Honor in Ottoman and Contemporary Mediterranean Societies:

Controversies, Continuities and New Directions

March 21-23, 2013 at Central European University in Budapest

Workshop Program


Thursday, 21 March (Nádor 13, Room 001)

18:30-19:00    Registration

19:00-19:30    Welcoming remarks

19:30-20:30    Reception


Friday, 22 March (Nádor 9, Gellner Room)

9:30-13:00     Panel I: Discursive, Textual Representation

Moderator: Tijana Krstić (CEU, Department of Medieval Studies)


9:30 Tolga Esmer (Central European University)

How to Read Acts and Words of Honor in Late-Ottoman Accounts of Banditry

10:00 Noémi Lévy-Aksu (Boğaziçi University)

Building Professional and Political Communities: The Value of Honor in The Self-Representations of the Police during the Second Constitutional Period

10:30 Nadia Al-Bagdadi (Central European University)

Shame, honour and taboo - Eros and etiquette in nineteenth century Arab writings

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30 Jean-Louis Briquet (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

«A matter of man to man». Moral obligations, political loyalty and clientelism in Corsica

12:00 Discussion


13:00-14:30    Lunch break

14:30-19:30   Panel II: Honor, Subjection and Subjectivity   

Moderator: Elissa Helms (CEU, Department of Gender Studies) 


14:30 Dionigi Albera (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) 

Honor in Mediterranean Anthropology

15:00 Anastasia Falierou (University of Athens)

The Female Body as "Social Disorder": Morality and Honor in Ottoman Muslims Womens' Public Appearance

15:30 Berna Ekal (EHESS, Paris)

The Notion of Honor and Institutions: The Case of Public Women’s Shelters in Turkey

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30 Discussion



Saturday, 23 March  (Nádor 9, Gellner Room)


9:30-12:30     Panel III: State, Community and Honor

Moderator: Elise Massicard (CNRS)


9:30 Isa Blumi (University of Leipzig)

An Honorable Break from the Besa: Reorientating Violence in the Late Ottoman Mediterranean

10:00 Ceren Belge (Concordia University)

The Rules of Difference: Honor and National Identity in the Courts of Turkey and Israel

10:30 Orit Kamir (Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem)

Honor and Dignity as Political and Legal Values in Israeli Society

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30 Discussion


12:30-14:30    Lunch break


14:30-18:30   Panel IV: Politics of Honor

Moderator: Christine Philliou (Columbia University)


14:30 Leslie Peirce (New York University)

Honor as a Social Contract

15:00 Başak Tuğ (Bilgi University)

Protecting Honor in the Name of Justice

15:30 Will Smiley (Harvard University)

Freeing "The Enslaved People of Islam". Treaty Law, Religious Rhetoric and Inter-Imperial Honor in Russo-Ottoman Relations, 1739-1815

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30 Discussion

17:30 Concluding Remarks by Nukhet Sirman; General Discussion