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The Politics of Writing Art Histories

The Politics of Writing Art Histories

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room

17 September 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Ceren Özpınar, Lecturer, Programme of Art and Design, University of Brighton

Discussant: Belgin Turan Özkaya, Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Middle East Technical University

Summary of Event: This lecture will critically evaluate art history writing from Turkey by examining how women artists have been positioned through particular models and tropes since the 1960s. In order to demonstrate how art histories could be reshaped, it will explore the ways in which the actual encounters of artists take on further significance in their art. Through an elaborate reading of a few select artworks, the lecture will show how the intertwined positions of criticality allow for new visual epistemologies in art history.

Keywords: Art, Art History, Women Artists, Historiography

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WORKSHOP: From Enemies to Allies 4th Workshop

WORKSHOP: From Enemies to Allies 4th Workshop

Istanbul | Koç University Rumelifeneri Campus

26 - 27 September 2019, 09:30 - 17:00

British Institute at Ankara – Koç University – British Association for Turkish Area Studies presents:

From Enemies to Allies 4th Workshop:

Britain, Turkey and NATO 1945-1960.


This workshop will focus on the relationships between Britain, Turkey and NATO between 1945-1960, with talks from Professor Ilter Turan (Bilgi University), Dr Joshua Walker (German Marshall Fund of the United States), and many others. 

  • Session 1: Britain, Turkey and the Western Alliance 1945-52
  • Session 2: Britain, Turkey and the Middle East 1952-58
  • Session 3: The dominant political personalities
  • Session 4: Britain, Turkey and Cyprus 1954-60
  • Session 5: Britain and Turkey after the Baghdad Pact

It will be held over two days at the Rumelifeneri Campus of Koç University, Sarıyer, Istanbul. A limited number of places are available. To register, please email Stephen Mitchell: mitchank@gmail.com.


 

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The Mevlevis and their Manuscripts in 13th–14th Century Anatolia

The Mevlevis and their Manuscripts in 13th–14th Century Anatolia

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara, Wolfson Foundation Conference Room

03 October 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Cailah Jackson, Junior Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

Discussant: Suzan Yalman, Assistant Professor, Department of Archaeology and History of Art, Koç University.

Summary of Event: Several illuminated Anatolian manuscripts remain from the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Many of these feature lavish ornamentation and contain rich historical details concerning the involvement of Mevlevi scribes and patrons. However, this material remains relatively neglected in broader surveys of Islamic art. This talk will partially address this gap in scholarship by discussing the arts of the book in the context of early Mevlevi activities in Anatolia. These manuscripts, all works by Jalal al-Din Rumi (d. 1273) and his son Sultan Walad (d. 1312), represent the earliest illuminated material produced by and for Mevlevi devotees. Many centuries later, they survive as a testament to the skill, creativity and devotion of the Sufi group.

Keywords: Sufism, Mevlevi, Manuscripts, Illumination

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2019 Oliver Gurney Memorial Lecture

2019 Oliver Gurney Memorial Lecture

London | Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Senate House North Block (S108), SOAS

30 October 2019 19:00 to 20:30

Professior Mirko Novák (Bern University) will deliver the bi-annual BIAA Oliver Gurney Memorial Lecture on 'Kizzuwatna-Hiyawa-Cilicia: A region at the interface of Anatolia, the Levant and Cyprus in light of the excavations at Sirkeli Höyük'

The ongoing Swiss-Turkish excavations at Sirkeli Höyük, one of the largest Bronze and Iron Age settlements in Cilicia, have shed new light on the cultural history of one of the most fertile regions of modern Turkey. Known in the Bronze Age as Kizzuwatna and in the Iron Age as Hiyawa/Que, its history is characterised by constant fluctuation between independence as a minor kingdom and belonging to one of the great empires of the Near East – namely Mittanni and the Hittite and Assyrian empires. The exploration of Sirkeli Höyük has so far resulted in the astonishing discovery of a large, complex, cityscape which consisted of a bipartite citadel, a vast lower town, an upper town complete with necropolis, a quarry and a water reservoir, as well as a suburb and several extramural workshop areas.

This lecture will trace the eventful cultural history of Cilicia using the example of the ancient site of Sirkeli Höyük.

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