Research Title: Ordinary Ottoman Greeks on Antiquities
Dr. Artemis Papatheodorou is a cultural historian working on the history of archaeology in the Ottoman Empire. For her doctoral research at Oxford and subsequent projects, she studied the Ottoman central administration, the autonomous Principality of Samos (Sisam adası) in the Aegean, the island of Cyprus and the Hellenic Literary Society at Constantinople, which was a major Ottoman Greek institution of knowledge with an international outlook. She currently investigates the reception of antiquities by Ottoman Greeks in the final period of the Ottoman Empire. Away from studying the elites, the focus of her research is, this time, on ordinary men and, significantly, women living their lives throughout Anatolia. In doing so, Dr. Papatheodorou employs the concept of “indigenous archaeologies” as proposed by archaeologist and Brown University professor Yannis Hamilakis, that is, “local, vernacular discourses and practices involving things from another time” (2011). Hamilakis’ conceptualisation of “indigenous archaeologies” is important in that it allows for a more encompassing definition of archaeological practice. Dr. Papatheodorou has previously taught history (world history, modern Arab history, Ottoman history and modern Turkish history) at the American University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, and Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece.
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