5 Oct 2018 - 6 Oct 2018 All day SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building


Registration for this conference is now closed. 



Nebahat Avcıoğlu (Hunter College/CUNY and 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 symposium, 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.


Administrative assistance: events@crassh.cam.ac.uk.


Day 1 - Friday 5 October
9.30 - 10.00


10.00 - 10.15

Welcome Remarks

Nebahat Avcıoğlu (Hunter College/CUNY and University of Cambridge)

Deniz Türker (University of Cambridge)

10.15 - 11.00

Marie Bossaert (École française de Rome), 

'Sharing exile: Constantinople, 1850s'

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 13.00

Rasim Marz (Köln), 

'The Hungarian Question from the Perspective of the Ottoman Grand Vizier and Foreign Minister Mehmed Emin Ali Pasha (1815-1871)'


Nebahat Avcıoğlu (Hunter College/CUNY and University of Cambridge) 

'Narrating the family: Elizabeth Leitner’s photo album'

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 16.00

Closed Session

16.00 - 16.30


16.30 - 17.15

Beatrix Lengyel (Hungarian National Museum)

'Memories of three lives along winding paths Károly Eberhardt, György Kmety, Antal Schneider'

Day 2 - Saturday 6 October
10.15 - 11.00

Olga Zaslavskaya (Central European University, Budapest)

'Bonmarsels in the Ottoman Empire: Early Globalization Transnational Space-Making in the Middle East and Beyond'

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 13.00

Nefin Dinç (James Madison University)

'Memoirs of Antoine Köpe – A Descendant of a Hungarian Refugee in the Ottoman Empire'


Deniz Türker (University of Cambridge)

'Sester and his corps: The Emigré Gardeners of Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Royal Gardens'

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.30

Gábor Fodor (Hungarian Cultural Center, Istanbul)

'Ottoman Armenians Through the Eyes of Hungarian Refugees'


Heléna Tóth (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg) 

'”Exotics” or Modernizers: Dilemmas of (Self)representation and Identity in the Hungarian Diaspora in the 1850s'

15.30 - 16.00

Closing panel with all participants

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