Emil visited a symposium on early modern diplomacy in Helsinki as one of six invited speakers. In addition to Emil’s presentation on Swedish-Moroccan diplomacy in the 18th and 19th centuries, highly interesting presentations were held by both Finnish and Swedish scholars, with topics ranging from information monopolies to the role of opera in early modern diplomatic practices. The keynote speaker, Professor Hillard von Thiessen, eloquently presented the current state of early modern diplomatic history and made a case for studying this topic “from the point of view of the diplomat” rather than focusing on state actors. The event was streamed online in full and is available for viewing via Youtube.
Emil participated in an in-house workshop for the Global History Laboratory at Åbo Akademi. The objective of the workshop was to present abstracts and idea papers for articles, which would potentially be compiled and edited into an anthology on global history. Emil’s proposed article, co-authored with post-doctoral researcher Mats Wickström, is titled “Moroccan Society through the Eyes of Two Scandinavian Slaves: Ethnicity and Religion in the Slave Narratives of Lars Diderich and Marcus Berg”. The ambition of the article is to examine and analyse the two narratives for information on Moroccan society in the 18th century, possibly through comparisons with other contemporary sources. The anthology is planned for publication in 2018.
Joachim and Gustaf are visiting the co-organized exhibition of Oriental manuscripts (”The Slave and the Lecturer”) at Stifts- och landsbiblioteket i Skara and giving a associated lecture, arranged by Svenska Humanistiska Förbundet i Skara, on the topic ”Sweden and North Africa in the 18th century: Slavery, Diplomacy and Academy”. The exhibition and lecture is a result of an on-going project at Lund University (funded by the Crafoord Foundation) in association with Helena Backman (Stifts- och landsbiblioteket i Skara). The lecture tracks the life and experience of owners of a Arabic manuscripts and unravels a unique story of slavery and quest of knowledge in 18th century Morocco and Sweden.
Under torsdagen hölls ett möte med representanter från Libyen, Danmark, Norge, Frankrike och Sverige. Huvuddeltagare var Mohammed T. Jerary (CLARHS), Hassan Elmajbry, Torbjørn Ødegaard (SINAS), Jon Knudsen (Kystforlaget), Dan H. Andersen (SINAS), Camille Lefebvre (CEMAF), Joachim Östlund (Lunds universitet).
Mötet var en del av en längre vistelse som libyerna genomförde i Köpenhamn i syfte att besöka arkiv och bibliotek samt för att diskutera forskningssamarbeten. Under mötet diskuterades ett projekt om trioplitanska sändebud till Skandinavien under 1700-talet. För svensk del innebär det att Joachim Östlund och Gustaf Fryksén skall fördjupa sina studier av besöken av Ali Effendi, Mahmud Aga och Abderrahman Aga.
Professor Mohammed T. Jerary (föreståndare för CLARHS) berättade om arkivsituationen i Libyen under och efter Muammar al-Gaddafi.
Med anledning av pågående arkivprojekt genomförde Gustaf en resa till Stockholm 21-25 september. Under veckan besöktes Riksarkivet, Stockholms Stadsarkiv, Riddarhuset och Handskrifts- och musikenheten vid Uppsala universitetsbibliotek. Särskilt givande var nya fynd som visar spännande globala kopplingar när det gäller svenska nätverk i Medelhavet under 1700-talet.
The 9th Nordic Society for Middle Eastern Studies conference was held in Lund on September 19-21. The conference theme was ‘Everyday life in the Middle East’ and will cover a wide range of presentations on current research on the Middle East. About two hundred researchers from all over the world presented papers. The host and organizer of the conference is NSM and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University.
In participating in the first session, ‘Everyday Life in the Ottoman Empire’, Joachim and Gustaf covered the subject of the evryday lives of Swedes in Ottoman North Africa.
Joachim´s presentation, Everyday Life in Ottoman Algiers through the eyes of Johan Fredrik Schultze, 1810-1847, argue why studies of everyday life is important for understanding international politics. The presentation discussed Johan Fredrik Schultze life and work in Algiers and the consular social environment. In 1810 Schultze was assigned as a master of powder for the Dey of Algiers and later assigned as Swedish consul, an office he held until his death 1847. Schultze’s letters, diaries and journals offers an interesting insight of everyday life in Ottoman Algiers. The presentation focused on Schultze’s perception of the French invasion 1830 and discussed why Schultze did not use “the language of European imperialism” to make sense of the conflict.
Gustaf’s presentation, The Inner Life of Consulates: Swedish Families in the North African Regencies, c. 1729-1766, contributes with an 18th century and Swedish perspective to everyday life in the Ottoman Empire through the lens of two Swedish families living in the Ottoman Regencies of Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli. The presentation aims at displaying a portion of on-going research, namely the Swedish consuls and their families and the everyday life as a considerable factor in understanding the cultural diplomacy and spatial function of the consulate in Ottoman North Africa. The perspective of the family is discussed by taking a look at the Swedish families that was present in North Africa at the time. Two particular consular families, the Logies and the Rönlings, were presented in regard to their everyday lives in the North African port towns.
Embassy of Sweden in Algeria reports on the conference Colloque International sur les Relations Historiques entre L’Algérie, les Pays Scandinaves et la Hollande, du 16e au 19 Siécle (الملتقي الدولي حول العلاقات الجزائرية الاسكندنافية و هولندا من القرن 16 الي ال), held in Algiers on March 12-14. Joachim and Gustaf contributed with papers on Swedish archives and their potential for historical research.