HONORS Fellowship 2018: Seeing the World in the Ottoman Empire. Artistic Negotiation and Reading Practices in Geographic Literature
When dealing with cartographic representations in the Ottoman Empire, historical geography has mostly focused on Pr Reis world map dating from 1513, which is considered novel due to its depiction of the eastern shores of South and North America. How-ever, with its substantial cultural and political expansion, the sixteenth-century Ottoman Empire constitutes an unprecedented period of entanglement in geographic literature that needs to be understood in its own right, in addition to prominent figures such as Pr Reis. For this purpose, my research focuses on how geographic knowledge and cartographic representation were received, negotiated and transformed due the influx of various traditions in the sixteenth-century Ottoman Empire. Moreover, by examining manuscript collections in Turkey, Europe and beyond, I will reconstruct the readership and circulation of different types of Ottoman geographic literature, establishing who engaged in this discourse and how they interacted with the various traditions. Embracing the textual and visual content as well as the material histories of these manuscripts will broaden the scope of historical geography and contribute new insights into art history and the history of knowledge in the Ottoman Empire.