Fellows' Presentation

Urban Imaginaries in the Early Modern Ottoman World

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2013–2014 Fellows Presentation Series

With her present book project, Çiğdem Kafescioğlu seeks to understand, through an integrative and multidisciplinary inquiry, early modern conceptualizations and imaginations of the city in an eastern Mediterranean context, in their complex interrelations with urban and architectural practices on one hand and changing political and cultural configurations on the other. She traces the ways in which images of the city and urbanity mediated the articulation of individual and collective identities. She also hopes to delineate the varied and interconnected perspectives of the local and the imperial, the courtly and the urban, the medieval and the early modern, in constructions of urban space and image.