Aquatic Worlds of Anatolia

8-9 December 2022

The very idea of Anatolia, whether as seen from Türkiye or elsewhere, tends to be associated with the land and its many attributes—the figure of the peasant, the  language, the ideal village, the terroir, the national territory, etc. In fact, many of these symbols connote places even deeper inland in Central Asia, further and further away from the aquatic landscapes of Anatolia. In reality, Anatolia’s particular space, more than most geographical units, has been profoundly marked, even defined, by the aquatic element, which delineated its perimeter and constituted its body. It can be visualized as an island-continent and completely encircled and permeated by waterways: the Mediterranean Sea to the South, the Black Sea to the North, the Aegean and Marmara Seas along with the Straits to the West, Lake Van and the sources of the Tigris and Euphrates to the East, and then the many rivers and lakes that alleviate its continental mass. Yet the aquatic lens is still too rarely used to understand the Anatolia past. Building upon the new oceanic and environmental turns in the humanities, this symposium will bring together archaeologists, historians, and other scholars of various periods from the Bronze to the Digital Age to explore the history of liquid Anatolia. 

Organized in support with the The Koç University Mustafa V. Koç Maritime Archaeology Research Center (KUDAR) and convened by Alexis Norman Wick, Alexis Serge Charalabos Rappas and Matthew Harpster, the 17th International ANAMED Annual Symposium titled “Aquatic Worlds of Anatolia” will be held on 8-9 December 2022 in the ANAMED Auditorium.  

The symposium is open to public and registration is not required. The language of the event is English. It will be possible to join remotely via Zoom to the event as well. However, English-Turkish simultaneous translation will be provided only to the participants in the ANAMED Auditorium. To participate to the event remotely click here on the day of the symposium. You will connect to the livestream of the event via Zoom.

For more information contact Naz Uğurlu (nugurlu@ku.edu.tr).