Davis, Lauren Nicole 

Koç Üniversitesi

Research Topic: The Ottoman Spice Trade and Market Smellscapes: A GIS Case-Study

Dr. Davis received her PhD in 2017 from Koç University. Her dissertation project, ‘Sensorial Urbanism and Smellscapes: Documenting and Exhibiting Istanbul’s Cultural Heritage,’ explores the intangible heritage and history of place and people through a sensory, embodied experience. She curated the exhibition ‘Scent and the City’ at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Spring 2016. She has worked with several cultural institutions, including the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, the Allard Pierson Museum, the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, and Cornucopia Magazine. Her research project at ANAMED examines sensory history through digital tools by exploring historical spice and aromatic trade routes with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She is using GIS to visualize and analyze the changing, but perhaps not declining, patterns of the spice trade in the Ottoman Empire. In addition to contributing to a more in-depth interpretation of the complicated spice trade in the 16th century, this project also helps generate a more complete understanding of sensory history and the smellscapes of this historic neighborhood of Eminönü.