Forgotten Revolution: Visual and Material Culture of the Hungarian Diaspora in the Ottoman Empire

5 October 2018 - 6 October 2018

SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

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Nebahat Avcıoğlu (Hunter College and Graduate Center/City University of New York - Churchill College/University of Cambridge)

Deniz Türker (University of Cambridge)



The European upheaval of 1848-9 brought a great number of refugees from Hungary to the Ottoman lands. So far, scholars have approached them as temporary residents, who made little or no impact on Ottoman society, culture and history. This two-day workshop, which marks the 175th anniversary of the beginning of Hungarian Revolution, aims to examine the lives and deeds of some of these Hungarian men and women, whose extraordinary accounts of their experiences have recently been brought to light. Diasporas are often defined by their polyglot culture, relatedness and movement between communities. Hence the useful way to think about Hungarian refugees in the Ottoman Empire is to see them as inhabiting several kingdoms and empires simultaneously — Prussian, Austrian, Hungarian, Polish, British, Ottoman and others. How can we connect these lives? How do they intersect materially and intellectually? We aim to address such questions and also to engage with methodological issues faced by scholars who try to capture identities on the move.




Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the University of Cambridge's History of Art Department, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, and Pembroke College.


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