All events take place in Rubenstein 249, Carpenter Conference Room, West Campus

20 November, Monday afternoon


17:00-17:30 Welcome reception

17:30 Keynote lecture: Mercedes Volait, InVisu – CNRS, Narrating Modern Cairo through Architecture and Photography

19:00 Dinner for participants


21 November, Tuesday


8:30- Coffee, Tea

8:45-9:45 Discussion panel I: Using Topographical Data for New Insights into Middle Eastern Political Economy and Urban History

Chair: Will Hanley (FSU/IAS Princeton)

Timur Kuran (Duke), with Cameron Eagles (Duke), The Political Economy of Ottoman Istanbul, 1600-1850: Spatial Distribution of Economic and Political Power (30 minutes)

Mercedes Volait (Invisu/CNRS) and Adam Mestyan (Duke), Making A Cairo Topography: Using The Karkégi Papers for Urban History Visualization (20 minutes)

Comment: Edhem Eldem (Boğaziçi)



9:45-10:00 Coffee


10.00-11.00 Discussion panel II: Political Economy of Urban Development: Hydro-Politics in Istanbul and Cairo

Chair: Adam Mestyan (Duke)

Shehab Ismail (Columbia), Wrong Side of the Pipes: Understanding the Colonial and the Public in Cairo’s Water Infrastructures (20 mins)

Aslı Cansunar (Duke): The Politics of Water Supply in Ottoman Istanbul, 1453-1800 (20 mins)

Comment: Nicolas Michel (IFAO, Aix)



11:00-11:15 Coffee


11:15-12:30 Discussion panel III: How to visualize topographical data?

Chair: Timur Kuran (Duke)

Nil Tuzcu (MIT), The Making of Istanbul Urban Database and Future Plans (20 mins)

Julie Erismann (Lyon), Visualization Technologies of Documents in French Urban History (20 mins)

Comment: Mercedes Volait (CNRS, InVisu)


12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (during lunch: Will Hanley presents the Digital Ottoman Gazetteer /Adam Mestyan presents Dhayl Khitat al-Maqrizi/)


13:30-15:00 Discussion Panel III, Digital Analysis of Urbanization, Politics, and Economic Development in the Middle East

Chair: Nadirah Mansour (Princeton)

Discussants: Will Hanley (FSU/IAS Princeton), Charles Kurzman (UNC), and participants

Roundtable with participants: future plans, co-operations