The Rise (and Return) of Ottoman Nostalgia: On the Use and Abuse of Architecture as History

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Ahmet Ersoy is Associate Professor at the History Department at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. His research involves the cultural history of the Late Ottoman Empire with a special focus on visuality and its links with rising discourses of locality and authenticity during a period of westernizing change. His recent work involves a study of photography and other means of mechanical image-reproduction in the late Ottoman world. He aims to understand the broader impact of this new media regime in the context of Ottoman culture. Ahmet Ersoy is the author of Architecture and the Late Ottoman Historical Imaginary: Reconfiguring the Architectural Past in a Modernizing Empire (2015), and the co-editor, with Vangelis Kechriotis and Maciej Gorny, of Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeastern Europe (1775-1945), vol. III (2010).

The lecture investigates thehistoricist pursuits of late Ottoman architects as they maneuvered through thenineteenth-century’s vast inventory of available styles and embarked on a revivalist/Orientalistprogram they identified as the “Ottoman Renaissance.” It reveals howOrientalism was embraced by the Ottomans as a nostalgic pursuit, and as auniversally recognizable marker of authenticity. While exploring the historicalcontext of the late Ottoman invention of Ottoman nostalgia, it also touchesupon the recent implications of the phenomenon in the official and popularculture of contemporary Turkey.


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EHESS. (2018, 21 février). The Rise (and Return) of Ottoman Nostalgia: On the Use and Abuse of Architecture as History. [Vidéo]. Canal-U. (Consultée le 1 juin 2023)

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