Travellers in Ottoman Lands: The Botanical Legacy

Seminar at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 13th-14th May 2017

As some of Lymond’s adventures occur in Ottoman territory this is sure to be of interest to botanically-minded Dorothy Dunnett readers.

Call for papers (deadline for submission of abstracts is Sunday 15 January 2017)

Presented by the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) in conjunction with the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants, part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Contributions are welcome from a wide range of disciplines and interests. It is envisaged that the Seminar will cover many fascinating subjects on (though not restricted to) the following main themes:

  • Travellers’ accounts related to the botanical legacy of any part of the former Ottoman Empire (eg, present-day Turkey, the Levant, Egypt, the Balkans, Arabian Peninsula etc)
  • The flora of the region, including their heritage, preservation and medicinal uses
  • Bulbs of the region, especially tulips, and their cultural significance; Tulipomania
  • Ottoman garden design and architecture
  • Floral and related motifs in Ottoman art, including textiles, ceramics etc
  • Culinary aspects of the botanical legacy of the region
  • Literary, pictorial and photographic depictions of any aspect of the botanical and horticultural legacy of the region
  • Orientalism as applicable to any of the seminar’s main themes

More details are in the flyer that can be downloaded here.

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