The Forty French Singers on Tour from Marseilles to Constantinople (1845-1846): An Ottoman Odyssey UCLA — Nicolas Dufetel

jeu 30 mai 2019 - ven 31 mai 2019

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Perspectives on French Colonial and Late Ottoman Cultural History

2019 Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award for Excellence in Islamic Studies


The Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award is given to outstanding scholars whose work has significantly and lastingly advanced the study of Islamic civilization. The scholar is selected by a committee appointed by the Chancellor of the university meeting under the chairmanship of the Director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

The award carries with it a bronze medal, together with the obligation to present a formal lecture as part of a conference held on campus. The recipient of the award chooses the theme of the conference and selects the other participants.

The Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) at UCLA is pleased to announce that the 2019 Giorgio Levi Della Vida medal for excellence in Islamic studies will be awarded to Zeynep Çelik, distinguished professor of Ottoman history and architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Federated Department of History at the NJIT and Rutgers-Newark.



DAY 1: Thursday, May 30, 2019

1:00-1:30 PM Opening Remarks: Ali Behdad, Professor and John Charles Hillis Chair in Literature 
& Faculty Director, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
Award Presentation: Scott L. Waugh, Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost, UCLA

1:30-3:45 PM Panel One: Unbounded Methodologies
Moderator: Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor, Art History, UCLA

  Architecture, Conversion, and Projection in Colonial Castile
Jerrilyn Dodds, Art History, Sarah Lawrence College 

  Navigational Turning Points: 
Re-Imagining Eighteenth-Century North Africa in the Mediterranean

Julia Clancy-Smith, History, University of Arizona

  Islamic City, Colonial City, Refugee City: 
Urban Histories of Aleppo During the French Mandate

Heghnar Watenpaugh, Art and Art History, University of California, Davis

4:00-4:10 PM Keynote Introduction: Susan Slyomovics, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, 

4:10-5:00 PM Keynote Address:
Whose Modernity? Whose Imperial Order? 
Jerusalem between the Late Ottoman 
Empire and the Early British Mandate

Zeynep Çelik, Distinguished Professor of Architecture
New Jersey Institute of Technology

5:00-6:00 PM Q & A

6:00-7:00 PM Reception

DAY 2: Friday, May 31, 2019
9:30 AM-12:30 PM Panel Two: Variations on Late Ottoman Culture
Moderator: Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History, formerly Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley

  The Atlas of Desire: Versifying Europeans in the Ottoman Empire 
Selim Kuru, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington

The Forty French Singers on Tour from Marseilles to Constantinople (1845-1846): 
An Ottoman Odyssey

Nicolas Dufetel, Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris

Les costumes populaires de la Turquie, again, but critically
Edhem Eldem, History, Boğaziçi University & Collège de France

12:30-2:00 PM Break

2:00-5:00 PM Panel Three: Chronologies and Spaces of Containment
Moderator: Diane Favro, Professor Emerita, Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA

  Coexisting in an Age of Genocide
Ussama Makdisi, History, Rice University

Crossing Paths: Medical Journeys, Imperial Surveys
Burçak Özlüdil Altin, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Segregating space, integrating time:
Architecture and memory in a French political prison (Montluc)

Marc André, History, University of Rouen, France

Toxic Territories,: France’s Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Algerian Sahara
Samia Henni, Architecture, Cornell University

5:00-5:30 PM Concluding Remarks
Zeynep Çelik


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