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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5e Journée doctorale du CETOBaC

Journée(s) d'étude - Vendredi 6 mars 2020 - 09:00Pour la cinquième année consécutive, le CETOBaC organise une journée d'études doctorales, destinée à présenter les travaux des doctorant.e.s du laboratoire et d'ailleurs.Elle aura lieu le vendredi 6 mars, en amphithéâtre François Furet (105 boulev (...)(...)

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38e Festival international Jean Rouch - Cinéma et anthropologie

Projection-débat - Mardi 17 décembre 2019 - 16:30En raison de l'appel a la grève du 17 décembre, cet événement est reporté. Les nouvelles dates seront communiquées prochainement. Merci pour votre compréhension.Le Festival international Jean Rouch, organisé par le Comité du film ethnographique, l (...)(...)

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Soutien du CETOBaC aux candidates et candidats aux concours 2020 de chargés de recherches au CNRS

Communiqué -Avis aux candidates et candidats au concours chercheurs 2020 du CNRS(English version below) Bonjour,Le concours chercheurs du CNRS est à présent ouvert. Les candidates et candidats qui souhaiteraient solliciter le soutien du Centre d’études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasi (...)(...)

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