Ottoman and Turkish Studies University Seminar: Writing Russian History Into Ottoman History (and vice versa)

Sponsored by Columbia University Seminars

Thursday, October 20

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Faculty House

64 Morningside Drive

Columbia University

New York, NY 10027

We're pleased to announce our second seminar of the semester. Our speaker will be Professor Eileen Kane who will be discussing: "Writing Russian History into Ottoman History (and Vice Versa)."  Professor Kane teaches modern European and Russian history at Connecticut College. Her first book, Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca (Cornell, 2015) tells the story of how Russia, a Christian power, came to sponsor the hajj, a central Muslim ritual. Her current research looks at Russia's role in the making of the modern Middle East, through a focus on migration. 

This talk will explore some of the methodological issues involved in writing history that crosses Russo-Ottoman borders, look closely at examples of new works that attempt to do this, and discuss potential rewards for doing more of this kind of history.

To RSVP, please email Zeinab Azarbadegan at