Day 2 – Conclusion of Conference

With today’s keynote by Sara Dickinson (University of Genoa) on “Otherness and Intrepidness: Women’s Travel and the Crimea, 1786-1853” and four panels addressing the role of travelers and translators, the early visual study of the BSR, of the Great Powers and commerce as well as of Armenians in knowledge exchange in the region, we close the first KEAC-BSR-conference with many issues discussed and even more to keep thinking about.

We encourage you to check back for more details on the individual contributions, panels, and the conference itself!


Day 1 is in the books and has brought a lot of discussion on the many aspects of knowledge exchange in the Black Sea Region. Wide historical perspective, stimulating theoretical considerations and a variety of case studies will keep the participants busy to keep discussing in the evening.

Attached are some impressions from today’s panels and we’ll continue tomorrow morning (09:00) with a keynote by Sara Dickinson (University of Genoa) on “Otherness and Intrepidness: Women’s Travel and the Crimea, 1786-1853”.


Day 1: Keynote by Alex Drace-Francis (University of Amsterdam)

Only 24 hours left before we go in medias res and start off the conference “Knowledge Exchange. Europe and the Black Sea Region, ca. 1750-1850” with a keynote by Alex Drace-Francis on “A sea of information: networks and routes of knowledge and power, c. 1700-1850”. Alex Drace Francis is Associate Professor for Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe at University of Amsterdam.
“In European and world history, the period 1700-1850 has been seen as a period of enlightened discovery and dissemination of knowledge; but also as one in which knowledge systems facilitated and perpetuated unequal and divisive systems of imperial control. Few of these interpretations take serious account of the changing power relations and systems of knowledge production in the Black Sea region. The history of knowledge about this region can be interpreted in several ways: as a contested frontier between empires (principally Ottoman and Russian), as a site of Western (British, French, but also Habsburg) imperial intervention; but also as a place where innovation took place through the initiative of local populations. In this lecture Dr. Drace-Francis will seek to compare a series of cases of knowledge diffusion in, to and from the Black Sea region, relating them to existing theories of imperialism and knowledge in the modern period.”

WP1 – Joint Research at Pyatigorsk State University

The H2020-RISE-project KEAC-BSR is based on a funding scheme that promotes international collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas aiming at a shared culture of research and innovation.

The first work package “Emerging Knowledge Transfer in the Black Sea Region” is also the starting point of an exchange of expertise within the project’s consortium of twelve scientific institutions, while at this stage the main transfer of ideas and expertise comes to and from Pyatigorsk State University (Russian Federation) and University of Graz (Austria).

This first post of a series to follow as well as the images enclosed give an insight into the joint research conducted at Pyatigorsk State University. Scholars from Austria, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Georgia and Moldova (with Greek, Turkish and Romanian researchers yet to come to Pyatigorsk) are currently working at the project’s Russian partner institution together with their hosting colleagues to research on the early development and transfer of modern sciences to, from and within the Black Sea Region (ca. 1750-1850). The overall attempt is to systematically investigate knowledge and cultural exchanges between the Black Sea Region and Western Europe from the mid-18th century. The results of this first stage of the project KEAC-BSR will then be openly discussed at the conference “Knowledge Exchange. Europe and the Black Sea Region, ca. 1750 – 1850.” at University of Graz (29.-30.09.2017). More details on the first work package, the conference as well as on the project’s overall aims can be found on


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.