Stories of Survival

Recovering the Connected Histories of Eastern Christianity in the Early Modern World

New Research Associate appointed

Tobias GrafWe are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Tobias Graf as a Research Associate with the Stories of Survival project.

Dr Graf will be joining us in October 2017 from the University of Tübingen, where he has spent the academic year 2016/2017 teaching courses on Euro-Ottoman history, political and military conflict during the European ‘age of confessionalization’, and the history of slavery.  Dr Graf’s research focuses on Euro-Ottoman connections and entanglements in the context of religious practices and ideas as well as migration. Read more here.

Lucy Parker presenting at the European Academy of Religion in Bologna

In Bologna in June, at the European Academy of Religion Conference, Dr Lucy Parker will be giving two papers  on on the project – Stories of Survival: Recovering the Connected Histories of Eastern Christianity in the Early Modern World , the other on herown research with the title ‘Becoming Catholic at the Time of the Counter-Reformation: the case of the sixteenth-century Chaldaeans’.

Religious Minorities in Early Modern Rome, St Andrews

Research Associate Dr Lucy Parker will be giving a paper at a workshop on ‘Religious Minorities in Early Modern Rome’ at the University of St Andrews on June 14th 2017. The paper is entitled:  ‘When Patriarchs Met Popes: Two Sixteenth-Century Eastern Christian Embassies to Rome’.

Programme announced: New Perspectives in Mediterranean History seminar series

The full programme for Trinity Term’s seminar series New Perspectives in Mediterranean History has just been published, beginning with  Sir Noel Malcolm (All Souls) on 24 April, on ‘Tracking a transnational family in the sixteenth-century Mediterranean world: the Brunis and the Brutis’.

Full details of the seminar series are available here.

Towards a New History of Christians and Jews in Ottoman Society

In recent years, there have been significant developments in Ottoman history, Islamic history, and Eastern Christian and Jewish Studies, which promise to radically transform our understanding of the mechanics of communal identity in the Ottoman world.  The time is ripe for a new, three-dimensional study of Christians and Jews in Ottoman society, one that cuts across social, intellectual, economic, cultural, legal and religious history.  Such an endeavour requires the collaboration of specialists working on different parts of the empire.  As part of the Stories of Survival project, a workshop will be held in Oxford in July 2017 with the express purpose of writing such a history.  The outcome of the workshop will be a book aimed at a wide readership, which promises to shape the research agenda for the future while also offering non-specialists a vision of Ottoman society that better reflects the developments of the past thirty years.

For a copy of the Call for Papers, click here.

New research associates appointed

The first two research associates have been appointed to join the  project team. Dr John-Paul Ghobrial is delighted to welcome Dr Lucy Parker,  who will be working the Syriac materials, and Dr Feras Krimsti, who will be focusing on Arabic-language sources.  A third research associate working on European materials will also be recruited.

More information about the research team can be found here.

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