Call for Papers

Despite the resurgence of interest in Christian-Muslim relations in the last decade or so, historians have paid far less attention to the commercial exchanges between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire. The relative paucity of rigorous comparative historical studies, which place the fiscal and financial institutions within their respective political cultures, territorial realities, and societal frameworks, makes it difficult to judge how far the Ottoman experience differs significantly from that of their European neighbours, especially insofar as the Ottomans, with their cosmopolitan metropolis, and their Balkan, Anatolian, Near Eastern and North African holdings, were the first of the great European overseas colonial powers. Our goal is to draw together modern scholarship on these themes, with the hopes of encouraging further comparative studies, while articulating a new consensus about the range and depth of commercial, financial and even cultural exchange. We would welcome papers from established scholars and especially new researchers. Some postgraduate bursaries will be available. Proposals of no more than 500 words should be submitted to and the deadline for submissions is 1 November 2010. Prospective participants are encouraged to contact the organisers to register interest before submitting a full proposal.

Dates: 28 - 30 March 2011

Conference Organisers: D'Maris Coffman and William O'Reilly

Venue: Winton Centre for Financial History, Newnham College

call for papers: 1 November 2010; registration: 15 February 2011




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