WORKSHOP: Archaeology, Society and Sustainable Development

05 October 2017 09:30 to 18:00 | Ankara

The British Institute at Ankara, Tahran Caddesi 24, 06700

This workshop aimed at examining the complex relationship between archaeology and contemporary society, paying particular focus on how communities that live and work in close proximity to archaeological sites are influenced by their surroundings. In the Turkish context, the country’s numerous sites of archaeological interest and excavation frequently intersect wıth everyday living and working spaces thereby with extent of archaeological remains making them an inseparable part of the daily landscape.


Workshop title: Archaeology, Society and Sustainable Development

This workshop aims at examining the complex relationship between archaeology and contemporary society, paying particular focus on how communities that live and work in close proximity to archaeological sites are influenced by their surroundings. In the Turkish context, the country’s numerous sites of archaeological interest and excavation frequently intersect wıth everyday living and working spaces thereby with extent of archaeological remains making them an inseparable part of the daily landscape. Contemporary communities that live beside these ruins sometimes internalise and embrace these sites as part of their own “heritage”; however, most of these archaeological remains belong to unknown, unwelcome or even precarious histories.

Even in the most conflicting of relationships, the creation of socio-economic benefits by employing this heritage, mostly through tourism, can have an impact on the way that local communities perceive these sites.

While the workshop’s emphasis is on Turkey, other comparative cases will be explored thereby developing a comprehensive understanding of the issues of cultural heritage and the everyday that are debated in this workshop. This workshop aims to facilitate critical discussion on the following areas: open the floor for discussing themes such as:

  • What is it like living by an archaeological site: is it a gift or a curse?
  • Can we offer new perspectives to read the relationship between archaeology and society?
  • How is the discourse on sustainable development constructed?
  • Is tourism the real game changer? How does it affect the public perception on heritage?
  • How are the socio-economic benefits defined? Is there a gap between the expert’s and local communities’ definition of these benefits? What matters to whom?

This workshop is organized within the scope of the BIAA’s Living Amid the Ruins Project (LAR). LAR is funded by the British Academy Sustainable Development Programme.  For more information on LAR please visit: http://biaa.ac.uk/research/item/name/living-amid-the-ruins

Programme:

09:30 - 10:00: Lutgarde Vandeput and Stephen Mitchell: Welcome and Opening Speeches

10:00 – 10:30: Işılay Gürsu : Living Amid the Ruins Project: A Methodology to Investigate the Relationship between Archaeology and the Public

10:30 – 11:00: Nadide Karkıner : “It’s Our Treasure” Claim with Manifold Meanings

11:00-11:30: Coffee and Tea break

11:30-12:00: Güldem Baykal : Challenging conservation-as-usual: Reflections on the politics of heritage governance in modern Turkey

12:00-12:30: Paul Burtenshaw : DEEPSAL (The Deep Past as a Social Asset in the Levant) and SPI (Sustainable Preservation Initiative): Sustainable Community Preservation and Development

12:30 -13:00: Discussion

13:00 -14:00: Lunch

14:00-14:30:  Özlem Zerrin Biner : Restoration, Destruction and Commodification: Ethnographic Explorations on the Politics of Cultural Heritage in Mardin, Southeastern Turkey – (Skype presentation)

14:30 -15:00:  Ebru Torun :  The place and role of (foreign) archaeological projects in meta-governance of rural development in Turkey. Should archaeologists really care about local development?

15:00 – 15:30: Cemil Bezmen : From Indifference to Exploitation: Changing Attitudes towards Cultural and Natural Heritage in Göreme Region. 

15:30-16:00 : Ayşe Gül Akalın Orbay : The village that lives by an ancient city: Ildırı / Erithrai

16:00 – 16:30 – Coffee and Tea Break

16:30-17:00: Final Discussion and Closing Remarks

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