"Modernizing in early modern times: Women and innovation among the Ottomans"
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Prof. Leslie Peirce
Title: "Modernizing in early modern times: Women and innovation among the Ottomans"
Abstract: In the six centuries of their rule, the Ottomans arguably never viewed "progress" as a desideratum. American readers apparently do, however, for I was urged to demonstrate in a recently published book that its subject-Hurrem, the concubine and then queen of the sultan Suleyman I "the magnificent"-was a notable modernizer. The lecture reflects briefly on how Ottomans of the 16th and 17th centuries thought about change. It then focuses on the ways in which women were drafted into making change and at the same time established new channels of influence.
The talk is co-sponsored by the History Department and the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Department.
East Duke Parlors