It is with a combination of excitement and cautious realism that we find ourselves returning to in-person programs for the fall 2021 semester at ANAMED. Having completed more than one academic year of online programs and working from home productively in all our areas of activity, we eagerly await the establishment of this new normal. At the same time, we remain confident in our ability to carry on ANAMED’s mission remotely if necessary. This confidence stems from a track record built on some of the items appearing in this latest newsletter, made possible as always by ANAMED’s dedicated team and growing community of affiliates and alums.
Digital conversion of ANAMED exhibitions continued to make Merkez Han Gallery content accessible to the global public. Efforts included curation of recent exhibits as virtual tours as well as the launch of our newest online exhibition: a dedicated website for “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük” exhibit now joins earlier sites for “Camera Ottomana” and “Yusuf Franko.” Those who have yet to catch the long-running “Archival Memories” exhibit can still see it in person through later this year.
As we welcome our newly arriving 2021–2022 fellows in person, we salute what was the first (and only, we hope) cohort of “remote” ANAMED fellows, who completed their fellowships in fine form despite challenging circumstances. In the selection of brief reports included in this newsletter, you can read about their projects and progress made over the course of the fellowship year. We will look forward to keeping in touch with them and following their work into the future. To help preserve these precious academic connections, I’d like to highlight renewed efforts to maintain our annually growing network of ANAMED alumni—now over 400 strong. Our social media channels have been active in this endeavor for years, of course, but new efforts include solidifying ANAMED’s alumni community and collecting alumni publication data, in attempts to track ANAMED fellows’ work to both share and promote it. If you haven’t heard from us yet, please drop a line or drop by as possible to rekindle what we hope to be a life-long conversation!
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