Ottomanists from all over the northeast will converge on Burlington this weekend for the 15thannual Great Lakes Ottomanist Workshop (GLOW). It is the first time UVM has hosted the event, which this year features 25 scholars and researchers from the United States and Canada. 

Boğaç Ergene, professor of history at UVM and resident Ottoman scholar, serves as the primary organizer for this year’s workshop April 26-28. Ottomanists study aspects of the Ottoman Empire which emerged c. 1299 and dissolved in 1922. The empire once reached as far west as Vienna and as far east as Iraq, and encompassed the North African coast. 

“We have close contacts with our colleagues who study European history, of course, but this is an opportunity to meet with specialists in this area and make presentations, share research and receive feedback from colleagues,” Ergene said. “There is a nice mix of established scholars in the field along with junior faculty members and PhD students.”

The workshop kicks off with a welcome message at 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 26 in Waterman 427A, followed by a panel “Translation to and from Ottoman” led by Victor Ostapchuk from the University of Toronto. Five panels will be held on Saturday in John Dewey Lounge in the Old Mill from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. There will be a closing breakfast and roundtable on Sunday in John Dewey Lounge titled “On Ottoman Early Modern” chaired by Bob Zens of La Moyne College. 

The public is welcome to attend. A complete schedule of events is online

The workshop is made possible by the support of the History Department, Humanities Center, College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Middle East Studies and Global and Regional Studies Programs at UVM.

Boğaç Ergene



Kevin Coburn