Call for Papers

First Sultan’s Trail Conference
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Common Cultural Heritage in the Past and Today January 30 - February 3, 2013, Novi Sad (Vojvodina, Serbia) – Osijek (Croatia)
The Sultan’s Trail Foundation is pleased to announce the First Symposium On The Historical Route from Vienna to Istanbul, a multidisciplinary conference held from January 30 until February 4, 2013 in Novi Sad and Osijek.

Sultan’s Trail: Path of Peace
A new, historical long distance hiking trail from Vienna to Istanbul The Sultan’s Trail is an ancient Roman – Ottoman road from Vienna to Istanbul symbolizing ages of relations between East and West. The path owes its name to Süleyman Kanuni, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, who made the trip from Istanbul to Vienna for the first time in 1529, and then again in 1532, both times famously failing to penetrate the city of Vienna. He finally died on this very road in 1566, during his last field trip to Szigetvar. Part of his body was buried there. Recognizing the Ottoman leader’s role in connecting East and West, the Sultan’s Trail is an homage to the great sultan Süleyman. Almost 500 years later, the Sultan’s Trail has gained renewed relevance as an important link between East and West, in the light of the European Union’s recent and future eastward expansion. It directly connects Member States with candidate states, building on ages of cross-fertilization and a shared cultural heritage dating back to the old Ottoman days. Unlike then, the Sultan’s Trail nowadays constitutes a path of peace, a meeting place for people of all faiths and cultures. The trail starts at the Stephan’s Dom in the centre of Vienna. The clocks of this church are made of the remelted Ottoman canons. The path passes through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria and ends at the tomb of the Sultan, behind the Süleymaniye mosque, in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to its historical and symbolic significance, the Sultan’s Trail also holds great economic potential. Often passing through secluded, rural areas, the exploitation of the path can contribute greatly to the opening up of such underdeveloped regions through the direct support of the host communities. The Sultan’s Trail Foundation builds on interregional and transnational cooperation in its aim to boost the development of the tourist sectors of the host countries. The emphasis herein will be on stimulating job creation combined with a limited impact on the local environment and culture. Since walking is the most natural form of moving over the planet, the Sultan’s Trail provides an opportunity par excellence for the development of sustainable tourism.
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The aim of the conference is to create a platform for historians. To be involved in this scientific network means taking part in permanent international relations between experts from a wide range of fields. Sultan’s Trail – A European Cultural Route Hagestraat 10.sultanstrail. In addition to the anticipated papers relating to art. the exchange of master and doctoral students. art historians. heraldry. based in the Netherlands. St. with the hope of broadening perspectives on the Sultan’s Trail’s cultural and material legacy. architecture and history of medieval (Roman and Byzantine) and Ottoman. the development of study programmes. NL. the conference will serve as an opportunity for an interdisciplinary dialogue among the participants. pilgrims’ accounts. diplomats’ accounts. tombstones. The conference brings together scholars (wishing to be) involved in this dense scientific network in order for them to directly exchange ideas. i. The many natural and historical highlights. The Sultan’s Trail Foundation seeks to develop an international network of the same designation. and the publication of joint works. and modern route. has taken the lead in this. political and socioeconomic significance of the Sultan’s Trail. the varied landscape and the hospitality of the local people contributed greatly to this experience. A number of scholars from a wide variety of countries have already made a start in this. the launch of joint scientific projects. other parts of the trail still have to be developed.e. setting out the path and developing a network of accommodations along the Tel: +31 23 7070047 Cell phone: +31 650 890 696 Chamber of Commerce: 54257662 btw nr. The recently established NGO Sultan’s Trail Foundation. historic photographs. 851231007 B01 . the Via Militaris between 1.STICHTING SULTAN’S TRAIL – A EUROPEAN CULTURAL ROUTE While the Sultan’s Trail partly uses existing European long distance paths. prints and paintings. in the exchange of ideas. in private houses. Numerous experienced long distance hikers have already explored parts of the Sultan’s Trail between 2009 and 2012. early modern and modern Sultan’s Trail in text and images. Roman and Ottoman itineraries. shedding new light on and thereby boosting the debate on the historical. and literary critics to share their studies on textual and visual representations of the Sultan’s Trail. the conference organizers would also be keen to include scholars who can explore the following fields of study: music on the Sultan’s Trail. lodges and hotels. They share the same opinion: "It was sometimes pioneering but the experience was full of authenticity." Academic Network In line with the route’s historical significance as a link between various cultures and peoples from East and West.000 BC and present day. cartography. including parts of the E8 and the Danube cycling path. cultural. numismatics. By investigating the medieval. 2011 CV e-mail: info@sultanstrail. The Netherlands Triodos Bank: 254640060 IBAN: NL60 TRIO 0254 6400 60 BIC: TRIONL2U www. archaeological excavations.

On November ) Organization and coordination: Lisanne Post ( Deadline for proposals: 30 October 2012 Announcement of the selected proposals: 15 November 2012 Coordination and selection of papers: Mehmet Tutuncu (mehmet@sultanstrail. Banquet February 2 – Closing Ceremony. NL.250 words should be sent via e-mail by October 31. Materials and methods used. 851231007 B01 . successful candidates will be notified.sultanstrail. Opening Ceremony. Excursion February 4 – Departure from Osijek For more information please visit the website of the Sultan’s Trail Foundation: www. Abstracts of 200 . Affiliation CV with publications Tel: +31 23 7070047 Cell phone: +31 650 890 696 Chamber of Commerce: 54257662 btw nr.sultanstrail. Limited travel bursaries are available for participants without a university ) Calendar of Events January 30 – Arrival in Novi Sad January 31 – St. Cultural Programme. The Netherlands Triodos Bank: 254640060 IBAN: NL60 TRIO 0254 6400 60 BIC: TRIONL2U www. Submission Modalities Proposals for papers should not exceed 500 words and must include the following:       Title of the paper. Banquet February 1 – Transport to Osijek Sessions. Sultan’s Trail – A European Cultural Route Hagestraat 10. www. thematically aligned papers will also be selected for an edited book of the same name. Please send your proposals to: e-mail: info@sultanstrail. Author.STICHTING SULTAN’S TRAIL – A EUROPEAN CULTURAL ROUTE Participation Those wishing to participate should contact the conference organizers as soon as possible to register interest. Sessions. 2011 CV Haarlem.

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