Kütahya Ceramics and Cultural Heritage Seminar

November 6, 2023

The Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Pera Museum, in collaboration with the Koç University Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center (VEKAM), is presenting a seminar on Kütahya Ceramics and Cultural Heritage aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers, within the scope of the Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection. The seminar, which evaluates Kütahya ceramics through cultural heritage studies, aims to provide researchers with a new perspective on cultural heritage and its preservation.

The intensive one-day program consists of seminars and workshops. In the first part of the program, the importance of Kütahya tiles and ceramics in the cultural and artistic life of Türkiye will be examined with examples from the collection.

Following this, Kütahya ceramics will be evaluated through the “Traditional Art of Turkish Tiles,” which was included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016, thanks to the initiative of Türkiye.

In the second part of the program, the smuggling of cultural assets will be
discussed in light of past and present examples, specifically focusing on Turkish-Islamic artifacts. In the practical part of the program, which includes case studies, Turkish-Islamic artifacts of worldwide accessible collections will be scanned using various contemporary practices and databases, and the inventory statuses of the related Anatolian-origin cultural assets will be examined.

Kütahya Ceramics and Cultural Heritage Seminar will be held physically at the Istanbul Research Institute. Program language is Turkish. Attendance to the program is free; however, students traveling from outside the city must cover their own accommodation and transportation expenses.

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