Possible paper topics could include (but are not restricted to) :

• Conquest of Istanbul

• The importance of Istanbul for the Turkish-Islamic World

• The role of the city within World History

• The role of Fatih Sultan Mehmed during the formative years of Istanbul

• Physical and topographical development of Ottoman Istanbul

• Istanbul as a multi-cultural city and meeting point of civilizations

• Istanbul as a metropolis

• Istanbul as the administrative center and the capital of the Ottoman Empire

• City governments and historic and cultural heritage conservation

• Town planning, architecture and art of Istanbul

• Social structure, ethnic and confessional communities

• Science, learning and literature in the Ottoman Istanbul

• Economic conditions and commercial activities of Ottoman Istanbul

• Urban Archeology of the Ottoman period

• The ancient heritage in Istanbul through the eyes of the Ottomans