We include here the main topics of the seminar to give you a sense of its general organization and scope. Recordings of key meetings are archived here and linked from individual sessions. Readings are listed with short titles; full bibliography is housed elsewhere on this site.
Monday, June 14, 2010. Introductions, Orientation, Framing. Adele Seeff (University of Maryland) and Judith E. Tucker (Georgetown University)
- Required reading: Brotton, “Disorienting the East: The Geography of the Ottoman Empire"; Manners & Emiralioglu, European Cartographers and the Ottoman World, 1500-1750, 17-80 ( ideally to 107); Massing, “Observations and Beliefs: The World of the Catalan Atlas" 27-33 and 120-121; Short, “Coordinating the World”; Soucek, “Islamic Charting in the Mediterranean”
- Recommended reading: Campbell, “Portolan Charts from the Late Thirteenth Century to 1500”; Edson, “The World View of the Mappamundi in the Thirteenth Century”; Gunn, First Globalization, 1500-1800; Harley and Woodward, eds. History of Cartography. Volumes 1 & 2; Woodward, The History of Cartography, Volume 3; and “Medieval Mappaemundi”
- Required reading: Alam and Subrahmanyam, Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400-1800; translations of selected fourteenth-century Indo-Persian travel narratives
Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Judith E. Tucker (Georgetown University). Trading Patterns part one | part two 0135 Taliaferro Hall.
- Required reading: Faroqhi, The Ottoman Empire and the World Around It; Matar, Turks, Moors, and Englishmen; Tabak, The Waning of the Mediterranean.
Al-Mawsuli, Ilyas Hanna. “The Book of Travels of the Priest Ilyas, Son of the Cleric Hanna al-Mawsuli.” In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in the Seventeenth Century, ed. and trans. Matar. 2003. 45-112.
bin Qasim, “Journey to France and Holland.” In the Lands of the Christians: Arabic Travel Writing in the Seventeenth Century, ed. and trans. Matar. 2003. 5-44.
Faroqhi, The Ottoman Empire and the World Around It. 2004. 179-210.
Ghiselin, The Turkish Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, Imperial Ambassador at Constantinople 1554-1562, trans. Forster. 1927, 2005. 1-67.
10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Material Goods led by Meredith J. Gill (University of Maryland).
Mack, Bazaar to Piazza: Islamic Trade and Italian Art, 1300-1600. 2002.
Mack and Zakariya, "The Pseudo-Arabic on Andrea del Verrocchio's 'David'," Artibus et Historiae 60/30 (2009): 157-172.
Necipoglu, "Suleyman the Magnificent and the Representation of Power in the Context of Ottoman-Hapsburg-Papal Rivalry," Art Bulletin 71/3 (1989): 401-427.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
10:00 am to 12:00 noon. National Gallery visit, led by Meredith Gill.
National Gallery - 4th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20565
Meet in rotunda. Metro stations: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green and Yellow Lines), Smithsonian (Blue and Orange Lines)
2:00 pm to3:30 pm. Freer and Sackler Galleries visit, led by Rosamond E. Mack.