:

26th Levantine Heritage Foundation dinner gathering in London, 21 September 2017, with guest speakers Dr Jonathan Conlin, senior lecturer in modern history at Southampton University on ‘Very Loyal Subjects and Friends of Our Country: The Gulbenkians and Ottoman/Turkish Economic Development, 1880-1935’ and Nicholas Pelham, author and Middle East correspondent of The Economist, on his Alexandrian and Levantine background - flyer:

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:

27th Levantine Heritage Foundation dinner gathering in London, 18 January 2018, with guest speakers Dr Philipp Wirtz (SOAS) ‘Rave reviews in Pera: German Residents in late Ottoman Istanbul as Observers of Ottoman Cultural Life, 1908 - 1918’ & Taylan Güngör (SOAS) ‘The late-Medieval Italian community in Pera’ & Tom Young ‘Lost Levantine Houses of Beirut’ - flyer:

28th Levantine Heritage Foundation gathering in London in association with the London Hellenic Centre, 10 April 2018, with guest speakers Prof Peter Mackridge ‘The delights of Istanbul in eighteenth-century Greek literature’ and Tom Rees ‘Camarthen to Cairo via Smyrna and Cyprus: the Rees family 1850 to 1950’ - flyer

1st LHF-Italy round-table: ‘Catholic faith and transnational culture among Levantines of Italian origin in Ottoman and Early Republican Turkey, Istanbul’, 23 October 2018 - The Polo del Novecento, Via del Carmine, 14, Turin - flyer: - poster: - photos:

3rd Levantine Heritage Foundation international conference: ‘The Levantines: Identities and Heritage’, Athens, Greece, 2-3 November 2018 - programme - booklet - tours flyer - gallery - videos:

Roundtable: ‘Who are these Levantines: Their activities and contributions to the society they lived in’, 17 December 2018, Akademi Beyoğlu, İmam Adnan Sokak, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, flyer: - booklet: - video:

1st Levantine Heritage Foundation tour gathering in Athens with guest guide Nicolas Nicolaides: ‘Traces of Levantine Athens’, 4 May 2019 - flyer: - gallery:

2nd LHF-Istanbul tour: ‘Multi-cultural history of Yeşilköy / St Stefano, Istanbul’, Zafer Akay, 15 May 2019 - flyer: - gallery:

29th Levantine Heritage Foundation dinner gathering in London, 15 January 2019, with guest speakers Robert Irwin ‘Strangers in a Strange Land: Western Travellers in the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria’ and Raphael Cormack ‘Cairo’s multicultural interwar theatre scene’ - flyer:

30th Levantine Heritage Foundation dinner gathering in London, 17 April 2019, with guest speakers Talitha Schepers: ‘Perceiving the Sublime Porte: Habsburg-Ottoman Diplomatic Encounters as seen through the Eyes of Netherlandish Artists (1526-1574)’ and Coline Houssais: ‘Paris and its historic connections with the Arabic world’ - flyer:

LHF-Italy panel presentation: ‘The Italians of Turkey: a Forgotten Community’ - Between Immigration and Historical Amnesia, Third Conference of the Symposium Diaspore Italiane – Italy in Movement, 27-29 June 2019 – Galata Museo del Mare, Genoa, Italy - programme: - proceedings: - gallery:

31st Levantine Heritage Foundation lecture & dinner gathering in London, 24 July 2019, with guest speaker Gareth Winrow: ‘Patriot and Liberal Internationalist? The Life of Ahmed Robenson’ and Prof Gerald MacLean: ‘Ottoman Aleppo Through British Eyes’ - flyer:

32nd Levantine Heritage Foundation lecture & dinner gathering in London, 18 September 2019, with the theme ‘Levantine Legacies in 19th century Asia Minor’ with guest speaker Gwendolyn Collaço: ‘Prints and Impressions from Ottoman Smyrna: The Harvard Fulgenzi Album’ and Richard Wittmann: ‘The Feriköy (Istanbul) Protestant Cemetery Initiative’ - flyer:

4th LHF-Istanbul Conference, ‘Levantine lifestyle on the Princes’ Islands’, 21 September 2019 - flyer: - brochure: - gallery: - videos:

33rd Levantine Heritage Foundation lecture in association with the Egyptian Cultural Centre: ‘Cairo through the lens of pilgrims and explorers from the Middle Ages to Napoleon’, Prof Doris Behrens-Abouseif, 15 January 2020 - Egyptian Cultural Centre, London - flyer: