Research Title: Venice, Anatolia, and How to Be Roman
Dr. Bergmeier teaches Late Antique, Byzantine, and Islamic material culture of the medieval Mediterranean and the Middle East at Leipzig University. His work explores changes and transformations across cultures and the relationship between visual and textual sources. Current research themes include visions, time, spoliation, natural disasters, and the Byzantine cultural heritage in Venice and in Seljuk and Ottoman Anatolia. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at the Columbia University in New York and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Center for Byzantine Studies at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. His first book entitled, Visionserwartungen: Visualisierung und Präsenzerfahrung des Göttlichen in der Spätantike, received the Hans-Janssen Award from the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Göttingen. At ANAMED, he is working on his second book, which investigates the relationship between Venice and the eastern Mediterranean in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It challenges modern divisions of culture and history parsed along nation-state identities and examines shared historical and material legacies as markers of identity in Byzantium, Venice, and Seljuk Anatolia, arguing for the visual construction of a common eastern Mediterranean past.
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