GHOST panel in the Turkologentag 2023, Vienna

Marinos Sariyannis, Zeynep Aydoğan, Feray Coşkun and Işık Demirakın participated in the Turkologentag 2023 in Vienna (September 21-23, 2023) with a panel entitled “Shifting Borders Between Nature and the Supernatural In Early Modern Ottoman Culture”.

The panel presents some of the results of a five-year (with a one-year extension due to the pandemic) research project, GHOST, that is to say “Geographies and Histories of the Ottoman Supernatural Tradition: Exploring Magic, the Marvelous, and the Strange in Ottoman Mentalities”, funded by the European Research Council under the program Consolidator Grant 2017. The panelists will seek to explore Ottoman perceptions of the nature and of the ways human agency can handle its hidden powers (be them natural properties or supernatural entities), underlying the relationship of such perceptions and techniques with specific worldviews, social and cultural groups, or emotional communities.

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