Workshop: The Latest Edition of Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname: The Account of New Insights


The Latest Edition of Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname: The Account of New Insights

Workshop at the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, June 23 – 24, 2016

Location: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (Filozofski fakultet), Ivana Lucica 3, Vijecnica
Organized by Kornelija Jurin Starčević, Vjeran Kursar, and Nenad Moačanin
Part of the project “Evliya Chelebi and Croats: New Perspectives,” funded by Croatian Science Foundation under the project “Evliya Chelebi and Croats: New Perspectives” (No. 9215)

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About the workshop:

“The Latest Edition of Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname: The Account of New Insights” workshop is focused on the next-to-autograph edition of the Seyahatname (TSMK Bağdat/Revan köşk), “The Book of Travels” of “the world traveler and boon companion to mankind,” Evliya Çelebi. Since the latest ten-volumes edition has appeared, we have noticed important, sometimes huge differences after comparing the parts referring to Western Balkans with what was previously available. Thus the main goal of our joint effort should be to further elucidate this kind of discrepancies, focused either on particular areas of the Ottoman empire, or on more general features of Evliya’s narrative.


Thursday, June 23

9:30-10:00 Domagoj Tončinić (Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb), Tvrtko Jakovina (Head of the Department of History), and Marta Andrić (Deputy Head of the Department of Hungarian, Turkish, and Judaic Studies) : Welcome Addresses

10:00-10:15 Nenad Moačanin (University of Zagreb) : Introductory Speech

Morning Panel Chair : Hakan Karateke (University of Chicago)

10:15-10:45  Robert Dankoff (University of Chicago) : A Puzzling Passage in Evliya Çelebi’s Description of Croatia

10:45-11:15 Jean-Louis Bacqué-Grammont (CNRS, Paris) : Evliya Çelebi à Hercegnovi et à Kotor

11:15-11:45 Vjeran Kursar (University of Zagreb) : Evliya Çelebi and Drinking Cultures in the Western Balkans

12:00-14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon Panel Chair : Robert Dankoff (University of Chicago)

14:00-14:30 Aleksandar Fotić (University of Belgrade) : Receptions of Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname in Serbian Historiography

14:30-15:00 Kornelija Jurin Starčević (University of Zagreb) : The Latest Edition of Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatname As a “New” Source for Croatian History: Preliminary Survey of Some Selected Examples

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-16:00 Nenad Moačanin (University of Zagreb) : How to Interpret Data from the Seyahatname: the Case of Osijek/Ösek

16:00-16:30 Hakan Karateke (University of Chicago) : Tracing People’s Ranks in the Seyahatname

Friday, June 24

Panel Chair : Jean-Louis Bacqué-Grammont (CNRS, Paris)

9:30-10:00 Nuran Tezcan (Bilkent University, Ankara) : Where Do We Stand in Terms of Seyahatname Research?

10:00-10:30 Slobodan Ilić (Near East University, Nicosia) : On Misreadings, Deliberate Leaving-Outs, Second-Hand Translations, and Lazy Editors: The Forthcoming Edition of Evliyā Çelebi’s Book of Travel Through Bosnia and Dalmatia, and Some Critical Remarks on Previous Editions of the Related Chapters

10:30-11:00 Marta Andrić (University of Zagreb) : Some Issues That Arise in Translating Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatnāme into Croatian

11:00-11:30 Semih Tezcan (Bilkent University, Ankara) : The Project Proposal “Seyahatname Online.” Creating an Electronic Cultural Atlas of “Seyahatnâme” and Establishing the Digital “Seyahatnâme” Archive

11:30-12:00 Final Discussion

This workshop is fully supported by Croatian Science Foundation under the project “Evliya Chelebi and Croats: New Perspectives” (No. 9215)

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