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Conference organized by the Ruhr-University Ottoman Studies group.


Bochum, November 22-24, 2018.


From the perspective of the history of Ottoman Europe, which is not merged into the normative history of Western Europe, the following questions arise:

  • When and under what circumstances did the change from eschatological expectation to the secular and modern vision of future occur there? What were the driving forces of that change?
  • Were all pre-modern visions of the future just as unconnected to the emergence of the modern concept of the “progressive” future since about 1770?
  • Were there Ottoman-European specifics to the visions of the future that might have resulted from the competitive co-existence of Islam, Orthodoxy and Catholicism?
  • What was the relation between the “indigenous” visions of the future and those that the conquerors and hegemonial powers from different parts of the world brought with them?
  • Were there waves in which the political-social visions of the future unfolded as was the case in Western Europe according to Hölscher?


Please send suggestions (frame of about 2000 to 3000 characters) for presentations of about 30 minutes in German or English to the following e-mail-address until March 30th, 2018:

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