“Contact Zones” in Turkish-Polish Relations (1414-2014), Warsaw (Warszawa), 06-07 June 2014

Turkish Historical Society and Institute of History, University of Warsaw announce their first jointly organized conference “Contact Zones” in Turkish-Polish Relations (1414-2014), Warsaw (Warszawa), 06-08 June 2014.

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About Conference

The conference will take place on the occasion of 600th anniversary of Polish-Ottoman/Turkish relations. They date back to the year 1414, when the envoys of the Polish King, Władysław Jagiełło, successfully mediated between the Hungarian King and the Roman Emperor, Sigismund of Luxemburg, and the Sultan, Mehmed I Çelebi. Since then, there have been continuous and diverse forms of Polish-Ottoman contacts. Quite recently, their variety was demonstrated by the exhaustive exhibition of Polish and Ottoman art organized by the National Museum in Warsaw and the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul in the years 1999 and 2000 (“War and Peace. Ottoman-Polish Relations in the 15th-19th centuries”). It presented the mutual relations in terms of both: threat and challenge, war and peace. After the Treaty of Carlowitz conflicts between two states left their place to agreement and even alliance projects. Polish refugees were also one of the common points of the relations between two states. After the First World War, Embassy of Poland and Embassy of Turkey were the first embassies which were founded in both capitals. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the relations has been expanded especially politically and economically. Presidents and Prime Ministers of both sides made reciprocal visits in last years.

The conference does not claim to discuss comprehensively the six-hundred years of Polish-Ottoman/Turkish relations. Rather, using the example of the bilateral contacts, it aims to focus on the crucial issue of communication between individuals or groups belonging to the “Polish” and “Ottoman/Turkish world”. The organizers of the conference would invite the contributors to explore a variety of “contact zones” such as diplomacy, trade (including slave trade), war and art. Papers devoted to the role played in this cross-cultural communication by “inter-cultural” people such as the Ottoman dragomans of Polish origins in the Early Modern Period or the Polish exiles converted to Islam in the 19th century are also welcome.

Finally, we are interested in the perception of Polish-Ottoman/Turkish relations by the Third Side (e.g. the English, the French, Venetians, Hungarians or Russians). We believe it could offer a promising, new look on the Polish perception and contacts with the Ottomans/Turks and vice-versa. The organizers of the conference hope that the conference would be a forum to discuss the Polish-Ottoman/Turkish relations in comparison to these between the other European states and the Ottoman Empire/Turkey.

Titles of Conference

• The Place of Ottoman- Polish Relations in European History
• Channels of Communications Between Both Countries
• The Partitions of Poland and Polish Refugees in the Ottoman Empire
• Characteristics of Turkish-Polish Relations Compared to Other European States.
• The Scope of Economic Relations Between Both Countries
• Cultural Interaction
• Other Related Subjects

Honorary / Executive Committee

Honorary Committee

Prof. Dr. M. Metin Hülagü (TTK)
Prof. Dr. Yusuf Ziya Özcan (Embassy of Turkey in Warsaw )
Prof. Dr. Halil İnalcık Bilkent University )
Prof. Dr. Tadeusz Majda ( University of Warsaw)
Prof. Dr. Dariusz Kołodziejczyk ( University of Warsaw)
Prof. Dr. İlber Ortaylı ( Galatasaray University)
Prof. Dr. Kemal Beydilli (29 Mayıs University)
Prof. Dr. Mehmet İnbaşı (Erciyes University)

Executive Committee

Dr. Hacer Topaktaş
Dr. Natalia Królikowska
Uzm. Yrd. Uğur Özçelik

Organized by

Turkish Historical Society – Institute of History, University of Warsaw


The programme details will be announced one month before the symposium.

Costs of Transport and Accommodation

The organizers will cover the costs of transport, accommodation and catering for academicians, whose papers will be accepted .

Conference Proceedings: selected papers will be published in the forthcoming conference proceedings.

Important Dates

Location of symposium : Warsaw
Symposium : 6-7 June 2014

Useful information

Languages of the conference are English and Turkish
The organizing committee is working to provide simultaneous translation from Turkish into English. In order to offer the best possible translation, we kindly ask the participants, who would like to deliver their papers in Turkish, to submit them by May 1, 2014.
Presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes.
Abstracts of papers should be 250-500 words in length.


Conference e-mail:  conferencewarszawa@gmail.com
Contacts to the members of executive committee:
English/Polish Contact: Dr. Hacer TOPAKTAŞ - hacertopaktas@gmail.com / Dr. Natalia Królikowska, nataliakrolikowska@wp.pl
Turkish/Contact: Assistant Specialist Aytaç YÜRÜKÇÜ- 0-312- 311 29 48 - aytacyurukcu@hotmail.com