Collins Lecture at Gannon University to Explore Archaeology in Turkey
Posted: March 20, 2017
Turkey is a nation that regularly appears in headlines about
conflict in Syria, the geopolitics of the Middle East and the rise
of authoritarian governments. Yet this ancient land is also home to
some of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. The
tension and relationship between these two is the subject of Gannon
University's annual Collins Institute Lecture to be given by
Caitlin Curtis on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in Room 219 of the
Waldron Campus Center, 214 W. Seventh St.
Curtis, whose lecture is entitled "Archaeology Is Not Just About
Dead People: Community Engagement in Turkey," is a Ph.D. candidate
in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New
York at Buffalo. Her research interests include sustainability and
heritage, critical heritage studies, cultural heritage management
and heritage tourism.
It was while completing research for her master's thesis,
"Planning for Heritage Preservation in Western Turkey: A GIS
Approach to Archaeotourism and Agricultural Policy," that she
observed the problems that arose when archaeologists imposed their
plans for tourism and heritage development on local communities
without adequately understanding local hopes for the future.
In 2014, Curtis received a joint junior residential fellowship
in Cultural Heritage Management from Koç University's Research
Center for Anatolian Civilizations and the British Institute at
Ankara to pursue her dissertation research in Istanbul. She was
awarded further support from the American Schools of Oriental
Research, the Institute for European & Mediterranean
Archaeology and the University at Buffalo.
The Collins Institute Lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Suzanne Richard, Ph.D., director of
the Collins Institute, at 814-871-5605. For more information about
Gannon University's excavations at the Bronze Age site at Khirbat
Iskandar, Jordan, click here.