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Graduate Seminars

From 2007 to 2010, the Skilliter Centre ran a series of graduate seminars.

Papers given at the Skilliter Centre Graduate Seminar in Ottoman Studies

Butrus Abu-Manneh (Haifa), “The Reform Edict of 1856 and its antecedents”.

James Baldwin (NYU), “Petitioning the sultan in Ottoman Egypt.”

Erol Baykal (Cambridge), “The cholera epidemics in Istanbul”.

Erol Baykal (Cambridge) “A quantitative look at

Reconsidering colonialism

This conference (5-6 February 2010) considered various aspects colonialist from a comparative perspective, with papers covering the Ottoman empire and the early Turkish Republic, the Portuguese in early modern Southeast Asia, American missionaries, British-mandated Palestine, Algeria, Malta and Cyprus.

Feroz Ahmad (Yeditepe University, Istanbul), “Decolonization and the fall of the Ottoman Empire.”
James McDougall (Oxford University), “Old

The Ottomans and Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries


Chair: Gül Tokay (Istanbul)
John Burman (Cambridge), “Rebels and revolutionaries: Britain and opposition to the Ottoman system during the late Hamidian period, 1898-1908.” 
Gökhan Çetinsaya (Istanbul Şehir University), “Anglo-Ottoman relations: the case of Iraq.” 
Feroze Yasamee (Manchester), “Neutrality and moderation: Abdülhamid II and Great Britain, 1888-1892.” 

The case of Cyprus

Chair: Feroze Yasamee (Manchester)
Irene Pophaides (Cambridge), “The Ottoman-British-Cypriot triangle: a reassessment.” 
Niyazi Kızılyürek (University of

The Mediterranean as a theatre of cultural flows

​This was a one-day graduate conference with members of the research project “Dynamic Asymmetries in Transcultural Flows at the Intersection of Asia and Europe: The Case of the Early Modern Ottoman Empire”, which forms part of the University of Heidelberg’s “Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context: Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows”.


Excursion to Ankara

The changing city: Istanbul at the end of empire

On Sunday 28th September 2008, the Skilliter Centre hosted a talk, “The changing city: Istanbul at the end of empire”, as part of Cambridge University’s alumni weekend. The talk, given by Kate Fleet and Ebru Boyar, covered a range of aspects of Istanbul life in the nineteenth century, from the adoption of sea-bathing to the

The Ottomans and wealth : a comparative perspective

The aim of the conference was to consider all aspects of wealth, from making, bequeathing, concealing and displaying. Although the focus was on the Ottoman world, the Centre was keen to bring in scholars from other fields in order to give a comparative perspective. The conference was held 4-7 July 2007.

Papers from the

Summer Gathering

The Skilliter Centre held a Summer Gathering for Patrons, Friends and supporters of the Skilliter Centre on 2 July,2006. Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet gave a talk on “The Ottoman Garden”. The food for the buffet lunch was given by Mr Hüseyin Özer, the owner of the Özer restaurant in Langham Place, London and of

The Ottoman Experience Tour

From 1-10 September 2005 there was a Skilliter Centre tour organised for a group of 26 Newnham alumnae and friends and led by Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet to Istanbul, Bursa and Edirne. Over the ten days of the tour, the group visited sites ranging from a 15th-century mental hospital in Edirne to the 19th-century

The Ottoman neighbourhood

Panels on the Ottoman neighbourhood were organised by Ebru Boyar and the Skilliter Centre within the METU 4th International Relations Conference, Neighbourhood: Past, Present and Future, held in Ankara, between 30 June-2July 2005.
‘Foreigners’ within

Kate Fleet (University of Cambridge), The Genoese consuls along the Black Sea in the early 15th century.
Ebru Boyar (ODTÜ, Ankara), Alienating Anatolia: the government’s approach