Training – Ottoman and Archival Studies


Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies

London; Oxford;  Surrey; Birmingham

23rd – 27th May 2016

Registration deadline: 29th April 2016

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Fred Anscombe Head of Department of History, Classics and Archaeology Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Colin Heywood Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull, UK

Dr Nur Sobers-Khan British Library, Lead Curator for South Asia

The London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS) is proud to announce a 2nd Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies to be held in collaboration with some of the UK’s leading research and academic institutions and led by renowned Ottoman experts.

The Programme is designed to fill the gap for much-needed short-term programmes aimed at helping researchers and students working in the field of Ottoman Studies. As a result, the Programme will give you access to the finest Ottoman resources available in the UK and guide you on key archival research methods.

Over the course of the week, you will visit world-famous libraries and archives including the Ottoman manuscripts collection at the British Library; the Weston and Oriental Institute Libraries at Oxford University; the Wellcome Library; the UK National Archives; and the Mingana Collection of Manuscripts at Birmingham University.

In each of these institutions you will be able to explore fascinating original documents illustrating the diversity and wealth of the Ottoman heritage in arts, literature, science, law, diplomacy, medicine, astronomy, and naval warfare. You will also learn about Al-Furqan Foundation’s Digital Portal, which contains catalogues of Islamic manuscripts held in libraries around the world as well as other unique reference sources in the field of Islamic written heritage.

While you will attend a number of fascinating talks on relevant topics by well-known experts in the field, the Programme also includes a seminar-discussion co-hosted by the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, where you will have the opportunity to present and discuss your own research.

The content of the Programme includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • The current state of Ottoman studies: trends and challenges
  • Ottoman Historical Studies since 1909: early scholars in the context of Archival Research
  • Research on the court registers (siciller): methodologies and results
  • An overview of medieval and early modern-era Ottoman sources at the UK National Archives (includes: tax documents, customs accounts, port books, state papers)
  • An overview of modern-era Ottoman sources at the UK National Archives (includes: Foreign Office & Colonial Office registers and indexes, Cabinet papers, maps and photographs)
  • Understanding archives as key to understanding records
  • A hand-written book vs. a hand-written archival item: differences and misconceptions
  • The Arabic script and its role in preservation of knowledge in the Ottoman Empire
  • The diversity of languages of the Ottoman Empire
  • A viewing of the Ottoman manuscripts and rare books held in the beautiful Bahari Room at the Weston Library at Oxford University.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this exciting and diverse programme!

Contact for enquiries:

Rosa Vercoe

LCSS reserves the right to amend the content of the Programme in the event of unforeseeable circumstances


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