The lecture “Post-Ottoman Space: What Can Ottoman Legacies Tell Us about the Contemporary Middle East and Balkans?” was organized by the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies. It took place at the University of Oslo on May 4, 2018. Watch the video podcast here.
A seminar with Associate Professor Einar Wigen, University of Oslo.
When grouping together polities for contemporary academic study, it is not uncommon to take the preceding empire as its organising principle. Area studies areas are often deemed to be areas by virtue of their common imperial origins. Categorising and grouping together polities in a particular way highlights certain commonalities at the expense of others, and that highlighting can offer valuable insights. Post-Ottoman studies is in some ways an area studies principle that never was. Despite the Ottoman Empire’s disappearance a mere century ago, and leaving important political legacies across the political space that it governed, there has been no systematic programme for the study of Ottoman legacies in post-Ottoman space. In this lecture Wigen explores the potential of such a programme.
About the lecturer
Einar Wigen is associate professor of Turkish studies at the University of Oslo. His research is primarily at the intersection between international studies, translation, history and legitimacy in Ottoman and Turkish politics. Wigen is author of State of Translation. Turkey in Interlingual Relations (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming 2018) and (w/ Iver B. Neumann) The Steppe Tradition in International Relations. Russians, Turks and European State Building 4000BCE-2018 CE (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018).