ONLINE LECTURE: Public Perceptions of the Other's Heritage: Ottoman Heritage in Greece

08 June 2021 19:00 to 20:30 | Online

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A BIAA Online Lecture with Hakan Tarhan (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca).

Tuesday 8th June 2021 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

One of the most common practices among nation-states is using the past and cultural heritage as a nation-building tool, developing national discourses that glorify a shared and owned national heritage while disregarding the others' heritage. Greece underwent this process by creating a discourse of uniting modern Greek identity with the Ancient Greek Civilisation and the Byzantine Empire. Yet, ignoring its Ottoman past eventually resulted in the denial, neglect, and demolition of Greece's Ottoman heritage. This talk will discuss the public perceptions of both state and people towards Ottoman heritage in Greece, analyse how it is being treated today, and to what extent it has been incorporated into the daily lives and personal identities of its contemporary communities.

Hakan Tarhan is a PhD candidate in ‘Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage’ in IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (Italy) and the BIAA-ANAMED Joint Fellow in Heritage Studies for 2019-2020. His PhD research is titled “Public Perceptions of ‘The Other’s’ Heritage: Ottoman Heritage in Greece and Byzantine Heritage in Turkey,” in which he investigates the public perceptions of these particular heritages others from the perspective of the states and the citizens.

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