The Impact of the Ottoman Empire on Early Modern Europe: From 1453 to the Death of Ahmed I (conference)

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This was a spring 2002 conference held from March 8 to March 9, 2002 organized by Leeds Barroll (Scholar in Residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library) and Kathleen Lynch (Executive Director of the Folger Institute). Speakers included Esin Atil, Natalie Zemon Davis, Cornell Fleischer, Cemal Kafadar, and Walter Mignolo. The conference was supported by a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and a gift from Mr. Theodore Sedgwick.

This international conference brought together leading scholars and emerging voices in the academy for an examination of the multifaceted diplomatic, intellectual, artistic, religious, and military contacts and interactions in the early modern period, interactions that continue to shape global histories and disciplinary boundaries alike. It sought to inform a growing interest in the impact of Islam and, specifically, of the Ottoman empire on the emerging definitions of self and state in the west by moderating scholarly exchange between those working in western historiographical traditions and their counterparts in Ottoman studies. It considered the consequences of conceptual shifts of foci to frontiers, borders, and margins. It examined the trade and travels of commodities and the artifactual record. It identified new sources of archival materials and generate new directions for research.