Pacific Rim Ottomanists’ Conference


Date: Wed 22 Mar 2023 – Thu 23 Mar 2023
Place: Online conference room Large meeting room (3rd floor), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo


Date: Wed 22 Mar 2023 – Thu 23 Mar 2023

We are pleased to announce that the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo will be organizing an international conference on Ottoman history, entitled “Pacific Rim Ottomanists’ Conference” on March 22 and 23, 2023. This conference brings together scholars of Ottoman history based in East Asia and the Western regions of the United States to share their ongoing research. The conference will be held both in person and online. Please fill in the form and choose either “online” or “in person.” In-person participants (up to 18 people) will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

22 Mar
17:00–18:40 Opening session
Jun AKIBA (The University of Tokyo) Opening remarks
Baki Tezcan (UC Davis) “Birgili, Akhisarlı, and Kadızade: A Story of Disenchantment in Three Acts.”
Jun AKIBA “Visiting the Courtroom through Back Door: A New Look at the Ottoman Sharia Courts”

23 Mar
[1st Session]
10:30–12:00 Law and Justice in the Ottoman Empire
Tommaso Stefini (European Univ. Institute) “Ottoman justice and Political Economy of Empires: Venetian merchants in Ottoman Courts (16th-18th centuries)”
Nora Barakat (Stanford Univ.): “Assembling Private Property in the Late Ottoman Empire, From Homs to Hufuf”

[2nd Session]
13:20–14:50 Early Modern Istanbul: From the Palace to the Street
Koh Choon Hwee (UCLA) and Madoka Morita (Tokyo Univ. of Foreign Studies) “How to Keep the Horses Happy: Urban Crowding in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul”
Satoshi KAWAMOTO (Tokyo Univ. of Foreign Studies) “New Dorms for New Elites :The Baltacılar and the Ottoman Palatial Architecture in the Seventeenth Century”

[3rd Session]
15:20–16:50 Ottoman Urban History
Masato TANAKA (The University of Tokyo) “Men of Professions and Money”: Freemasonry, Civic Associations, and the Formation of a New Social Class in Late Ottoman Beirut
Eunjeong Yi (Seoul University) and Madoka MORITA (ILCAA) “Reconsidering Mahalles of Ottoman Istanbul” (tentative title)

*The conference is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant No. 20H01322 and 20H05827

Language: English
Admission: Free
Pre-registration is required.
For registration, please see here. Registration deadline is 23:59, 19th Mar.

Contact: Jun AKIBA (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia) j-akiba[at] (Please change [at] to @)

Sponsored(Co-sponsored) by:
Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Areas (A) “The Ideas of the Muslim Community and State Systems” (Principal Investigator: Nobuaki KONDO (ILCAA) Project number:20H05827), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B), "International joint research on social class and gender in the Ottoman Empire” (Principal Investigator: Jun AKIBA (Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo) Project number:20H01322)

For the latest information, please refer to the following link.