75 years of the British Institute at Ankara – and Beyond?

Location The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH

Date and time Wednesday 6 December 2023
18:45 - 21:00 (London GMT)
21:45 - 00:00 (Ankara UTC+3)

Speakers Lutgarde Vandeput

Event Summary

January 2023 marked the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of the British Institute at Ankara – then British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara – under its first Director John Garstang. Over the last 75 years, the BIAA has undergone a number of changes, most notably expanding from an Institute focused exclusively on Anatolian archaeology to one that conducts and supports research in a wide range of fields across the humanities and social sciences, and throughout Türkiye and the Black Sea region. The BIAA also increasingly collaborates with researchers from other disciplines, and with institutions – including our sister British International Research Institutes – based in other regions.

To mark the 75th Anniversary, the BIAA organised a range of events that reflect this widened disciplinary and geographic focus. These included a panel discussion marking the 100th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Türkiye, a major interdisciplinary conference on sustainable water management in Istanbul, two walking tours of the Pisidia Heritage Trail (organised in partnership with Equinox Travel), a two-day workshop on Jalal al-Din Rumi (co-organised with the British Institute of Persian Studies), and the launch of the BIAA’s Digital Repository.

In this talk, the BIAA’s current Director Lutgarde Vandeput will briefly discuss the anniversary year and the present work of the BIAA, how this links to the Institute’s past, and look ahead to the Institute’s future as it continues in its role as an instigator and facilitator of research and collaboration between the UK, Türkiye, and the Black Sea region.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at approximately 8pm.

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Event Speakers

Lutgarde Vandeput


Lutgarde Vandeput is a classical archaeologist, educated at the University of Leuven in Belgium. She has done fieldwork in Turkey since she was a student. She participated in the excavations at Sagalassos and also in the Pisidia Survey Project, which she then directed between 1998 and 2012. She was involved in the Aspendos Archaeological Project until 2016. Lutgarde specialises in the study of monumental architecture and urban development, as well as in survey archaeology. She has been on the faculty of the Universities of Leuven (Belgium) and Cologne (Germany), and has been the Director of the BIAA since 2006.