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Visiting Speaker Dr. Baki Tezcan - The emasculated guardians of power: Black eunuchs and the interplay between gender and race at the Ottoman imperial court

When: Friday, March 12, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Online
Webcast Link

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Gina Stec   (847) 467-2359

Group: Keyman Modern Turkish Studies (Northwestern Buffett)

Co-Sponsor: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


As part of the interdisciplinary series, ‘Reflections on Whiteness, Blackness, and Race in the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey’

In the light of four books that were either written with a view to secure the patronage of the Chief Black Eunuch of the Ottoman court, or to critique him, between the early seventeenth and mid-eighteenth centuries, Dr. Tezcan will discuss Ottoman literary representations of Africans and how these representations intersect with the heavily gendered environment of the court.

Baki Tezcan teaches history at the University of California, Davis, and is the author of The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World, and about forty articles on Islam, modern Turkish historiography, and Ottoman history and historiography.

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