Sixth seminar meeting on “Port Cities of the Eastern Mediterranean. Urban Culture in the Late Ottoman Empire” by Malte Fuhrmann

The Department of Mediterranean and Global Economic and Social History and the Centre of Maritime History of the IMS/FORTH will organise, during the present academic year 2020/21, a series of seminar meetings on the «Global Economic Ηistory and the History of the Seas», using the zoom platform. During this first year, we intend to re-examine the spatial and temporal framework of our collective research, in a way that can provide an optimal operational context for the adoption and use of the analytical concepts and interpretative patterns inspired by recent developments in Global History and Thalassology. Our ultimate goal is to create an academic environment with a common understanding of research priorities, fields of study and focal points that will contribute to the renovation and enlargement of the scope of Greek economic history and fully integrated it into the current debates of the international community of global economic historians.

Researchers and collaborating faculty members of the IMS/FORTH took the initiative of organizing this series of seminars but our meetings are open to all, under the constraints imposed by modern telecommunication technology. We are planning to meet once or twice monthly, usually every Monday at 16:00 (Greek time). The conferences will be given in Greek or English, according to the composition of the audience. Updated information and any additional material for our projected meetings will be freely provided by the relevant web-page of the Department of Mediterranean and Global Economic and Social History of the IMS/FORTH. We are hoping that even after the end of the present Covid pandemic, our meetings will be ‘live’ but held in such a way as to optimally respond to the rigid spatial distribution of our FORTH research community, thinly spread in different localities.

You can register in advance to our seminar meetings using the following link .

The fifth seminar meeting will be presented in March 1, 2021, at 16:00 (Greece time) by Malte Fuhrmann, research fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, on the topic of Port Cities of the Eastern Mediterranean. Urban Culture in the Late Ottoman Empire.

 Dr Fuhrmann’s study Port Cities of the Eastern Mediterranean: Urban Culture in the Late Ottoman Empire investigates vital changes in the histories of space, consumption, and identities in the port cities of Smyrna, Constantinople, and Salonica (Izmir, Istanbul, and Thessaloniki) in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It aims to create a more stringent narrative of what urban culture meant and what role the impact of “Europe” played in pre-World War I port cities. What people in Smyrna, Salonica, or Constantinople considered European often followed ostensible forms from elsewhere on the continent, but these forms became suffused with meanings the local residents projected onto them. These interpretations of Europeanness are investigated through a focus on changes in the urban texture, such as the construction of modern quays and representative buildings; leisure practices such as balls, operas, and beer drinking; class, gender, and identity discourses; as well as campaigns targeting foreign prostitutes or vagabonds.