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Istanbul Symposium

Cities as palimpsests? Urban evolutions in the Eastern Mediterranean



Image: panoramic view of the hippodrome in Constantinople, 1574, The Freshfield Album (Trinity College, Cambridge Library MS O.17.2)


In partnership with Bahçeşehir University

The tangible traces of the Greco-Roman city were made meaningful through diverse ways of reflecting on the past, many of which diverge widely from modern modes of identification and signification. For this reason, the conference will open by considering the urban imagination in four broad cultural spheres that have animated the Eastern Mediterranean over time: Arabic, Byzantine, Frankish and Ottoman. It will then conclude with a session primarily concerned with the re-invention of the past and its various uses in the early modern and contemporary periods.

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Bahçeşehir University, Beşiktaş Campus,


Please arrive by 09:30, event will begin at 10:00 and finish by 18:30

Leeds International Medieval Congress 2018



The relationship of the medieval city with the ancient city has received much debate in recent years. The theme of 'memory' offers new possibilities for considering how medieval people understood their cities in the context of those that had come before, whether by remembering them, or choosing to forget them. This panel was concerned with the importance of the physical remains of the ancient city as sources of urban memory, examining the way in which city status was contested in the light of the ancient past and concluded with a session on how ancient ideas of the city were adapted and reused.

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 693418).

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