Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background:

2002-2007   University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

  • Doctor of Philosophy in History, awarded in July 2007
  • Primary area of study: Byzantine History
  • Secondary area of study: Medieval History
  • Dissertation: “The Byzantine City (5th – 9th centuries): De-Constructing and Re- Constructing the Urban Environment between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”(Advisors, Prof. Chris J.Wickham and Dr. Roger White)

1997-2002   University of Venice “Ca’Foscari”, Italy

  • Bachelor of Arts in History, awarded in 2002
  • Degree mark: 110/110 magna cum laude
  • Thesis: “La Città Bizantina (V-IX secolo): i casi di Nauplia, Amastris, Apamea di Siria

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor of History, Bilkent University, January 2016-Present.
  • Associate Professor of Byzantine History, Eastern Mediterranean University, October 2014-January 2016.
  • Assistant Professor of History, Eastern Mediterranean University, September 2008- September 2014
  • Visiting Professor in Byzantine Art History, University ‘Ca’Foscari of Venice, Spring 2013- present.
  • Member of the Program “Framing Medieval Mediterranean Art:  Museums and Archaeology in National Discourse (Institutional Frameworks and Historical Narratives of Museums and Archaeological Projects in the Mediterranean)”, American Academy in Rome- Getty Foundation, 2014-2016.
  • Director of the Archaeological Survey “Kaleburnu and its plain: Byzantine-Medieval” (EMU-University of Venice- UNICAL) under the auspices of the Excavation Campaign “Kaleburnu Kral Tepe 2014” directed by Prof. Bulent Kizilduman.
  • Member of “Framing Early Medieval Coinage” Project, Princeton University 2013-2016 https://sites.google.com/site/princetonframingcoinage/home
  • Lecturer at the School of Advanced Studies, Department of Historical and Social Sciences, University of Salerno, Italy, 2010-present.
  • Research Assistant to Prof. Leslie Brubaker in researching and preparing her book Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era (680-850): A History (Cambridge Mass., 2010), 2007
  • Teaching Assistant, Center for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, UK, 2007.
  • Research Assistant to Prof. Leslie Brubaker, Professor of Byzantine Art , Assistant Director of the Institute of Antiquity and Archaeology, University of Birmingham (UK), June 2007- September 2007.

Honors, Awards, and Grants:


Invited Lectures:           

 

  • ‘Beyond the periphery: The Islands of the Byzantine Empire in the early Middle Ages’, Bilkent University, Turkey, 29 October 2015.
  • ‘Eastern Mediterranean in Transition: the view from Cyprus’, Seminar for Postgraduate Students of the Department of History, Bilkent University, Turkey, 15 May 2015.
  • ‘Eastern Mediterranean in Transition: the view from Cyprus’, Seminar for Postgraduate Students of the Faculty of Architecture, Columbia University, USA, 24 February 2014.
  • ‘Eastern Mediterranean in Transition: the view from Cyprus’, Seminar for Postgraduate Students of the Faculty of Architecture, Vorononezh State University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Voronezh, Russia, 25 November 2013.
  • ‘”From Hagia Sophia to San Marco”: Byzantine influences on Venetian urbanism and architecture’, Vorononezh State University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Voronezh, Russia, 22 November 2013
  • ‘Eastern Mediterranean in Transition: the view from Cyprus’, University of Albany, Albany, 28 November 2012.
  • ‘Two Hegemonies, One Island: Cyprus between the Byzantines and the Umayyads (ca. 650-ca.850 C.E.)’, Excavating the Mediterranean Past Workshop, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, 9 November 2012.
  • ‘A wonderful city of palms and dates: Salamis-Constantia in Transition from the Late Antiquity to the early Middle Ages’, “Informal Talks” Series, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington D.C. , 24 October 2012 (ca. 500-850 A.D.).
  • ‘Il Mediterraneo Orientale nell’età della transizione: la visione cipriota’, Annual Lecture of the School of Advanced Studies, Università di Salerno, Italy, 4 July 2012
  • ‘Two Hegemonies, One Island: Cyprus between the Byzantines and the Umayyads (ca. 650-ca.850 C.E.)’, University of Bern, Bern, 31 May 2012
  • ‘Eastern Mediterranean in Transition: the view from Cyprus’, II Teaching Fellows’ Day, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington D.C., 30 April 2012
  • ‘Two Hegemonies, One Island: Cyprus between the Byzantines and the Umayyads (ca. 650-ca.850 C.E.)’, American Research Institute in Turkey, Ankara, 15 December 2011
  • ‘Coins and Archaeology: the Cypriot key study between the 6th and 8th century’, lecture given at the Numismatics and Sigillography Summer Program 2011, Centre for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, USA.
  • ‘A taste of the Mediterranean; the Byzantine cuisine’, Imagining the Mediterranean: Landscapes of Multi-cultural and Culinary encounters’, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta 7 April 2011.
  • Cities in Transition: Urbanism in Byzantium’, Sidestreets in Kyrenia, Conversation on Cultures #8, 7 March 2010.
  • ‘Cities in Transition in the Eastern Mediterranean between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages’, Istanbul Şehir University, 3 December 2009.
  • ‘A Mosaic of Cities: Urbanism in the Byzantine Empire from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages’, Sidestreets in Kyrenia, Conversation on Cultures #5, 28 November 2009.
  • “‘Tra Greci e Saraceni’: Monete e Monetazione Bizantina e Arabo-Bizantina a Cipro fra Settimo e Ottavo Secolo”; Annual lecture of the School of Advanced Studies, Università di Salerno, Italy, 23 February 2010
  • “‘Betwixt the Greeks and the Saracens’: coins and coinage in Cyprus in the seventh and eight century”, Numismatics and Sigillography Summer Program 2009, Centre for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, USA,20 July 2010
  • “The Mountains, the Plan and the Sea: Urbanism in Byzantine Anatolia between the 5th and the 9th century”, Conference of Mediterranean Cultures-MedWorlds at Eastern Mediterranean University, Gazimağusa, TRNC, 5 June 2009.
  • “ The Transformation of the City between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”, Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi, Istanbul, Turkey, 23 March 2008.
  • “Cities in Transition along the Eastern Mediterranean: A Study in Byzantine Urbanism between the Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta (Cyprus), 13 March, 2008.

Conference Papers:

  • “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”: 13th-14th century Venetian communities and interactions with the Suljuq Sultanate, the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia and the Anatolian Beyliks”, Cultural Encounters in the Medieval period: The Italians in Anatolia during 12th-15th century- Vehbi Koc  Ve Ankara Araștirmarlari Merkezi, Ankara, 13 May 2016
  • “Coinage in the Eastern Mediterranean: an insular perspective”, FLAME-Framing the Early Medieval Coinage, Princeton University, 30 April 2016.
  • “The Islands of the Byzantine Empire”, Türkiye’de Bizans Çalişmalari: Yeni Araştirmalar, Farklı Eğilimler, Boğazici University, Istanbul, 18-19 March 2016.
  • “Where the farmers may have been”: the Cypriot rural landscape in the early Medieval Cyprus”, New Approaches to Historical Landscape, Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, 16 February 2016.
  • “Islands: not the last frontier- Insular Models in the early Medieval Byzantine Mediterranean, ca. 650-ca. 850”, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 6-9 July 2015.
  • “Medieval Cyprus”, II Terracotta International Symposium, 17-30 November 2014, Nicosia, Cyprus.
  • “Insular Model in the Byzantine Mediterranean in the early Middle Ages”, Medworlds VI Conference of Mediterranean Worlds, Università della Calabria, Rende (CS), 7-9 September, 2014.
  • “Between Damascus and Constantinople: Cyprus as ‘Middle Ground’ in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (650-850 C.E.)”, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 6-9 July 2014.
  • “Urban space during the transitional period: change or continuity”, Colloquium ‘Transforming Sacred Spaced. Approaches to Byzantine Ecclesiastical Architecture from the Transitional period’, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, 14-16 May 2014.
  • “Across Mediterranean horizons: Cyprus as ‘Middle Ground’ between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (650-850 C.E.), Medworlds V Conference of Mediterranean Worlds, Bern, 9-11 September 2013.
  • “‘Betwixt the Greeks and the Saracens: Coins and Coin Circulation in Cyprus in the seventh and eighth centuries”, First International Congress of the Anatolian Monetary History and Numismatics, Antalya 25-28 February 2013.
  • “Two Hegemonies, One Island”: Cyprus between the Byzantines and the Umayyads (ca. 650-ca. 850), Stanly Seeger Workshop of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, 16 November2012
  • “‘Betwixt the Greeks and the Saracens: Cyprus in the passage from Late Antiquity to the early middle ages’, Cypriot Identities across Millennia, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus, 7 September 2012.
  • “Two Hegemonies, One Island”: Cyprus between the Byzantines and the Umayyads (ca. 650-ca. 850), Medworlds IV Conference of Mediterranean Worlds, Istanbul, 6 September 2012
  • “Two Hegemonies, One Island”: Cyprus between the Byzantines and the Umayyads (ca. 650-ca. 850), American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 6 January 2012.
  • “An island of populous cities, merchandise, stuffs and goods“: re-assessing the economic role of Cyprus between the Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (500-800 c.e.), Medworlds 3: Convergence of the Mediterranean, Commerce, Capital and Trade Routes in the History of a Sea, University of Salerno, Italy, 7 September 2011
  • “The Mountains, the Plan and the Sea: Urbanism in Byzantine Anatolia between the 5th and the 9th century”, Conference of Mediterranean Cultures-MedWorlds at Eastern Mediterranean University, Gazimağusa, TRNC, 5 June 2009; Research Centre for Anatolian Civilizations at Koç University, Mini-Symposium, Istanbul, Turkey, 12 May 2008.
  • “The Fate of the Byzantine City Between the 5th and 9th century”, presentation at the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilizations at Koç University, Istanbul, 16 October 2007.
  • “Deconstructing and Re-Constructing the Byzantine city: the Case of Ephesus between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”, XL Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham, UK, 21 April 2007.
  • “Amastris: a Study in Byzantine Urban History Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”, III Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, University of Birmingham, UK, 17 May 2005.
  • “The Byzantine City: Methodology and Problems”, University of Salerno , Italy, 19 June 2005.
  • “‘Le due Venezie’: Landscape, Settlement Patterns, and Trade Routes in ‘Venetia’ Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”, XXXVIII Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies- St.John’s College, Oxford, UK, 13 April 2004.
  • “Playing in the City: the Ludic Dimension between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages”, XXXVII Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham, UK, 8 March 2003.

Languages:

  • English (fluent)       • Latin: Classical                     • Spanish (reading competence)
  • French (fluent)        • German (reading competence)        • Ancient Greek (reading competence)
  • Turkish (intermediate)

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