Dis­cov­er­ing Byzan­tium in Is­tan­bul

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THE IS­TAN­BUL Re­search In­sti­tute will hold an in­ter­na­tional sym­po­sium, Dis­cov­er­ing Byzan­tium in Is­tan­bul: Schol­ars, In­sti­tu­tions and Chal­lenges, 1800-1955, to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of its es­tab­lish­ment. The sym­po­sium, which fo­cuses on the de­vel­op­ment of Byzan­tine stud­ies in the 19th and early 20th cen­tury in Is­tan­bul, is free of charge in Pera Mu­seum’s au­di­to­rium.

It will be held from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18 at the Pera Mu­seum au­di­to­rium, and is or­ga­nized un­der the di­rec­tion of Olivier Delouis and Brigitte Pi­tarakis, both from the Cen­tre Na­tional de la Recherche Sci­en­tifique (CNRS) in Paris. The rea­sons and in­cen­tives that in­spire stud­ies of the Byzan­tium Em­pire, which Con­stan­tine founded in 330 A.D., the meth­ods of sci­en­tists’ ac­cess­ing the mon­u­ments and ma­te­rial rich­ness of Con­stantino­ple, the is­sues of which works are al­lowed to be ex­am­ined on what con­di­tions will be dis­cussed in the sym­po­sium. Be­sides in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tific com­pe­ti­tion, the ac­tiv­i­ties of newly es­tab­lished for­eign in­sti­tutes and mu­se­ums and the re­search per­spec­tives of lo­cal sci­en­tists are among the top­ics that will be dis­cussed at the sym­po­sium.

The sym­po­sium be­gins with the emer­gence of ma­jor ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­plo­ration tours in the Eastern Mediter­ranean. This pe­riod, in­clud­ing the Ot­toman Em­pire and mod­ern Turkey, ends with the 10th In­ter­na­tional Con­gress of Byzan­tine Re­search in Is­tan­bul for the first time. Par­tic­i­pants aim to in­tro­duce new and un­known re­search sources to the sci­en­tific world through eval­u­at­ing archival ma­te­ri­als in their coun­tries.

Lora Gerd from the Rus­sian Sciences Academy’s St. Peters­burg His­tory In­sti­tute, Ge­orge Vas­siadis from Royal Hol­loway Col­lege at the Univer­sity of Lon­don, Peter Schreiner from Cologne Univer­sity, Nevra Ne­cipoğlu from Boğaz­içi Univer­sity, Leina Kouneni from St. An­drews Univer­sity and Hol­ger Klein from Columbia Univer­sity are among the par­tic­i­pants of the sym­po­sium, the open­ing speech of which will be given by Ed­hem El­dem, ti­tled “The Ot­toman (Re) Dis­cov­ery of Byzan­tium.”


A con­cert ti­tled Rum Com­posers: Con­tanti­nop­o­lis Breathes, Is­tan­bul Sounds is be­ing held as part of the sym­po­sium, as well. The Galata Mu­sic Projects will present the works of 19th cen­tury Ot­toman Greek com­posers and their mu­sic style, which fea­tures melodic rich­ness and artis­tic sen­si­tiv­ity. It builds a con­tem­po­rary and liv­ing mu­si­cal bridge with the mul­ti­cul­tural struc­ture of the city. The con­cert will be at Pera Cafe on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and is free of charge. The talk will be in English with si­mul­ta­ne­ous Turkish trans­la­tion.

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