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The Third International Conference on Levantines in Istanbul organized by the Levantine Heritage Foundation


Istanbul, October 26-28, 2018.


The Levantines were a small minority concentrated in the port cities of the Ottoman Empire, but their influence on commerce, ideas and industrialisation was considerable. The Ottoman State made a clear distinction between its citizens and foreigners as laws applicable to both groups were incompatible. As the native born foreign population that we term Levantines grew both in size and influence this created great tensions in the system, particularly when it came to legal disputes, ‘mixed’ marriages and property ownership.
The conference likes to explore how this long- standing issue was addressed from both sides and how it was at times abused by foreign governments or Levantines, and how the successor states and the Turkish republic adjusted to the status of Levantines and its legacy today.
The organizers are happy to accept proposals across a wide chronological, geographic and thematic spectrum as long as the broad focus revolves around the title.


For further information on this conference please refer to this site
To submit an abstract or to explore ways in which you can help either as a sponsor or helper, please e-mail:
Proposals should include title and abstracts (limited to 500 words) and a 1-paragraph biographical note of the author(s) including the name(s) of the presenter(s), institutional affiliations where applicable, mailing address, telephone number and email address.
Presentation duration is 20 minutes. The language of presentations will be English or Turkish.

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