Institute Fellow Part of Team awarded AHRC Research Grant for Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories Project

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Dr Colette Wilson, Visiting Fellow at the IGRS, Dr Jay Prosser at the University of Leeds, Leslie Hakim-Dowek at the University of Portsmouth, and Dr Gabriel Koureas at Birkbeck College, University of London, have been awarded  £36k by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in support of  a research project entitled Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories. The project grew out of the series of Photography Research Seminars organised by Dr Wilson at the Institute. 

The cities of the Ottoman Empire were multiple, multicultural and, at once, heavily memorialised and contemporarily relevant.  This project on ex-Ottoman cities contributes to the Translating Cultures theme by travelling from the present back to the past cosmopolitan city-worlds of the Empire. The focus on transcultural memories, which involves comparative analysis of the exchanges between different Ottoman city cultural groups and with Europe, is underpinned by an interdisciplinary methodology. The cosmopolitan memories of the Ottoman past have much to teach us about our present multicultural cities.

Further details and calls for papers for a series of workshops and an international conference in 2013-2014 will follow in due course.

Project organisers: Leslie Hakim-Dowek (University of Portsmouth), Dr Jay Prosser (University of Leeds), Dr Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck College, University of London), Dr Colette Wilson (Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London).