Vortrag: Heghnar Watenpaugh - Architecture and Empire in Ottoman Aleppo

Freitag, 20. Juli 2018, 18:30 Uhr


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wir möchten Sie herzlich zu dem Vortrag (Englisch) "Architecture and Empire in Ottoman Aleppo" von Heghnar Watenpauph, aus dem Department of Art and Art History in der University of California, einladen.

Zeit: 20. Juli 2018, 18:30 Uhr

Ort: Brugsch Pascha Saal (4. OG), Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 6, 10117 Berlin

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Architecture and Empire in Ottoman Aleppo

Abstract: This lecture examines the impact of Ottoman imperial culture on the architecture of Aleppo in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Aleppo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its urban form and architecture reflect this long history, as the city features masterpieces from every period of its history. In the sixteenth century, Aleppo was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire, an immense state that stretched from Eastern Europe to North Africa. In the Ottoman period, Aleppo increased in size, and flourished as a center of regional and global trade, as well as a city of learning and piety.

Aleppo, like all cities of the Ottoman empire was “Ottomanized,” made into an Ottoman city through the importation of a distinctive architecture from the center of the Empire. Ottoman governors reoriented the city on a new trading center and built large multi-functional complexes. Through deliberate choices in architectural form, they changed the profile of the city, creating a monumental corridor and a distinctive skyline. The structures they built, especially mosques, bore the hallmarks of the Ottoman imperial form, which was disseminated and adapted throughout the empire. Thus Ottoman hegemony was articulated in the urban space. At the same time, patrons and craftsmen maintained distinctive local building traditions, and even crafted innovative new building types, such as the coffeehouse.

Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. She specializes in the visual culture of the Middle East. Her book, The Image of an Ottoman City: Imperial Architecture and Urban Experience in Aleppo in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, received the Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. Her scholarly publications have also won the Best Article Prize from the Syrian Studies Association, and the Ömer Lütfi Barkan Article Prize from the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association. She was the guest editor for a special issue of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture, on “Cultural Heritage and the Arab Spring” (2016). In addition to her scholarship, her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, and was featured in a BBC series about cultural heritage lost during the current conflict in Syria. Her next book, The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript, from Genocide to Justice, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press.

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