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"Hagia Sophia: Perspectives from Cultural Heritage"



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


Detailed information and registration.