Perspectives on French Colonial and Late Ottoman Cultural History

2019 Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award for Excellence in Islamic Studies

Perspectives on French Colonial and Late Ottoman Cultural History

Clockwise from bottom left:  Zeynep Çelik; the Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award bronze medal; image of "The War of Nations" compiled from the Mid-Week Pictorial (New York), 1919 (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs).

A two-day conference honoring the work of Zeynep Çelik (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Thursday, May 30, 2019 to Friday, May 31, 2019

193 Kaplan Hall

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The Giorgio Levi Della Vida Award is given to outstanding scholars whose work has significantly and lastingly advanced the study of Islamic civilization. The scholar is selected by a committee appointed by the Chancellor of the university meeting under the chairmanship of the Director of the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

The award carries with it a bronze medal, together with the obligation to present a formal lecture as part of a conference held on campus. The recipient of the award chooses the theme of the conference and selects the other participants.

The Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) at UCLA is pleased to announce that the 2019 Giorgio Levi Della Vida medal for excellence in Islamic studies will be awarded to Zeynep Çelik, distinguished professor of Ottoman history and architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Federated Department of History at the NJIT and Rutgers-Newark.

See UCLA profile of Prof. Çelik here.



DAY 1: Thursday, May 30, 2019

1:00-1:30 PM Opening Remarks:
Ali Behdad
, Professor and John Charles Hillis Chair in Literature &
Faculty Director, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

  Award Presentation:
Scott L. Waugh
, Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost, UCLA

1:30-3:45 PM Panel One: Unbounded Methodologies
Moderator: Lamia Balafrej, Assistant Professor, Art History, UCLA

  The Virgin as Colonial Agent in 13th Century Castile
Jerrilyn Dodds, Art History, Sarah Lawrence College

  Navigational Turning Points:
Re-Imagining Eighteenth-Century North Africa in the Mediterranean

Julia Clancy-Smith, History, University of Arizona

  Islamic City, Colonial City, Refugee City:
Urban Histories of Aleppo During the French Mandate

Heghnar Watenpaugh, Art and Art History, University of California, Davis

4:00-4:10 PM Keynote Introduction:
Susan Slyomovics, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, UCLA

4:10-5:00 PM Keynote Address:
Whose Modernity? Whose Imperial Order?
Jerusalem between the Late Ottoman 
Empire and the Early British Mandate
Zeynep Çelik, Distinguished Professor of Architecture
New Jersey Institute of Technology

5:00-6:00 PM Q & A

6:00-7:00 PM Reception

DAY 2: Friday, May 31, 2019
9:30 AM-12:30 PM Panel Two: Variations on Late Ottoman Culture
Moderator: Ira Lapidus, Professor Emeritus of History, former Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley

The Atlas of Desire: Versifying Europeans in the Ottoman Empire
Selim Kuru, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington

The Forty French Singers on Tour from Marseilles to Constantinople (1845-1846):
An Ottoman Odyssey

Nicolas Dufetel, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris

Les costumes populaires de la Turquie, again, but critically
Edhem Eldem, History, Boğaziçi Üniversitesi and Collège de France

12:30-2:00 PM Break

2:00-5:00 PM Panel Three: Chronologies and Spaces of Containment
Moderator: Diane Favro, Professor Emerita, Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA

  Coexisting in an Age of Genocide
Ussama Makdisi, History, Rice University

Crossing Paths: Medical Journeys, Imperial Surveys
Burçak Özlüdil Altin, Architecture and Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Segregating space, integrating time:
Architecture and memory in a French political prison (Montluc)

Marc André, History, Université de Rouen

Toxic Territories: France’s Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Algerian Sahara
Samia Henni, Architecture, Cornell University

5:00-5:30 PM Concluding Remarks
Zeynep Çelik


Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies