Project Coordinator: Işılay Gürsu
Advisors: Lutgarde Vandeput, Veli Köse, Stephen Mitchell
Participants: Hakan Tarhan, Güldem Baykal Büyüksaraç, Michele Massa, Ümit Işın
The joint CHM project of the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) and the archaeology department of Hacettepe University (Ankara) started in January 2013 and builds on results of the Aspendos Archaeological Project and the Pisidia Survey Project. The project involves both a theoretical and practical aspect and focuses on two different case studies: Aspendos and Pisidia. A first phase of the project is dedicated to the preparation of a sustainable development for the cultural and natural heritage of Aspendos and its surroundings and deals with the parallel realities of a highly touristic site and its rural environment. The project aims at merging preservation of the site with the interests of local inhabitants and tourists, set against the wider background of the historic landscape. As a second phase, the creation of a regional cultural heritage management plan for Pisidia is foreseen. This ancient region is located in the Taurus Mountain range to the north of the Pamphylian plain and deals with entirely different problems. Whereas the Pisidian cities are located in a wildly beautiful mountain landscape, they are rarely visited and therefore an easy target for looting.
For more information about the projects please visit: www.culturalheritageturkey.com
Dr. 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.