This panel is organized to bring together scholars and analysts to comment on the recent conversion of the Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque from the perspective of architectural history in geopolitical context.
Speakers will make 8-minute presentations in the rough chronological order of their historical field of expertise and comment on the contemporary decision from the perspectives of their own scholarly work and study area. After a discussion where speakers respond to each other, the panel will conclude with a Q and A session.
Panelists in order of presentation:
Namık Erkal TED University
Bissera Pentcheva Stanford University
Christina Maranci Tufts University
Maria Georgopoulou American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Sevil Enginsoy Istanbul Bilgi University
Çiğdem Kafesçioğlu Boğaziçi University
Belgin Turan Middle East Technical University
Peter Christensen Co-Moderator, University of Rochester
Nikos Magouliotis ETH Zurich
Esra Akcan Co-Moderator, Cornell University
Mesut Dinler Politecnico di Torino
Mücahit Bilici City University of New York
Bülent Batuman Bilkent University