Welcome to Transcending Boundaries: The Ottoman Empire, Europe and the Mediterranean World, 1500-1800, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, to take place in Washington, D.C., June 20 – July 15, 2016.
This four-week seminar offers an opportunity to college and university professors (and two advanced graduate students) to integrate stimulating approaches toward Ottoman, Mediterranean and European history. Seminar participants who have broad research and teaching interests in comparative history will develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to integrate the Ottoman Empire into their projects and courses. Outcomes can include an extended analysis of a particular topic geared toward a scholarly or general audience, a bibliographical essay on relevant and new sources, a new or revised syllabus, or any research project that draws from the methods and perspectives of comparative world history. Participants will have sufficient time to work on independent projects using rich archives and library collections in Washington DC (including the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and Georgetown University Library).
The expertise of the project director and distinguished guest scholars will provide a broad base of knowledge for participants and balanced representation for seminar sessions. The range of viewpoints and depth of expertise will expose participants to the issues involved in research on these topics. The seminar will not seek to exhaust three centuries of Ottoman, Mediterranean and European history. Instead, it will place the notion of a connected world at the center as a framework to explore select encounters between those societies. The aim is to arrive at a nuanced approach combining comparative theoretical discussion with illustrative themes that participants can use as models in their own research or teaching.
Interested? Please visit The Seminar details and find out How to Apply. NEH Summer Seminars are intended principally for scholars who teach American undergraduates. Click on Eligibility for the official guidelines. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. Please contact us with any questions.
NEH disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.