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British-Turkish Relations After Brexit

British-Turkish Relations After Brexit

Online | The lecture will be held via Zoom

09 March 2021 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Online Lecture by Dominick Chilcott (British Ambassador to Turkey)

Tuesday 9th March 2021 | 16:00-17:30 (London UTC) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

The strategic context of the UK's relations with Turkey changed at the end of the Cold War in 1989 and again when the UK left the EU last year. After Brexit, the UK could no longer act as Turkey's most sympathetic friend within the EU and enjoy privileged access in return in Ankara. Sir Dominick asks what Britain's foreign policy priorities are likely to be now and how Turkey fits into this changed picture. Do the UK and Turkey still have enough in common to forge a genuine partnership that transcends transactional cooperation? What are the opportunities for the relationship with Turkey now that the UK is outside the EU? Does the UK's new relationship with the EU provide a model for Turkey?  To what extent does the fact that Turkey and Britain are two former imperial powers, situated like the EU's north-west and south-east bookends, constitute common ground on which to build closer relations? And what role does geography play in determining the relationship between these two countries. Sir Dominick will attempt to provide answers to all these questions and more.

Keywords: UK; Turkey; Diplomacy; Brexit

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Decoding the Milesian Agro-Pastoral Economy from Above: Remote Sensing and Metrology

Decoding the Milesian Agro-Pastoral Economy from Above: Remote Sensing and Metrology

Online | The seminar will be held via Zoom

30 March 2021 17:00 to 17:30

An Anatolian Studies Virtual Seminar with Toby Wilkinson (Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology - ICAC) and Anja Slawisch (University of Edinburgh).

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

Examination of a number of satellite and aerial images of the Milesian peninsula has allowed the mapping of a large number of apparently ancient linear features across the landscape. These are here interpreted, for the most part, as relicts of agro-economic field systems, of unknown date, but most plausibly established during the Archaic, Hellenistic or late antique periods, and perhaps used for centuries after, before the economic decline of the region in the second millennium AD. While earlier survey work has noted the existence of terracing and rural divisions at certain points in the landscape, the new remote-sensing data have provided an unprecedented large-scale insight into the extent and variety of forms of division. In addition to documenting the stripping of macquis overgrowth by modern farming practices, which has, on the one hand, exposed these ancient landscapes but also, on the other, poses a threat to their preservation. The extent of the linear features suggests a high degree of land use on the peninsula at certain points in the past. Further investigation of these important features has the potential to provide critical insights into the economic history of rural and urban Miletos over the last 2,000 to 5,000 years.

Keywords: Milesian; Agriculture; Economy; Archaeology; Remote Sensing; Metrology

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ONLINE PANEL: The Turkey – UK – USA relationship in the Biden Presidency

Online | The lecture will be held via Zoom

15 April 2021 17:00 to 19:00

A BIAA Online Panel with Ünal Çevikoz (Turkish Ambassador to the UK 2010-2014), Nicholas Danforth (German Marshall Fund), John Goulden (former UK Ambassador to Turkey and permanent representative to NATO), Ziya Meral (Royal United Services Institute), and Chair: David Logan (BIAA Vice-President).

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

US-Turkey relations will no longer be distorted by mutual admiration between Presidents Trump and Erdoğan. How will that affect the major differences between them? Biden and Brexit will impact the UK’s relationship with both the US and Turkey. How will relations between the three countries re-triangulate?

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Keywords: UK; Turkey; USA; Diplomacy; Presidency; Politics

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ONLINE LECTURE: Bodies, Bronze, and Başur: What the dead have to say about it

ONLINE LECTURE: Bodies, Bronze, and Başur: What the dead have to say about it

Online | The lecture will be held via Zoom

26 April 2021 17:00 to 18:30

A BIAA Online Lecture by Brenna Hassett (Institute of Archaeology, UCL)

Monday 26th April 2021 | 17:00-18:30 (London UTC+1) | 19:00-20:30 (Ankara UTC+3) | Online

Physical anthropology at the site of Başur Höyük near modern-day Siirt in the Upper Tigris region allows fascinating insights into the Mesopotamian sphere of influence at the crux of the transition to the 3rd millennium BCE. In the interregnum between waves of southern Mesopotamian influence, the rich retainer burials and mass death pit of the Early Bronze Age cemetery at Başur Höyük provide impressive testimony to the ways in which the dead can be used to communicate new ideas of social connection – and disconnection.

Keywords: Archaeology; Physical Anthropology; Başur Höyük; Tigris; Mesopotamia

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