GEM – Istanbul Beneath My Wings

Film screening

İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında (Istanbul Beneath My Wings)

Introduced by Onur Usta

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 18th May 2016

Join us for a screening of the 1996 Turkish film ‘İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında’ (Istanbul Beneath My Wings) led by Onur (who will also be giving us a short intro to the film)! 5:15 in the Whitting Room (Arts 436) with snacks and drinks provided. Here is a little plot blurb:

‘The film takes place in the 17th century. Two brothers Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi and his brother Lagari Hasan Çelebi are researching bird flight. The new Sultan Murat IV resists the domination of his mother, the Valide Kösem Sultan and tries to enforce strict law and order in the empire. Meanwhile, a Venetian ship that has been captured by Algerian pirates is brought into Istanbul. One of those on the ship is a girl with a manuscript showing how to fly, the latter of which comes into Hezarfen’s possession. However, this manuscript can’t be deciphered by anyone.’

For the film’s trailer, click here.


GEM – Forum Schedule Spring 2015

Schedule poster

The sessions of the GEM Forum for spring 2015 have been scheduled as follows:

  • 28th January 2015 Documentary screening Debtocracy (2011)
  • 4th February 2015 Yannis Stamos, ‘Aristos Kambanis and To Neon Kratos (1937-1941)’; chair: Siren Çelik
  • 11th February 2015 Michael Saxby, ‘Coin design: Masterly tool or false representation?’; chair: Wei-sheng Lin
  • 25th February 2015 Onur Usta, ‘Rebellion, Locusts and Nomadic Aggression: The decline in agricultural production and population in the Ayntab region: 1608-1612’; chair: Jeff Brubaker
  • 4th March 2015 Documentary screening Smyrna: The destruction of a cosmopolitan city, 1900-1922 (2012); chair: Yanis Tzortzis
  • 11th March 2015 Evangelia Yfantidou, ‘Equestrian portraits in Western and Eastern Mediterranean during the 11th century’; chair: Tom Markiewicz
  • 18th March 2015 Dimitirs Lamprakis, ‘Introduction to Ottoman Palaeography: Some preliminary remarks on population census methods (17th-19th centuries)’; chair: Onur Usta
  • 25th March 2015 Documentary screening 1821 (2011)

Time and location for all sessions are: 5:15 PM The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham.

Call for Papers – GEM Online Journal

Call for Papers poster

GEM Online Journal

Submission deadline: 1st March 2013


GEM – The student society of the Centre of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek studies in Birmingham is proud to announce a call of papers for a new forthcoming online journal. Articles may concern any aspect of issues related to Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek studies. Contributions on history, archaeology, anthropology or other fields are welcomed as long as they represent at least one of the three areas of our Centre. The articles should not exceed the limit of 3,000 words (excluding bibliography).

Book Reviews

We welcome book reviews on any topic related to Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek studies. The choice of book for reviewing is free, but the book must be a recent publication.

Both articles and book reviews must be submitted directly to the specific area referent(s):

Byzantine Studies

Jeff Brubaker jbd230[at] or Annika Asp-Talwar asa184[at]

Ottoman Studies

Onur Usta oxu219[at]

Modern Greek Studies

Yannis Stamos ixs233[at]

For any question, please contact: Carlo Virgilio cxv[at]