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“Ottoman Cartography and Imaging the Water Supply of Istanbul in the Long Eighteenth Century” Public Talk by Deniz Karakas

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Allen Memorial Art Building, Classroom 1 87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

This talk will introduce Ottoman cartographic practices and the picturing of the ‘world,’ ‘cities and roads,’ ‘nature and environment’ by the Ottoman mapmakers, geographers, and travelers. Their works range from various state-sponsored cartography for practical uses to private scientific, commercial, religious, and artistic mapmaking with an affinity to miniature paintings. This talk will explore several of these maps as a way to demonstrate the powerful cultural ties that existed between the Mediterranean cities. The talk will set out the circumstances under which maps of water systems of Istanbul were drawn.  This particular group of maps constitutes a separate category for the early modern cartographic output, but has been largely overlooked so far. By focusing on these maps dated 18th century in particular, Deniz will provide insights into the alignment of power, patronage, and mapping in eighteenth-century Ottoman Empire. 


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