Dr Işılay Gürsu

 

Işılay Gürsu received her PhD in Cultural Heritage Management from IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy in 2013. Having graduated from Boğaziçi University’s Tourism Administration department, she completed her MA studies at Koç University’s 'Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management' programme. Before moving to Italy for her PhD, she worked at the Istanbul Archaeological Museums Development Project for one year.

She joined the BIAA in January 2013 as the Cultural Heritage Management Postdoctoral Researcher. For the first two years of her appointment, she worked on improving the presentation and interpretation of the ancient site of Aspendos and the ancient region of Pisidia, which resulted in Pisidia Heritage Trail, a 350km long trekking route connecting archaeological sites in the Pisidia region, SW Turkey. She was the Co-Investigator of the research project 'Living Amid the Ruins: Archaeological Sites as Hubs of Sustainable Development in Southwest Turkey', which received funding from the British Academy’s Sustainable Development Programme in December 2016. She was involved in drafting the SARAT (Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey) project application, which received a large grant from the Cultural Protection Fund. She worked as the SARAT Cultural Heritage Management Researcher during the project, between 2017-2020. SARAT won the 2020 Europa Nostra Award in the category Education, Training and Awareness-Raising.  

Işılay has edited a BIAA monograph entitled ‘Public Archaeology: Theoretical Approaches and Current Practices’ in 2019 and her academic interests include public archaeology as a way of understanding relationship between archaeology and contemporary society. At a practical level she is interested in creating activities that could potentially strengthen this relationship. She has directed a short documentary ‘Living Amid the Ruins’ visualising the results of the British Academy funded public archaeology project, available on the BIAA’s youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PykH0Dc-ytE


Education                                                                                                                                   

  • 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.                            

Professional Appointments

  • Postdoctoral 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.

Publications

Forthcoming

  • I. Gürsu, “Tourism and the privatisation of archaeology”, eds Lina Tahan and Dallen Timothy, Bristol: Channel View Publications.
  • I.Gürsu, ed. “Public Archaeology: Theoretical Considerations and Current Practices”, London: The British Institute at Ankara
  • I.Gürsu, “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 'Local Economy and Women’s Labour in the Context of Cultural Heritage: The Aspendos (Belkıs) Case' in the proceedings “Women and Cultural Heritage” organised by the Adnan Menderes University.
  • I. Gürsu. Ankara İngiliz Arkeoloji Enstitüsü: Kültürel Miras Yönetimi Projesi, Aspendos ve Pisidya Bölgesi. 38. Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı. Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

2015

  • Y. Tonga Uriarte & I. Gürsu, “A Comparative Perspective on the Discourses of 'Privatisation' 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.

2014

  • 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.

2013

  •  I. Gürsu, “Aspendos Project: In the Light of Organisational 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.

Workshop Organised

Public Archaeology: Theoretical Considerations and Current Practices in Turkey at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, 30-31 October 2014 organised by the British Institute at Ankara.


Conference Presentations

  •  “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) was presented at Cultural Heritage and Women Symposium, Aydın, 12-15 May 2016, organised 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) was presented at the 38th International Symposium of Excvations, Surveys and Archaeometry, Edirne Trakya University, 23-27 May 2016, organised by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
  •  “The British Institute at Ankara’s Experience in the Assessment of Social and Economic Benefits” pwasresented at Tangible Cultural Heritage: New Methods and Approaches Workshop, London, 24-25 November 2015, organised by the British Academy.
  •  “Aspendos Sustainable Development and Site Management Project (Aspendos Sürdürülebilir Gelişim ve Alan Yönetimi Projesi)” was presented at Excavation Results Yearly Meeting, Erzurum Atatürk University, 12-18 May 2015, organised by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
  • “From Site Management to Public Archaeology in Turkey: Issues arising from the BIAA’s Projects in Aspendos and Pisidia”  was presented at Public Archaeology: Theoretical Considerations and Current Practices in Turkey at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, 30-31 October 2014 organised by the British Institute at Ankara.
  • “Talking with Numbers and Assuming What the Public Thinks” was presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists 10-14 September 2014, Istanbul Technical University.
  •  “Aspendos Project: In the Light of Organisational Restructurings in Cultural Heritage Management in Turkey” was presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Cultural Heritage Management: ‘Societies, Institutions, Networks’ at Rome Tre University October 11-12 2013 organised by the Department of Business Studies of Roma Tre University.
  • “Putting the Pieces Together: What would the Finished Puzzle Tell?” was presented at the 17th Berlin Roundtable on Transnationality: ‘Travel and Museums: Rethinking Modern Experience’ June 26-29 2013, organised by Irmgard Coninx Stiftung at Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  • “Private Steps at the Public Corridors: Managerial Experiments with Cultural Heritage in Turkey” was presented at the 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” was presented at “Materiality, Memory and Cultural Heritage” Conference organised by Istanbul Technical University and Yeditepe University, Turkey, Istanbul, 25-29 May 2011.
  • “Tourism, Archaeology and Privatisation: A View from Turkey” was presented at “Traditions and Transformations: Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Change in the Middle East and North Africa Region” Conference organised 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 Programme in the Department of Architecture, 23 March 2016.
  • Heritage Studies and Public Archaeology: Methods and Approaches. Guest Lecturer at Middle Eastern Technical University, Graduate Programme in Settlement Archaeology, 15 April 2016.
  • Privatisation in Turkish Museums. Guest lecturer at Koç University, Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management MA Programme, Museum Studies course. 27 December 2012 and 28 November 2011.

 

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