Connections, Continuities and Departures in Imaginations of the City in Early Modern Ottoman Cartography

Çiğdem Kafescioğlu - Associate Professor, Department of History, Boğaziçi University



The paper addresses questions of connectivities, continuities, departures, new themes and configurations in representations of spatiality and history through a focus on Ottoman cartography in the early modern era, and specifically on urban and architectural imagery that is incorporated into geographic representation.

Alongside a set of media in which the urban image had a central role, such as hagiographies and chronicles, geographic works and itineraries bear traces of the multiple temporal and regional connections that shaped imaginations of place in the early modern era. From the later decades of the 15th century onwards, cartographers and artists of (or connected to) the Ottoman world explored novel modes of spatial representation; they merged new modes of representing locality with medieval constructions of space and place. Cartographic imagery objectified cities and simultaneously endowed them with new meanings.



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