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  • Histories, Spaces and Heritages at the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Greek state



    This project explores the historical trajectories of urban space from the Ottoman Empire to the modern Greek State. The histories and/or ‘stories’ of this shifting urban space are studied in their intersensorial dimension, highlighting the dynamic interplay between materiality and its multifaceted conceptualizations.

    Starting from the 19th century, Ottoman urban space, which traditionally comprised of bordering and/or overlapping social and spatial units (parishes, neighborhoods etc.) that formed a dense network of public buildings and spaces (mosques, churches, marketplaces, shrines, cemeteries etc.), was already in a process of intensive transformation. This major change that Ottoman urban centers experienced was a result of the reforms and the broader modernization programme that was implemented by the Ottoman state.
    In the post-Ottoman world the abovementioned spatial units have been erased or only partially preserved and developed into contemporary lieux de memoire, heavily influenced by key concepts of modernity, such as ‘antiquity’, ‘monument’, and ‘cultural heritage’. Although, in their current status, ‘Ottoman monuments’ merely constitute fragmented traces of the past, they often turn into fields of ideological and political debate, both on a local and trans-local level, highlighting the active role of recent past in influencing the current public sphere.

    The aim of the project is twofold:
    • To concentrate on the development of a methodological model for studying the sensory history of Ottoman urban spaces in transition.
    • To explore the contemporary politics of historical memory as articulated in the Greek and European public sphere, through the opening up of a dialogue with the broader community of professionals and practitioners.

    Partnership and funding

    The project’s main partners are the research team sonorCities, the Heritage Management Organization and the French School at Athens (École Française d’Athènes), which is the host institution and currently funds the project within the scope of its five-year funding scheme, 2017-2021.

    Scientific Coordinators

    Elias Kolovos, Dept of History and Archeology, University of Crete
    Panagiotis C. Poulos, Dept of Turkish and Modern Asian Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens / sonorCities


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    1) 09/02/2017- Conférence V. Déroche, N. Vatin, E. Zachariadou

     Conférence / Διάλεξη   Jeudi 09 février Πέμπτη 09 Φεβρουαρίου 19:00 Constantinople 1453. Des Byzantins aux Ottomans : autour d’un livre Vincent Déroche CNRS Nicolas Vatin EPHE / CNRS Ελισάβετ Ζαχαριάδου Πανεπιστήμο Κρήτης Salle des conférences de l’EFA / Αίθουσα διαλέξεων της EFA       À l’aube du 29 mai 1453, après un siège spectaculaire de presque deux mois, les troupes du sultan ottoman Mehmed II entraient dans Constantinople, mettant fin à l’empire millénaire de Byzance. Un monde basculait, et Constantinople devint capitale ottomane. L’événement fit à l’époque grande impression et fut par la suite surchargé de significations dans l’histoire universelle : on y voyait notamment, avec la consécration de la puissance ottomane, la fin du Moyen Âge et les débuts de l’époque moderne. Ce livre remet en perspective ce moment catalyseur, et de la façon la plus vivante qui soit : par les textes. Pour la première fois en français, il rassemble les sources grecques, ottomanes et occidentales, mises en contexte et éclairées à la lumière des derniers états de la recherche. Elles témoignent ensemble de la bataille, de ses suites immédiates et de sa postérité à plus long terme, jusque dans ses dimensions légendaires.     CONTACTS Sophia Zoumboulaki Assistante administrative pour la Direction des Études This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakaa2fd7ecb42070e80f8733e58ac148f2').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyaa2fd7ecb42070e80f8733e58ac148f2 = 'sophia.zoumboulaki' + '@'; addyaa2fd7ecb42070e80f8733e58ac148f2 = addyaa2fd7ecb42070e80f8733e58ac148f2 + 'efa' + '.' + 'gr'; var addy_textaa2fd7ecb42070e80f8733e58ac148f2 = 'sophia.zoumboulaki' + '@' + 'efa' + '.' + 'gr';document.getElementById('cloakaa2fd7ecb42070e80f8733e58ac148f2').innerHTML += ''+addy_textaa2fd7ecb42070e80f8733e58ac148f2+''; + 30 210 36 79 904 Nolwenn Grémillet Communication This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak30a090794487576c7f11c57e9debf85f').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy30a090794487576c7f11c57e9debf85f = 'nolwenn.gremillet' + '@'; addy30a090794487576c7f11c57e9debf85f = addy30a090794487576c7f11c57e9debf85f + 'efa' + '.' + 'gr'; var addy_text30a090794487576c7f11c57e9debf85f = 'nolwenn.gremillet' + '@' + 'efa' + '.' + 'gr';document.getElementById('cloak30a090794487576c7f11c57e9debf85f').innerHTML += ''+addy_text30a090794487576c7f11c57e9debf85f+''; + 30 210 36 79 943  

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    Sikyon. I. Lolos (ASA) reports on a second season of excavation in the area of the agora, south of the stoa where building remains of the Roman period had been found. Two rooms east of the group, apparently of industrial use, excavated in the previous year were investigated (Figs 1-2). Southeast of the stoa was found part of another stoa orientated N-S, while the known stoa was orientated E-W. The new stoa is dated to the early Roman period and was single-aisled with a Doric colonnade on its fa?ade. In the northwest part of the agora the foundations of a small temple (c. 11 m. long by 7 m. wide) were uncovered (Figs 3-4), built at the end of the Classical or the beginning of the Hellenistic period; it was dismantled in the early years of the Roman period. There are carved mason's
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