Third Conference of the Black Sea Project

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Istanbul, 23 - 26 October 2014

The Economic and Social Development of the Port-Cities of the Southern Black Sea Coast, Late 18th – Beginning of the 20th century

Ionian University and Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH
in collaboration with:
Boğaziçi University


The Third Conference of the Black Sea Project, The Economic and Social Development of the Port–Cities of the Southern Black Sea Coast, Late 18th – Beginning of the 20th century will take place in Istanbul in late October (23-26 October 2014). The conference is hosted by the History Department of Boğaziçi University.

The project “The Black Sea and its port-cities from the 18th to the 20th century. Development, convergence and linkages with the global economy” is part of the Thalis Programme “Reinforcement of the Interdisciplinary and/or inter-institutional Research and Innovation” in the context of the operational action “Education and Life Long Learning” which is co-sponsored by the E.U. and the Greek Ministry of Education.

The aim of the conference is to convey the results of the research carried out within the project as well as invite papers related to its themes. The project seeks to trace elaborate and demonstrate the economic and social development of 25 port-cities of the Black Sea that formed an integrated market that became the larger grain-exporting area in the world in the course of the longnineteenth century. By focusing on the sea and its ports, the analysis offers an insight in the economic activities of the port-cities, the coastal area and the hinterland, the integration of markets and their inter-linkages with the global economy, beyond political boundaries and divisions. The global economy triggered development and convergence of regional markets. Papers are related to the subject of the project along the following six axes:
  1. The Black Sea as a unit of research. Marine environment and six port systems.
  2. Six maritime regions. Economic and social development of twenty port-cities.
  3. Patterns of urban structure. City-planning and architecture.
  4. Macro-analysis. Formation of macro-economic statistical series. Comparison to world economy.
  5. Micro-analysis. Entrepreneurial elites and major Greek business families.
  6. Networks linking to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

We welcome papers with an innovative approach on the above mentioned topics and focusing on the port-cities of the southern Black Sea port-cities including Istanbul. We encourage the presentation of new archival sources and related analytic and synthetic approaches that draw upon the documentation presented. We also welcome critical approaches to bibliography, published works and historiography.

The working language of the conference will be English. The travelling and accommodation expenses of the members of the project will be covered by the organizers.

If you are interested in taking part in the conference, please send us title, abstract of at least 300 words, and short CV by 30 April 2014 to the following e-mail addresses:

Edhem Eldem,
Vangelis Kechriotis,
Alexandra Papadopoulou,

The Organising Committee:

Professor Gelina Harlaftis (project coordinator, Ionian University)
Sophia Laiou (Ionian University)
Edhem Eldem, (Boğaziçi University)
Vangelis Kechriotis (Boğaziçi University)
Christos Hadziiossif (Institute of Mediterranean Studies/FORTH)


Dr Alexandra Papadopoulou (Researcher, Ionian University)
Maria Konstantinidi (Researcher, Ionian University)
Kostas Karalis (Administrator, Ionian University)

Conference schedule

Thursday 23 October
19.00 - Sismanoglio Megaro, Istiklal Cad. 60
Round Table on “The Rise of Ottoman and Venetian/
Ionian Greek Shipping, 1700-1821”

Welcome reception

Friday 24 October
Boğaziçi University (Ibrahim Bodur Salonu)

09.00 – 9.15 Welcome remarks
Edhem Eldem, local organizer and Gelina Harlaftis, project coordinator

9.15 – 11.00
Session I - Istanbul and maritime trade

Chair: Gelina Harlaftis

1. Edhem Eldem, (Boğaziçi University, Turkey)
Trade in the Black Sea through the lenses of the French Chamber of Commerce’s Revue commerciale du Levant.”

2. Apostolos Delis, (Institute of Mediterranean Studies/ FORTH /Univ. of Crete, Greece)
Navigating insidious waters: duration, rhythms and hazards of the voyages to Istanbul and Black Sea in the 19th century

3. Feride Akin, (Institute of Mediterranean Studies/ FORTH /Univ. of Crete, Greece)
The development of the port of Istanbul, in the last third of the 19th century

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 13.30

Session II- Economic development of the port cities the southern shore

Chair: Vangelis Kechriotis

1. Mehmet Yavuz Erler, (19 May University of Samsun, Turkey)
Refugees in the basin of the Canik mines: Greek Orthodox from mining to agriculture (1790-1884)

2. Stavros Anestidis, (Centre for Asia Minor Studies, Greece)
Samsun (Amisos). Aspects of financial development and cosmopolitanism in the late 19th c.

3. Ekin Mahmuzlu, (Boğaziçi University, Turkey)
The import-export trade of Trabzon in the 19th century

4. Evrydiki Sifneos, (IHS/ National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece)
Was the extraction of coal at Kozlou and Zonguldak mines profitable?

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.30

Session III- Urban development of the port cities
Chair: Yücel Terzibaşoğlu

1. Vasilis Colonas, (University of Thessaly, Greece)
Between two Empires; Architecture and Greek Communities on the shores of the Black Sea at the end of the 19th century

2. Athina Vitopoulou, Alexandra Yerolympos, (University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Ottoman port cities of the Black Sea at the threshhold of modernity

3. Maria Lekakou and Evangelia Stefanidaki (University of the Aegean),
Is Cruise Tourism a catalyst for city revitalization? The case of Black Sea cities

17.00 - Transfer to Kabatas and boat trip to Hebeliada (island of Chalki)

19.30. Dinner at an Old Mansion of Chalki

22.30. Return to Katabas by boat

Saturday 25 October
Boğaziçi University (Demir Demirgil Salonu)

09.00 – 11.00
Session V. Trading with Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire (a)
Chair: Gelina Harlaftis

1. Sasha Halenko, (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine)
Rise of the Ukrainian granary of Europe (13-18th centuries)

2. Panayotis Kapetanakis, (University of Greenwich/ National Hellenic Research Foundation)
From Constantinople and Elgin to Odessa and Yeames: the British flag entering the Black Sea (1797-1807) From Constantinople and Elgin to Odessa and Yeames: the British flag entering the Black Sea (1797-1807)

3. Gerasimos Pagratis, (University of Athens, Greece)
The Ottoman Empire and the Ionian maritime enterprises (c. late 18th-early 19th century.)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 13.30
Session VI - Trading with Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire (b)
Chair: Meltem Toksöz

1. Igor Lyman and Victoria Konstantinova, (Berdyansk State Pedagogical University, Ukraine)
Ottoman vector of trade and shipping of Azov sea-ports in 19 century

2. Constantin Ardeleanu, / Lower Danube University (Universitatea Dunărea de Jos)
Constantinople and the beginnings of steamship in the Black Sea (1830s-1850s)

3. Socrates Petmezas, (University of Crete, Greece)
The construction of Black Sea statistical series

13.30-14.30 Lunch

Session VII. Ottoman Merchants in the Black Sea trade
Chair: Maria-Christina Hadjiioannou

1. Sophia Laiou, (Ionian University, Greece)
The Ottoman Greeks and the Black Sea Trade, end of the 18th-beginning of the 19th century

2. Mustafa Batman and Şahica Karatepe, (Boğaziçi University, Turkey)
A Brief History of a Muslim Merchant Family: Nemlizades

3. Katerina Galani, (Ionian University, Greece)
The Greek business group between Constantinople and the City of London in the mid-19th century

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

Session VII. Ethnoreligious identity and social life
Chair: Sophia Laiou

1. Hamdi Özdiş, (Düzce University, Turkey)
19. yüzyılın sonlarında Doğu Karadeniz’de yönetim ve iktidar ilişkilerinin yapısına dair bazı gözlemler [Some Observations on the Structure of Power Relations and Ottoman Administration in the Late Nineteenth- Century Trebizond Vilayet]

2. Zeynep Türkyılmaz, (Dartmouth College, USA)
Hiding in the Mines: Crypto-Christian Miners of Ottoman Trebizond (1700-1918)

3. Vangelis Kechriotis, (Boğaziçi University, RCAC/Κοç University, Turkey),
Greek-Orthodox in politics and the economy of the Black Sea port cities at the end of the Empire

4. Elia Kyfonidou (Independent Scholar),
The Greek- Orthodox communities of Pontus at the beginning of the twentieth century: A glimpse at the Greek bibliography

Dinner at Boğaziçi

Sunday 26 October
Boğaziçi University (Demir Demirgil Salonu)

Session VIII- Linkages and integration to the global economy

Chair: Evrydiki Sifneos

1. Per Kristian Sebak, (Bergen Maritime Museum, Norway)
Immigration from Odessa to New York, 1892 to 1924

2. Maria-Christina Chatziioannou, (IHS/HNRF)
The port of Trieste and its Black Sea merchant routes at the end of the 19th c.

3. Eka Tchkoidze, (Ilia State University Tiblisi, Georgia)
Batumi’s Free –Port (Porto-Franco) system: advantages and disadvantages for further economic development

4. Alexandra Papadopoulou, (University of Bocconi, Italy)
The integration of Southern European Russia in the new global economy of the 19th century and the role of foreign business.

Maria Konstantinidou - Kostas Karalis and Gelina Harlaftis, (Ionian University, Greece)

The administration and progress of the project