Abby Robinson | Since 2008 I have been a regular visitor to the British Institute at Ankara and a member of the Pisidia Survey Project, chiefly working on databases and GIS. I’ve also been developing an online publications initiative for the BIAA. In addition, I have been involved in the Aspendos Project with a team from Hacettepe University. In 2012 I completed a Master’s degree in Classics and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. I am now developing a PhD topic to commence in 2014, based on an archaeological survey in the southwest of the Republic of Georgia. As a starting point, I’m particulary interested in combining a review of monuments in the landscape with an analysis of the written record of the spread of early Christian thought and practice in the region.

Ali Huseyinoglu was born in Komotini-Greece. After his secondary and high school education in Istanbul-Turkey, he received his BA and MSc from the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara-Turkey. His master’s thesis, awarded with the best thesis of 2005 at METU, was about continuities and changes of the Greek minority policy of Western Thrace in the post-Cold War era. He started his PhD studies in 2007 at the University of Sussex/UK. His doctoral thesis focused on the historical development of the educational regime of the Muslim Turkish Minority of Western Thrace in Greece.

Alice von Bieberstein completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in  2012. Her thesis examines the making and remaking of subjectivities in relation to politics of history and citizenship in Turkey and Germany, focusing in particular on the Armenian minority. Since 2012, as part of a larger ERC-funded project, she is engaged in new research in Eastern Anatolia on materiality and subjectivity in the aftermath of past atrocities.

Anna Katarzyna Chrzanowska, originally postgraduate at the University of Warsaw, Poland, in Archaeology on ‘The Political and Cultural Situation in Western Anatolian in the Late Bronze Age’, is researcher at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. She prepares her PhD on the Borders of the Kingdom of Ḫatti. She delivered a paper on the ‘8th International Congress of Hittitology’ in 2011 on „Unerwünschte Nachbarschaft. Ereignisse an der nördlichen Grenze des Hatti-Reiches“. Although originally archaeologist, experienced with several excavations in Poland, Turkmenistan and Turkey (Ḫattuša/Boğazkale), her work and research is philological as well, last but not least through her participation to the project ‘Beschwörungsrituale der Hethiter’ published on ‘’.

Ayşe Parla received her B.A from Harvard in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from New York University in 2005. Since then she has been teaching at Sabanci University where she is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the program in Cultural Studies. She has completed a three year TUBITAK project on the legalization strategies of Turkish migrants from Bulgaria. As a 2011 recipient of the Turkish Academy of Sciences Young Scholar Award (TÜBA-GEBIP), her current research project involves a critical examination of the “Europeanization” of the field of migration in Turkey through a focus on undocumented migrants’ children’s access to education. She has published her research on questions of migration, citizenship, labor and ethnicity in various journals including Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, American Ethnologist, Citizenship Studies, Differences, International Migration and Toplum ve Bilim.

Carol Delaney |  First, my deep gratitude to the BIAA which has figured in various ways in my adult life. I first came to Turkey to work on a BIAA project at Can Hasan in 1975. Switched from archaeology to cultural anthropology and returned to conduct my dissertation research which resulted in a book, The Seed and the Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society. Have returned many times since, most recently in January.  A.B. Boston University; MTS, Harvard Divinity School, Ph.D. University of Chicago. Taught at Stanford University 1987-2006, now emerita, led their alumni tour around Turkey many times.  Moved to Providence, RI to work on a book, Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem and just stayed on, also taught for several years at Brown University. After this conference, I will lead the Brown University alumni tour. Insallah, there will be many more visits.

Çiğdem Atakuman has received her PhD from UCLA’s Archaeology Program. She is currently employed at Middle East Technical University’s Settlement Archaeology Program. Her work concentrates on the Neolithic Period of South-East Anatolia. She has also been publishing on the subject of heritage politics in Turkey.

Çiğdem Maner  received her PhD in 2011 from University of Heidelberg. She is an Assistant Professor at Koç University where she has worked as an instructor since 2005. Her research interests include Early Bronze Age-Early Iron Age Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Greece,  interrelations and exchange, Hittites, Mycenaeans, fortification architecture.

David Hill | I have undertaken research at Metropolis in Ionia from 2007- 2009, and at Hierapolis from 2008 – 2013. I am also involved in ongoing research at Tegea in the Peloponnese and Kastro Apalirou on Naxos. Urban transition and urbanized landscapes are my main fields of interest. I have previously studied the urban landscape of Eastern Norway during the High Middle Ages. I work at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.

Duygu Gül |  I am a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at York University, Toronto, Canada. I hold a Masters degree in Political Science and International Relations from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, with a thesis titled “Women of Power: The Policewomen in Turkey”. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations, and Sociology from the same university. My research interests lie in collective memory studies and current debates around citizenship and transnationalism, particularly in the European context.

Eirini Avramopoulou has recently attained her PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, titled “The Affective Language of Activism: An Ethnography of human rights, gender politics and activist coalitions in Istanbul, Turkey”. Her research interests include anthropology of human rights and activism; gender and sexuality; biopolitics and affect. She has worked as a junior researcher in the interdisciplinary European funded project ‘Veil: Values, Equality and Differences in Liberal Democracies,’ the results of which have be published in Sieglinde Rosenberger and Birgit Sauer (eds.) Politics, Religion, and Gender: Regulating the Muslim Headscarf. Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group, 2012. Her academic work has also been published in the Greek journals EKKE (forthcoming), Kritiki Diepistimonikotita (2007) and Thesis (2002).

Elif Denel has been the director in residence at the Ankara office of the American Research Institute in Turkey for almost five years.  She studied history at the University of Chicago before completing an M.A. and a Ph.D. at the Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology Department of Bryn Mawr College.  Since 2006 she has been participating in the University of Toronto’s Tayinat Archaeological Project under the directorship of Timothy Harrison.

Elif Keser |  My research focuses primarily on the Christian Heritage of Northern Mesopotamia. My doctoral thesis, completed at the University of Oxford in 2009, analysed the architectural and artistic aspects of the late-antique church architecture of modern south-eastern Turkey in its wider cultural and historical implications. During 2010, I conducted research on the monasteries of the region, especially of the Tur Abdin region which is a limestone plateau to the east of Mardin. Since then, I have divided my time between two projects. First is the analysis of the region in the 8th century under the early Muslim rule. I have focused particularly on a village called Hah in Tur Abdin. The second is analysing the evolution and modern situation of the Syrian Orthodox churches in and around Mardin. I am currently preparing the latter for publication.

Elif Koparal |   Born in İzmir, 1973. Completed BA and MA at Ege University (Department of Classical Archaeology) and Phd at METU (Department of Settlement Archaeology) with the work entitled as “The Urbanization Process and Spatial Organization in Klazomenian Khora fom Iron Age to Roman era” in 2011. Participated at several different archaeological projects including Klazomenai excavations, Ephesos excavations, Teos Survey, Kinet Höyük Excavations, Komana Survey Project, Datça-Old Knidos Excavations, Urla-Seferihisar Archaelogical Survey Project. Research areas are Classical Archaeology, Industrial Archaeology, Archaeological Survey Methodology, Urban Studies, Cultural Heritage and Theoretical Achaeology. Working as a faculty member of Hitit University, Department of Archaeology.

Frederic Dessene is archaeologist and collaborates with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique UMR-7041 in Paris and the University Laval (Qc). He hold is PhD in 2007 in Protohistoria from the universities of Paris Pantheon-sorbonne and Roma La Sapienza and realized between 2007 and 2012 two postdoc in archaeometry, both applied to ceramics, at the University Laval, Québec city. The main interest of his research concerns the technological know-how, technological tranfers and the relation between potters and their environment (sourcing). Using a pluridisciplinary methodology, he used the technological knowledges of potters, geochemistry and petrography to understand the potters know-how in Anatolia and in the Caucasus during the transition from the Late Chalcolithic and the Early Bronze Ages.

Jesper Majbom Madsen |  I am senior lecture in ancient history at the University of Southern Denmark. My main area of research is the study of the cultural interaction between Greek communities in Asia Minor and the Roman World. In 2009 I published the book Eager to be Roman: Greek responses to Roman Rule in Pontus and Bithynia focusing on how the influence from Rome and Roman culture changed not only everyday life in the Pontic and Bithynian cities but also how the civic population perceived themselves in relation to the Roman empire. I am currently writing a new book on the cities Pompey settled in the Pontic inland when reorganizing the Mithridatic Kingdom.

Julia Linke |  I completed my studies in Near Eastern Archaeology, Assyriology and Islamic Studies at Freiburg University in 2007. For 5 years (2006-2011) I have worked at the excavation project in Kamid el-Loz, Lebanon. In 2011, I joined the team of the Ayanis excavations, also in respect of my PhD-project: “Das Charisma der Könige – Zur Konzeption des altorientalischen Königtums im Hinblick auf Urartu” that I successfully completed in September 2012. My main research interests are therefor the archaeology of the Late Bronze Age Levante and the Iron Age (Eastern) Anatolia, as well as historical sociology and concepts of kingship and authority on a theoretical basis. I am currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Near Eastern Archaeology, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany.

Kerem Öktem is Research Fellow at the European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College and an associate of Southeast European Studies at Oxford. He teaches the Politics of the Middle East at the Oriental Institute. He read Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford, where he also completed his D. Phil. thesis at the School of Geography in 2006. In the thesis, he explored the destruction of imperial space in the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent construction of an exclusively Turkish national territory. His research interests range from the history of nationalism, ethno-politics and minority rights in Turkey to debates on history, memory and trauma, and to Turkey’s conflicted relations with Armenia and Greece. More recently, he has started a research project on the emergence of Islam as a central discursive category in European public debates. His latest book is the edited volume Another Empire? A Decade of Turkey’s Foreign Policy under the Justice and Development Party.

Konstantinos Kopanias is lecturer for the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean Cultures at the University of Athens. He studied at the Universities of Athens, Salzburg and Tübingen, as member of the Graduiertenkolleg „Anatolien und seine Nachbarn“ with a scholarship from the DFG. He worked as a Post-Doc-Researcher at the University of Athens, as Lecturer (407/80) at the University of Crete and Researcher (Allgemeiner Referent) at the German Archaeological Institute in Athens. He participated and co-organized many excavations and field surveys in Greece, Germany and Turkey. Since 2011 he is the director of an excavation of the University of Athens in Tell Nader in Erbil (ancient Arbela) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. His publications are mainly about the acculturation between the Aegean and the Near East during the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age, but also the prehistoric Northern Mesopotamia. For more information about his current research:

Lale Özgenel is Associate Professor in Architecture at the Middle East Technical University (METU). Graduated from the Department of Architecture at METU in 1987. Özgenel received her master’s degree in 1992 and doctoral degree in 2000 from the same university and made post-doctoral research and publication in Oxford University, American Academy at Rome and American School of Classical Studies at Athens. She is teaching at METU since 1992, offering courses on architectural history and leading a group in the 4th year architectural design studio. Among her research interests and publications are history of domestic architecture, daily life, gender and privacy studies with an emphasis on antiquity. She worked as coordinator and responsible architect in international archaeological projects. Since 2007 she has also been realizing architectural projects within the scope of METU Revolving Fund. At present she is acting as Advisor to the President of METU, as Chairs of Department of Music and Fine Arts and Department of Architectural History.

Leticia Rios Rodriguez Hinojosa is a doctoral candidate in The Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. , She received her MA from this school in 2007 and her BA from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas in 2005. With the support of a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant she is conducting dissertation research in Turkey for the 2012-2013 academic year on visual culture and identity in Ionia and Western Anatolia (7th-early 5th centuries BCE). She has worked on the Sikyon Survey Project in Greece (2007-2009), and held a Graduate Student Summer Fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington D.C. (2006). In addition to working six years as a digital archivist at the Institute of Classical Archaeology, UT Austin-Department of Classics, she was a gallery teacher at the Blanton Museum of Art, UT Austin, and is an instructor of Art History at Austin Community College.

Lutgarde Vandeput is the current director of the BIAA. She studied archaeology and classical archaeology at the K.U.Leuven (Belgium), where she also completed her PhD thesis on Roman architectural decoration and its development throughout time, with Sagalassos as a case study. She worked as a post-doctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (Belgium) and was granted an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 1998. From 2001 to 2006, she was Assistant Professor at the Archaeological Institute of the University of Cologne. Her research and publications focus on the architecture, urbanism and settlement development in Asia Minor and Pisidia. She succeeded S. Mitchell as director of the Pisidia Survey Project in 1998 and has since then led the project, in collaboration with V. Köse. She is currently actively involved in the survey of the Aspendos Archaeological Project (directed by V. Köse, Hacettepe University, Ankara).

Maja Muhić is lecturer of cultural studies, multiculturalism, gender theory, post-colonial theory, and Culture of the English-speaking countries at the South East European University in Tetovo. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. Her thesis focuses on the interpretive/symbolic anthropology with special attention to the Americal anthropological trends and the work of Clifford Geertz. During 2007-2008, Muhic spent 5 months at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. In the previous years, she has also visited and worked closely with other renowned universities, such as The University of Santa Barbara, California. As a result of her stay there and her cooperation with the Department of Religious Studies, Muhić shows up as the co-author of the Encyclopedia of Global Religion (2011) edited by Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof.  She has also published her work in the recent After Yugoslavia: Identities and Politics within the Successor States (2011) edited by Robert Hudson and Glenn Bowman. In addition to this, Muhić has published a number of articles in philosophical and anthropological journals.

Marc Herzog is currently the Assistant Director of the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA). He is the co-editor of the forthcoming Turkey and the Politics of National Identity (IB Tauris, 2014). He is also co-editing another volume dealing with new approaches to area studies and international relations. He will contribute to the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization (2014). He finished his PhD at the University of Exeter in 2011. His doctoral thesis focused on the emergence of conservative, pro-religious politics in the past two decades and its impact on the dynamics and institutionalization of the Turkish party system in a comparative frame. His research interests include Turkish party politics, political Islam and the dynamics of moderation, democratization, party system institutionalization, Turkish foreign policy as well as the politics of identity in the Turkish context. He is also an avid cat lover.

Nikolai Vukov has Ph.D. in anthropology (2002, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) and Ph.D. in history (2005, Central European University). He works as Associate Professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and teaches courses on anthropology and history at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Plovdiv University “Paissiy Hilendarski,” and New Bulgarian University in Sofia. Nikolai Vukov has held research fellowships at Maison des sciences de l’homme – Paris, Center for Advanced Studies in Sofia; Wissenschaftskolleg – Berlin; New Europe College – Bucharest, etc. He has published extensively on monuments and museum representations in Eastern Europe after 1945; communist rule and post-communist transition; borders and borderline identities; history, memory and commemorations of the dead after the Two World Wars in Bulgaria. His most recent book (co-authored with Luca Ponchiroli) is: Witnesses of Stone: Monuments and Architectures of the Red Bulgaria, 1944-1989, Ponchiroli Editori, 2011.

Ömür Harmanşah is Assistant Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient Western Asian Studies at Brown University where he teaches courses on Near Eastern archaeology and material culture, theories of archeaology, architecture, and art history, cultural heritage and politics of archaeological practice in the Middle East. He received his PhD in the History of Art from University of Pennsylvania. He is the director of the Brown University based Yalburt Yaylası Archaeological Landscape Research Project in Konya province, Turkey since 2010. He has also worked with Kerkenes Dağ, Ayanis and Gordion Archaeological Projects. His first monograph entitled Cities and the Shaping of Memory in the Ancient Near East was recently published by Cambridge University Press (2013).

Özge Dilaver Kalkan is a Balkan Futures Research Fellow at British Institute at Ankara and British School at Athens. Her research interests predominantly relate to evolutionary economics and computational social science. Özge completed her PhD at Lancaster and worked at Manchester and Surrey Universities as postdoctoral researcher. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative methods, while her particular expertise is in social simulation. Interactions between social and economic agents are central to her research. While investigating issues like emergence of markets and value, technology-induced social change and evolution of innovation systems, Özge aims to accommodate social construction of reality in the computational models of social complexity. In her Balkan Futures research project, Özge will investigate trade flows and mobility of people between Thessaloniki and Istanbul. She will investigate the socio-economic contexts and geographical patterns of these interactions and build simulation models that enable scenario analysis

Richard Dietrich  is a lecturer in the Department of History, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He received a Master’s degree in Ancient Near Eastern Languages & Literature from Cornell University. He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Medieval History from Ankara University. His main areas of interest are  Ancient, Classical, Byzantine, Islamic History; Religions in Antiquity; Languages; Military History

Souad Osseiran   |  I am currently enrolled as an MPhil student at Goldsmiths College, University of London in the department of Anthroplogy. The MPhil is part of an ESRC doctoral program. This is my second year at Goldsmiths during which I am undertaking 12 months of fieldwork in Istanbul researching mobility and Syrian migrants waiting practices in transit. My research project is entitled ‘Making time at the frontiers of Europe, Syrian migrants/refugees in Istanbul, waiting practices in uncertain times.’ Prior to undertaking this MPhil, I attained an MSc in Social Anthropology from Oxford University in 2010.

Stephen Mitchell FBA is honorary secretary of the BIAA and emeritus professor of hellenistic culture at the University of Exeter.  He has been engaged in research on Turkey in antiquity for more than 40 years and is the author of Anatolia. Land, Men, and Gods in Asia Minor  (OUP 1993 2 vols.) and many other books and articles on the history of Asia Minor from the classical to the byzantine period.  From 1982 to 1996 he directed the Pisidian Survey, before passing direction  of the project to Lutgarde Vandeput the current BIAA director.

Susan Sherratt |  I studied Classics as an undergraduate at New Hall, Cambridge, and completed a DPhil on 12th century BC Mycenaean pottery at Somerville College, Oxford in 1982.  I researched and taught in Oxford, based chiefly in the Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum, for many years before coming to Sheffield in 2005. My research interests are in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages of the Aegean, Cyprus and the wider eastern Mediterranean, particularly in all aspects of trade and interaction within and beyond these regions.  Since 2009 I have been a member of the Sinop Regional Archaeological Project, directed by Professor Owen Doonan of California State University-Northridge and Dr Alex Bauer of Queens College, City University of New York.  I am also academic director of ArchAtlas, a web-based project founded by the late Andrew Sherratt, which, among other things, aims to provide visual summaries of spatial processes in prehistoric and early historic times.

Yves Monette is curator for Québec Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Associate professor at Montreal University. He holds a PhD in historical archaeology from Laval University and he has realized a postdoc in Earth Sciences applied to archaeology at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Québec, Canada). His main research interest focus on Modern period ceramic sourcing which he explores through various scientific techniques and methods of analysis, such as geochemistry and microscopy.Recently, he’s been invited to collaborate to various international projects including Tecnolonial, directed by J. Buxeda i Garrigos (U. Barcelona), and another on the palaeomagnetic intensity variations of the last 400 years in Northeastern America with researchers of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.


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