Prof. Robert OUSTERHOUT (University of Pennsylvania)
Prof. Ousterhout (PhD University of Illinois) is Professor Emeritus in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught 2007-17. A recognized specialist in Byzantine architecture, his research focuses on the documentation and interpretation of the vanishing architectural heritage of the eastern Mediterranean. His current fieldwork concentrates on Byzantine architecture, monumental art, and urbanism in Constantinople, Cappadocia, and Jerusalem. Since 2011 he has co-directed the “Cappadocia in Context” graduate seminar. His most recent book is Visualizing Community: Art Material Culture, and Settlement in Byzantine Cappadocia, Dumbarton Oaks Studies 46 (Washington, DC, 2017). A textbook, Eastern Medieval Architecture, is due from Oxford University Press in 2019, sponsored by the Onassis Foundation.
Dr. Tolga UYAR (Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş University)
Dr. Uyar (PhD in Byzantine Art History at the University of Paris 1) is currently working as Associate Prof. at Nevşehir HBV University Department of Art History. His primary areas of specialization are Byzantine art, architecture and archaeology, with special emphasis on the monumental painting and material culture of Cappadocia, his broader research interests include the interactions between visual, written, oral, and material cultures in the Middle Ages; the issues related to the study of the religious landscapes in the eastern Mediterranean; the nexus of archaeology, history, anthropology, popular piety and beliefs, and social agency in art; and the questions of identity as they relate to artistic production. Tolga Uyar is co-directing the Cappadocia In Context graduate seminar since 2011.