Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan, and Central Asian Studies (CETOBaC, UMR 8032)

Previously named « Études turques et ottomanes » (Turkish and Ottoman Studies), the Center was formed by the merger, in 1990, of the Institut d’études turques (Institute of Turkish Studies) (Paris-III), headed by Louis BAZIN, and a component of the Centre d’études sur la Russie, l’Europe orientale et le domaine turc (Center for the Study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Turkish Area) (founded by Alexandre Bennigsen at the EHESS), specialised in Ottoman history. In 2010 the Center changed its name to CETOBaC. It was chaired by Gilles VEINSTEIN, senior research fellow at the EHESS and professor at the Collège de France and, since 2001, by François GEORGEON,currently emeritus senior research fellow at the CNRS. In September 2008, the chair passed to Nathalie CLAYER, senior research fellow at the CNRS and professor at the EHESS.

The CETOBaC is now attached to three institutions: the CNRS, the EHESS and the Collège de France. Its affiliation to this third institution dates back to the creation in 2001 of the chaire d’Histoire turque et ottomane, held by the late Gilles VEINSTEIN.

Our department is devoted to the past and present of Turkish-speaking peoples throughout their geographical range. The focus is not only on peoples themselves but also on their relationships with their neighbours in their political, economic and cultural aspects. Our area of study covers Turkey and all regions formerly included in the Ottoman Empire and Central Asia. For several research topics, it is extended eastward to Iran, Afghanistan and China, and westward to Central and Eastern Europe. The considerable significance of this area stems from its critical role in global history, either past, present or future.

The department’s scholars and academics are historians, sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, linguists and political scientists.

The department is composed of six research units, on the basis of chronology, cultural geography, and scholarly discipline: history of the Ottoman Empire; contemporary Turkey; contemporary Balkans; Central Asia and Caucasus; languages, cultures and societies in the Turkic world; Islam and Sufism.


  • Research
  • Education
  • Training and supervision of master and PhD students
  • Communication and dissemination of scholarship
  • Expertise and advice
  • Documentation


Research Projects (ANR, etc.)

Graduate courses and seminars (master and PhD) at the EHESS, the Inalco, the Collège de France, the EPHE, the universities of Paris-I, IV, VIII and Toulouse-II

Turkish Studies one-day workshops (annual event)

Publications : three academic journals (Turcica, European Journal of Turkish Studies, Central Eurasian Reader), a series of documents de travailonline, two book series (Turcica at Peeters Publishers, Meydan at Éditions Karthala), and numerous special volumes

Online newsletter listing upcoming events in Turkish Studies

International collaborations: agreement with Boğaziçi University (Istanbul)

Timeline of the CETOBaC


1960: foundation at the EHESS, by A. Bennigsen, of the Center for the Study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Turkish Area; appointment of L. Bazin at the head of the Institute of Turkish Studies (Paris-III);

1990: creation at the CNRS of the Unité de recherches associée (joint research department) URA 1425 « Turkish and Ottoman Studies » which included the Institute of Turkish Studies of Paris-III and a section of the Center for the Study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Turkish Area;

1995: creation at the EHESS of the Center for the History of the Turkish Area, which replaced a section of Center for the Study of Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Turkish Area;

1998: renaming of the URA 1425 which became the Unité propre de recherche de l’enseignement supérieur associée (joint research department of higher education) ESA 8032 « Turkish and Ottoman Studies »;

2002: renaming of the ESA 8032 which became the Unité mixte de recherche (combined research department) UMR 8032 « Turkish and Ottoman Studies »;

2010: renaming of the UMR 8032 « Turkish and Ottoman Studies » which became the UMR 8032 « Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan, and Central Asian Studies ».

Collège de France

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Autour de l’archive : productions, parcours et pratiques sociales. Balkans, Moyen-Orient, Asie centrale

Journée(s) d'étude - Mardi 29 novembre 2022 - 09:00Comme chaque année, des doctorant.es et masterant.es du CETOBaC organisent une journée d’étude pluridisciplinaire sur des aires géographiques allant des Balkans jusqu’à l’Asie Centrale en passant par les anciens territoires de l’Empire ottoman. (...)(...)

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Le soulèvement en Iran : état des lieux

Table ronde - Vendredi 18 novembre 2022 - 14:00Table ronde du CETOBaCLe soulèvement en Iran : état des lieux18 novembre de 14h à 16hBâtiment de l'EHESS - Salle 50 2 cours des Humanités, 93300 Aubervilliers Depuis le 16 septembre 2022, les rues des villes iraniennes sont une nouvelle fois le théâ (...)(...)

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Mobilisation en Iran : éclairages de sciences sociales

Conférence - Vendredi 14 octobre 2022 - 12:00L’EHESS rassemble plusieurs spécialistes de l’Iran pour analyser sous le prisme des sciences sociales la mobilisation iranienne qui se joue actuellement, lors d'une visioconférence animée par Emmanuel Laurentin (France Culture), le vendredi 14 octobre (...)(...)

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