Dr Işılay Gürsu
Işılay Gürsu works as the cultural heritage management fellow at the British Institute at Ankara and coordinates the Aspendos & Pisidia Region Cultural Heritage Management project since 2013. The project concentrates on the ancient city of Aspendos in Pamphylia and on the Pisidia region in Southwest Turkey. Both projects aim at creating a ‘road map’ that lay out guidelines for the implementation of an archaeological heritage management plan. The ‘road map’ focuses on the documentation and preservation of archaeological sites with local collaboration for sustainable socio-economic benefits.
Işılay got her PhD in the Management and Development of Cultural Heritage program from the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy with a thesis titled "The role of public in public-private partnerships: reading the cultural heritage management practices of Turkey". She studied Tourism Administration at Boğaziçi University as a bachelor’s degree and made a master’s on Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management at Koç University. Before moving to Italy for her PHD, she worked as the museum outreach coordinator in Istanbul Archaeological Museums Development Project for a year from 2009 to 2010.
Her research interests include public archaeology, state in archaeology, management models in the field of cultural heritage, public understanding and interpretation of cultural heritage.
- PHD in Management and Development of Cultural Heritage, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, 2013.
- Visiting PHD student in Center for Studies on Media and Culture, Vrije University, Brussels, February-August 2012.
- MA in Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management, Koç University, Istanbul, 2009.
- BA in Tourism Administration, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, 2005.
- Post-Doc Research Fellow, Cultural Heritage Management Project at the British Institute at Ankara, 2013- present.
- Museum Outreach Coordinator, Istanbul Archaeological Museums Development Project, March 2009-March 2010.
- Professional Tour Guide, Official licence by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Italian and English, 2007.
- Research and Teaching Assistant, Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management MA Program, Koç University, 2006- 2008.
- Team member, Zeugma Archaeological Project, (site management plan), 2007.
- I. Gürsu, (forthcoming) “Tourism and the privatization of archaeology”, eds Lina Tahan and Dallen Timothy, Bristol: Channel View Publications.
- I.Gürsu, ed. (forthcoming) “Public Archaeology: Theoretical Considerations and Current Practices”, London: The British Institute at Ankara
- I.Gürsu, (forthcoming) “From Site Management to Public Archaeology in Turkey”, chapter in Public Archaeology: Theoretical Considerations and Current Practices in Turkey. London: The British Institute at Ankara.
- G. Baykal Büyüksaraç & I. Gürsu (forthcoming) Local Economy and Women’s Labour in the Context of Cultural Heritage: The Aspendos (Belkıs) Case in the proceedings “Women and Cultural Heritage” organized by the Adnan Menderes University.
- I. Gürsu (forthcoming). Ankara İngiliz Arkeoloji Enstitüsü: Kültürel Miras Yönetimi Projesi, Aspendos ve Pisidya Bölgesi. 38. Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı. Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
- Y. Tonga Uriarte & I. Gürsu, “A Comparative Perspective on the Discourses of 'Privatization' in the Arts and Heritage Field in Turkey”, in the proceedings of the 6th Annual ENCACT Research Session, The Ecology of Culture: Community Engagement, Co-creation, Cross Fertilization with, October 2015, pg 437-445.
- I. Gürsu, “Archaeological- and eco-tourism in Pisidia”, “Heritage Turkey”, 2015, vol.5, pg 32-33
- l. Gürsu, “If you do not visit, we will take it away: An Analysis of a Communication Campaign for Italian Cultural Heritage” article in “Anthropological Quarterly”, 2015, vol 88, no 2, pg 379-402.
- I. Gürsu, “Secrets of Tafileh: Local Assets for Community Empowerment and Development” conference review in “Public Archaeology”, 2014, Vol 13, no 4, pg 341-48.
- I. Gürsu, “The BIAA’s Cultural Heritage Management Project”, “Heritage Turkey”, 2014, vol.4, pg 37-39.
- I. Gürsu, “Aspendos Project: In the Light of Organizational Restructurings in Cultural Heritage Management in Turkey” in the proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management: Societies, Institutions, and Networks edited by Lucia Marchegiani, October 2013. Aracne Editrice, Rome.
- I. Gürsu, “Cultural Heritage Management: the 2013 fieldwork season at Aspendos”,“Heritage Turkey”, 2013, vol.3, pg 32-34.
Public Archaeology: Theoretical Considerations and Current Practices in Turkey at Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, 30-31 October 2014 organized by the British Institute at Ankara.
- “Local Economy and Women’s Labour Force in the context of Cultural Heritage: Aspendos and Pisidia Cases” (Kültürel Miras Bağlamında Yerel Ekonomi ve Kadın Emeği: Aspendos ve Pisidya Örnekleri) presented at Cultural Heritage and Women Symposium, Aydın, 12-15 May 2016, organized by the Adnan Menderes University.
- “The British Institute at Ankara Cultural Heritage Management Projects: Aspendos and Pisidia Region” (Ankara İngiliz Arkeoloji Enstitüsü Kültürel Miras Yönetimi Projesi: Aspendos ve Pisidya Bölgesi) presented at the 38th International Symposium of Excvations, Surveys and Archaeometry, Edirne Trakya University, 23-27 May 2016, organized by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
- “The British Institute at Ankara’s Experience in the Assessment of Social and Economic Benefits” presented at Tangible Cultural Heritage: New Methods and Approaches Workshop, London, 24-25 November 2015, organized by the British Academy.
- “Aspendos Sustainable Development and Site Management Project (Aspendos Sürdürülebilir Gelişim ve Alan Yönetimi Projesi)” presented at, Excavation Results Yearly Meeting, Erzurum Atatürk University, 12-18 May 2015, organized by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
- “From Site Management to Public Archaeology in Turkey: Issues arising from BIAA’s Projects in Aspendos and Pisidia” presented at Public Archaeology: Theoretical Considerations and Current Practices in Turkey at Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, 30-31 October 2014 organized by the British Institute at Ankara.
- “Talking with Numbers and Assuming What the Public Thinks” presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of European Association of Archaeologists 10-14 September 2014, Istanbul Technical University.
- “Aspendos Project: In the Light of Organizational Restructurings in Cultural Heritage Management in Turkey” presented at International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management: ‘Societies, Institutions, Networks’ at Rome Tre University October 11-12 2013 organized by the Department of Business Studies of Roma Tre University.
- “Putting the Pieces Together: What would the Finished Puzzle Tell?” presented at the 17th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality: ‘Travel and Museums: Rethinking Modern Experience’ June 26-29 2013, organized by Irmgard Coninx Stiftung at Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
- “Private Steps at the Public Corridors: Managerial Experiments with Cultural Heritage in Turkey” presented at Inaugural Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies: ‘Re/theorising heritage’ June 5-8 2012, organised by the International Journal of Heritage Studies and the Heritage Seminar at the University of Gothenburg.
- “If you do not visit, we will take it away: The Forced Connoisseurship for the Italian Cultural Heritage” is presented at “Materiality, Memory and Cultural Heritage” Conference by Istanbul Technical University and Yeditepe University, Turkey, Istanbul, 25-29 May 2011.
- “Tourism, Archaeology and Privatization: A View from Turkey” is presented at “Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region” Conference by Leeds Metropolitan University, Jordan, Amman, 3-6 April 2009.
Invited Guest Lecturer
- From Site Management to Public Archaeology in Turkey. Guest Lecturer at Middle Eastern Technical University, Master’s Program in the Department of Architecture, 23 March 2016.
- Heritage Studies and Public Archaeology: Methods and Approaches. Guest Lecturer at Middle Eastern Technical University, Graduate Program in Settlement Archaeology, 15 April 2016.
- Privatization in Turkish Museums. Guest lecturer at Koç University, Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management MA Program, Museum Studies course.27 December 2012 and 28 November 2011.
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