Sever Georgousakis, Deniz
Research Title: Against All Evil: Byzantine Objects of Private Protection from Turkey
Dr.Sever-Georgousakis holds a PhD in Art History from Koç University. She is currently participates in the archaeological excavations in the Küçükyalı ArkeoPark, which is an urban archaeology project located on the Asian side of Istanbul. Her responsibility at the project is to study the metal objects and create a detailed digital database for the study of small finds. Her project in ANAMED is the revision of her doctoral dissertation, “Against All Evil: Byzantine Portable Objects of Private Protection from Turkey,” and its development into a book manuscript by revising and expanding certain sections. Her research focuses on the concept of apotropaic, spiritual, and/or magico-medical protection and its development in Byzantium over the centuries, a concept reflected in the material world of Byzantium. The integral part of her research explores the function of images and inscriptions on objects of protection. It utilizes the fields of anthropology and art history to understand the connection between images and inscriptions, and their role as mediators of narratives in scriptures and oral traditions. The study of these objects provides an insight into the fears and expectations of Byzantine society and how the Byzantines dealt with their worries in their daily lives.