Dr. Maria BARAMOVA is Assistant Professor in the Early Modern History of South-Eastern Europe in the Faculty of History, Department for Byzantine and Balkan Studies at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". Her main research interests and publications include the history of Early Modern Ottoman-Habsburg political relations and geopolitics, the history of warfare, peace treaties, and environmental history. She has been Research Fellow at the University of Vienna, the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, and the Leibniz Institute for European History, Mainz.
The project is based mainly on the so called Translation turn, which is part of a wider discourse on cultural translation. The study is concerned with models of representation, connected with both historical research and cultural diplomacy theories. It juxtaposes the translation approach with the political and diplomatic problems of the Habsburg-Ottoman relations in the 16th-18th century.
Not only in the Early Modern period, but even today there is a close connection between language, politics, and culture, since interests and claims had to be verbalized during peace negotiations and discussions. Finding a common in the framework within the limits of international law and developing standards and terms among Christian and European powers proved to be a major challenge, but it was much more difficult to make this within Inter-Religious and Intercultural spaces, as was the case with the Ottomans.