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Byzantine Images and their Afterlives: Essays in Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr

  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Editor(s): Lynn Jones

The twelve papers written for this volume reflect the wide scope of Annemarie Weyl Carr's interests and the equally wide impact of her work. The concepts linking the essays include the examination of form and meaning, the relationship between original and copy, and reception and cultural identity in medieval art and architecture. Carr’s work focuses on the object but considers the audience, looks at the copy for retention or rejection of the original form and meaning, and always seeks to understand the relationship between intent and perception. She examines the elusive nature of ’center’ and ’periphery’, expanding and enriching the discourse of manuscript production, icons and their copies, and the dissemination of style and meaning

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Special Collections

The Anthony Bryer Special Collection

Anthony Bryer (1937-2016), late Emeritus Professor of Byzantine history at Birmingham University, wrote his doctorate thesis on The Empire of Trebizond (1204-1461) at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He held fellowships at Athens University, Dumbarton Oaks and Merton College, Oxford.  He was the founder and long-serving first director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham (1976 – 1994). In 1975, he also established “Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies”, now a leading journal in the field. His publications included “The Byzantine Monuments and Topography of the Pontos”, “Peoples and settlement in Anatolia and the Caucasus, 800-1900”, “The post-Byzantine monuments of the Pontos: a source book” and several articles. Bryer acted as chairman of the British committee of the International Association of Byzantine Studies (1989-95) and served as director at British Institute at Ankara (1996-2000).

 

Anthony Bryer, one of the doyens of research on Anatolian Civilizations, donated to the ANAMED Library of Koç University just before his death in late 2016, a collection of 15 journals and book series, including Eastern Churches Review, Byzantinoslavica: International Journal of Byzantine Studies, Byzantion, Revue Internationale des Etudes Byzantines, Petits Propos Culinaires: Essays and Notes to do with Food, Cookery and Cookery Books, Revues des Études Byzantines, Sobornost, Transaction of Royal Historical Society, composed of approximately 500 volumes, which further enriches the library, especially in the area of ​​Byzantine Studies.

 

For our librarians’ take on the collection and Anthony Bryer himself, please see ANAMED Library Branch Librarian Naz Özkan and NIT Library Branch Librarian İrem Ünal’s blogposts (in Turkish).

The Slobodan Ćurčić Colleciton

Slobodan Ćurčić is an Emeritus Professor at Princeton University. He holds a PhD from New York University, and is a renowned expert on late antique and Byzantine art and architecture. He led many archaeological excavations in former Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His many books include Art and Architecture in the Balkans: An Annotated Bibliography (1984), The Twilight of Byzantium (with co-editor D. Mouriki, 1991), and Middle Byzantine Architecture on Cyprus: Provincial or Regional (2000).

 

Professor Ćurčić donated to the ANAMED Library a collection of 276 books that consists mostly of works on Byzantine art and architecture.


Fellow Publications

Byzantion'dan Constantinopolis'e İstanbul Kuşatmaları

  • Publisher: İstanbul Araştırmaları Enstitüsü
  • Editor(s): Murat Arslan ve Turhan Kaçar

İstanbul Araştırmaları Enstitüsü, İstanbul Araştırmaları Dizisi kapsamında Byzantion’dan Constantinopolis’e İstanbul Kuşatmaları adlı bir derleme çalışması sunuyor. Kitap, kentin yaklaşık iki bin yıllık geçmişinde karşı karşıya kaldığı kuşatmaların tamamını tek tek ele almamasına rağmen kaynaklarda ön plana çıkanlar üzerine bir tür tam görünüm -panoptikon- sunan, Eskiçağ ve Ortaçağ tarihi araştırmalarında gün geçtikçe öne çıkan antik kaynak, epigrafik belge ve nümismatik buluntu çeşitliliğini dikkate alan ve güncel literatüre dayanan bir derleme çalışması. Kitapta yer alan Türkçe ve İngilizce araştırmalar, kuruluşundan itibaren en yakın komşuları Trakyalılardan başlayarak Hellenler, Persler, Makedonyalılar, Hellenistik krallıklar, Romalılar, Avarlar, Sâsâniler, Araplar, Bulgarlar, Ruslar, Haçlılar ve Osmanlılar tarafından kuşatılan İstanbul’un, sadece kimler tarafından nasıl kuşatıldığı üzerinde durmuyor, aynı zamanda siyasi çekişmelere, iç savaşlarla sonuçlanan anlaşmazlıkların doğurduğu kuşatmalara ve başkentin savunma unsurlarına da dikkat çekiyor.

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Architecture and the Late Ottoman Historical Imaginary: Reconfiguring the Architectural Past in a Modernizing Empire

  • Publisher: Ashgate
  • Author(s): Ahmet Ersoy

While European eclecticism is examined as a critical and experimental moment in western art history, little research has been conducted to provide an intellectual depth of field to the historicist pursuits of late Ottoman architects as they maneuvered through the nineteenth century’s vast inventory of available styles and embarked on a revivalist/Orientalist program they identified as the ’Ottoman Renaissance.’ Ahmet A. Ersoy’s book examines the complex historicist discourse underlying this belated ’renaissance’ through a close reading of a text conceived as the movement’s canonizing manifesto: the Usul-i Mi’mari-i ’Osmani [The Fundamentals of Ottoman Architecture] (Istanbul, 1873). In its translocal, cross-disciplinary scope, Ersoy’s work explores the creative ways in which the Ottoman authors straddled the art-historical mainstream and their new, self-orientalizing aesthetics of locality. The study reveals how Orientalism was embraced by its very objects, the self-styled ’Orientals’ of the modern world, as a marker of authenticity, and a strategically located aesthetic tool to project universally recognizable images of cultural difference. Rejecting the lesser, subsidiary status ascribed to non-western Orientalisms, Ersoy’s work contributes to recent, post-Saidian directions in the study of cultural representation that resituate the field of Orientalism beyond its polaristic core, recognizing its cross-cultural potential as a polyvalent discourse.

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Libguides

Byzantine Constantinople

A detailed guide about Byzantine Istanbul.

Guide to Greek Civilization: Overview

KU faculty and students of relevant departments, as well as ANAMED’s and AKMED’s fellow researchers have a keen interest in matters related to Greek civilization, which creates the necessity for a wide variety of resources and tools. Suna Kıraç, ANAMED, and AKMED Libraries try to provide these resources and tools to the researchers. Created by SKL Reference Librarian Vasiliki Mole, this Lib Guide is complementary to the Libraries’ collection that will assist those interested with their research and will further support their knowledge on the subject.


 
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