You are here

The Ultimate Debt: Post-Mortem Politics in the Ottoman Empire

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019. 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
History of Political Thought
Meeting Description: 

This talk examines the relationship between death, debt, and redistribution in the Ottoman World in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It investigates how obligations and liabilities were restructured; assets were redistributed; and objects changed their owners when people died. Focusing on case studies of postmortem settlements under the light of probate inventories, the talk will re-conceptualize the Ottoman political-economic order through uncertainties, risks, and opportunities after death.

Ali Yaycioglu is a historian of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. His research centers on the economic, political, and legal institutions, ideas, and practices; forms of accumulating and losing power and wealth; spatial organization of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey; and the transformation of the social-religious order from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. He also has a research agenda on how people imagined, represented, and recorded property, territory, and nature in this period and how we can use digital tools to understand, visualize, and conceptualize these imaginations, representations, and recordings. He is an associate professor of history at Stanford University.