Slavery and Autobiographical Rebirth in the Memoirs of Osman Ağa (1670-1725)

MOTS (Montreal Ottoman and Turkish Studies) presents

“The Self in Captivity

Slavery and Autobiographical Rebirth in the Memoirs of Osman Ağa (1670-1725)”


Jacob Westermann (McGill University alumnus)

Discussant: Dr. Giancarlo Casale (European University Institute)


Please join us for our third meeting on January 12, 2022 @ 12 PM – 1.30 PM EST

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Jacob Westermann graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University in 2021. His research interests include the early modern Ottoman Empire, Islamic frontier cultures and societies, Turco-Mongol concepts of legitimacy within Islamic societies, and ethno-religious identity and cohabitation. He will present an article draft based on his Master’s Thesis of the seventeenth-century captivity narrative of Osman Ağa, titled “Autobiography and Slavery: Osman Ağa’s Rebirth in Writing.”

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