Past Events & Media Archive

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New Archaeological Evidence from Neoklaudiopolis

New Archaeological Evidence from Neoklaudiopolis

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

02 April 2020 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen (University of Southern Denmark)

The Roman city of Neapolis was founded after the Third Mithradatic War and later renamed Neoklaudiopolis in the emperor's honour. Today, it is known as Vezirköprü. Until 2010, the Roman city was known only through its coins, inscriptions and a few scattered references by ancient writers. As part of a joint Danish-Turkish-German project, an archaeological survey around the modern city of Vezirköprü has provided new insights into the topography of the city, the evolution of its water supply, its place in the road network of northern Anatolia and its civic and religious life. This lecture will present some of the project’s findings and discuss their implications for our understanding of Roman and late Roman Neoklaudiopolis.

Keywords: Neapolis; Rome; Archaeology; Vezirköprü

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Archaeologists at the Trojan walls, meddling between myth and reality?

Archaeologists at the Trojan walls, meddling between myth and reality?

London | UCL Institute of Archaeology, Room G6

26 March 2020 16:15 to 20:00

Troy in Myth and Matter: Panel Debate on Archaeology, Fiction and the Public

Archaeologists at the Trojan walls, meddling between myth and reality?


Archaeology is just one of the many disciplines that have approached the understanding of the site of Troy and the events in its history. In some ways, it occupies an awkward position between myth and the reality of the site. What is the role of archaeology in the modern consumption of Troy? Do archaeologists just look from the sidelines? A panel discussion will explore these issues in a frank and open manner. A panel discussion with Prof. Susan Sherratt, Dr. Naoise Mac Sweeney, Dr. Andrew Shapland, and Dr. Eva Mol.

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Recent Discoveries at Sardis: From the Bronze Age until the End of Antiquity

Recent Discoveries at Sardis: From the Bronze Age until the End of Antiquity

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

17 March 2020 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA-ARIT Lecture by Nick Cahill (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Director of Sardis Excavations)

Sardis was one of the most important ancient cities of western Turkey, the birthplace of coinage, capital of the Lydian king Croesus, and one of the Seven Churches of Asia. In this lecture Nicholas Cahill will share new discoveries, research, and conservation projects of recent years. Among these are new evidence for occupation in the Early Bronze Age, almost a millennium earlier than previously believed; remains of the Palace of Croesus and the capture of Sardis by Cyrus the Great; the largest arch in the Roman world; and information for patronage in the sixth century AD.

Keywords: Sardis; Archaeology; Lydia; Rome

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Mapping Post-Ottoman Memory

Mapping Post-Ottoman Memory

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

26 February 2020 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Jeremy F. Walton (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

Discussant:

Deniz Avcı Hosanlı (Bilkent University)

Summary of Event:

Across central and southeast Europe, Anatolia, and the Levant, architectural restorations increasingly constitute revenants of an Ottoman past and presence that had previously dwindled to obscurity. In this lecture, I examine five sites of post-Ottoman memory: the Hungarian-Turkish Friendship Park near the former fortress of Szigetvár, Hungary; Banja Luka's Ferhadija Mosque; Maškovičeva Han in Vrana; Croatia, the New Mosque in Thessaloniki, and Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. My aim in doing so is double. First, I account for the emergent discourse of Neo-Ottomanism--a form of what Svetlana Boym describes as "reflective nostalgia"--that stitches these sites together as embodiments of a singular image of the empire. Secondly, I trace the divergent genealogies of each site in order to unsettle the homogenized image of the past that Neo-Ottomanism anoints.

Keywords: Cultural Heritage; architecture; Ottoman; Turkey; Balkans

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Applied Ethnomusicology and Intangible Cultural Heritage

Applied Ethnomusicology and Intangible Cultural Heritage

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

20 February 2020 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Olcay Muslu Gardner (Hatay Mustafa Kemal University)

Applied ethnomusicology is an approach which uses musical knowledge and understanding in practice to solve concrete social problems through broad and multi-disciplinary partnerships with non/governmental entities, international organizations such as UNESCO (ICH) and the academic and non-academic experts, NGO’s and local communities. These connections are a critical means to sustain endangered musical cultures. Although there have been models which have been used in attempts to prevent the disappearance of cultures and traditions, each case has unique actors and challenges. This seminar is a summary of studies conducted within Turkey between 1998 and 2019. It will show how multidisciplinary methods can be used effectively and efficiently to meet current obstacles and support local practices such as the Şanlıurfa “sıra gecesi”.

Keywords: Music; Cultural Heritage

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‘Why, How and by Whom?’ – The Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) Project

‘Why, How and by Whom?’ – The Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) Project

London | Wolfson Room, The British Academy

11 February 2020 18:30 to 21:30

 

Speakers: Dr Lutgarde Vandeput (BIAA Director), Dr Gül Pulhan (SARAT Project Coordinator), Dr Işılay Gürsu (SARAT Cultural Heritage Management Researcher)

On the evening of Tuesday 11th February, the BIAA is hosting an event to share the final results of the Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) project. This project, led by the BIAA in partnership with Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) and the International Council of Museums in the UK (ICOM UK), aims to increase knowledge, capacity, and awareness in relation to protecting Turkey’s archaeological assets by implementing four interconnected activities:

  • Developing and running an online course for heritage and other related professionals on ‘Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets’;
  • Conducting Turkey’s first nationwide public opinion survey to investigate the relationship between the public and archaeology, and organizing a series of ‘Archaeology in Local Context’ workshops to share the results with local stakeholders;
  • Organising ‘Archaeology Reporting’ workshops for journalists around the country to improve the quality of heritage-related journalism;
  • Undertaking interviews with registered antiquities collectors to raise awareness of the destruction caused by looting archaeological objects.

 

Since 2017, the SARAT project has been funded by the Cultural Protection Fund managed by the British Council in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports.  This current phase is coming to an end in March 2020. In this lecture, the results of the 3-year project as well as its potential to serve as a replicable template for similar initiatives will be presented, with a special focus on the results of the unique nationwide public opinion survey.

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Archaeology in Anatolia Symposium

Archaeology in Anatolia Symposium

London | Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS

10 February 2020 09:30 to 16:30

Summary of Event:

The BIAA, along with the Royal Anthropological Institute, SOAS and the Anglo-Turkish Society, is delighted to announce a one-day symposium on Archaeology in Anatolia.

The aim of this symposium is to explore outstanding recent work in the archaeology and prehistory of Anatolia. Speakers include: Prof. Ian Hodder, Prof. Douglas Baird, Dr Maxime Brami, Dr Lee Clare, Dr Işılay Gürsu, Dr John MacGinnis, and Dr Artemis Papatheodorou.

Pre-booking essential: Adult: £80, Student: £40, RAI Fellow / ATS / BIAA Member: £40 + limited free tickets for SOAS staff & students. Booking is essential.

Join us for a celebration of this rich and varied heritage going back to the dawn of civilisation covering a wide time span from pre-history. Tea / coffee provided on the day. 

For enquiries, please contact: contact@angloturkishsociety.org.uk.

Keywords: Archaeology, prehistory, excavation

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BIAA London Lecture: Conflict and Reconciliation: A Role for Turkish Civil Society Today?

BIAA London Lecture: Conflict and Reconciliation: A Role for Turkish Civil Society Today?

London | Council Room, The British Academy

10 December 2019 18:30 to 20:00

A BIAA London lecture by Dr Leonidas Karakatsanis, former BIAA Assistant Director (2015-2019).

VENUE CHANGE: This lecture will now be held in The British Academy’s Council Room.

For more than a decade after 1999, significant reconciliation efforts emerged amidst the troubled relations between Turkey and its neighbours Greece, Armenia and the Republic of Cyprus. Even the thorny Kurdish issue saw the launch of a short-lived peace process between 2013-2015. In all these processes of rapprochement, civil society actors and initiatives played a significant role in facilitating empathy across the societies and ethnic groups in question. Civil society’s role was important because conflict and mistrust were sustained by painful memories of loss and displacement that usually excluded the pain of the ‘other’.

Today, the positive momentum that such reconciliation efforts achieved appears long gone. Instead, cool relations at best - tensions, live conflict, and war at worst - have returned. Adopting a comparative historical approach, this lecture will evaluate the successes and failures of civil society’s role in promoting rapprochement and reflect on the challenges that Turkish civil society faces in the pursuit of regional peace.

Images:

1) A common prayer for deceased ancestors by Turkish and Greek descendants of families affected by population exchange at the village of Panagitsa in Northern Greece. (Source: Milliyet Newspaper) 

2 and 3) The commemoration of Hrant Dink, an Armenian-Turkish journalist, on the 8th anniversary of his assassination. Osmanbey, Istanbul. Images by Esin.

Keywords: Politics, civil society, reconciliation

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Legitimating Occult Practices of Dubious Orthodoxy: Dream Interpretation

Legitimating Occult Practices of Dubious Orthodoxy: Dream Interpretation

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

04 December 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by İrvin Cemil Schick (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales)

Discussant: Nil Tekgül (Department of Turkish Literature, Bilkent University)

Summary of Event:

The Qur’ān makes clear its opposition to occult practices, and yet, they were and continue to be practiced widely and not by any means as marginal traditions. How can the sharī‘ah’s distaste for divination be reconciled with the latter’s widespread acceptance? This talk offers an answer by reviewing the various means by which occult practices have been legitimated as they appear in extant treatises, focusing in particular on dream interpretation. Many treatises begin with lists of citations from the Qur’ān and the ḥadīths that can be interpreted as sanctioning the practice of oneiromancy; to determine the more subtle means by which such legitimation was accomplished, it is instructive to compare Islamic oneiromancy with its Greek and Jewish antecedents.

 

Keywords: Dreams; Oneiromancy; Islam

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A Regional Perspective on Tarhuntašša and Tabal

A Regional Perspective on Tarhuntašša and Tabal

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

28 November 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Michele Massa (BIAA) and James Osborne (University of Chicago)

Discussant: Marie-Henriette Gates (Bilkent University)

Summary of Event:

In 2019, the Konya Regional Archaeological Survey Project and the Türkmen-Karahöyük Intensive Survey Project brought to light exciting new evidence about a previously unknown Late Bronze and Iron Age regional centre in the Konya Plain. Türkmen-Karahöyük, one of the largest settlements in pre-Classical Anatolia, is almost certainly the royal seat of King Hartapu, whose Hieroglyphic Luwian inscription found at the site describes his exploits across the country. We further propose that the site might have been an important centre of the elusive kingdom of Tarhuntašša. Here we present the preliminary results of the 2019 intensive survey, the philological analysis of the inscription, as well as an assessment of the socio-political dynamics in the region contemporary with the apogee of Türkmen-Karahöyük.

Keywords: Archaelogy; Konya; Tarhuntašša; Tabal

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George Orwell and Public Archaeology

George Orwell and Public Archaeology

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

12 November 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Tim Schadla-Hall

Summary of Event:

Archaeologists present the past to wide audiences for a variety of reasons at different times. Archaeologists offer interpretations of the past that may well suit prevailing views, or indeed their own views of the past, but equally their interpretations may be adopted and adapted by others in a way that was never intended by them. This is an attempt through a series of case studies to examine the uses of the past by both individual archaeologists and wider society , in turn asking the question about both the appeal of archaeology and its potential abuse. Neal Ascherson suggested “Archaeology is the handmaiden of nationalism”, and the relationship of archaeology to the state has wider implications than are often considered.

Keywords: Archaeology; Public Archaeology; George Orwell

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Physical Anthropology in Anatolia

Physical Anthropology in Anatolia

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

08 November 2019 09:30 to 17:00

Organised by Benjamin Irvine (BIAA), Yılmaz Selim Erdal (Hacettepe University), and Lutgarde Vandeput (BIAA)

To be held at the BIAA as a joint hosting collaboration between the BIAA and Husbio-L (Hacettepe University)

The Physical Anthropology in Anatolia workshop brings together 12 speakers of Turkish nationality or currently based and conducting research in Turkey to present on a range of topics from the Neolithic to the Byzantine periods. These will include stature, intentional modifications of the skeleton, pathologies and trauma, childhood, dental and oral health, diet, nutrition, and the application of archaeological sciences to physical anthropology, amongst many others.

One of the aims of this workshop is to bring together leading active researchers who are producing current and new information about the humans of Turkey’s rich past. This will have a positive effect in two ways: enabling an intimate to present their original research and ideas, and, secondly, to provide an environment for dynamic and productive discussion and dialogue. Physical anthropology has a long history in Turkish archaeology, and workshops like this will help to ensure that the field continues to grow and advance in the future.

Keywords: Physical anthropology, diet, biology, Anatolia

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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

Professor 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.

Please click here for a Video Stream of this lecture kindly provided by SOAS University of London.

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Isauria and the end of the Roman Empire

Isauria and the end of the Roman Empire

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

16 October 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Hugh Elton (Trent University) and Mark Jackson (Newcastle University)

Discussant: Stephen Mitchell (BIAA)

Summary of Event:

The two lecturers will discuss how the ancient region of Isauria (modern Mersin province) was integrated into the Roman Empire from the fourth century AD onwards. Using archaeological results from BIAA research projects conducted at Alahan and at Kilise Tepe in the Göksu valley, they discuss questions of how well integrated these areas were to the Roman Empire, socially, politically, and economically. The region was particularly well-connected with the Empire in the reign of Zeno (474-491). Dr Elton will first provide an overview, based on his research at Alahan and in the Göksu Valley Survey, followed by Dr Jackson who will zoom in on the excavations at Kilise Tepe where extraordinarily well-preserved houses of the early Byzantine phase provide some of the first excavated evidence of material culture in a domestic rural setting in Isauria. The way that Isauria was lost to Roman control is also discussed.

Keywords: Roman Empire, Isauria, History, Classical Archaeology

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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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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), Sir David Logan (BIAA) 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 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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LECTURE: Turkey’s Middle East and Wider Foreign Policies

LECTURE: Turkey’s Middle East and Wider Foreign Policies

London | Society of Antiquaries

16 May 2019 18:00 to 19:30

A BIAA London Lecture by Sir David Logan (BIAA Vice-President and former British Ambassador to Turkey).  

For decades Turkey had virtually no Middle East policy.  Ataturk had decreed that Turkey’s future lay with the secular West, not with the remains of the old Ottoman Empire or Iran.  Elsewhere, Turkey was bordered mainly by an old enemy, Russia, and a newer one, Greece.  This changed with the break-up of the Soviet Union; the rise of oil-rich Arab states; growing prosperity but also growing energy dependency on Russia and Iran; and – a novelty for Turkey – the assumption of power by a party which was not militantly secularist.  In recent years, Turkey has become embroiled in conflict in the Middle East, in particular in Syria.  Its relations with Europe and the United States are in flux.  Will Turkey become part of Middle Eastern turmoil rather than a bastion against it?

Keywords: Contemporary Turkey; Foreign Policy

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LECTURE: Headscarf-wearing fashion professionals: new roles and old challenges

LECTURE: Headscarf-wearing fashion professionals: new roles and old challenges

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

02 May 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Magdalena Crăciun (Ph.D UCL), Lecturer in Anthropology at University of Bucharest.

Discussant: Besim Can Zırh (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University)

Summary of Event: The articulation of faith and fashion seems to many oxymoronic, generating confusion and provoking condemnation. Nevertheless, the Islamic fashion industry is thriving. In this lecture, based on her book Islam, Faith and Fashion, The Islamic Fashion Industry in Turkey (Bloomsbury 2017), anthropologist Magdalena Crăciun discusses entrepreneurship in Islamic fashion and its challenges in contemporary Turkey. She focuses extensively on the inherent contradictions in the experience of a new category of participants in this industry, namely headscarf-wearing fashion professionals. They are not only the most active and appreciated contributors to the development of a new aesthetics of modernity, but also the most exposed to the criticism that Islamic fashion engenders on conceptual, moral, and religious grounds.  


This event is part of the BIAA lecture series on Late Ottoman, Early Republican and Contemporary Turkish History. This year's series explores the theme 'Gender, Culture and Politics'.

Keywords: Anthropology of Fashion; Contemporary Turkey.

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LECTURE: Who’s Running UNESCO’s World Heritage Programme in Turkey?

LECTURE: Who’s Running UNESCO’s World Heritage Programme in Turkey?

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

17 April 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Ankara Lecture by Julien Boucly (2018-19 ANAMED-BIAA fellow)

 

Since 2000, a World Heritage management framework has been established in Turkey. Central State institutions, including the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to UNESCO, the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, as well as the World Heritage unit in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, supervise this system. Nevertheless, they may not be the key characters in Turkey’s new investment in the UNESCO World Heritage programme.

Julien Boucly’s presentation discusses how and by whose initiative a World Heritage system emerged in Turkey. Regarding the UNESCO World Heritage programme, the central state is not running top-down policies, but rather tries to coordinate and control several stakeholders. 

Keywords: Cultural Heritage Management; UNESCO World Heritage Programme

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LECTURE: Ain't I a Migrant? Race, Slavery and Liberties in the Late Ottoman Empire

LECTURE: Ain't I a Migrant? Race, Slavery and Liberties in the Late Ottoman Empire

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

03 April 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Dr Ceyda Karamursel (Lecturer in History at SOAS, University of London).

Discussant: Owen Miller (assistant professor of History,  Bilkent University).

Following up on her London BIAA talk, Dr Ceyda Karamursel will present her work in Ankara as part of the BIAA lecture series on Late Ottoman, Early Republican and Contemporary Turkish History.

Summary of Event: In 1874, the customs officers at the Istanbul port seized a young black woman named Katerina, as she was disembarking the ship that brought her from Alexandria. She was held on the assumption that being a young, black woman on a ship destined for the biggest ‘human entrepôt’ in the region, she could not have been anything but a victim of slave traffickers. As they continued with her interrogation however, they found out that Katerina was not a “smuggled slave” as they thought she was, but a member and employee of the Greek Church, who came to Istanbul with the purpose of taking up employment. Puzzled by the young woman’s answers, the police shifted the focus of the interrogation from Katerina’s blackness to her Christian-ness, the core of the problem swiftly becoming apostasy than illegal trade in slaves. Taking Katerina’s multilayered case as its point of departure, this talk explores the gradated nature of liberties in the reform era Ottoman Empire.      


This event is part of the BIAA lecture series on Late Ottoman, Early Republican and Contemporary Turkish History. This year's series explores the theme 'Gender, Culture and Politics'.

Keywords: Ottoman History; Studies in Slavery; Gender Studies

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LECTURE: 'In the Age of Freedom, in the Name of Justice'

LECTURE: 'In the Age of Freedom, in the Name of Justice'

London | Institute of Archaeology

21 March 2019 18:30 to 20:30

On the evening of Thursday 21st March, Dr Ceyda Karamursel (SOAS) will present her research on the practice of slavery in the Ottoman Empire.

When was slavery abolished in the Ottoman Empire? The answer to this seemingly straightforward question is not an easy one. The Ottoman institution of slavery not only lacked a definitive ‘Emancipation Proclamation’, but it also moved – in a short period of time – across a number of watershed moments: the advent of Constitutional rule in 1908, the end of World War I and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, and the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923. All these moments were marked by an expectation of the end of the Ottoman practice of slavery.

This lecture traces the political and legal courses that Ottoman slavery took, from the first general prohibition of the slave trade in 1857 until the official ending of the practice in Turkey in 1933.

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LECTURE: Food, Culture and Empire in ancient Anatolia

LECTURE: Food, Culture and Empire in ancient Anatolia

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

20 February 2019 19:00 to 21:00

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

A lecture In memory of Professor Gordon Hillman, archaeobotanist extraordinaire 

Summary: You are what you eat!  Nothing defines the character and identity of a nation more clearly than its food culture.   This was as true in ancient Anatolia as it is in modern Turkey and in Europe.  This lecture will explore the history of food in Asia Minor, tracing the changes and developments which were introduced by the Persian Empire, the spread of hellenism, the Galatian invasions, and ultimately by Roman rule.  The food that nurtured the inhabitants of ancient Turkey reflected regional cultures as well as patterns of imperial power.  

Keywords: Archaeology; Food and Culture; Ancient Anatolia

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FILM SCREENING: Katman Documentary - Story of an excavation

FILM SCREENING: Katman Documentary - Story of an excavation

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

10 January 2019 19:00 to 21:00

A special screening of the documentary "KATMAN" directed by Melek Ulagay Taylan. The documentary reveals the story of the Gre Amer archaeological excavations in Batman, conducted by Dr. Gül Pulhan and Dr. Stuart Blaylock and their team. The screening will be follows by a Q&A with Dr. Gül Pulhan and Dr. Stuart Blaylock.

Keywords: Archaeology in Turkey; Visual Anthropology;

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LECTURE: Metals Made the World go Round

LECTURE: Metals Made the World go Round

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

12 December 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Dr Michele Massa, Honorary Fellow, The British Institute at Ankara

This lecture will present the preliminary results of a 3-year project sponsored by the BIAA, dedicated to shedding light on dynamics of metal extraction, refinement, manufacture and exchange in the western Anatolian Bronze Age (ca 3500-1200 BC). It will explore how and when copper, silver and gold deposits were first exploited in the region, how metallurgical labour was organized, and the socio-economic impact of metallurgy on the local communities. It will further reconstruct the major regional trade routes, and how metal production contributed to the integration of Anatolia into the Near Eastern long-distance exchange networks, a process culminating in the Old Assyrian Trade period.

Keywords: Metal manufacture, metal exchange, labour organization, Bronze Age, western Anatolia

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AGM LECTURE 2018: The Turkish Economy

AGM LECTURE 2018: The Turkish Economy

London | The British Academy

06 December 2018 18:30 to 20:30

The currency turbulence that hit the Turkish lira this year seemed to confirm the difficult conditions ahead for emerging markets generally – confirming Turkey as the bellweather emerging market. Because of this characteristic, Turkish economic policy has always had to be agile in adapting to changes in global economic conditions. And when it did not – as in the past few years, due to geopolitical and domestic political constraints, crisis has tended to follow. Hence economic policy in Turkey has also been a good reflection of global trends, picking up on new ideas and testing them. This talk will trace critical historical junctures between the global and Turkish economy and the policy response to assess if the current search for a new model can show the way forward for emerging markets in these difficult times.

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LECTURE: Rethinking Gender and Travel Writing

LECTURE: Rethinking Gender and Travel Writing

Ankara | The British Institute at Ankara

28 November 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Peter Cherry (Assistant Professor in the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University - BIAA postdoctoral Fellow 2017-18. 

Discussant: Şima İmşir (Assistant Professor, Istanbul Şehir University)

In scholarship on the literary commerce between Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire, the voices of women writers have traditionally been marginalised. In this talk, Peter Cherry reclaims such voices and their transcultural literary exchanges by examining the conversation between two women writers who challenged ‘East’ and ‘West’ binaries at the turn of the century. The encounter between Hadidjé Zennour and Grace Ellison lead to a number of literary collaborations, including the mutual editing of writing projects aimed at both British and Turkish reading audiences. Ellison was instrumental in the publication of Hadidje Zenour’s A Turkish Woman’s European Impressions (1913; under the Anglicised pseudonym Zeynep Hanoum); while Zeynep Hanoum contributed to Ellison’s writing on Turkey in her volume An Englishwoman in a Turkish Harem (1915). 


This event is part of the BIAA lecture series on Late Ottoman, Early Republican and Contemporary Turkish History. This year's series explores the theme 'Gender, Culture and Politics'.

Keywords: Comparative Literature; Contemporary Turkey; Hadidjé Zennour; Grace Ellison

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BIAA SUPPPORTED CONFERENCE: Remembering Keban after 50 Years

BIAA SUPPPORTED CONFERENCE: Remembering Keban after 50 Years

Ankara | Middle East Technical University,

09 November 2018 09:30 to 18:00

Speakers: Mehmet Özdoğan; Cevat Erder; Laurent Dissard; Nezih Başgelen; Işın Yalçınkaya; Ayla Ödekan; Ayşe Haznedar Özkan; Ömür Bakırer; Turan Birgili; Ayşıl Yavuz; Sevil Gülçur; Numan Tuna; Halis Akder

Summary of Event: The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 also marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Keban Salvage Project, a turning point for Turkish archaeology and cultural heritage management. From 1966 onward, numerous national and international teams started documenting the cultural heritage that was soon to be flooded by the waters of the Keban Dam under the leadership of METU President Kemal Kurdaş. Integrated field work began in 1968.


For more information visit http://tacdam.metu.edu.tr/remembering-keban-after-50-years

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LECTURE: Archaeologists and Treasure Hunters on the Tigris

LECTURE: Archaeologists and Treasure Hunters on the Tigris

London | The British Academy

06 November 2018 18:30 to 20:30

When British Consul-General and explorer J. G. Taylor surveyed the remains of Arzan in the province of Batman, he stumbled upon something remarkable - treasure littering its ancient streets: “So many medals of gold and silver are found here that the fellahs who till the ground are paid nothing by the owner…and they give him in addition half of what they may find.” That was in the 1860s, however the ‘farming’ of antiquities continues to this day, providing subsistence for those who need it and feeding ‘get rich quick’ dreams.  All that is needed is a scruffy map, a barely legible sign, a bit of luck, and sometimes a metal detector bought online.

In this lecture, Dr Gül Pulhan – who leads a salvage excavation in the area – will describe the efforts of the Batman, Mardin and Diyarbakır regional archaeology museums to protect archaeological heritage by conducting scientific excavations, producing exhibitions, raising awareness and undertaking educational programmes for children and adults.  The current Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT) project – led by the BIAA and funded by the UK Cultural Protection Fund – is involved in spearheading similar endeavours.

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LECTURE: Women and Public Space in Turkey

LECTURE: Women and Public Space in Turkey

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

24 October 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA lecture by Selda Tuncer (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van)

Discussant: Güven Arif Sargın (Professor, Department of Architecture, Middle East Technical University)

How and in what ways do women participate in public life? What are the narratives that shape women’s experience of public space? In this lecture, based on her newly published book, feminist sociologist Selda Tuncer explores women’s everyday experiences of public space as well as how women interpret their experiences in modern Turkey. By focusing on the period between 1950 and 1980, when the Turkish modernization process had reached a mature phase, she provides a comprehensive historical understanding of women’s lives and their experiences of public space. She analyses not only women’s relationship with public space, but also gendered processes of nation-building, socio-cultural transformations, and the crucial connections between gender, modernity and the urban experience in the non-Western context. 


This event is part of the BIAA lecture series on Late Ottoman, Early Republican and Contemporary Turkish History. This year's series explores the theme 'Gender, Culture and Politics'.

Keywords: Gender Studies; Modernisation in Turkey; Contemporary Turkey

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LECTURE:  Public Opinion on Archaeological Assets of Turkey

LECTURE: Public Opinion on Archaeological Assets of Turkey

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

17 October 2018 19:00 to 21:00

A BIAA Lecture by Işılay Gürsu (BIAA Cultural Heritage Management Fellow)

What comes to your mind when you hear the word "archaeology"? Who owns the objects that come out of archaeological excavations? What would you do if you found a pot full of coins? This talk will present the results of a recently conducted nation-wide survey on the public perception of archaeology in Turkey. Undertaken part of the BIAA’s new heritage project “Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey (SARAT)”, the survey, a first in Turkey, attempts to establish a link between professionals working on cultural heritage, and the general public. 


 “We asked 3.601 people” will be an interactive talk offering innovative ways to open the floor to discussion with direct input from the audience. 

Keywords: Cultural Heritage Management; Public Opinion

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Britain, Turkey and World War II. Alliance, Conflict and Neutrality.

Britain, Turkey and World War II. Alliance, Conflict and Neutrality.

Oxford | Investcorp Auditorium, St. Antony's College

24 September 2018 09:30 to 18:30

Britain, Turkey and World War II. Alliance, Conflict and Neutrality.

Monday 24 Sept. Investcorp Auditorium, St Antony's College, Oxford. 9.30 - 18.00 followed by a reception.

This conference is the third meeting in a series which brings together Turkish and British historians to explore the two countries’ relations in the twentieth century, as they moved from the fatal confrontation at Galllipoli towards a formal alliance and common cause under the umbrella of NATO in the 1950s. The impact of the Second World War was catalytic. The conference will examine the origins and effects of the Tripartite Treaty between Turkey, France and Britain of 1939, and the Turkish decision to opt for de facto neutrality in 1940.  Subsequent sessions will also address Churchill’s shifting attitudes, and the importance of the roles played by the USSR and the USA in determining the strategic alignment of Turkey between 1939 and 1945.


This is a joint event with the British Association for Turkish Area Studies (BATAS).

Keywords: Britain Turkey World War II Conflict Neutrality History Churchill USSR USA France Tripartite Treaty

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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

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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