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Subterranean Hagia Sophia: Revealing the Waters below Hagia Sophia

Subterranean Hagia Sophia: Revealing the Waters below Hagia Sophia

Online | The seminar will be held via Zoom

01 June 2021 19:00 to 20:30

A BIAA Online Lecture by Çiğdem Özkan Aygün (İstanbul Technical University), and Discussant: James Crow (University of Edinburgh).

Tuesday 1st June 2021 | 17:00-19:00 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-21:00 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

Since 2005, Çiğdem Özkan Aygün has directed the interdisciplinary survey of subterranean remains in the area of Hagia Sophia, also supported by speleologists, professional photographers and divers. During this talk, Çiğdem will explain the subterranean structures and their relation to the water supply system, present their 3D models and show a short documentary. Most of the finds were new to scholarship and unexpectedly rich and informative about the history and the construction techniques of the structures. They have opened a door into the monument's unexplored relation with water management. This survey has proven that the area of Hagia Sophia was strategic in water supply distribution over the first hill of the city where the ancient water supply line ended. Further exploration beneath the Hippodrome and Topkapı Palace area revealed connections in the water supply. 

Keywords: Survey; Hagia Sophia; Turkey; Istanbul; Water Management

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

Online | The seminar will be held via Zoom

08 June 2021 19:00 to 20:30

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

Tuesday 30th March 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 by 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 and ignoring its Ottoman past, which eventually resulted in the denial, neglect, and demolition of Greece's Ottoman heritage. This talk will discuss the public (state and people) perceptions towards the Ottoman heritage in Greece and analyze 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.

Keywords: Cultural Heritage; Heritage; Greek; Byzantine; Ottoman; Contemporary Perception

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Frankish Gravestones in the Eastern Aegean from the Medieval Period

Online | The seminar will be held via Zoom

15 June 2021 17:00 to 18:30

An Anatolian Studies Virtual Seminar with Ergün Laflı (​Dokuz Eylül University), Maurizio Buora (Società Friuliana di Archeologia), and assisted by Denys Pringle (Cardiff University).

Tuesday 15th June 2021 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

This seminar presents and discusses mainly four Latin tombstones relating to Italian residents of medieval Ephesus that have been recovered from properties on the terrace of Ayasuluk (Selçuk). Two of them, dating from the late fourteenth century, were originally published in 1937, while the other two, from the mid-fifteenth century, came to light more recently in January 2017.

Keywords: Anatolian Studies; Ephesus; Selçuk; Medieval; Latin; Tombstones

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