FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS

Friday 21 July 2017, 1.15 pm
‘Crossroads of Empires: Travellers to Aleppo’
Twelfth Biennial Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East, Julian Study Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Past Speaking Engagements

In recent years Philip Mansel has spoken at Sotheby’s (London), Christie’s (Paris), the British School in Athens, Aleppo University, the American Research Institute (Istanbul), Peterhouse (Cambridge), the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum (video), the Wallace Collection, the Royal Geographical Society, the Irish Georgian Society, the Byron Society, the Berlioz Society, the Royal Stuart Society, the Newberry Library (Chicago), Loyola University (Chicago), the English Speaking Union (Chicago), the University of Massachusetts (Boston), Winchester College, Eton College, Kuwait University, the American University of Beirut Museum, the Austrian Cultural Forum (London), the Society for Court Studies (London), the British Institute of Florence, the Society for French Historical Studies Annual Meeting (Toronto) [keynote speech], the Travellers’ Club (London), the Oxford and Cambridge Club, the University Women’s Club, the Dutch Archaeological Institute (Cairo), the Franco-British Society, Dorset Gardens Trust, Dorset Archives Trust, Dorset County Museum, the Turkish Area Study Group, Royal Collection Studies (Windsor), the Pera Museum (Istanbul), Pera House (Istanbul), Koç University (Istanbul), the Bridport Literary Festival, the German Historical Institute (London), Newcastle University, Durham University, Saint Andrew’s University, the French Porcelain Society, the Association de la Noblesse du Royaume de Belgique (Brussels), Exeter University, the Chateau de Versailles, the Chateau de Compiègne, Fondation Napoléon, Maison de Chateaubriand, Uppsala University, Residenzenkommission (Coburg), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Royal Holloway College, the Hay-on-Wye Festival, the Oxford Literary Festival, the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre (London), the Hellenic Centre (London) - video, Jewish Book Week (video), Purbeck Arts Week, Edinburgh Book Festival, Woodstock Literary Festival, Thessaloniki 2012, Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Mersin University, Centro Studi la Venaria Reale Turin, Biblioteca Alexandrina, American University of Cairo (post lecture review), Friends of Manyal Palace, Royal Studies Network, Royal Society of Asian Affairs, the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt, the Near East, the Royal Institution (London) (listen to the proceedings - image - video), Chalke Valley History Festival, BBC History Festival, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, the Royal Castle Warsaw, London History Festival and the Izmir University of Economics - images .

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PHILIP MANSEL’S SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (DECEMBER 2003 TO PRESENT)

16 December 2003
60 Knightsbridge, London
The Europes of the Prince de Ligne
(at a joint meeting of the Franco-British and Anglo-Belgian Societies)

21 January 2004
American University of Beirut Museum
End of Empire: Sultan Abdulhamid II at Yildiz Palace 1876-1909

2 February 2004
The Senate, Paris
Talleyrand and the House of France
(at a conference commemorating the 250th anniversary of Talleyrand's death)

27 February 2004
Beirut PEN Centre
Clash of Civilisations? Western Ambassadors and Ottoman Sultans 1540-1826

27 March 2004
Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London
Ottoman and Islamic Inaugurations
(at a conference of the Society for Court Studies)

20 November 2004
Institut Français, South Kensington, London SW7
From War to Peace: the House of Hanover and the Crown of France 1783-1855
(as part of the two-day conference on Anglo-French relations between 1066 and 1904, ‘A Tale of Two Crowns: The Courts of England and France, 1066-1904’, held by The Society for Court Studies in association with the Institut Français)

18 February 2005
Notre Dame University, Beirut
God and Man in the Levant

14 March 2005
London, Royal Academy of Arts
The Fall of Constantinople under Mehmet II and the Flourishing of Art and Literature that Ensued

14 March 2005
Garrick Club
Clash of Civilisations? Ottoman Sultans and Western Ambassadors
(in support of the Istanbul Heritage Fund)

14 June 2005
Hali Carpet and Textile Fair, Olympia
Clash of Civilisations? Ottoman Sultans and Western Ambassadors

24 June 2005
Institut Français, South Kensington, London SW7
Dialogue on travel books with Barnaby Rogerson

14 July 2005
Daunt Books, Marylebone High Street, London W1
Dialogue on the Ottomans with Caroline Finkel, author of ‘Osman’s Dream: The Story of the Ottoman Empire 1300-1924’

1 October 2005
The Wallace Collection, London W1
Paris, Court City of Europe 1800-1870
(at a joint conference of the Society for Court Studies and the Victorian Society on Courts and Capitals 1815-1914)

16 October 2005
Crimean Memorial Church, Serdar Ekrem Sokak 82, Galata, Istanbul
Clash of Civilisations? The Crimean Alliance and the Ottoman Empire
(hosted by the Church of England Chaplaincy, Istanbul)

30 November 2005
Belgian Embassy, London
Brussels - London - Paris: The Prequel 1787-1839

11 December 2005
Haldane Room, University College, London
Paris the World City
(for members of the Berlioz Society)

6 October 2006
Pera Museum Istanbul
Friend or Foe? Ottoman-European Relations as Revealed through Pictures
(as part of a two-day symposium entitled ‘Arts, Artists and Patrons in Seventeenth Century Istanbul’)

7 December 2006
Koc University, Istanbul
Abdulhamid II and Yildiz Palace

15 November 2007
Bridport Literary Festival, Bridport Town Hall
The Levantine Synthesis

14-15 December 2007
German Historical Institute London
From Exile to the Throne: Louis XVIII and the Powers of Europe 1791-1814

10 April 2008
Belgian Ambassador’s Residence, Belgrave Square, London
London, Brussels and the Creation of Belgium

3 June 2008
Istanbul Centre, Brussels
Dialogue with Edhem Eldem on cosmopolitanism

12 November 2008
Austrian Cultural Forum, Rutland Gate, London
The Prince de Ligne, the Princes de Rohan and Bohemia

18 November 2008
Newcastle University
Clothes and Power

20 November 2008
The French Porcelain Society
The French Court 1770-1870: Grandeur and Catastrophe

7 November 2008
Istanbul Book Fair
Discussion on Constantinople with Murat Belge

7 December 2008
Alexandria Library
Mohammed Ali and the Rebirth of Alexandria

25 March 2009
Association de la Noblesse du Royaume de Belgique, Brussels
Le Prince de Ligne, Napoleon et l’Europe

18 April 2009
Exeter University
Mohammed Ali and Europe
(at a conference on Britain and the Muslim World)

4 June 2009
Chateau de Versailles
‘L’habit fait tout’? Dress and Power
(at a conference on Court Dress)

11 September 2009
Royal Collection Studies, Windsor Castle
The French Court 1770-1870: Grandeur and Catastrophe

5 October 2009
The Society for Court Studies at the Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, London
The French Court 1770-1870: Grandeur and Catastrophe

7 November 2009
28 January 2010
The Art Fund at the Wallace Collection
From Napoleon I to Napoleon III: The Revival of the Court in Nineteenth-Century Paris

25 March 2010
English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1
The French Court 1770-1870: Grandeur and Catastrophe

14 May 2010
Dorset County Museum, High Street, Dorchester
Dress and Power

8 June 2010
Centre des archives du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, 3 rue Suzanne Masson, La Courneuve
Louis XVIII: un adversaire de longue haleine
(as part of a conference on Napoleon)

Friday 24 September 2010
Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX
Ambassadors and Sultans 1530-1830
(as part of a one-day colloquium on ‘From Coronation to Chari-Vari: The Many Uses of Ritual and Ceremony in the Early Modern World’)

Tuesday 28 September 2010
Schloss Ehrenburg, Coburg
Commentary on Peter Johanek’s paper on ‘The Court and the City in the Nineteenth Century’
(at the twelfth conference of the Residenzen-Kommission, organised in collaboration with the Coburg Historical Society)

Monday 1 November 2010
Bull Hotel, Bridport, Dorset
The Rise and Fall of Royal Alexandria
(as part of the Bridport Literary Festival)

Wednesday 3 November 2010
Izmir Chamber of Commerce
Levantine Cities

Tuesday 30 November 2010
Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RX
Splendours and Miseries of the French Monarchy, from Louis XVI to Napoleon III
(to the Kensington and Chelsea National Trust Association)

Tuesday 7 December 2010
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
Levantine Cities

Friday 10 December 2010
Free University, Brussels
Dress and Power, from Napoleon to Osama

Friday 25 February 2011
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, DT1 1XA
The Grand Tour in the Ottoman Empire

Tuesday 22 March 2011
HHSA (State Archives), Minoritenplatz 1, Vienna
The Courts of Europe: The Nineteenth-Century Resurgence

Sunday 27 March 2011
The Ebenezer Chapel, Burrowbridge, Bridgwater, TA7 0RE
The Rise and Fall of Royal Alexandria

Saturday 2 April 2011
Christ Church College, Oxford, OX1 1DP
Levantine Cities
(interviewed by David Gelber at the Oxford Literary Festival)

Wednesday 4 May 2011
The Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre, 10 Maple Street, London, W1T 5HA
What is a Levantine City? From Smyrna to Izmir

Wednesday 11 May 2011
The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5AS
The Rise and Fall of Royal Alexandria: From Mohammed Ali to Farouk

Monday 16 May 2011
Room G35, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
The Politics of Dynastic Collecting: The Duchesse de Berri and French Royalism
(to the Collecting and Display Seminar)

Tuesday 24 May 2011
Smedmore House, Kimmeridge, Dorset, BH20 5PG
Friend or Foe? Turkey and Europe, from Suleyman the Magnificent to Tayyip Erdoğan
(as part of Purbeck Art Weeks)

Saturday 4 June 2011
Book in Bar, 1 Bis Rue Joseph Cabassol, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Levantine Cities: Why, Where, When?

Thursday 9 June 2011
Maison de Chateaubriand, Rue d’Aulnay, 92290 Châtenay-Malabry, France
Paris: Ville de cour du XIXe siècle

Friday 15 July 2011
St Anne’s College, Oxford
Alexandria and Mohammed Ali: The Creation of a Cosmopolis, 1805-1849
(at the ASTENE conference, 15-18 July)

Tuesday 16 August 2011
Peppers Theatre, Edinburgh
A Captivating History of the Levant
(at the Edinburgh International Book Festival)

Saturday 8 October 2011
The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT
The Rise and Fall of Royal Alexandria: From Mohammed Ali to Farouk
(at the fourth Courts and Capitals conference organised by the Society for Court Studies and the Victorian Society)

Thursday 20 October 2011
University of Mersin, Turkey
Levantine Cities: The Past for the Future
(lecture at a three-day conference on ‘Mediterranean Cities: Antiquity as Future?’)

10 November 2011
Bridport, Dorset
In Conversation with Professor Norman Stone
(at the Bridport Open Book Festival)

18 November, 2011
Uppsala University, Sweden
The Perils of Antiquity: Smyrna, Alexandria and Phoenicia
(as part of a conference on ‘Antiquity and its Legacy’)

8 February 2012
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Dress and Power, from Louis XIV to Elizabeth II

19 February 2012
King’s Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
In conversation with David Abulafia about Interactions between Islam, Judaism and Christianity in the Mediterranean
(as part of Jewish Book Week)

2 April 2012
Royal Holloway College
Clothes and power: From Louis XIV to Elizabeth II

25 November 2012
Turin, Venaria Reale
Royal Hunts in an Age of Revolutions: From Louis XVI to Napoleon III
(at the conference ‘Royal Hunts and Early Modern Courts’, co-organised by the Court Studies Forum and the Centro studi of the Venaria)

29 May 2012
Smedmore House Dorset
Grand Tourists in the East: From Casanova to Disraeli
(as part of Purbeck Arts Week)

5 June 2012
Cities of the Levant: The Past for the Future?
(at the Hay-on-Wye Festival)

4 October 2012
1 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DJ
Friend or Foe? The Ottoman Empire and Europe, from Mehmed the Conqueror to Ataturk
(www.thecoursestudies.co.uk)

19 October 2012
Thessaloniki University
Salonica: Portrait of a Levantine City
at a conference on Thessaloniki: A City in Transition, 1912-2012

29 October 2012
Lecture Theatre, Wallace Collection,
Competing Dynastic Collections in Nineteenth-Century France: The Case of the Duchesse de Berri

1 November 2012
1 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DJ
Grand Tourists in the East: From Liotard to Disraeli
(www.thecoursestudies.co.uk)

19 November 2012
The University Women’s Club.
The Rise and Fall of Royal Alexandria: From Mohammed Ali to Farouk

6 February 2013
Royal Society for Asian Affairs, 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1
Cities of the Levant: Models for the Future?

28 February 2013
1 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DJ
The Courts of Europe: The Nineteenth century Resurgence
(www.thecoursestudies.co.uk)

10 April 2013
The British Institute, Florence, Italy
The Rise and Fall of Royal Alexandria: From Mohammed Ali to Farouk

10 May 2013
American University Museum, Beirut
The Rise and Fall of Royal Alexandria: From Mohammed Ali to Farouk

18 May 2013
The Dorset History Centre
Splendours and Catastrophes of the French Monarchy, from Louis XV to Napoleon III
(to the Dorset Archives Trust)

23 May 2013
Maison de Chateaubriand, Chatenay-Malabry
Ami ou ennemi? L’empire ottoman et l’Europe, de Mehmed II à Guillaume II

29 May 2013
Smedmore House, Dorset (Purbeck Arts Week)
From Napoleon to Nasser: The Rise and Fall of Royal Alexandria

14 June 2013
Paris, Assemblee nationale
Why was he Called Duc de Bordeaux? History of a Nineteenth-Century Royalist City
(at the Colloque Comte de Chambord)

16 June 2013
Art Antiques London, Kensington Gardens, London
Bourbon Renaissance: Louis XVIII to Louis-Philippe

20 June 2013
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
Paris Seen by British artists
Discussion with Stephen Duffy, curator of the exhibition The Discovery of Paris, at the Wallace Collection

12 July 2013
Aston University, Birmingham (ASTENE)
An Aesthete in the Ottoman Empire: Thomas Hope between Constantinople and Cairo

5 August 2013
Paris, World City of the Nineteenth Century
Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London W1

24 October 2013
Istanbul Orient Insitute, Susam Sokak 16, Cihangir, Istanbul
Friend or Foe? The Ottoman Empire and Europe, from Mehmed II to Wilhelm II - review

23 January 2014
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum, London
‘Cities of the Levant: the Past for the Future?’ - image
Council for British Research in the Levant

7 February 2014
Hellenic Centre, Paddington Street, London W1
‘Dressed to Kill or Dressed to Rule?’

26 March 2014
L’Institut duc d'Anjou - Vexilla Galliae, le Centre d’Etudes Historiques, Paris
‘Louis XVIII, la Restauration, la liberté de l'Europe - Les Rois Souterrains’ - video

28 March 2014
French Institute, Queensberry Place, London SW7
‘All the world’s in Paris: the British Parisians’ as part of Telling Tales of Two Cities: British Parisians and London French, Yesterday and Today; Les Britanniques à Paris et Les Français à Londres, Hier et Aujourd’hui’
Public Discussion and Study Day

11 April 2014
Hartwell House near Aylesbury
‘The Return of the King: from Hartwell to Paris with Louis XVIII in 1814’

23 June 2014
British Consulate General, Istanbul
‘Friend or Foe? Ottoman Empire and the Powers of Europe from Mehmet II to Wilhelm II’

29 October 2014
Europe House, Smith Square, London SW1
‘Our European Past, the Congress of Vienna and Us’ - info

13 November 2014, 4pm
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum
‘Cities of the Levant: The Past for the Future?’ - flyer
Palestine Exploration Fund

3 December 2014, 7pm
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
‘Preludes to the Prince: Grand Tourists in the Ottoman Empire’

5 December 2014, 6pm
British Museum BP Lecture Theatre
‘Smyrna, the Eye of Asia’

1 June 2015
Smedmore House, Kimmeridge, near Wareham, Dorset BH20 5PG
‘Inside the Court of Napoleon’

25 October 2015
Farnham Literary Festival
‘Inside the Court of Napoleon’

9 November 2015
Bridport Literary Festival, The Bull Hotel, Bridport
‘Inside the Court of Napoleon’

3 December 2015
Wolfson Room, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Lodnon WC1E 7HU
‘Louis XIV, the Global King’

9 December 2015
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Napoleon I and his Court

12 January 2016
Fondation Napoleon - 7 Rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 75005 Paris
Louis XVIII, roi de France et roi de l’Europe

13 April 2016
British Institute of Florence, Italy
Cities of the Levant: A warning from history? - flyer:

20 April 2016
John Sandoe Books, 10 Blacklands Terrace, London SW3 2SR
Aleppo: The Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City - info

25 April 2016
‘Aleppo: World City’, Middle East Centre, St Anthony’s College, Oxford - flyer:

28 April 2016
‘Aleppo: World City to War Zone’, Levantine Heritage Foundation, Royal Thames Yacht Club, London

22 June 2016
‘Refugees or Migrants? Huguenots, Jacobites and Louis XIV’, Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial St, London E16LY

3 July 2016
‘Aleppo: Betweeen East and West’, Chalke Valley History Festival

13 July 2016
‘Understanding Syria’, with Elif Shafak and Maya Chehade - Waterstones’s, Piccadilly, London

23 July 2016
‘Aleppo: From World City to War Zone’, Lewes Speakers Festival

6 October 2016
‘Aleppo & The Grand Tour, From Shakespeare to Gertrude Bell’, Art Fund, Market Harborough Theatre

6 November 2016
‘The Painful Death of the Ottoman Empire, From Sarajevo to Aleppo’, Empire and After History Symposium, Bath Assembly Rooms, Bath

11 November 2016
‘Aleppo, Levantine City’, Ebenezer Presents, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN

19 November 2016
‘Aleppo: From World City to Ghost City’, Yorkshire Museum, York, BBC History Festival

28 November 2016
‘Aleppo: a Warning from History’, Kensington Central Library, London W8 - www.londonhistoryfestival.com

1 December 2016
Participation in panel on Kings and Kingship, Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester

9 February 2017
Interviewing Bettany Hughes about her new book on Istanbul - video:
Daunt Books, 83-84 Marylebone High St, London W1U 4QW

26 February 2017
Jewish Book Week
Philip Mansel: Aleppo - in conversation with David Abulafia
Kings Place, St Pancras, London - video:

30 March 2017
‘Aleppo: A Warning from History?’, Oxford Literary Festival

18 April 2017
‘Was Aleppo a Levantine city?’, Council for British Research in the Levant, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 - info:

24 April 2017
‘Aleppo like you’ve never known it’, Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1 - info:

8 May 2017
‘Aleppo: World City to War Zone?’, Bridport Literary Festival

11 June 2017
‘Aleppo: City of Christians, Muslims and Jews’, American Cathedral, 23 Avenue Georges V, 75008 Paris

15 June 2017
Martin Norton Lecture - ‘From Cosmopolis to Catastrophe: The Multicultural History of Aleppo’, Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House 129-131, Albert Street, London NW1 7NB

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