In October, PI Dr John-Paul Ghobrial and Research Associate Dr Lucy Parker spoke at a workshop in Frankfurt on ‘Christian societies of Aramean tradition’ organised by Forschungsstelle für Aramäische Studien Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main . Dr Ghobrial gave a paper on ‘The conversion of the Christian community in Mosul to Catholicism in the 17th century’, and Dr Parker presented on ‘Reassessing the schism of 1552 in the Church of the East ‘. The full workshop programme can be seen here.
We 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.
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’.
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’.
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.
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.