Ottoman Culture in Europe: 1453 -1699


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A Talk by Prof. Nurhan Atasoy

In this talk Prof. Nurhan Atasoy will explore the rich cross-cultural exchange between the Ottomans and their European neighbours on the 25th of March at The Old Library, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. The focus of the talk, ‘Impressions of Ottoman Culture in Europe: 1453-1699’ authored by Atasoy and Dr. Lâle Uluç, reveals the multi-faceted cultural influences of the Ottomans on Europe. The book is the culmination of a six-year research project by the authors conducted in 14 countries under the sponsorship of the Turkish Cultural Foundation and has been published in February 2012 by ARMAGGAN Publications.

The talk will be moderated by art historian Dr Deniz Türker from the Department of History of Art , Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.

About the Author

Professor Dr Nurhan Atasoy (born 1934 in Tokat) is a leading Turkish art historian who focuses on Ottoman and Islamic art. Having authored over 120 publications, Dr Atasoy has contributed greatly to art history and has subsequently received countless national and international awards including the Turkish State Award for Superior Achievement (2008). After serving as the Department Chairman in the Department of Fine Arts, then in the Department of Archaeology and Art History at Istanbul University, she retired as the Dean of the Faculty of Letters in 1999 to become a resident scholar of the Turkish Cultural Foundation. As of 2012, she is also a permanent guest in ‘Tarihin Arka Odası’, a TV program dedicated to history. Some of her most notable works include books such as ‘Iznik: Ottoman Pottery of Turkey (with Julian Raby)’ (1989), ‘IPEK: Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets’ (2001) and ‘Impressions of Ottoman Culture in Europe: 1453-1699’ (2012).

Date: Wednesday, 25th March 2020

Time: 6 pm

Venue: The Old Library

Cambridge University, Pembroke College

Cambridge, England, CB2 1RF

Admission is FREE but registration is ESSENTIAL.

For online booking please CLICK HERE.