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