Summer School: Reading and Analysing Ottoman Manuscript Sources

Deadline: 15 June 2017
Open to: students enrolled in a Master or Ph.D. programme
Venue: Beirut, Lebanon, 27th – 30th of August 2017


This summer school is an initiative of the Ifpo, the OIB, the University of Balamand, the Lebanese University (Doctoral School of Literature, Humanities, and Social Sciences), Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi, İbn Haldun Üniversitesi, the CETOBaC, the JaCMES and other Lebanese partners to be defined.

The focus of the summer school is practical workshops in small groups allowing trainees to read and discuss archival documents with specialists familiar with different types of documents. These workshops will make up more than half of the training, the other part including visits to archives in and around Beirut, presentations of Ottoman archives and research aids in paleography, and discussions about methodology.

In a workshop, the students will be asked to read and analyze a document of their choice. The summer school will accept up to 20 students. About ten researchers and professors from Arab, Turkish, German and French universities will attend the summer school as instructors.
The main working language of the Summer school is English.


Students enrolled in a Master or Ph.D. program as well as researchers in an early post-doctoral stage, regardless of nationality, can apply for this summer school, provided that his or her research project necessitates the use of Ottoman source materials in Ottoman Turkish, Arabic or Armenian (or other relevant languages).


The students selected for the summer school will be offered the following free of charge:

– summer school fees;
– lunch and dormitory accommodation during the summer school;
– round-trip air transportation from their country of residence;
– excursions and visits.

How to Apply?

In order to be considered, the applications must include:
a proposal outlining the candidate’s research project and archival sources (two pages maximum);
– a curriculum vitae, mentioning language skills (two pages maximum);
– name and contact of 2 referees that may be contacted for a recommendation.

The applications must be submitted in English and sent to this address:

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