GEM will be celebrating its Christmas party on Wednesday (December 6th) from 17:15 onwards in the Whitting room (Arts 436). Food, drinks, Christmas songs, and fun!
Also, our Most Illustrious committee would like to propose some alternative designs for the GEM logo. You can find some of them in the poster below.
We will debate over this issue on Wednesday, so please come and share your opinion with us!
Coin handling session at the Barber Coin Room
by Maria Vrij (Barber institute, Coin curator)
Coin Room (The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, first floor).
4:00 PM 29th November 2017
This evening will be the occasion for knowing more about the Coin collection at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Maria Vrij, current Coin Curator, will guide us into an interactive handling session!
Gendered Illnesses of the ‘Sick Man’: Modernisation in the late Ottoman Empire
Presented by Demet Gülçiçek (University of Warwick)
The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham
5:15 PM 22nd November 2017
Modernisation in the context of Ottoman Empire was mostly considered as curing the ‘sick man’. The Ottoman Empire was sick, the cure was in Europe; but the ways to reach the cure was the main discussion. In relation to these discussions, modernisation took different forms under different regimes in the Ottoman Empire but gender was always one of the main constitutive elements during these processes. I will try to show how the discourse of the sickness, the cure and reaching the cure – modernisation in general – was produced through gendered discourses.
‘Wrong’ modernisation (also called Westernisation) debates within the intellectual circles of the time (late 19th century and early 20th century) is a good case to understand the complexity between modernisation and gender. Wrong modernisation was seen as a deviation from an ‘essence’ which might refer to different notions such as Ottoman, Muslim, Turkish based on the context. But in any case, mentioning to wrong modernisation was possible through constitutions of femininities and masculinities. As an example, I will be focusing on two characters from two different novels (Felatun Bey and Rakim Efendi by Ahmet Mithat and Ask-i Memnu by Halit Ziya). Through these novels, I will try to show how too-modernised male figure was feminised and how too-modernised woman figure was presented as immoral.
Mithat Kutlar, “Osmanlı Kadın Dergileri içinde Erkekler Dünyası Dergisi,” Fe Dergi 2, sayı 2 (2010):1-15.
This Wednesday at 17.15 we welcome Gianluca Foschi, current PhD student at Newcastle University for talking about Music and Liberal arts in Byzantium!
Musical conceptions in the early Byzantine Mediterranean were deeply rooted in philosophy and permeated with cosmological meanings. Music was indeed a mathematical science aimed to achieve the essence of the universe through the investigation of sound in connection to arithmetic, geometry and astronomy. The pluralistic discussions about music comprised, for instance, the interpretations of Plato’s Timaeus, the highlighting of the musical properties of geometrical shapes, and the investigation of harmonic proportions in the heavenly world. The study of music as a mean to achieve the ultimate truth involved the main poles of education in the Mediterranean and was emphasised by philosophers and Christian theologians.
New GEM forum! This Wednesday at 17.15, our colleague Ioanna Tsourma will present a paper on Modern Greek sign language. Food and refreshments provided as always!