Having completed a PhD on the identification of incipient craft specialization in the Anatolian Neolithic at the University of Liverpool, Emma Baysal is now a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the BIAA and has expanded her understanding of manufacturing practices into the investigation of information and knowledge exchange in the prehistoric world. One of the main strands of this research is the assessment of borders as dynamic places, and transforming their perception as places of division into a more nuanced understanding of the layers of interaction and difference both in the past and in the present. A key element in founding this new approach to prehistoric material culture studies is the employment of theoretical approaches from a variety of disciplines. She also work as a specialist in early beads and items of personal ornamentation in Anatolia, currently on material from Boncuklu Höyük, Pınarbaşı and Kanlıtaş.
Leonidas Karakatsanis received his PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex in UK. He has worked and published on issues related to nationalism and the politics of reconciliation, minority rights, identity politics, migration and theories of qualitative methods in social and political sciences. He was the co-convener of the ‘European Identities’ graduate seminar series at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the British Institute at Ankara finishing his first monograph on the history of Turkish-Greek rapprochement.
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