Posted on February 17th, 2015

Happenings at Bard

Modes of Transmission in Late Ottoman Architecture

Peter Christensen
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Rochester

will give a talk

Modes of Transmission in Late Ottoman Architecture

This talk will examine the nature of architectural culture and production within the late Ottoman empire. In its last century of existence, the Ottoman empire bore witness to both a rapid dissolution of its territory and an extensive modernization of its cities and its infrastructure. This talk will examine these two phenomena, seemingly at odds with one another, specifically by looking at the ways in which various forms of transmission between Ottoman authorities, foreign powers, and internal minority populations shaped this milieu. The talk will demonstrate how ambiguity, as both a political and visual concept, gained credence in this context and established itself as a productive, rather than incidental, aspect of nineteenth century architectural culture.

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Guillaume Gustave Berggren, Railway workers of the Anatolian Railways, c. 1892. Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv, Wolfenbüttel.

February 27
Weis Cinema