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Professor Dr. Wendy Shaw

Kunsthistorisches Institut

Professur für Kunstgeschichte islamischer Kulturen

Koserstr. 20
Raum A 317
14195 Berlin


Sprechzeit am Montag 14.00-16.00 Uhr, nach vorheriger Anmeldung per email
Raum A 316

Wendy M. K. Shaw works on the intersection between modernity, colonialism, postcoloniality, philosophy and art in the Islamic world through museums, art historiography, archaeology, religion, film, photography and contemporary artistic production. Her work features a regional emphasis on the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey within comparative perspectives with other regions of the global south and Islamic majority cultural legacies.

Studentische Hilfskraft
Christina Smith

Academic Experience

Freien Universität, Berlin
Professor of Art History of Islamic Cultures
October, 2014- present


Universität Bern, Switzerland                 
Assistant Professor (fixed-term position)
Institüt für Kunstgeschichte                                                                   
May 2009-2014
Center for Cultural Studies, co-director of World Arts


Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey     
Associate Professor (Dozent)
Faculty of Communications                                                        
2007 – April, 2009


Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
Assistant Professor
Department of Media                                                                            
2003- 2006


The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Assistant Professor                                                                             
1999- 2003
(resigned for personal reasons after successful fourth year review)



Associate Professor,
Interuniversity Council of the Republic of Turkey                                    
March, 2005

PhD, Department of Art History
University of California, Los Angeles                                                    
April, 1999

MA, Department of Art History
University of California, Los Angeles                                                 
February, 1994

BA, Department of Studio Art
Scripps College, California                                                                    
May, 1990


Professional Experience

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey
Curatorial Consultant                                                                           


Çankaya Presidential Palace Museum, Ankara, Turkey
Program Planning Consultant                                                       
April-June, 2005


Santral Istanbul Museum of Art and Science, Istanbul, Turkey
General Coordinator,
Director of Education and International Affairs                                            



1999, Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Dissertation: Possessors and Possessed: Objects, Museums, and the Visualization of History in the late Ottoman Empire, 1846-1923.

    1993 - February, 1999                                   
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Doctoral Candidate, Art History
  • Major Concentration: Islamic Art History
  • Minor Concentration: History of Urban Planning and Architecture
    1991 - 1993                                                    
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Master of Arts, Art History
  • Thesis: “Stylizing the French Sudan: French Colonial Policy on Urban
    Planning and Architecture in Timbuctu, Djenné, Ségou, Mopti, and Bamako.”
  • Major Concentration: Islamic Art History
  • Minor Concentration: Contemporary Art History
  • Minor Concentration: History of Urban Planning
    1988 - 1990       
    Scripps College, Claremont, CA
    Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art
  • Thesis: “Modern Art in the Republic of Turkey, 1923-1989.”
    1986 - 1988       
    Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
    Major in Biochemistry, Deans List



Ottoman Painting: Reflections of Western Art from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. London: I.B.Tauris Press, 2011.

Mehmet Güleryüz: Engaging Art/ Soruşturan Sanat Exhibition Catalogue, İstanbul: İş Bankası Yayınları, 2009.

Osmanlı Müzeleri. [Ottoman Museums] Istanbul, İletişim Yayınları, 2004.

Possessors and Possessed: Museums, Archaeology, and the Visualization of History in the Ottoman Empire. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.


Book Projects        

Fortress of Form, Robber of Consciousness: Perception through Islamic Discourses

Arts of Other Modernities: Visual Art after Western Hegemony

Funded Projects    

SNF Sinergia (with Professor Silvia Naef, Geneva University and Professor Irene Maffi, University of Lausanne), “Other Modernities: Patrimony and Practices of Visual Expression Outside the West,” subproject C, “Heir to the Hybrid Moment: from Tradition to Modernity in Non-Western Visual Arts,” http://www.other-modernities.com/                                     

Funded participant, National Museums in the Republic of Turkey: Palimpsests within a Centralized State,” Country Report, EUNAMUS European Union project http://www.eunamus.eu/


Forthcoming Articles                   


“Fortress of Form, Robber of Consciousness: Theorizing Visuality in Islam,” Raphael Praesinger, ed. The Semantics of Vision: Art Production and Visual Cultures in the Middle Ages. Tournaut, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, forthcoming)

“The Ottoman in Ottoman Photography: Negating Identity in Order to Produce  It,” in Markus Ritter, ed. The Indigenous Lens: Early Photography in Islamic Lands, Studies in the History and Theory of Photograph Vol. 3, (Zurich Kunsthistorisches Institut (forthcoming)

“Islamic Art in the Islamic World: Museums and Architectural Revivalism,” in The Companion to Islamic Art and Architecture, rubric of “Modernity, Empire, Colony and Nation (1650-1950)”, eds. Gülru Necipoğlu and Barry Flood (New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, Blackwell Companions to Art History series, 2013-14)


“Au-delà de la peur de la musulmane voilée: spécularité dans l'espace public moderne,” in Silvia Naef, ed. Voile, corps féminen et pudeur, Geneva: éditions Labor et Fides (2015)

“The Concept of Heritage in relation to World Arts: a matrimony of others,” in Leila el-Wakil, ed. Quarante ans de patrimoine (1970-2010) (2015)

"Turkey's Summer of Love and the Art of Political Protest," X-TRA Contemporary Art Magazine (2014) http://x-traonline.org/article/turkeys-summer-of-love/

“Performing Vision: re-presenting vision in Islam,” in Islam and the Politics of Culture in Europe. Edited by Frank Peter, Sarah Dornhof and Elena Arigita. Bielefeld: transcript. 2012.

“The Islam in Islamic Art History: Secularism and Public Discourse,” Journal of Art Historiography 6, Special Issue, Islamic Art (June, 2012) http://arthistoriography.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/shaw1.pdf

“From Mausoleum to Museum: Resurrecting Antiquity for Ottoman Modernity,” in Zainab Bahrani, Zeynep Celik, and Edhem Eldem, eds., Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (Istanbul: SALT, and Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012), 423-442.

Shaw, Wendy K. (2011). National Museums in the Republic of Turkey: Palimpsests within a Centralized State(12/13/2011) http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=064;article=038

“Where did the Women Go? Female Artists from the Ottoman Empire to the Early Years of the Turkish Republic,” Journal of Women’s History 13:1 (Spring, 2011) 13-37.

“Between the Sublime and the Picturesque: Mourning Modernization and the Production of Orientalist Landscape,” The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism. The Poetics and Politics of Place: Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism, edited by Mary Roberts, Reina Lewis and Zeynep Inankur. Pera Museum, Istanbul, 2010.

“Im Unterbau des Alltäglichen,” Neuer Zürcher Zeitung, April 3, 2010. http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/kultur/literatur_und_kunst/im_unterbau_des_alltaeglichen_1.5367320.html

“From Whose Hand to Whose Eye: Representing Identity in Contemporary Art,” Identität: Schweiz/ Identité: Suisse. Biel: CentrePasquart, 2010, 5-9.

Heritage as Cultural Capitol in the Late Ottoman Empire” in Irene Maffi and Rami Daher, eds. Cultural Heritage in the Arab World, (London: I.B. Tauris Press, forthcoming)

“Modernism’s Innocent Eye and Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Photography,” History of Photography 33:1(January, 2009)

“Art: the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia,” Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)

“Museums and Narratives of Display from the Late Ottoman Empire to the Turkish
Republic"  Muqarnas 24 (2007) 253-280.

“The Rise of the Hittite Sun,” in Phillip Kohl, Mara Kozelsky, and Nachman Ben-Yahuda, eds. Selective Remembrances: Archaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts.. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008)

“İmparatorluktan Cumhuriyete: Değişim Döneminde Modernlik,/ From Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic, Modernity at a Time of Change,” Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Catalogue. Istanbul: Istanbul Modern, 2007. 158-171

“Whose Hittites and Why? Language, Archaeology and the Quest for the Original Turks,” in Michael L. Galaty and Charles Watkinson, eds. Archaeology and Dictatorship. (New York: Kluwer/Plenum Publishers, 2004)

“How to Translate: Kutlug Ataman’s Four Women Who Wear Wigs,” Thirdtext 18:1 (Winter 2004) 69-82.                                         

“Eti Günesi Neyi Temsil Ediyor?” [What does the Hittite Sun Represent?] Arkeoloji: Niye? Nasil? Ne Için?. Oğuz Erdur, Güneş Duru, eds. (Istanbul: Ege Yayinlari, 2003)

Art Among the Myths of Globalism: the Istanbul Biennial,” Thirdtext 58 (Spring 2002)7-15.

Ambiguity and Audience in the Films of Shirin Neshat,” Thirdtext 57 (Winter 2001-2) 43-52.

"Tra(ve)ils of Secularism: Islam in Museums from the Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic," in Derek Peterson, ed. The Invention of Religion. New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 2002.

“Islamic Arts in the Ottoman Imperial Museum,” Ars Orientalis XXX (August, 2000) 55-68.

“Osman Hamdi and the Subversion of Orientalist Vision” in Lucienne Thys-Senocak and Cigdem Kafescioglu, Festschrift for Aptullah Kuran. Istanbul: Yapi Kredi Yayinlari, 2000.

“Stylizing the French Sudan,” Jusur: The UCLA Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 9 (1993), 31-67.



Book Review: Turquerie and the Politics of Representation, 1728-1876, Nebahat Avcıoğlu, (2011), Surrey and Burlington: Ashate Publishing, 304 pp., 17 color plates, 86 b/w illustrations, ISBN 978-0-7546-6422-2 , $124.95 (cloth). International Journal of Islamic Architecture 2:1 (Fall, 2012)

“Why Care about Ottoman Women Artists?” Online commentary, Journal of Women’s History, Spring, 2011. http://bingdev.binghamton.edu/jwh/?page_id=385

“Between the secular and the sacred: a new face for the department of the holy relics at the Topkapı Palace Museum,” Material Religion 6:1 (March, 2010) 129-131.

Book Review: Shirine Hamadeh; The City's Pleasures: Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century; Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007, 368 pp., 105 illus., 8 in color, 3 maps. $60, ISBN 0295986670 ; Lucienne Thys-Şenocak; Ottoman Women Builders: The Architectural Patronage of Hadice Turhan Sultan; Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Publishing, 2007, 346 pp., 104 b/w illus. $124.95, ISBN 0754633101 ” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Mar 2010, Vol. 69, No. 1: 122–123.

“’Kimsin Sen:’ Ahmet Polat Fotoğraf Sergisi Üzerine Düşünceler,” Arredamento Mimarlık, 7-8 (2007) 40-41.

Book Review, Heghnar Zeitlian The Image of an Ottoman City, (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2006) and Yasser Elsheshtawy, ed. Planning Middle Eastern Cities: an Urban Kaleidescope (London: Routledge, 2004) Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians December, 2007.

Londra’daki “Türkler” Türkiye’de,” [Turks in London, from Turkey] Arredamento Mimarlik, March 2005.

“Concerning the Archives,” The Middle Eastern Studies Bulletin 36:1(Summer, 2002) 20-27.

review, Allan, Susan Heuck. Frank Calvert and the Discovery of Troy (University of California Press: Berkeley, 1998) Turkish Studies Association Bulletin (Spring, 2000) 27-31.

review Glassie, Henry. Turkish Traditional Art Today (Indiana University Press, 1993) Jusur: The UCLA Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 11 (1995), 58-60.




„Sexing Up the Ottoman in the Contemporary Art of Turkey“ Re-Orientierung. Kontexte Zeitgeössisscher Kunst in der Türkei und Unterwegs, Internationale Tagung am 20. und 21. November 2015 an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München und am Haus der Kunst München

"Collecting Islam in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Modernization and the First Islamic Museums of Islamic Art," invited participant, Collecting and Empires conference, Max Plank Institut, Florenz, Italien, November 5-7, 2015.



"Collecting Islam in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt: Modernization and the First Islamic Museums of Islamic Art," invited participant, Collecting and Empires conference, Max Plank Institut, Florenz, Italien, November 5-7, 2015.

„Passion for the Image: the Image as Beloved in Persian Poetry,“ invited speaker, Seminar: Contested Desires. Figuration and Sensation in Abrahamic Traditions, held at the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) in Oslo from 23-24 April 2015.

"The Value of Archaeology: Inventing a Worth for Heritage in the Late Ottoman Empire, " invited speaker, Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices and Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin, April 22, 2015.

„Intersecting Narratives, Interpolating Collections: the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin,“ at Saw: Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World, Sminar history of Collections, Université Paris 7 Diderot), April 16, 2015

"Negotiating the Ottoman Legacy in the Art of the Republic of Turkey," School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Ottoman Studies Center Inaugural Conference, Invited speaker, June 27-28, 2014

"Consecrated Prison: the film Mahpus (1973) as mystic writing pad of forgotten memory and the family photographs of Nikolas Theocharis as its remembrance," Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmpolitanism and Transcultural memories AHRC Research Network, International Two-Day Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London, June 26-27, 2014.

"Framing Istanbul: Resonances of the Photography of James Robertson in Envisioning the Istanbul Landscape," invited participant, Geographies of Contact: contexts of encounter between Britain and the Middle East from the Middle Ages to the end of the nineteenth century, University of Strasbourg, June 12-14, 2014.

"Dressing the Empire: Ethnic Diversity, Photography, and the Modernisation of the Ottoman Imperial Ideal," invited participant, Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories, Birckbeck College, University of London, March 28, 2014

"Cubism in Turkey, 1933-1953: Belated? Bergsonian? Bektashi?" Conference of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey, New York University, October 18-19, 2013.

“Between Lady Montague and the Veiled Islamic Lady: an Immunological Model for the Discourse of Islam in Europe,” invited seminar, Bern Immunology Club annual dinner, May 29, 2013.

“Beyond the Fear of the Veiled Muslim: Specularity in Modern Public Space,” Colloquium participant, “Le port du voile, entre religion et tradition,” Université de Genève, April 11-12, 2013.

“Troy and the Notion of ‘Treasure’,” conference, Troy and Turkey: New Perspectives on Turkey’s Cultural Heritage, at Allard Pierson Archaeology Museum, Amsterdam, Holland, March 21-22, 2013

“Subodh Gupta and the Politics of Beauty,” invited speaker, Thun Kunstmuseum, February 16, 2013

“The valorization of antiquities in the late Ottoman Empire: Hüseyin Zekai’s discussion of Troy, Baalbek, and the scholarship of antiquities in holy treasures ,” 8th Colloquy of the Ernst Herzfeld-Society for Studies in Islamic Art and Archaeology, Institute of Art History, University of Zurich, Assistant Professorship History of Islamic Art, July 6-8, 2012

Invited participant, “Women, family, and femininity in Ottoman photography,” Workshop, Visualizing Family, Gender Relations, and the Body. The Balkans approx. 1860-1950, Center for Southeast European History and Anthropology, University of Graz, June 15-17, 2012

Invited speaker, “Women artists, femininity, and the family between the Ottoman Empire and Turkey,” Lecture Series Historical and Current Developments Southeastern Europe and the Near East,” University of Graz, June 14, 2012.

“Translations of Islamic Art into Modern and Contemporary Art of Turkey” in Making Up a Historiography: Contemporary Arts of the Middle East,” College Arts Association Conference, Los Angeles, CA, USA, February 22-25, 2012

“The Islam in Islamic Art History: the Case of Anatolia,” invited speaker, Orient Institute, Istanbul. January 11, 2012.

“Islamic Visuality between the Qur’an and Poststructuralism: Reconceptualizing the Boundaries from Religious to Cultural Interpretation,” Conference on the Qur’an, Society for Oriental and African Studies, University of London, November 10-12, 2011

invited participant, “Icon, Idol, Relic: the Islamic Object and Ontologies of Absence,” Configurations of Muslim Traditions in European Secular Public Spheres, A Dutch National Fund (NWO)-funded network on ‘The Semantics of Tolerance and (Anti-)Racism in Europe, comprising Amsterdam & Utrecht Universities, Casa Árabe, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), and Zentrum Moderner Orient.; October 13-15, 2011, Cordoba, Spain.

Invited speaker, Ottoman Photography, Geography of Photography lecture series, Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Zürich, October 6, 2011.

Participant, EUNAMUS: Building National Museums in Europe, 1750-2010. Bologna, March 31 – April 1, 2011.

“Cubism on the Bosporus,” conference, Modernity in Translation, Munich Center of Advanced Studies, December 2, 2010 http://www.changing-views.de/veranstaltungen/2010-12-04/modernity-in-translation

invited participant, “The Concept of Heritage in relation to World Arts: a matrimony of others,” Colloquium: 40 ans de patrimoine (1970-2010), University of Geneva, December 17-18, 2010.

invited speaker, “Contemporary Art in China,” in conjunction with the Focus China exhibit, Messe, Luzern, June 28, 2010.                           

Invited participant, “Eunamus: European National Museums: Identity Politics and the uses of the past,” Stockholm, April 28-May 1, 2010.

“Fortress of Form, Robber of Consciousness: Representation as Structuring Taboo of the Islamic Divine,” Symposium, The Semantics of Vision: Art Production and Visual Production in the Middle Ages, University of Bern, May 10-11, 2010.

keynote speaker, "Artistic Ethnoscapes Across the Great Walls of China"  Symposium, “The Artist as Ambassador – Sponsored Travel in a Global Age,” Bern Kunstmuseum, February 13, 2010.

“Culture and Art: the Politics of Seeing,” lecture, Minor in Area and Cultural Studies, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, November 18, 2009.

invited participant, “From Ainslie to Allom: Perceptions of the Picturesque Orient in British Landscapes of the Ottoman Empire,” at The Ottoman Empire and English Orientalism, The Pera Museum, November 27-28, 2008

invited participant, “Perceiving the Past as Heritage: Discourses on Ancient Archaeological Sites and Antiquities in the Late Ottoman Empire,” Conference, Owning the Past: Archaeology in the Late Ottoman Empire," Center for Near Eastern Studies and Cotsen Institute for Archaeology, UCLA the February 29- March 1, 2008

invited lecturer, “The Museum as Amnesiac: Contemporary Art and the Role of the Museum in Turkey,” Nurope Nomadic University at Garanti Platform, January 30, 2008

“Women Artists in the late Ottoman Empire and the Early Turkish Republic,” Middle East Studies Association Conference, Montreal, November 17-20, 2007

“Worthless: Art and the idea of Value” invited book curator and lecture, Garanti Platform, Istanbul, May 10, 2007

“Fotomontaj ve Fotografik Kolaj, 1840'lerden Çağdaş Sanata,” [Photomontage and Photographic Collage, from the 1840s to Contemporary Art] Bursa Uludağ University Photography Festival, April 27, 2007.

“Museums in Turkey,” Yeditepe University History Department Colloquium, March, 2007.

“Dolmabahçe Palace Museum: An Embarrassment of Riches,” Dolmabahçe Palace 150th Anniversary Conference, November 25, 2006

Invited lecturer, UCLA/Getty Summer Institute on Conservation and Preservation, Istanbul, Turkey, July 24, 2006

Panel Chair, “Music and Museology,” The International Congress on Musical Culture in Turkey and the Museum of Music, Istanbul Military Museum, 29-31 May, 2006

Invited participant, University of Lausanne, “Practices of cultural heritage in the Arab world” Conference, June 21-22, 2006

Invited participant, “Museums and the Foreclosure of Art in Turkey and the Middle East,” Harvard University, “Historiography and Ideology: Architectural Heritage of the “Lands of Rum” Symposium, May 25-28, 2006

Invited speaker, “Museums and Art in Turkey and the Middle East,” Bilkent University Department of History, Ankara, May 1, 2006

Invited participant, “Museums and Art in Turkey and the Middle East,” Middle East Technical University & British Archaeological Institute, “Ambivalent Geographies: The architecture and urban planning in the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic in a global context,” Symposium, April 27-29, 2006

Invited speaker, “Museums and Memory in Turkey,” Istanbul Technical University Department of Art History, March 13, 2006

Invited speaker, educating museum guides program, Istanbul Modern Museum of Art, July 11, 2005

Guest, Sanat Dünyamiz, TRT 2, filmed January 16, 2005

Guest, BesNBirK, CNNTürk, January 15, 2005

Guest, Ters Açi, NTV, January 3, 2005

Invited speaker, “Niye Müze: Toplum ve Modernligin Terbiyecisi,” Osmanli Arsiv ve Arastirma Merkezi, Voyvoda Caddesi Toplantilari, Obje ve Ritüel Söylesileri, invited speaker, December 31, 2004.

“Behind the Museum: The Purposes and Projects of Turkish Museums, past and present,” Museums in Motion conference, Maastricht, Holland, November 11-14, 2004

invited speaker, “Müzecilikten Milliyetçilige: Osmanli Döneminde Görsel Siyaset,” Türk Tarih Vakfi, , May 24, 2004

invited speaker, “Museums in the Ottoman Empire,” invited lecture, ongoing colloquium series, Department of Art History, CUNY, Binghamton, April 9, 2003.

“Hitit Günesi Neyin Simgesi?” Toplumsal Arkeoloji Platformu/ Arkeoloji: Niye? Nasil? Niçin. Bilgi University, Istanbul, April 5, 2003. (in absentia)

“Avrupa, Öteki, ve Ötesi” [Europe, the Other, and Beyond] Kültürel Açidan Avrupa Birligi’ne Yaklasim Sempozyumu, [Symposium on Cultural Approaches to the European Union] Sponsored by Kültür Girisimi/ Cultural Investigations, The Marmara Hotel, November 22, 2001

"Linguistic Boundaries between Actors and Audiences in the Films of Shirin Neshat," Symposium, Spaces of Resistance: Woman as Author and Image, Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio, November 15, 2000

“Secular Temples: Religious Practice in Museums of the Turkish Republic, Middle East Studies Association Conference, Washington D. C., November, 1999

“Islamic Arts in the Ottoman Imperial Museum, 1889-1923,” Historians of Islamic Art Majlis, in association with College Arts Association Conference, Los Angeles, February 13, 1999

Panel Speaker, “The Biennial Virus,” paper entitled, “The Istanbul Biennial and the recycling of History”, College Arts Association Conference, Los Angeles, February 11, 1999

“Archaeology in the Ottoman Empire during the Turkish War for Independence, 1914-1923,” Middle East Studies Association Conference, Chicago, November, 1998

Panel Discussant, “Re-presenting the Nation: Negotiations of Turkish National Identity,” Middle East Studies Association Conference, Chicago, November, 1998

Panel chair, “The Politics of Place: Issues in Urbanism and Architecture,” Jusur Graduate Student Conference, UCLA, May, 1998.

“Phantoms of Bygone Days: Military Museums in the Ottoman Empire.” Presented at the Middle East Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, November, 1997.

Panel participant in symposium for Shades of L.A., Los Angeles Public Library, January, 1996.

“Museolea: Turkish Museums and the Development of National Identity during the First Turkish Republic.” Presented at the Middle East Studies Association Conference, Washington, D.C., November, 1995 and at the Jusur Graduate Student Conference, UCLA, May, 1995.

“Stylizing the French Sudan.” Presented at Jusur Graduate Student Conference, UCLA, May, 1993.

Select Courses

Lectures: Art History (Survey); Modern Intellectual Traditions (Survey); Modern & Contemporary Art Outside the West; Islam and Representation; Postcolonialism and Visual Art: Latin America; African Arts: from the Primitive to the Contemporary; Visual Art and Gender in the Global South; Introduction to the History and Theory of Islamic Art; Art and Modernity in the Middle East; Introduction to Visual Culture

Seminars: Orientalism and Film; Turkish Literature in Translation; Media and the Image of the Middle East; Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory; Image and Text in Travel Literature to the Orient; Non-Western Cultures and Western Museums; Map of Critical Theory for World Arts; Museums and Architectural Narrative; Topics in Islamic Art History; Analytical Methods: Gilles Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers; Exhibition Theory and Practice; Topics in Islamic Art: Architecture, Poetry, and Orientalism; Visual Art & Modernism in the Global South; Cultural Studies and the Art of Critique; History and Theory of Photography in Global Context

Workshops: writing skills; research skills; photography as documentation



From the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic: Art and Modernity,”
Curatorial Consultant, Istanbul Modern,           
September 6, 2007- March 31, 2008

“20 Years of the Istanbul Biennial,”                           
September 6- February 28, 2007
Writer of audiotour texts

“Andreas Gursky,” Istanbul Modern                                 
May 30 – August 26, 2007
writer of audiotour texts

“Open Library” Garanti Platform, Istanbul                                         
May 7-14, 2007
1 week guest curator

“Turkey by Magnum,” Istanbul Modern,                           
February 17- May 20, 2007
writer of audiotour texts

“Is this Fiction: Video Program,” Istanbul Modern           
February 17 – May 20, 2007
writer of audiotour texts

“Venice-Istanbul,” Istanbul Modern                    
October 18, 2006 – February 2, 2007
writer of audiotour texts

“Intersecting Times: Art in Turkey,” Istanbul Modern                     
June, 2006 - ongoing
(Permanent collection) writer of audiotour texts

writer of texts throughout website                                                            
July, 2006


Artist Texts            

“Preface,” Taner Ceylan: The Lost Paintings, New York: Paul Kasmin Gallery, 2013.

“Sinem Dişli,” for an exhibit at Galeri X-Ist Istanbul, Turkey October 16 – November 20, 2011.

“Lorna Simpson, ‘Easy to Remember’,” Yesterday Will be Better, Exhibition Catalogue, (Aargauer Kunsthaus, 2010) 83-85.

“Ali Taptık,” for an exhibit at Galeri X-Ist Istanbul, Turkey February 14 – March 8, 2008

“Arif Aşcı,” for exhibit at Gallery Kim, Seoul, Korea, July- October, 2007

“Rebound of the Gaze: the Photographs of Ahmet Polat,” in conjunction with the exhibit Who are you? Ahmet Polat Istanbul Modern, May 30 – August 26, 2007; used as the main text in the artist’s portfolio

Mürüvvet Türkyılmaz,” in Charles Merewether, 2006 Biennial of Sydney: Zones of Contact, 274.


Honors and Awards                                                                                                                      

Nomination, Student Teaching Award, OSU                                   
Fall Quarter, 2003

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA                                    
October 1998-June 1999

Edward A. Dickson History of Art Fellowship, UCLA             
October 1997-June 1998

Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
Social Science Research Council Grant
July 1996-July 1997

U.S. Department of Education, Title VI Grant                        
October 1994-June 1996

Teaching Assistantship, Department of Art History             
September 1993-June, 1996


Service to the Profession

External Promotion Reviewer: Prof. Talinn Grigor (Brandeis University), Prof. Kirstin Scheid (American University of Beirut), Prof. Pinar Kayaalp (Ramapo College), Prof. Nancy Um (SUNY Binghamton)

Ad Hoc reviewer for Antiquity, World Art, Material Religion, International Journal of Islamic Architecture, International Journal of Turkish Studies, Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies, Art History

Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Journal of Modern Art and the Arab World

Co-Editor, Book Series Middle East, Social and Cultural Studies Series, Peter Lang Publishing, Bern, Switzerland

Equal Opportunity Commission, Faculty of Humanities, University of Bern (2010-2014)

Administrative Board, Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bern, http://www.iash.unibe.ch (2012-2014)



English, native speaker

Turkish, native speaker

French, advanced

German, intermediate

Ottoman Turkish, reading knowledge