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Fellowships: RCAC Fellowships (Istanbul, 2015-2016)

RCAC Fellowships (Istanbul, 2015-16)

kocThe Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations aims to develop and facilitate research projects that are dedicated to the history, art, architecture and archaeology of civilizations in Turkey and to take a leading role in investigating and preserving Turkey’s cultural heritage by supporting the work of outstanding senior scholars and promising junior scholars and by bringing together persons working in a range of disciplines dealing with the cultural heritage and history of Turkey. Fellowships, which include accommodation, travel, and stipend are as follows:

  1. RCAC Residential and Non-Residential Fellowships (Approximately 10 Ph.D. Candidates and 10 scholars with Ph.D. to spend the 2015-2016 academic year in Istanbul at RCAC)
  2. Villa I-Tatti Joint Fellowship with Harvard University (1 Junior or 1 Senior Fellowship )
  3. BIAA – RCAC Fellowship in Cultural Heritage Management (1 junior or 1 senior Fellowship )
  4. KHI – RCAC Fellowship (1 junior or 1 senior Fellowship )
  5. Kaplan Fellowships in Archaeological Site Management (1 Junior or 1 Senior Fellowship)

To learn more about the fellowships, please visit the website

Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations is near to the libraries of the French, German, Swedish, and Dutch Institutes and other scholarly facilities in Istanbul. RCAC fellows are expected to devote themselves full time to their research projects and must be proficient in English, which is the language of instruction at Koç University. Applications from scholars of all nationalities are encouraged.


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Call for papers: Eating Anatolia: Remembered Histories and Forgotten Foods

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First we eat, then we do everything else.”  – MFK Fisher

Koç University’s department of Archaeology and History of Art is pleased to announce “Eating Anatolia: Remembered Histories and Forgotten Foods,” its second annual Graduate Student Symposium, May 3rd, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Few aspects of our shared human experience are more fundamental than food.  The act of preparing, serving and eating food in both historic and contemporary contexts spans low and high culture, encompassing social and cultural practices. Food functions as utility and pleasure, exposing social dynamics between producers and consumers and the wealth of material and cultural references that can be drawn from these interactions.  In its breadth and diversity, the topic presents a provocative opportunity to examine this most basic feature of history from a multi-disciplinary perspective, remembering that there is no single narrative to explain the story of food over time.

This symposium seeks to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines concerned with a span of topics, areas and periods as they relate to food and food production in Anatolia and its surrounding regions, including agriculture, feasting, cooking methods and technologies, and food culture manifested in migration and exchange.  Fellow graduate students are encouraged to consider alternative perspectives and how they contribute to a richer understanding of food-related practices and implications in Anatolia from the earliest prehistory until the end of the Ottoman Empire.

All graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by March 6, 2014 to

For other questions contact or visit

Encompassing Anatolia and its surrounding regions, suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Food production and agriculture
  • Domestication of crops and animals
  • Wine and viticulture
  • Tools and technologies
  • Hunting and/or cooking tools
  • Cooking methods
  • Preservation
  • Ingredients, recipes and diets
  • Spices and their distribution
  • Feasting and rituals
  • Visual or textual representation of food
  • Migration and trade
  • Food and preparation methods as cultural heritage and intangible heritage
  • Architecture as related to food production, distribution and consumption
  • Tea and Coffee traditions and culture
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Graduate Workshop: Cappadocia in Context

Cappadocia in Context
Immerse yourself in Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Cappadocia…

(Turkey) – The Goreme Valley of Cappadocia, Turkey 5

INFO:  Intensive Graduate Summer Workshop by Koç University RCAC
DATE: 16 JUNE – 04 JULY 2014

Do you want to explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine?  Within the region’s spectacular volcanic landscape are dozens of rock-cut settlements, including hundreds of painted, rock-cut churches, chapels, monasteries, houses, villages, towns, fortresses and underground cities.

The program will start in Istanbul, with lectures and field trips.  After three days in Istanbul, the group will travel to Cappadocia.  Through a program in Cappadocia that combines lectures, guided site visits, thematic explorations and seminar presentations, the workshop will explore ways to read the landscapes and its monuments, as well as ways to write a regional history based on the close analysis of sites and monuments.

Prof. Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Tolga Uyar (PhD. University of Paris I), with the contribution of some esteemed faculty members from Koç University, will present Cappadocia through a combination of lectures, seminar discussions, site visits and field trips.  A camera, sturdy walking shoes and a taste of exploration are essential!

In order to maintain an intimate setting and provide maximum exposure opportunities, the program has a limited capacity of 14 students.

Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Application deadline 30 April 2014.
All instructions will be in English; reading skills in French highly recommended.
This program is only open to graduate level students in appropriate fields of study.

For more information see:

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Call for Papers: Embodied Identities: Figural and Symbolic Representation of the Self in Anatolia (Istanbul 2014)

Call for Papers:
Embodied Identities: Figural and Symbolic Representation of the Self in Anatolia
Istanbul, 7-8 June 2014
Deadline: Feb 10 2014

koc_logoThis two-day workshop will be hosted at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, in Taksim. The organizers invite the submission of abstracts presenting excavation data relating to identity, territoriality and artistic expression of Anatolian personalities or groups, as well as investigations into the creation and manipulation of identity through material culture. The focus of the first day will be on theoretical and methodological approaches to identity in prehistoric Anatolia, while the second day will be open to papers concerning identity and self at any time period in Anatolian studies.

The main objective of the workshop is to investigate the embodiment of identity markers in literal and representative media; such as mortuary practices, personalization of tools, location of petroglyphs, and changing contexts of settlement planning. The archaeological focus of this workshop will enhance our perspectives on the relations between the self-determination of ancient Anatolians and their material context in Anatolia.

Abstracts of 300 words or fewer should be sent to no later than midnight on February 10, 2014.