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Tolga Uyar

Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University

Tolga B. Uyar (Ph.D University Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 2011) is specialized in Byzantine art, architecture and archaeology, with special emphasis on the monumental painting of Cappadocia. His broader research interests include the methodological questions related to the “archaeology of art,” the interactions between visual, written, oral, and material cultures in the Medieval Mediterranean, popular piety across religions, and the issues of identity as they relate to artistic production. His current project concentrates on the digital modeling and interpreting settlement patterns in Cappadocia through the viewshed analysis where the positioning of the monuments and other settlement features are evaluated relative to the landscape. Tolga Uyar’s research has been awarded several scholarships from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Onassis Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Koç University ANAMED Research Center, Suna Inan Kıraç Foundation and he also worked as a research collaborator in the Academy of Athens. Since 2011 he is co-directing the “Cappadocia in Context” graduate seminar, a summer field school for Koç University and since 2015 he is teaching in the History of Art Department at NEVU (Nevşehir Hacı Bektas Veli University) in Cappadocia.

Christian Art, Visual Culture and Society in 13th Century Anatolia


Tolga Uyar's seminar is based on his forthcoming book focusing on the interactions between visual cultures in Medieval Anatolia. The book will examine the methodological questions for the study of the multi-religious social landscapes in the eastern Mediterranean as well as the nexus of geographical history, anthropology, popular piety and beliefs, and social agency in art. This in order to analyze issues of identity as they relate to artistic production. The aim of the seminar is indeed to explore the artistic bonds between Byzantium, Seljuk Rum, and the eastern Mediterranean world at large, by focusing on thirteenth-century monumental paintings in Cappadocia while also considering the wider sociocultural implications of the debate concerning Christian communities under non-Christian rule in the medieval era.

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