Past Events

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BOOK LAUNCH: Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football

BOOK LAUNCH: Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football

Ankara | The British Embassy

18 June 2018 18:30 to 20:30

The Turkish Launch of John McManus' new book  "Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football"

An event kindly hosted by the British Embassy in Ankara

Summary: Ask a British football fan what they know about Turkish football, and they are unlikely to describe scenes of camaraderie, hospitality and humour. They are most likely to mention banners proclaiming ‘Welcome to hell’. Or Leeds United supporters stabbed to death on an Istanbul street.

In this lecture, based on his recently published book, anthropologist John McManus shows why Turkish football deserves to shake off that image. He opens a window onto the rich, funny, obsessive, fan culture that he has encountered on the terraces of grounds across the country, from the elite training facilities of Istanbul to the dusty pitches of the Syrian border. He shows how fans and clubs have grappled with the game’s rapid commercialisation, and how football has become entwined with darker social and political developments. In the process, he reveals how football – an under-explored topic in Turkish studies – can offer a window into the nation at a time of turmoil and flux.

Keywords: Football; Anthropology; Contemporary Turkey

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LECTURE: A Life on the Road: the Exploits and Adventures of Evliya Çelebi

LECTURE: A Life on the Road: the Exploits and Adventures of Evliya Çelebi

London | The British Academy

17 May 2018 18:30 to 20:30

A BIAA lecture by Dr Caroline Finkel (Honorary Fellow; University of Edinburgh).

In 1640, aged 29, the Ottoman courtier Evliya Çelebi left Istanbul for the first time, to visit Bursa. His desire to travel had been nurtured by trips in the city’s hinterland, and meetings with dervishes who regaled him with tales of distant places. Evliya spent the rest of his life journeying to the ends of the sultan’s domains and beyond, from Vienna to the Sea of Azov to far up the Nile.
Evliya wrote in detail of his experiences, and his informative, entertaining and often fantastical Seyahatname or Book of Travels is considered the longest travel account in world literature. It is also the indispensible guide for anyone interested in re-imagining the 17th century Ottoman world.
In this talk we will accompany Evliya as he roams, observing the world through his enquiring eyes. We will highlight his 1671 Haj journey, whose northwest Anatolian stages are now a long-distance cultural route.

Keywords: Ottoman history; travel and topography in Turkey

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LECTURE: Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football

LECTURE: Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football

London | The British Academy

26 April 2018 18:30 to 20:30

A BIAA lecture by John McManus (the British institute at Ankara).

Ask a British football fan what they know about Turkish football, and they are unlikely to describe scenes of camaraderie, hospitality and humour. They are most likely to mention banners proclaiming ‘Welcome to hell’. Or Leeds United supporters stabbed to death on an Istanbul street.


In this lecture, based on his forthcoming book, anthropologist John McManus shows why Turkish football deserves to shake off that image. He opens a window onto the rich, funny, obsessive, fan culture that he has encountered on the terraces of grounds across the country, from the elite training facilities of Istanbul to the dusty pitches of the Syrian border. He shows how fans and clubs have grappled with the game’s rapid commercialisation, and how football has become entwined with darker social and political developments. In the process, he reveals how football – an under-explored topic in Turkish studies – can offer a window into the nation at a time of turmoil and flux.

Keywords: Anthropology of sport; contemporary Turkish society and politics

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LECTURE: : the Early Holocene Precipitation Paradox

LECTURE: : the Early Holocene Precipitation Paradox

Ankara | Turco-British Association

19 April 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Dr. Warren Eastwood (The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental SciencesThe University of Birmingham)

Summary of Event: The last 20 years or so has seen huge advances made on increasing our knowledge and understanding of past climate change since the last ice age and the impacts that this may have had on natural environments and human societies. For example, a climate record stretching back 14,000 years before present from Nar Lake in the Cappadocian Volcanic Province of central Anatolia (Turkey) shows that the climatic transition into the current Holocene warm period occurred in less than 200 years, with over half of this warming occurring in just 9 years! Thus natural environments and early human societies had to adapt and cope with significant and abrupt climate changes. In this talk I shall outline some of these major climate changes and discuss explanations why early Holocene forests in the eastern Mediterranean region appeared to be out of step with prevailing climate change.

Keywords: Palaeoecology, Palaeoclimate and Environmental Change, Nar Lake

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LECTURE: The Formation of Turkish Republicanism

LECTURE: The Formation of Turkish Republicanism

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

18 April 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Banu Turnaoğlu (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge)

Discussant: Berk Esen (Assistant Professor, Bilkent University)

Summary of Event: This lecture uncovers the slow but insistent evolution of the concept of republicanism in Turkey from its origins in the early Ottoman Empire to its representation in the early formation of the Turkish Republic. It challenges the scholarly consensus equating Turkish republicanism with Kemalism by uncovering other complex republican conceptions, the Islamic and the liberal. In unpacking the way history is used today in Turkish politics to close down rival understandings, this paper shows that modern-day Turkish republicanism represents the outcome of centuries of intellectual dispute between these conceptions, ending with the victory of radical republicanism of the Kemalists. The roots of today’s political crisis lie in the unresolved ideological tension present from the foundation of the Republic.

Keywords: Late Ottoman and Early Republican Turkish History; Political Theory - Republicanism in Turkey

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LECTURE: Pragmatism, Art and the Ottoman New School (Yeni Mektep)

LECTURE: Pragmatism, Art and the Ottoman New School (Yeni Mektep)

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

04 April 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Martina Becker (Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan)

Discussants: Funda Susamoğlu, artist (Hacettepe University) & Onur Yıldız, PhD (SALT)

Summary of lecture: The reform of art education at the Teachers’ Training College in Istanbul in 1909 introduced a quite novel approach to art. It shifted the primary artistic concern away from the finished object towards the creative act. This lecture traces the philosophical underpinnings of this process-oriented concept of art through the work of its main promoters, the educationalists Satı‘ al-Husri (1880–1969) and İsmail Hakkı Baltacıoğlu (1887–1978). It analyses their engagement with Progressive Education and Pragmatism, as well as the unexpected role of contemporary object-centered interpretations of Islamic art in the development of these international movements.

Keywords: Early Turkish - Republican History; Art and Education; Islamic Art

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LECTURE:Greeks and Turks at the end of the Ottoman Empire

LECTURE:Greeks and Turks at the end of the Ottoman Empire

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

07 March 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Emre Erol (Assistant Professor, Sabancι University)

Discussant: Oktay Özel (Assistant Professor, Bilkent University)

Summary of Event: Slightly more than a hundred years ago, peoples from different ethnicities, religions and linguistic groups lived together in the rather cosmopolitan port towns and cities of the Eastern Mediterranean. The Ottoman county of Foçateyn, or modern day Foça, with its two economically and demographically expanding port towns, was among the principal examples of this late-ottoman socio-cultural diversity in the region. The transition from the empire to the nation state during the first decade of the 20th century radically transformed such places. This talk focuses on the micro history of these transitions that took place in Foça and tries to relate them to the larger global histories of transformation and change.              

Keywords: Late Ottoman History; Dipersity and Cosmopolitanism; Regional history and Microhistory

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WORKSHOP: Islands at the Frontier of the Empires in the Middle Ages

WORKSHOP: Islands at the Frontier of the Empires in the Middle Ages

Ankara | Bilkent University

23 February 2018 09:30 to 17:00

This workshop forms the final event of a collaborative project between Dr Jonathan Jarret (University of Leeds - UK) and Dr Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University), funded by a Newton Mobility Grant. The project aims at demonstrating that the large island in the Mediterranean acted as sites of cross-cultural encounters and as political and economic poles of attraction from both sides of the Mediterranean religious divide, by using evidence from material culture, archaeological evidence and literary and documentary sources. The results of the project will be presented at the workshop and a context will be provided by eminent scholars in the field

Keywords: Mediterranean Archaeology; Insularity; Middle Ages

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LECTURE: Hybrid Threats and Security in Europe

LECTURE: Hybrid Threats and Security in Europe

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

21 February 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Dr Giray Sadık, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science, Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University (AYBU)

Discussant: Asst. Prof. Dr. Yuliya Biletska, Karabük University, Department of International Relations 

Summary of Event: This lecture will be based on the concept of hybrid threats and their role in shaping politics at the EU and NATO levels. Current hybrid threats can range from the intensified political instability in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and the resulting mass refugee influx to the rise of terrorism in Europe and beyond.  Hybrid threats, posed by various combinations of state and non-state actors, have presented considerable transnational challenges to EU-members and NATO-allies. This lecture, based on the speaker’s recently published edited volume will address the important question that hybrid threats give rise to, with a special focus on Euro-Atlantic security and venues for effective cooperation.


 

Keywords: Political science; Security in Europe; Contemporary Turkey

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UPCOMING EVENTS 2018 (Ottoman & Contemporary Turkish History)

UPCOMING EVENTS 2018 (Ottoman & Contemporary Turkish History)

Ankara | The British Institue at Ankara

01 January 2018 00:00 to 30 April 2018 00:00

A series of lectures in Ottoman and Contemporary Turkish History are now scheduled for 2018. More details can be found in the upcoming events page. Invited speakers include Dr. Emre Erol (Sabanci University), Dr. Jeremy Walton (Max Plank), Dr. Martina Becker (University of Michigan), Dr. Banu Turnaoglu (Cambridge University). Looking foward to seeing these BIAA events.

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LECTURE: A backward looking curiosity 25 years of research at Çatalhöyük

LECTURE: A backward looking curiosity 25 years of research at Çatalhöyük

Ankara | Turco-British Association

15 December 2017 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Prof. Ian Hodder

Summary of Event: This talk described 25 years of excavation and analysis of the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk near Konya in Turkey. Dated to the 7th millennium BCE, the site was first excavated in the 1960s, but the application of modern scientific and forensic techniques has allowed a unique new insight into the lives of the 8000 inhabitants who populated this early town. The research conducted by 100s of scientists over several decades has allowed a 'thick description' of daily life that is unique and complex in its detail.

Keywords: Archaeology, Çatalhöyük, Neolithic period

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LECTURE: Byzantine Routes And Frontiers in Eastern Pontus

LECTURE: Byzantine Routes And Frontiers in Eastern Pontus

London | The British Academy

07 December 2017 18:30 to 19:30

A BIAA Lecture by Prof. Jim Crow. In memory of Anthony Bryer.

Byzantine Trebizond (Trabzon) has a rich collection of written sources up to 1461. This lecture will combine new archaeological evidence from the miracle tales of St Eugenios, with fieldwork carried out at east Trabzon at the monastery at Buzluca. Professor Crow will show how it is possible to reconstruct routes and journeys across the Pontic mountains and identify Byzantine border lands around Bayburt and beyond.

Keywords: Byzantine Archaeology; Byzantine Trebizond

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BOOK LAUNCH: Borders, Boundaries & Frontiers in Turkey

BOOK LAUNCH: Borders, Boundaries & Frontiers in Turkey

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

06 December 2017 19:00 to 21:30

A book launch of the 2017 BIAA volume: Bordered Places | Bounded Times: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Turkey edited by E.  Baysal and L. Karakatsanis. The event will include short presentation by the editors Assis. Prof. Emma Baysal (Trakya University) and Dr. Leonidas Karakatsanis (BIAA) as well as commentaries by Prof. Burcu Erciyas (METU) and Assis. Prof. Shane Brennan (American Un. in Dubai)

Keywords: Border & Frontier Studies; Cross-disciplinary approaches

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WORKSHOP: Archaeology, Society and Sustainable Development

WORKSHOP: Archaeology, Society and Sustainable Development

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

05 October 2017 09:30 to 18:00

This workshop aimed at examining the complex relationship between archaeology and contemporary society, paying particular focus on how communities that live and work in close proximity to archaeological sites are influenced by their surroundings. In the Turkish context, the country’s numerous sites of archaeological interest and excavation frequently intersect wıth everyday living and working spaces thereby with extent of archaeological remains making them an inseparable part of the daily landscape.

Keywords: Contemporary Turkey - Cultural Heritage Management; Public Archaeology

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SPECIAL EVENT: David French - A Life in Anatolian Archaeology

SPECIAL EVENT: David French - A Life in Anatolian Archaeology

Ankara | Erimtan Museum

30 September 2017 11:00 to 17:00

The BIAA organized a memorial event for David French, its director from 1968 to 1994, who passed away earlier this year. The event will took the form of a colloquium, highlighting David and his achievements, on 30 September 2017, at the Erimtan museum in Ankara.

Keywords: David French, BIAA, Director, Memorial, Archaeology

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LECTURE: Changing Patterns of Tourism to Turkey’s Archaeological Sites

LECTURE: Changing Patterns of Tourism to Turkey’s Archaeological Sites

London | The British Academy

21 September 2017 18:30 to 19:30

A London BIAA Lecture by Dr Aylin Orbaşlı

This lecture explored how the absence, presence and abundance of tourism continues to dictate excavation and conservation priorities and practices at archaeological sites across Turkey.

Keywords: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Tourism

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WORKSHOP: Protection Of Cultural Heritage in Emergency Situations

WORKSHOP: Protection Of Cultural Heritage in Emergency Situations

Ankara | The Erimtan Museum

15 - 16 June 2017, 00:00 - 18:00

Key-note by Prof. Peter Stone (Newcastle University). Opening speeches by Lutgarde Vandeput (BIAA) and Melik Ayaz (General Directorate of Monuments and Museums)

The British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), the American Research Institute in Turkey – Ankara (ARIT), the US Embassy in Ankara and the General Directorate for Heritage and Museums of the TC Ministry of Culture and Tourism collaborated on a workshop entitled, ‘Protection of Cultural Heritage in Emergency Situations’ on 15 and 16 June 2017 at the Erimtan Museum in Ankara.

Keywords: Cultural Heritage Management, Archaeology, Conflict, Protection

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BIAA SUPPORTED:  Refractions of the Byzantine: The Empire of Trebizond (1204-1461)

BIAA SUPPORTED: Refractions of the Byzantine: The Empire of Trebizond (1204-1461)

London | Senate House, Malet Street

05 - 06 June 2017, 09:00 - 18:00

An event supported by the BIAA. Organized by Ioanna Rapti, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), Dionysios Stathakopoulos & Matthew Tanton (KCL)

This colloquium aimed to provide a platform on which the cultural identity of the Empire of Trebizond could be discussed and debated.

Keywords: Archaeology, Trabzon, Byzantine Empire, Cultural Identity

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LECTURE: Dangers of Cinema: Films and Moral Discourse in the late Ottoman Empire

LECTURE: Dangers of Cinema: Films and Moral Discourse in the late Ottoman Empire

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

31 May 2017 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen (University College London, UCL | Centre for Multidisciplinary and Intercultural Inquiry)

Discussant: Assoc. Prof. Ahmet Gürata, Bilkent University

Within late Ottoman society, early cinema created concerns in relation to films’ political content, obscenity and exhibition venues and practices, among other issues. Based upon her Ph.D research, Çeliktemel-Thomen shared her new findings regarding the discourses and practices of the Ottoman dominant class (bureaucrats, elite and intellectuals) over children and women spectators. 

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Cinema, Ottoman, Morality

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LECTURE: Oliver Gurney Memorial Lecture - Sacred Landscapes and Alalakh

LECTURE: Oliver Gurney Memorial Lecture - Sacred Landscapes and Alalakh

London | The British Academy

18 May 2017 18:30 to 20:30

Professor Dr. K. Aslıhan Yener
The Oriental Institute, (Emerita) - University of Chicago
Koç University (Emerita) - Department of Archaeology and History of Art

Tell Atchana, (ancient Alalakh), is well suited to contribute to the topic of ritual landscapes. We are particularly interested in the introduction of new cults and their associated rituals in the international Late Bronze Age, when many foreign contacts and eventually foreign overlords such as the Hittites affected local society on many levels.  This lecture will focus on newly excavated contexts and dating, sacred architecture, new seals, and burial practices.

Keywords: Archaeology, Hittites, Alalakh, Excavations, Ritual

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WORKSHOP: Understanding the Challenges of Living in a Wet and Humid Climate

WORKSHOP: Understanding the Challenges of Living in a Wet and Humid Climate

Rize | Rize Belediyesi

13 May 2017 09:00 to 21:00

A Workshop organised by Dr. Ender Peker

Organised by the BIAA in collaboration with the Municipality of Rize, the workshop aimed first to explore the local values (i.e. climate, geography) that differentiate Rize from other cities both at the regional and the national scales; and then to understand the problems emerged due to these local specific values.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Climate, Urban Design

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BIAA PARTICIPATED: Istanbul Heritage EXPO

BIAA PARTICIPATED: Istanbul Heritage EXPO

Istanbul | Hilton Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Center

27 - 29 April 2017, 10:00 - 18:00

The BIAA partıcıpated at the Istanbul Heritage Expo.

Our Cultural Heritage management research fellow Dr. Işılay Gürsu presented “living amid the ruins: archaeological sites as hubs of sustainable development for local communities in Southwest Turkey”

Keywords: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Heritage

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PANEL: The Cyprus Peace Talks:  Prospects & Challenges in a Post-Referendum Period

PANEL: The Cyprus Peace Talks: Prospects & Challenges in a Post-Referendum Period

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

14 April 2017 13:00 to 14:30

Panelists: Esra Çuhadar Associate Professor, Bilkent University, Neophytos Loizides Professor, University of Kent. Chair: Leonidas Karakatsanis  Assistant Director, The British Institute at Ankara

Held at a point when a positive conclusion of the Cyprus Peace Talks seemed still possible, the panel reflected on the role that yet another referendum over the proposed solution could play. Panelists considered the intersections and connections between refenernda and their  direct democracy dynamics and reflected on the challenges posed on, and prospects opened for the ongoing Cyprus Peace Talks. 

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Cyprus, Referendum

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LECTURE: A New History of Byzantine Ankara

LECTURE: A New History of Byzantine Ankara

Ankara | The Turco British Association

06 April 2017 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Prof. Stephen Mitchell, (FBA - BIAA Hon. Chairman)

The history of Ankara in the Byzantine period has been undeservedly neglected. This lecture, based on largely unpublished new evidence from inscriptions, will provide new evidence for the city's fortifications, the city's history before and during the Arab invasions, and insights into its remarkable development as a leading community in the Christian Byzantine Empire up to the Seljuk period.  

Keywords: Archaeology, Byzantine, Ankara, History

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SPECIAL EVENT: From Trebizond to Limni. Remebering the trails and traces of Bryer

SPECIAL EVENT: From Trebizond to Limni. Remebering the trails and traces of Bryer

Istanbul | ANAMED

31 March 2017 14:00 to 17:00

From Trebizond to Limni was a commemorative event in honour of the late Prof. Anthony Bryer, held at ANAMED (Koç University, Istanbul) on March 31st, 2017.

Keywords: Anthony Bryer, Memorial, ANAMED, Koç University

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WORKSHOP: The British Empire & the Turkish Republic in the 20s & 30s

WORKSHOP: The British Empire & the Turkish Republic in the 20s & 30s

Cambridge | Churchill College

31 March 2017 09:30 to 01 April 2017 18:00

With a key note Lecture by Dilek Barlas

The British Institute at Ankara research project, “From Enemies to Allies: Turkey and Britain 1914-1952”, held its second workshop, on “The British Empire and the Turkish Republic during the 1920s and 1930s”, on 31 March and 1 April 2017 at Churchill College, Cambridge. 

The workshop was interdisciplinary in nature, with 18 presenters from the fields of history, comparative literature, international relations, anthropology, archaeology, and political science engaging a broader audience of doctoral students, academics and serving and former diplomatic staff.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, British Empire, Turkish Republic

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LECTURE: Mapping a moment in the Cypriot agricultural landscape with historical GIS

LECTURE: Mapping a moment in the Cypriot agricultural landscape with historical GIS

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

22 March 2017 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture in Ankara by Dr. Antonis Hadjikyriacou (Assistant Prof. at Boğaziçi Univeristy)

The lecture presents the research outcomes of the recently completed “Mediterranean Insularities: MedIns” project (2014-16) at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS/FORTH). The project employed Historical GIS methods for geo-spatial and statistical analysis, and cartographic representation of the 1572 mufassal defteri, the first detailed Ottoman fiscal survey of Cyprus.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Ottoman Empire, Cyprus, Agriculture, GIS

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PANEL: “Peace at home and peace abroad”: can Turkey recapture Ataturk’s guiding principle?

PANEL: “Peace at home and peace abroad”: can Turkey recapture Ataturk’s guiding principle?

London | The British Academy

09 March 2017 18:30 to 20:30

Professor Meliha Altunışık - Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Professor Rosemary Hollis - City, University of London
Sir David Logan (chair) was the UK Ambassador in Ankara from 1997–2001

Our distinguished speakers reflected on the prospects for regional stability while disentangling the complex relationship between national, regional and international politics.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Turkish Republic, Ataturk

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LECTURE: Carved in Stone - Reflectance Transformation Imaging for Heritage Conservation

LECTURE: Carved in Stone - Reflectance Transformation Imaging for Heritage Conservation

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

24 February 2017 13:00 to 14:30

Lecture by Alan M. Greaves (University of Liverpool) and Yiğit Erbil (Hacettepe University)

For the Carved in Stone project, the University of Liverpool will use the grant awarded by the Cultural Protection Fund to protect and record rock reliefs. They will use Reflective Transformation Imaging (RTI)  to record rock reliefs at risk, and through community-based heritage education change attitudes to cultural heritage in local communities in Turkey.

Keywords: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Carved Stone, Conservation

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LECTURE: In Search of the “Real” Turkish football

LECTURE: In Search of the “Real” Turkish football

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

15 February 2017 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Dr. John McManus (BIAA)
Discussant: Assoc. Prof. Özgehan Şenyuva (METU) 

 

This talk took a sideways look at recent events in Turkey through the country's favourite sport. It was formed from content from Dr. McManus' upcoming book on Turkish Football: 'Welcome to Hell?' (Orion Publishing).

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Football

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LECTURE: Urban Heritage site as an open lab in Mardin

LECTURE: Urban Heritage site as an open lab in Mardin

Ankara | Çankaya Belediyesi Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi

14 December 2016 19:00 to 20:30

A BIAA Lecture by Dr. Ender Peker (BIAA post-doctoral Fellow 2016-7)

Discussant: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anlı Ataöv (Dept. of City & Regional Planning (METU)

A comparative study between the Old and New Towns in the province of Mardin, gave an opportunity to explore the clues (socio-physical markers) of an efficient use of natural assets and smart strategies to prevent negative conditions of extreme climate conditions in urban life.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Urban Design, Town Planning, Climate

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LECTURE: Miletus ‐ New Research on the urban space of an ancient commercial metropolis

LECTURE: Miletus ‐ New Research on the urban space of an ancient commercial metropolis

Ankara | The Turco British Association

12 December 2016 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Christof Berns  (professor of Classical Archaeology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Germany)

A new research project of Ruhr-Universität Bochum focusses on Humeitepe, a wide but hitherto scarcely studied area of the ancient commercial metropolis Miletus. The aim is to better understand the long-term settlement history of the city and its urban organization

Keywords: Archaeology, Miletus, Urban Space, Heritage

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WORKSHOP: Innovation, Interaction & Interconnection in the Taurus-Zagros Arc and beyond

WORKSHOP: Innovation, Interaction & Interconnection in the Taurus-Zagros Arc and beyond

Ankara | Middle East Technical University

10 - 11 December 2016, 10:00 - 17:00

Workshop organised by Dr Cameron Petrie and the the British Institute of Persian Studies, held in collaboration with the British Institute at Ankara, the British Institute for the Study of Iraq and the Council for British Research in the Levant.

Innovation, Interaction & Interconnection in the Taurus-Zagros Arc and Beyond 10,000-5000 BC is a collaborative workshop taht was presented as part of the Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours in Pre- and Early-History archaeological research programme.

Keywords: Archaeology, Neolithic, Iran, Bronze Age, Fertile Crescent

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LECTURE: Houses and skulls, households and corporate groups at Neolithic Boncuklu

LECTURE: Houses and skulls, households and corporate groups at Neolithic Boncuklu

London | The British Academy

24 November 2016 18:30 to 20:30

Professor Douglas Baird is a specialist in Near Eastern prehistory, researching the development of the first sedentary communities and their transformation into early complex societies. 

Ten years of excavation at Boncuklu, 9.5 kms north of Çatalhöyük in the Konya Plain of central Anatolia, have provided new insights into the spread of farming in the early Neolithic in Anatolia, the significance of its adoption for forager communities, and the development of associated ritual practice.

Keywords: Archaeology, Neolithic, Turkey, Konya Plain, Boncuklu

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LECTURE: Archaeological Heritage Management: Along the Silk Roads in the 21st Century

LECTURE: Archaeological Heritage Management: Along the Silk Roads in the 21st Century

London | The British Academy

29 September 2016 18:30 to 20:30

Lecture by Tim Williams. Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

The lecture explores different approaches to valuing heritage, community and interest groups involvement, conservation, presentation, and the influence of any interventions on contemporary perceptions of the past.

Keywords: Cultural Heritage Management, Archaeology, Silk Road

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BIAA SUPPORTED: The 3rd International Conference on Eurasian Politics & Society

BIAA SUPPORTED: The 3rd International Conference on Eurasian Politics & Society

Istanbul | Kadir Has University

02 - 03 June 2016, 09:00 - 20:00

This international and interdisciplinary conference brought together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery on Eurasian Studies

Keywords: Politics, History, and Social Science, Eurasia, Society

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LECTURE: The Mesopotamia Campaign from both sides of the trenches, 1914 - 1917

LECTURE: The Mesopotamia Campaign from both sides of the trenches, 1914 - 1917

London | The British Academy

10 May 2016 18:30 to 21:00

Professor Eugene Rogan (University of Oxford)

This lecture explores the common experiences of all soldiers who fought on the Mesopotamian front, a campaign which marked the end of Ottoman rule and the beginning of Britain’s moment in the Middle East.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Mesopotamia, Warfare

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WORKSHOP: Social Media in Turkey: Uses and impacts in Social and Political Life

WORKSHOP: Social Media in Turkey: Uses and impacts in Social and Political Life

Ankara | Middle East Technical University

09 April 2016 09:30 to 18:00

Convenor: Dr. Elisabetta Costa (BIAA)

The workshop brought together different research on the uses and consequences of social media in Turkey. 

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Social Media

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LECTURE: Negotiating cultural landscape(s): towards a management plan for Çaltılar Höyük

LECTURE: Negotiating cultural landscape(s): towards a management plan for Çaltılar Höyük

Ankara | The Turco British Association

07 April 2016 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by B. Nilgün Öz (BIAA-RCAC Fellow)

Researched by an international multi-disciplinary team, Çaltılar Höyük and its environs in the highlands of Fethiye, Muğla, are testament to millennia of continuous habitation. Today this tangible cultural landscape is increasingly shaped by modern practices of seasonal migration, an abundance of greenhouses creating new livelihoods, and a seemingly uncontrollable proliferation of quarrying.

Keywords: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, Conservation, Çaltılar Höyük

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WORKSHOP: From Enemies to Allies | Turkey and Britain during WWI

WORKSHOP: From Enemies to Allies | Turkey and Britain during WWI

Ankara | USAK conference hall

01 - 02 April 2016, 10:00 - 18:00

The workshop dealt with Anglo-Turkish relations in the late Ottoman period, the political transformation of Turkish society resulting from the Young Turk movement and militarization, and the ethnic, religious and cultural politics of the WW1 period.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, British Empire, Turkish Republic, World War 1

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LECTURE: Alternative Universalisms? Contemporary Turkish discourses on culture in IR

LECTURE: Alternative Universalisms? Contemporary Turkish discourses on culture in IR

Ankara | The Turkish American Association

24 March 2016 19:00 to 21:00

A public lecture by Dr. K. Dalacoura (LSE)

Building on a long intellectual tradition going back to the late Ottoman period, debates in present-day Turkey on the role of culture and civilisation in world politics, and the relationship between modernity and Islam, are vibrant and ongoing. The lecture, drawing on the findings of a research project funded by the British Academy, will attempt to move beyond the political maelstrom and focus on the ideas of individual thinkers and intellectual trends in relative isolation.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, International Relations

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LECTURE: Living in Luxury, Terrace House 2 in Ephesos

LECTURE: Living in Luxury, Terrace House 2 in Ephesos

Ankara | The Turco British Association

22 March 2016 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Dr. Sabine Ladstätter (Director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute)

Terrace House 2 is a ca. 4,000 m² insula lying directly in the Roman city centre of Ephesus. Due to its exceptional state of preservation the complex counts amongst the most scientifically important and moreover most remarkable monuments of its type.

Keywords: Archaeology, Ephesus, Houses, Romans

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LECTURE: People’s Houses (Halk Evleri): Local negotiations of reform

LECTURE: People’s Houses (Halk Evleri): Local negotiations of reform

Ankara | The Turkish American Association

25 February 2016 19:00 to 21:00

A lecture & Book launch by Dr. Alekos Lamprou 

Dr. Alexandros Lambrou presented research results from his recently published book (I.B Tauris 2015) that examines social change and state-society relations during the early republican period of Turkish history.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Turkish Republic, Houses, Social Reform

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LECTURE: Sir Alfred Biliotti and the end of Ottoman Crete, 1885–1899

LECTURE: Sir Alfred Biliotti and the end of Ottoman Crete, 1885–1899

London | The British Academy

03 February 2016 18:30 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Dr. David Barchard

The end of Ottoman Crete was marked by a bloody conflict between its Christian and Muslim populations, resolved by 18 months of international rule, the transfer of the island from Ottoman rule to a form of autonomy and the departure of most of the Muslims. This lecture looks at the role of the key diplomat on Crete during this period, a humanitarian administrator caught between great power politics and the conflicting nationalisms of Greece and Turkey.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Ottoman Empire, Crete

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LECTURE: Cultural Routes in Turkey: The Phrygian Way

LECTURE: Cultural Routes in Turkey: The Phrygian Way

Ankara | The Turco British Association

09 December 2015 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Sarı (Ankara University)

In this talk Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Sarı briefly introduced the cultural routes in Turkey and talked in detail about the Phrygian Way and the inspiration for establishing it. The Phrygian Way, one of the long-distance walking and cycling routes in Turkey was made for trekkers and cyclists to explore not only the beauty of the Phrygian Valleys through which it passes, but also the countless Phrygian, Roman, Byzantine, and Seljuk monuments and traces.

Keywords: Cultural Heritage Management, Archaeology, Phrygians, Cultural Routes

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LECTURE: Social Media in South-East Turkey: Continuities and Transformations

LECTURE: Social Media in South-East Turkey: Continuities and Transformations

Ankara | The Turkish American Association

02 December 2015 19:00 to 09:00

A Lecture by Dr. Elisabetta Costa

The lecture  described the social change brought by social media not as a linear and uniform process, but rather as the combination of contrasting transformations: public-facing social media is mainly a conservative space, whereas private channels of communication facilitate new social relationships.

Keywords: History, Social, and Political Science, Social Media

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LECTURE: Experimental Archaeology: Production Processes of the Urartian Red Polished Pottery

LECTURE: Experimental Archaeology: Production Processes of the Urartian Red Polished Pottery

Ankara | The Turco British Association

26 November 2015 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Dr. Atilla Batmaz (Ege University) 

Dr Batmaz will discuss “Urartian Palace Ware” and will more specifically be chasing the secrets of the Urartian red slipped, shiny pottery by analysing experiments to reproduce it in the light of the local traditional methods of pottery making in Bardakçı Village/Van-Eastern Anatolia.

Keywords: Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology, Urartu, Pottery

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LECTURE: Helen of Troy - Goddess, Princess, Seductress

LECTURE: Helen of Troy - Goddess, Princess, Seductress

London | The British Academy

17 November 2015 18:30 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Dr. Bettany Hughes

Following a decade of research Bettany Hughes explored the figure of Helen of Troy in her cultural, literary and historical guises. 

Keywords: Archaeology, Helen of Troy, Homer

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WORKSHOP: Palaeolithic Research in the Armenian Highlands and Anatolia

WORKSHOP: Palaeolithic Research in the Armenian Highlands and Anatolia

Ankara | Middle East Technical University

20 October 2015 09:00 to 17:00

The workshop was organised by Philip Glauberman

This workshop brought together, for the first time, local and multi-national researchers working on the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic within the focus region giving the opportunity to share current and on-going research on technology and behaviour throughout the varied topographies and habitats.

Keywords: Archaeology, Palaeolithic, Armenia, Anatolia

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LECTURE: Christopher Harris: The Reports of the Last British Consul in Trabzon, 1949-1956

LECTURE: Christopher Harris: The Reports of the Last British Consul in Trabzon, 1949-1956

Ankara | The Turkish American Association

19 October 2015 19:00 to 20:30

The BIAA in collaboration with the Turkish American Association presented a talk by Christopher Harris on his book The Reports of the Last British Consul in Trabzon, 1949-1956 followed by a book signing event.

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