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Ryerson MENA Studies Centre Presents: Virginia Aksan

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Mattamy Athletic Centre, Alumni Lounge

50 Carlton St, Toronto

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Virginia H Aksan, member of the Department of History at McMaster from 1991-2014, holds a PhD (1991) from the Dept. of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto. She is an Ottoman and Middle Eastern scholar, with special interests in transnational cultural exchanges and war and society, and is the author of Ottoman Wars 1700-1870: An Empire Besieged and with Daniel Goffman, ed. The Early Modern Ottomans: Remapping the Empire. Chair of History at McMaster from 1999-2006, Virginia has also served as President of the McMaster Faculty Association (2010) and President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (2009).

In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte sailed into the Eastern Mediterranean, easily defeating the local Ottoman forces and capturing Cairo in a breath-taking moment often referred to as the beginning of the modern age in the Middle East. This talk subverts the standard Eastern Question narrative by presenting Ottoman society in the midst of its own revolution(s) that culminated in Istanbul May 1807, the date when a massive rebellion brought down reformist Sultan Selim III (1789-1807) and installed Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839) as his successor.

Join us for a brown-bag lunch which will be followed by a discussion period. All are welcome.

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