Preliminary Program: Knowledge Exchange. Europe and the Black Sea Region, ca. 1750-1850 (29./30.09.2017)

Update: Final Programm can be found here –


Knowledge Exchange. Europe and the Black Sea Region, ca. 1750 – 1850.

University of Graz

Universitätsplatz 3, 1. OG

HS 01.15


Friday, 29 September, 2017

08:30 Registration of Participants

08:45 Conference Opening by Karl Kaser (University of Graz)


09:00-10:00, Keynote by Alex Drace-Francis (University of Amsterdam)


10:00-11:40, Panel 1: The Flow of National Ideas within the Black Sea Region

Chair: N. N.

Ioannis Grigoriadis (Bilkent University)

Debates on the Future of the Ottoman Empire: Armenian and Greek Nationalism

Arzu Opçin (Bilkent University)

Exchange of Ideas and Knowledge between Nationalist Thinkers of Turkey, Cyprus and Azerbaijan from a Historical Perspective

Svetlana Koč (Odessa National University)

The Role of Bessarabia’s Ethnic Diaspora in the Realization of Greek and Bulgarian Projects of National Self-Identification

Alla Paptova (Moldova State University)

The Role of the Church in the Process of Forming Ethnic Identities (The Experience of the Gagauz People)


11:40 Coffee Break


12:00-13:15, Panel 2: The Image of the Other Created and Disseminated in Journals, Magazines, and Military Documents

Chair: N. N.

Wojciech Sajkowski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań)

The Depiction of the West of the Black Sea Region in French Military Documents from the Napoleonic Era

Vera Erhan (Moldova State University)

The Image of Bessarabia and its Representation in and through Journals and Travel Notes in the Nineteenth Century

Andreas Golob (University of Graz)

News from ‚Habsburg Bucharest‘, 1789–1791


13:15 Lunch Break


14:30 – 15:20, Karl Kaser – Theoretical Orientations


15:20-17:00, Panel 3: Early Scientific and Philosophical Thinking in the Black Sea Region

Chair: N. N.

Zaur Hasanov (Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences)

Knowledge Exchange and Migration between Caucasus, Circum-Pontic Region and Central Europe in the First Millennium BCE

Mariyana Piskova (SWU Blagoevgrad)

The Birth of the Archive as a Phenomenon in Bulgarian Society in the Framework of the Ottoman Empire (Late Eighteenth century – End of the 1850s)

Giorgi Masalkin (Batumi State University)

Scientific and Philosophic Thinking in Georgia at the Turn of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries

Marine & Nino Aroshidze (Batumi State University)

The Role of Translations in Developing Religious and Scientific Knowledge in Georgia


17:00 Coffee Break


17:20-19:00, Panel 4: Knowledge Transfer and Education

Chair: N. N.

Anastasiya Pashova & Petar Vodenicharov (SWU Blagoevgrad)

Western Enlightenment Influences on the Beginnings of Female Education in the Russian Smolensk Institute for Noble Girls (1764–1812)

Dragi Gjorgiev (INH Skopje)

Knowledge Transfer in the Education of Muslims in Ottoman Society – Cultural and Social Aspects: A Case Study of a Dictionary from 1826

Biljana Ristovska-Josifovska (INH Skopje)

The Macedonian Traditional Knowledge System at the Crossroad of Imperial Influences (until the Mid-Nineteenth Century)

Tamaz & Ketevan Putkaradze (Batumi State University)

Education and Culture in Georgia between the 1750s and the 1850s



Saturday, 30 September, 2017


09:00-10:00, Keynote by Sara Dickinson (University of Genoa)


10:00-10:50, Panel 5: Travelers and Translators between East and West

Chair: N. N.

Michaela Wolf (University of Graz)

A Voyage into Cultural Translation: Oscillating between East and West in Lady Mary Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters (1763)

Sevil Celik-Tonev (University of Graz)

Knowledge Exchange as Cultural Translation: Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall’s Translation Activities between Orient and Occident


10:50 Coffee Break


11:10-12:25, Panel 6: The Early (Visual) Study of the Black Sea Region

Chair: N. N.

Alla Kondrasheva & Stavris Parastatov (Pyatigorsk State University)

Academic Studies of the Black Sea and the North-Western Caucasus (Second Half of the Eighteenth – Early Nineteenth Centuries)

Dominik Gutmeyr (University of Graz)

The Camera and the Caucasus. Early Photography as a Sphere of Knowledge Exchange between the Russian Empire and Western Europe

Manuchar Loria (Batumi State University)

The Development of Ethnographic Thinking and the Pre-Requisites of the Formation of Visual Anthropology in Georgia in the early Nineteenth Century


12:25-13:15, Panel 7: Knowledge Exchange. The Great Powers and the Black Sea Region

Chair: N. N.

Harald Heppner (University of Graz)

The Habsburgs and the Black Sea Region: A Continental Approach

Kyriakos Chatzikyriakidis (Aristotle University Thessaloniki)

The Economic Penetration of Great Britain in the Area of Trebizond in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century


13:15 Lunch Break


14:30-15:45, Panel 8: Armenian Knowledge Exchange in the Black Sea Region

Chair: N. N.

Gayane Ayvazyan (Matenadaran Yerevan)

The Armenian Church as a Basis of Adaptation and Localization of Modern Intellectual Experience (by the Example of the Istanbul Patriarchate in the Second Half of the Eighteenth and the First Half of the Nineteenth Centuries)

Gor Yeranyan (Matenadaran Yerevan)

Geography and Intellectual Content of Armenian Typography (Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries)

Greta Nikoghosyan (Matenadaran Yerevan)

Incentives of Literary Translations from French into Armenian in the Scope of the Venice Mekhitarist Congregation’s Activities (1748–1865)


15:45-17:00, Panel 9: Missionaries and Colonists as Actors in Knowledge Exchange

Chair: N. N.

Theodosios Kyriakidis (Aristotle University Thessaloniki)

Catholic Missionaries as Intermediate Agents Transferring and Exchanging Knowledge and Culture between East and West. The Case of Pontus

Igor I. Lyman (Berdyansk State University)

Knowledge Exchange: European Clergy in the Process of Development of the Russian Empire’s Black Sea Region (Mid-Eighteenth – Mid-Nineteenth Century)

Yana Volkova (Odessa National University)

The Role of Diasporic Communities in the Development of the Odessa region


17:00 Coffee Break


17:20-18:40, Panel 10: Maritime and Commercial Knowledge Exchange in Black Sea Port Cities

Chair: N. N.

Vladimir Janev (INH Skopje)

The Role of Trade Exchange in Macedonian Towns up to 1850 – Ways and Methods of Knowledge Distribution

Keith Brown (Brown University)

Patents, profits and the “Turkish Way of Business:” How American Rifles reached Ottoman Soldiers in Nineteenth-Century Europe

Victoria Konstantinova (Berdyansk State University)

Cities of the Southern Ukraine (the Northern Black Sea and the Azov Sea) at the Forefront of Knowledge Exchange between Europe and the Russian Empire (1774–1853)


18:40 Conclusion and Closing of Conference



Contact Information

University of Graz

Southeast European History and Anthropology

Mozartgasse 3, 8010 Graz, Austria


Karl Kaser (

phone: +43 316 380 2352


Dominik Gutmeyr (

phone: +43 316 380 8108


The preliminary program can also be downloaded here.

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