ANATOLIAN STUDIES VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES: Anatolian Studies: Diversity and Inclusivity in Archaeological Research and Publishing

21 July 2020 17:00 to 18:30 | Online

The seminar will be held via Zoom, please register for details, thank you.

An Anatolian Studies Virtual Seminar with Chair: Tamar Hodos (University of Bristol), Presenter: Naoíse Mac Sweeney (University of Leicester), and Respondents: Shahina Farid (BIAA and Historic England) and Elif Koparal (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University).

Tuesday 21st July 2020 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

Summary of Event:

Current world events have raised questions about race, diversity, and equality at every level of society. But how much of this applies to the discipline of Anatolian archaeology? Does it still labour beneath the twin legacies of colonialism and nationalism? And has the discipline succeeded in becoming more inclusive over the years? The BIAA’s journal, Anatolian Studies, offers insights into 70 years of disciplinary history, and some of the answers to these questions can be found within its pages. Join Naoíse Mac Sweeney, incoming academic editor of Anatolian Studies, and a panel of discussants for a debate on the past, present, and future of Anatolian archaeology.

Tamar Hodos is Reader in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Bristol and a world-leading authority on the archaeology of the Mediterranean’s Iron Age. She has undertaken fieldwork in Turkey since the early 1990s, working predominantly in the Hatay and Lycia, and has conducted archaeometric analyses on Anatolian ceramics.  As Chair of the BIAA’s Publications Committee, she is responsible for the Institute’s publication programmes, which includes three monograph series (Archaeological Monographs; the Ottoman Empire and the World, published with IB Tauris; Contemporary Turkey, also published with IB Tauris), our journal (Anatolian Studies) and magazine (Heritage Turkey).

Naoíse Mac Sweeney is a Professor in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Leicester. She is a Co-Director of the Lower Göksu Archaeological Salvage Survey, and her publications include Troy: Myth, City, Icon (2018), Foundation Myths and Politics in Ancient Ionia (2013), and Community Identity and Archaeology: Aphrodisias and Beycesultan (2011).

Shahina Farid was appointed Honorary Secretary of the BIAA in December 2014 and has served on the Council of Management and various BIAA Committees on a regular basis since 2007. She is a Coordinator in the Scientific Dating Team at Historic England (formerly English Heritage), having joined in 2012 after resigning from the Çatalhöyük Research Project where she had been Field Director and Project Coordinator for 17 years. She is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. She was also nominated as a Trowel Blazer, a web based community that champions pioneer female archaeologists. After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a BA in Archaeology of the Near East, Shahina spent a long career as a Field Archaeologist gaining extensive experience in field techniques working in the UK for the Museum of London, Passmore Edwards/Newham Museum Services and a host of commercial units. Internationally she worked in the Gulf, and in Turkey since 1985, at Tille Hoyuk and Amorium before joining the Çatalhöyük Research Project in 1995.

Elif Koparal, Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, İstanbul. Director of KLASP (Klazomenai Landscape Survey Project) and the co-director of Klazomenai Excavations, Urla-İzmir. Conducted several research projects mainly focused on Ionian archaeology, landscape archaeology. Organized several symposiums and workshops on theoretical archaeology in Turkey, and one of the founders of Theoretical Archaeology Group-Turkey. 


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