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CALL FOR PAPERS Shared History, Shared Geography: The Ottoman East Fourth Annual International Graduate Student Workshop Armenian Studies Program April 18-19, 2013 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 15, 2012 Over the last three decades scholars of the Middle East have raised new questions and used new methods that have forced them to reconsider approaches of the former generations of scholarship. These include, but are not limited to, critical interrogations of modernization theory and the provenance of the nation-state form. Accounts exclusively based on Armenians, Kurds, Syrians, missionaries, etc. have emerged, while the historiography of the Ottoman East has largely been concerned with governmentality studies. Welcome as these changes may be, the respective turns have had little impact on our study of the Ottoman Empire’s eastern borderlands (defined roughly as the area bounded by Ankara, Mosul, and Kars). The Ottoman East has been viewed largely, both by contemporary Ottoman statesmen and modern-day historians, as a periphery of the Ottoman enterprise centered in the imperial capital and western Anatolia. These accounts posit the imperial center as the active agent of history, seeking to civilize or bring order to its borderlands. This workshop will begin to provincialize the center as it attempts to understand the Ottoman East on its own terms. The Shared History, Shared Geography: The Ottoman East workshop is organized by University of Michigan Graduate Students (Richard Antaramian, Dzovinar Derderian, Ali Sipahi with faculty advisor Prof. Kathryn Babayan) and seeks to bring together younger scholars (graduate students engaged in research or those having defended their dissertations in the last three years) studying the Ottoman East for the period 1839-1950. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary and connected approach, submissions should consider: · center-periphery relations/locality/provinciality: what did the state mean in the Ottoman East? · tax collection and land issues · trans-imperial networks and agents · cosmopolitanism/parochialism · the circulation of people, money, ideas, and goods · cultural aspects (nomadic culture, provincial literature, folklore, etc.) · inter-communal relations/sectarianism/ethnic divisions · social geography · gender and sexuality Successful applicants will need to submit a paper of no more than 20 double-spaced pages by March 1, 2013 to be circulated among workshop participants. Please send an Abstract (250 words /single spaced) along with a CV to email@example.com by December 15, 2012. Some funds are available to cover travel expenses. Per donor guidelines, preference will be given to those traveling from the Republic of Armenia. Armenian Studies Program University of Michigan 1080 South University Ave., Suite 3633 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106 USA