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WHAT

The Institute for Mediterranean Studies of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (IMS/FORTH), which is based in Rethymno, Crete, Greece, offers a 7-day intensive summer school devoted to the reading and historical analysis of Ottoman sources on the topic of “Ottoman provincial elites: origins and transformations.” The aim of the summer school is to combine students’ training in the reading of Ottoman documents with their familiarization with research methodology and the academic literature and theoretical debate about an important theme of Ottoman history. During the summer school participants will read and analyze many different types of Ottoman historical sources. They will also attend lectures on the topic.

WHEN / WHERE

Rethymno, Crete, Greece, July 8-14, 2020.

TOPICS

The summer school will consist of five days of seminars of Ottoman paleography and lectures on Ottoman provincial elites (6 hours per day) plus two days of field trips to Heraklion and Chania, combining visits to Ottoman archives with tours of the Ottoman monuments and neighborhoods of the two cities, and an afternoon guided tour of the old town of Rethymno. Classes will be followed by two hours of supervised study daily.

The documents that will be read and analyzed during the summer school will be archival material relevant to the topic from different periods and areas, in order to meet the research interests and expectations of skill acquisition of the participants. Therefore, participants will attend classes conducted by specialists in different documents, areas and periods. Furthermore, the documents will be organized into chronological and thematic units focusing on particular subjects, thus facilitating the simultaneous study of paleography and history.

Furthermore, lectures by experts in Ottoman history will provide context to the documents read, and will focus on questions of historical interpretation. Program participants will be encouraged to be actively involved in the lectures by making brief presentations and writing short essays.

Ultimately, both the lectures and document-reading training will aim at familiarizing participants with historical methodology.

APPLICATION

The summer school will be held in the historic building of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies in the old town of Rethymno, a beautiful seaside town on the island of Crete, Greece. The old town of Rethymno maintains many monuments from the Venetian (1205-1646), Ottoman (1646-1898) and modern (1898-   ) periods of its history.

The fee for the program is set at 750 euros. Successful applicants will be asked to pay a down payment of 350 euros by Friday, February 28, 2020.

The fee includes:

  • Classes.
  • Lunches.
  • Shared accommodation in double hotel rooms with breakfast for seven nights (July 7-14, 2020).
  • Field trips and visits of Ottoman monuments and sites of Crete.

The program does not provide:

  • Social security.
  • Scholarships.
  • Visas for those participants who may need one.

The language of the summer school is English.

Candidates and application process

The program is open to students enrolled in a MA or PhD program as well as researchers in an early post-doctoral stage of their career, regardless of nationality. The program is particularly fitting for those whose research interests span the period from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century and are interested in improving their skills in Ottoman paleography.

The maximum number of participants is set at 15. The minimum number is set at 8.

Inquiries and applications should be sent to ottoman-summerschool@ims.forth.gr.

Applications must include:

– A cover letter explaining the motivation of the applicant (two pages maximum).

– A proposal outlining the candidate’s research project and archival sources (two pages maximum).

– A curriculum vitae, mentioning language skills (two pages maximum).

– Name and contact information of two referees who may be contacted for a recommendation.


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