About the Congress

Our Archives in Rewriting the History

The Ottoman Empire managed to put forth an opulent archival heritage in a way to cover all the lands it had ruled over an extensive period of time that was tantamount to more than six hundred years, and helped this heritage kept intact to make it to the modern times. The majority of this heritage is displayed in Turkey’s archives while the remaining part is featured in the archives of the countries detached from the Ottoman lands after gaining independence.

Gathering the countries, which gained independence from the Ottoman Empire, on a joint ground of culture, history and civilization can only be achieved by unearthing the archival treasures inherited from the Ottomans and combining the pieces carved out by the same cultural and historical grounds.

Such convergence and integration along with the cooperation of organizations and universities with capability to take joint actions will enable to thoroughly rewrite and reassess the global history.

In addition, the development of a shared policy for the analysis, follow-up and implementation of physical and electronic archiving, paper restoration and other technological advances will provide major inputs for the improvement of both our organizations and the archives in other countries.

In the same vein, it will help to take steps for joint initiatives in education, technological advances and archival practices as a part of cooperation.

The first edition of the congress was organized in 2012 under the title of “the International Congress on the Management of the Ottoman’s Cultural Archive Heritage and the Role of Land Registry Archives” in an attempt to offer a scientific perspective on the Ottoman archive heritage as our common ground, and put forth unique knowledge produced by new documents, and engage in various collaborations.

The congress was attended by academics, presidents, heads of organizations/institutes and general directors of 32 countries ranging from Japan, Pakistan, Hungary and the United Kingdom to the Netherlands, Germany, Qatar, Yemen, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Lebanon and Egypt. Apart from 78 academic papers, more than 2000 participants took part in the Congress that offered specific sessions, as well. Having earned credits for the scientific topics and the entire organization, the Congress was covered by domestic and international press members for the content and outputs, thus making a great contribution to the promotion of our archives.