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 www.blacksearegion.eu

 

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

Update: Final Programm can be found here – https://blacksearegion.eu/conference-knowledgebsr-17501850/

 

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

 

https://geschichte.uni-graz.at/en/suedost/

http://www.blacksearegion.eu

http://www.facebook.com/SEEHA.Graz

http://www.facebook.com/BlackSeaRegion

 

Karl Kaser (karl.kaser@uni-graz.at)

phone: +43 316 380 2352

 

Dominik Gutmeyr (dominik.gutmeyr@uni-graz.at)

phone: +43 316 380 8108

 

The preliminary program can also be downloaded here.

Second CfP: Conference at University of Graz, 29-30 September 2017

Call for Papers: “Knowledge Exchange. Europe and the Black Sea Region, ca. 1750 – 1850”

Conference organized by

University of Graz, Southeast European History and Anthropology

https://geschichte.uni-graz.at/en/suedost/

Mozartgasse 3, A-8010 Graz, Austria

29-30 September 2017

 

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31.03.2017

Keynote Speakers:

Assoc. Prof. Sara Dickinson, PhD (University of Genoa)

Sara Dickinson is Associate Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Genoa. In her research, Dickinson focuses on Russian women’s writing (see https://zolotajarucka.blogspot.it/) and travel writing in 18th– and early 19th-century Russian literature and culture, especially on the Crimea. She is author of “Breaking Ground: Travel and National Culture in Russia from Peter I to the Era of Pushkin” and has obtained her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures (Harvard University, 1995) with a thesis on “Imagining Space and the Self: Russian Travel Writing and Its Narrators, 1762-1825.”

 

Assoc. Prof. Alex Drace-Francis, PhD (University of Amsterdam)

Alex Drace-Francis is Associate Professor for Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe at the University of Amsterdam. One of Drace-Francis’ major interest is in European travel writing, as a rich source for ideas of cultural encounter and difference across societies. With Wendy Bracewell of University College London, he has published bibliographies, translations and scholarly studies which try to map and showcase the history and influence of east European travel accounts. With this material, they have sought to pose new questions about European cultural identity and the politics of representation, as well as to furnish important material for European social history, from the early modern period to the present day.

Frame & aim:

When the transfer of modern sciences to and the study of the Black Sea Region (BSR)[i] began in the late 18th century, this area was not yet considered part of Europe. Because of the fact that the BSR has not been conceived as a historical region before the onset of the post-socialist transition period a systematic investigation of knowledge and culture exchange as well as of academic cultures within and beyond the region is completely missing. The conference seeks to open the floor for debates on forms of knowledge and culture exchange within the BSR and beyond from the late 18th and early 19th century, when the region was ‘discovered’ by “European” researchers. It aims to investigate knowledge and cultural exchanges between the BSR and Western Europe in a time of increasing reciprocal contacts and the establishment of the first modern academic institutions in the BSR.

Objectives:

With this conference, we would like to invite scholars to contribute to a first systematic research of this issue from different scholarly disciplines in the humanities interested in themes including (but not limited to):

  • Ways and methods of knowledge distribution in Europe around 1800
  • Enlightenment, surveying the world and the establishment of early colonial museums in the West (and Russia) since the second half of the 18th century
  • ‘Disciplinary’ interests of foreigners
  • Donors of research activities of foreigners
  • Were the subjects of investigation agencyless ‘objectives’?
  • Theoretical considerations aiming to explain specific exchange relations between Europe’s core of the Scientific Revolution and the BSR
  • Systematic research of the BSR as a research field for foreign researchers
  • Interactions and contradictions between science and religions in the BSR
  • The role of religious educational institutions (monasteries, madaris and Sufi-meeting places) in the transfer and filtrating of knowledge
  • The role of missionaries of various denominations
  • The role of the diaspora communities (for instance Odessa for Greece; Bucharest, Odessa and Bessarabia for Bulgaria and Macedonia or Venice and Vienna for Armenia, etc.)
  • The role of religious networks such as Mount Athos as well as Orthodox and Muslim pilgrimages
  • Imperial interests – especially those of the Russian and Habsburg Empires
  • External representations of a BSR as a sphere of imperial interests
  • Examination of the entanglement of non-scientific and scientific knowledge in the BSR
  • Reflections on the influence of traditional knowledge systems and regimes as well as the relationship between (Western) European and Ottoman scientific and cultural traditions
  • Representation of women across the BSR region by a men-dominated world of missionaries, adventurers, explorers and early researchers
  • Biographies of missionaries, adventurers, explorers and early researchers in the BSR
  • Visual representation of indigenous populations

There is no fee for participation in the conference, but the organizers do unfortunately not have the possibility to cover the participants’ expenses for travel and accommodation. English will serve as the main conference language. Please send 300-word proposals for 20 minute papers along with a short academic CV to Prof. Dr. Karl Kaser (karl.kaser@uni-graz.at) and Dr. Dominik Gutmeyr (dominik.gutmeyr@uni-graz.at) no later than 31 March 2017. The organisers aim to let you know within three weeks after the deadline whether your proposal has been accepted.

A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in a special volume in the first half of 2018.

The conference is organized within the project “Knowledge Exchange and Academic Cultures in the Humanities. Europe and the Black Sea Region”, an MSCA-RISE-project funded by the European Commission. Further information may be found on www.blacksearegion.eu

[i] Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, North-Caucasian Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey

 

DOWNLOAD CfP

CfP: Conference at University of Graz, 29-30 September 2017

Call for Papers: “Knowledge Exchange. Europe and the Black Sea Region, ca. 1750 – 1850”

Conference organized by

University of Graz, Southeast European History and Anthropology

https://geschichte.uni-graz.at/en/suedost/

Mozartgasse 3, A-8010 Graz, Austria

29-30 September 2017

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31.03.2017

Frame & aim

When the transfer of modern sciences to and the study of the Black Sea Region (BSR)[i] began in the late 18th century, this area was not yet considered part of Europe. Because of the fact that the BSR has not been conceived as a historical region before the onset of the post-socialist transition period a systematic investigation of knowledge and culture exchange as well as of academic cultures within and beyond the region is completely missing. The conference seeks to open the floor for debates on forms of knowledge and culture exchange within the BSR and beyond from the late 18th and early 19th century, when the region was ‘discovered’ by “European” researchers. It aims to investigate knowledge and cultural exchanges between the BSR and Western Europe in a time of increasing reciprocal contacts and the establishment of the first modern academic institutions in the BSR.

Objectives:

With this conference, we would like to invite scholars to contribute to a first systematic research of this issue from different scholarly disciplines in the humanities interested in themes including (but not limited to):

  • Ways and methods of knowledge distribution in Europe around 1800
  • Enlightenment, surveying the world and the establishment of early colonial museums in the West (and Russia) since the second half of the 18th century
  • ‘Disciplinary’ interests of foreigners
  • Donors of research activities of foreigners
  • Were the subjects of investigation agencyless ‘objectives’?
  • Theoretical considerations aiming to explain specific exchange relations between Europe’s core of the Scientific Revolution and the BSR
  • Systematic research of the BSR as a research field for foreign researchers
  • Interactions and contradictions between science and religions in the BSR
  • The role of religious educational institutions (monasteries, madaris and Sufi-meeting places) in the transfer and filtrating of knowledge
  • The role of missionaries of various denominations
  • The role of the diaspora communities (for instance Odessa for Greece; Bucharest, Odessa and Bessarabia for Bulgaria and Macedonia or Venice and Vienna for Armenia, etc.)
  • The role of religious networks such as Mount Athos as well as Orthodox and Muslim pilgrimages
  • Imperial interests – especially those of the Russian and Habsburg Empires
  • External representations of a BSR as a sphere of imperial interests
  • Examination of the entanglement of non-scientific and scientific knowledge in the BSR
  • Reflections on the influence of traditional knowledge systems and regimes as well as the relationship between (Western) European and Ottoman scientific and cultural traditions
  • Representation of women across the BSR region by a men-dominated world of missionaries, adventurers, explorers and early researchers
  • Biographies of missionaries, adventurers, explorers and early researchers in the BSR
  • Visual representation of indigenous populations

There is no fee for participation in the conference, but the organizers do unfortunately not have the possibility to cover the participants’ expenses for travel and accommodation. English will serve as the main conference language. Please send 300-word proposals for 20 minute papers along with a short academic CV to Prof. Dr. Karl Kaser (karl.kaser@uni-graz.at) and Dr. Dominik Gutmeyr (dominik.gutmeyr@uni-graz.at) no later than 31 March 2017. The organisers aim to let you know within three weeks after the deadline whether your proposal has been accepted.

A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in a special volume in the first half of 2018.

The conference is organized within the project “Knowledge Exchange and Academic Cultures in the Humanities. Europe and the Black Sea Region”, an MSCA-RISE-project funded by the European Commission. Further information may be found on www.blacksearegion.eu

Contact:

Karl Kaser & Dominik Gutmeyr

University of Graz

Southeast European History and Anthropology

Mozartgasse 3

A-8010 Graz

https://geschichte.uni-graz.at/en/suedost/

karl.kaser@uni-graz.at

dominik.gutmeyr@uni-graz.at

[i] Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, North-Caucasian Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey

Download CfP