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Reorientating European Imperialism: How Ottomanism Went Global

Reorientating European Imperialism: How Ottomanism Went Global
4 Bancroft Ave, Room 200B, Bancroft Building
Time: Nov 16th, 5:00 pm End: Nov 16th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Talk by Isa Blumi, Stockholm University

The Departmenst of History and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations presents

Reorientating European Imperialism: How Ottomanism Went Global

This presentation explores the possibility that a distinctive Ottoman response to European imperialism and its colonial ethos vis-à-vis "the Orient," usefully framed as Ottomanism, contributed regularly to the way peoples interacted in the larger context of a contentious exchange between rival imperialist projects. Crucially, some articulations of Ottomanism were not reactive but pro-active. In turn, some of the Orientalism that has become synonymous with studies about the relationship between Europe and the peoples "East of the Urals" may have been a response to these Ottomanist gestures. Some of the global locales in which this exchange takes place-East Africa and South America-may prove the key transnational context to begin to reorientate entirely what we understand European imperialism to have constituted before World War I.

Isa Blumi is Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor of Turkish Studies at Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies. He holds a PhD in History and Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies from New York University and a Master of Political Science and Historical Studies from The New School for Social Research, New York. Isa Blumi researches societies in the throes of social, economic, and political transformation. His latest work covers the late Ottoman period and successor regimes, arguing that these events are part of process that interlinks the Balkans, the Middle East, and the larger Islamic world. In this respect, it is key to explore in a comparative, integrated manner how post-Ottoman Turkey fits into what is a global story of transition. As he expands his work to include more of the 20th century, Blumi explores processes of change induced by Muslim refugees who ended up settling throughout the world. Exploring these refugees' stories through this global perspective helps question how we understand identity and social organization, themes Blumi will focus on in the courses he will teach. Beyond his historical research, Blumi also regularly writes, and lectures on contemporary Balkan and Middle Eastern politics (especially Kosovo, Turkey and Yemen) and political Islam.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of History at 416-978-3363

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