IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca
Research Topic: Public Perceptions of ‘the Other’s’ Heritage: Ottoman Heritage in Greece and Byzantine Heritage in Turkey
Hakan Tarhan is a PhD candidate in “Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage” at IMT Lucca, Italy. He obtained his BA in Tourism Administration (Boğaziçi University) and his MA in Heritage Management (University of Kent & Athens University of Economics and Business) with his field study project “Values Based Management in the Ancient Agora of Athens.” In the course of his studies, during the summer periods of 2014 and 2016, he took part in “Aspendos Cultural Heritage Management Project” of the BIAA, coordinated by Dr. Işılay Gürsu.
His PhD research is titled “Public Perceptions of ‘The Other’s’ Heritage: Ottoman Heritage in Greece and Byzantine Heritage in Turkey” in which he investigates the public perceptions towards the heritage of these particular “other”s, both from the perspective of the states and the citizens. The study aims to understand how the heritages of those who were marginalized by the official discourse as “the other” are treated today and to what extent these heritages are incorporated into the daily lives and personal identities of their contemporary communities.
His work in ANAMED focuses on studying the public perceptions towards the Byzantine Heritage in Turkey. The state’s perception is investigated through analyzing the national laws and regulations related to cultural heritage, the international conventions and agreements signed by Turkey, the official policy documents and the political discourse. People’s perceptions are investigated by conducting public opinion surveys and semi-structured interviews with locals living around the selected monuments and the professionals responsible from the maintenance of them.