GEM- Spring term programme of GEM!



GEM- Investigating Ottoman-Armenian socio-cultural relationships in the 19th century through Turkish print media in Armenian script.

Investigating Ottoman-Armenian socio-cultural relationships in the 19th century through Turkish print media in Armenian script.

Presented by Kubra Uygur

The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham

5:15 PM 17th January 2018

This research seeks to look into the Turkish print media in Armenian script published during the third quarter of the 19th century to understand inter-communal encounters between Ottoman and Armenian community. The research aims to explore the following questions:’What are the dynamics of inter-communal encounters enabled by Turkish  print media in Armenina script, 1850 to 1885? And ‘What can we garner from inter-communal encounters enabled by Turkish print media in Armenina script in relation with the contemporary Armenina Turkish literature?’

This study puts special emphasis on the periodicals: Mecmua-i Havadis, Manzume-i Efkar, Seda-i Hakikat, Ruzname-i Ceride-i Havadis and Varnaka-i Havadis.


GEM – Gendered Illnesses of the ‘Sick Man’: Modernisation in the late Ottoman Empire

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.

22217990_10213045134419753_1276024878_oMithat Kutlar, “Osmanlı Kadın Dergileri içinde Erkekler Dünyası Dergisi,” Fe Dergi 2, sayı 2 (2010):1-15.

Issue 6, November 2017

The editors are pleased to present the sixth issue of Diogenes!

The present issue is a by-product of some of the papers presented at the PGR Colloquium on Multiculturalism from late Antiquity to Modernity organised at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies in June 2017 by Gemma Masson and Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger.

The contents of this issue are as follows:

Danai Thomaidis, University of Venice, Greek icons in Venice and their impact on Venetian identity

Mara Psalti, University of Athens, Niccolò Timoni: An 18th century Chian littérateur and his contribution in early Modern Greek literary criticism

Juan García González, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, The Sertorian War as a bellum civile: an outlook from the 4th and 5th Centuries AD

James Baillie, University of Vienna, Tamar’s Lions: A Digital Approach to 12th Century Georgia

Curtis Lisle, University of Birmingham, Performing the City: Suggestions for an Archaeological Understanding of ‘The City’ and Urban Transformation in Pisidian Sagalassos


The general editor is Vassiliki Kaisidou.

The specialist editors for Issue 6 were Anastasia Tantarouda-Papaspyrou, Panagiota Vasilaki, Michael Burling, Laura-Marie Clark,  Alex Feldman, Francisco Lopez-Santos Kornberger, Panagiota Mantouvalou,  Joseph Parsonage,  Flavia Vanni, Maria Vrij Lauren Wainwright.

If you have any questions regarding getting involved in submitting to Diogenes, please contact the editors at

Fellowships, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Fellowships 2017-2018

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Application deadline: 30th September 2016

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe invites applications for

Research Fellowships for periods of 3 to 6 months during the academic year October 2017 – September 2018.

The KHK invites applications from scholars who are working on case studies of religious encounters with a focus on a particular geographical region, a particular period of time and a particular constellation of encounters between two or more religions. Each case study will map the occasions as well as the historical and social contexts of such encounters. Most importantly, the proposals will have to address the issues (e.g. doctrine, practice, cosmology, etc.) relevant to the respective contact situations.

Case studies concerning any period, religion or area within Eurasia are welcome. However, in the following you find a list of periods and areas that are of particular interest for us:


  • Religious contacts in the Late Antique Roman Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Late Antique Iran: Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Christianity;
  • Religious contacts in the Byzantine empire in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (particularly with regard to the Balkan region and the Christianisation of Eastern Europe);
  • Religious contacts in Island Mediterranean: Cyprus, Crete, Rhodes.


  • Religious contacts during the Early Middle Ages in Europe: The rise of early medieval Christian mission;
  • Religious contacts during rise of the Cathars and Bogomils: Cathar/Bogomil-Christian-Jewish;
  • Religious contacts in medieval Sicily;
  • Religious contacts between Latin West and Mongol Empire;
  • Religious contacts in early Islamic history (7th-9th century CE);
  • Religious contacts with/within medieval Islamic Empires;
  • Religious contacts during the Crusades and in the Latin East;
  • Religious contacts in the medieval Baltic;
  • Religious contacts in/within the Mongol Empire (including Nestorian and western Christians; indigenous Mongol religions as well as Islam and Buddhism);
  • Religious contact in Western Central Asia in Medieval times and with regards to Islam (e.g. its contact with Buddhism, Nestorianism or Manichaeism);
  • Religious contacts in South Asia in the Middle Ages;
  • Religious contact in the Caucasus, especially Georgia;
  • Religious contacts in Southeast Asia in the phase of “Indianisation”;
  • Religious contacts in medieval and Early Modern Iran.


  • Religious contacts in Italian city states;
  • Religious relations in the Ottoman Empire;
  • Religious contacts between the Ottoman Empire and the Latin West;
  • Religious contacts in the Baltic region in Early Modern times, specifically from the secularization of the State of the Teutonic Order 1525 to the third partition of Poland 1795;
  • Religious contacts in and of the Lutheran Swedish Empire (1617-1726) with special regard to the ‘Conventicle Edict’ of 1726;
  • Religious contact in the multi-religious Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569-1795);
  • Religious contacts in Portuguese Seaborne Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Dutch Seaborne Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Island Southeast Asia in the phase of Islamization;
  • Religious contacts in South Asia in pre-Modern and/or Modern times (particularly with regards to Hinduism and/or Jainism and Islam; Sikhs);
  • Religious contact in Northern Central Asia (particularly in Early Modern and contemporary times and with regards to Shamanism);
  • Religious contact in Western Central Asia in Early Modern and contemporary times and with regards to Islam.


  • Religious contacts during the Napoleonic Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Southeast Asia in the colonial period;
  • Religious contacts in modern Israel;
  • Religious contact in the Russian federation in post-Soviet times.


  • time and space for research in a high-quality interdisciplinary environment;
  • up to EURO 5,800 per month fellowship as a grant or as a salary for fellows, as a substitute at their home institution;
  • an excellent infrastructure (location near Bochum Campus in Germany, libraries, inter-library loan etc.);
  • travel expenses related to research activities (subject to approval);
  • means for organizing conferences or workshops on religious contacts (subject to approval).


  • the publication of results from your case study in the form of one or more articles as a contribution to a newly developed KHK Online Companion to Eurasian Religions in Contact;
  • the willingness to make use, in your case study, of theoretical concepts developed at the KHK over the past years, including specific critical evaluations of of e.g. “purity”, “secret”, “tradition”, “media”, “the senses”, “the immanence/transcendence-distinction” and “dynamics/stability”;
  • your residence and continuous presence in Bochum during your fellowship;
  • your committed participation to the activities of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg.


  • Applicants must at least hold a Ph.D.


Find more information here.


Ruhr-Universität Bochum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and members of minorities to apply. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, including a list of publications, and an exposé of the intended research (approximately 3-5 pages). Application materials should be submitted by e-mail only as a single pdf-file. Please send your application before September 30, 2016 to

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.