Conf/CfP - The Power of Language: Linguistic and Social Order in the Ottoman Empir, 19-21 September 2018, Germany


February 15, 2018

Event Date:

September 19, 2018 - September 21, 2018

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3rd European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman & Turkish Studies

GTOT e.V. (Society for Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies) invites scholars from all over the world working in the fields of history, linguistics, philology, literary studies, social sciences, anthropology, and political sciences on Turkey and the Turkic World to participate in the third European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (Turkologentag 2018).

The conference is organized in co-operation with the Department of Oriental Studies at Bamberg University. Papers may be presented in English, German or Turkish. Interested scholars are asked to send a 250 word abstract of their paper along with a short CV to turkologentag2018(at) 

All applications are due February 15, 2018.

We invite scholars to submit papers that focus on the agency of language in the Ottoman Empire, with a strong emphasis on the connection between linguistic and social order. We seek contributions that integrate historical research with theoretical and methodological considerations. The questions that we seek to investigate include, but are not limited to:

  • What was the social and intellectual valence of the empire’s different languages? How did language function as a means of distinction and as a register of specific cultural and intellectual preference in the empire? (For example, did a choice of Persian or Arabic connote variant forms of religiosity?)
  • How did language create social and political communities within and beyond the empire? What are the insights to be gained from studies of inter-imperial linguistic exchange?
  • How were languages learned and taught? What kind of institutions or social practices did language training create? How did non-Muslims approach learning the Turkish or Arabic languages?
  • How did vernaculars like Turkish or Slavic interact with literary languages like Arabic, Persian, Greek, or Armenian? How was linguistic variety within languages like Turkish, Arabic, or Greek conceived of by Ottoman subjects themselves?
  • How were the linguistic sciences–such as rhetoric, grammar, and logic—adapted and used when confronted with the linguistic diversity of the empire?
  • What was the social significance of script choice and writing modes within the empire?

Panel applications are strongly encouraged and should also indicate the panel language. Please note that in order to make a panel application, you will need a panel outline plus an individual paper abstract for each panelist (usually four). It is also possible to look for panel participants via our website, in that case the number of panelists applying can be less than four.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by expert reviewers who decide whether or not the paper is accepted to the conference.
Applicants will be notified of the results of review in early April 2018.
Once your paper is selected, you will be asked to submit your conference fee. We encourage you to become a member of GTOT and to be part of a growing international network of researchers engaging in Turkic, Ottoman, and Turkish studies. All members (especially students) will profit by paying reduced conference participation fees!

GTOT is an academic organization operating in the field of Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish studies. GTOT aims at creating a network for scholars and especially for young researchers in the field of Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish studies encompassing a wide range of research interests including the diverse range of religions and ethnic groups existing and living in areas populated by Turkic groups in the past or present.

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January 25, 2018
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