TIOL 2017

Travellers in Ottoman Lands The Botanical Legacy
Saturday May 13–14, 2017. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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This pioneering two-day international Seminar is organised by the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East (ASTENE) in conjunction with the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants (part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh), Cornucopia and support from the Turkish Consulate General in Edinburgh.

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Papers to be presented cover a wide range of fascinating themes including the flora of the region and travellers who described it — literary, pictorial and photographic depictions of the botanical and horticultural legacy of Ottoman Lands —floral and related motifs in Ottoman art — Ottoman gardens — culinary and medicinal aspects of the botanical legacy — preserving the horticultural legacy — everything from snowdrops and tulips to the Cedars of Lebanon! Speakers are drawn from Europe, America, Australia, Turkey and other parts of the Middle East. There will also be opportunities to visit small related exhibitions, and to tour the RBGE herbaria and its living collections with botanical and horticultural experts.

For full details, please see the programme here – TIOL Programme and details of TIOL Abstracts.

The seminar is part of  ‘Ottoman Horizons, a festival of Ottoman Culture’. A festival which includes The Nomads Tent’s 5th Annual Symposium; Travellers and Treasures of the Ottoman World. The festival also include, among many other events, a look at the stores of the National Museum of Scotland, and a lavish selling exhibition of Turkish Iznik pottery, kilims and rugs.  For full details of Ottoman Horizons festival have a look at our festival guide below:

Ottoman Horizons Festival Guide

Tickets: One day at £30 or Two days at £50, including refreshments. Early booking recommended

Please refer to the TIOL Booking Form or for on-line booking please use the PayPal link below at the bottom of the page.

Enquires to ottomanlandsastene@gmail.com

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Seminar Bursaries are also offered: please contact treasurerastene@gmail.com for information.

For on-line booking please use the PayPal link below. Tickets for Day 1 are sold out, limited places remain for Day 2.


TIOL Registration




The location of the conference can be found here – RBGE Location Info

Accommodation options can be downloaded here – TIOL accommodation lists