Research Title: Venice, Anatolia, and How to Be Roman
Dr. BergmeierteachesLateAntique, Byzantine, andIslamicmaterial 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 firstbookentitled,Visionserwartungen: VisualisierungundPräsenzerfahrungdesGöttlichen in der Spätantike,receivedtheHans-JanssenAward from the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Göttingen. At ANAMED, he is working on his secondbook, whichinvestigatestherelationshipbetweenVeniceandtheeasternMediterranean in thetwelfthandthirteenth 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 forthevisualconstruction of a commoneasternMediterraneanpast.
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