Calendar

20/04/2017

Exile, Political and Economic Migration in the Ottoman Empire

Conference @ CEZAYIR Toplanti Salonu

07/02/2017

Labraunda Day

Conference @ SRII

29/11/2016

Transformations of public space

Seminar @ SRII

23/11/2016

Ethnographic research on historical knowledge in Kyrgyzstan

Jarring Lecture @ Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm

08/11/2016

A City Altered by the Population Exchange

Conference @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu

07/11/2016

A Study on Existential Meaning- Making Coping with Cancer

Discussion Seminar @ SRII

03/11/2016

Today Talks: Borders, Nations, Citizens

Seminar @ SRII

01/11/2016

Ottoman Monuments in Kavala

Conference @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu

25/10/2016

Images of the Past - Kavala & Its Region

Conference @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu

25/10/2016

An Overview of the History of Kavala (end of the 14th c - 1912)

Conference @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu

24/10/2016

Old Oaks in Turkey – an unknown treasure

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

13/10/2016

Syrien i Sverige

Conference @ Etnografiska muséet

13/10/2016

Today Talks: Nomads & Wanderers

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

29/09/2016

Today Talks: Crossing Borders

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

20/05/2016

Beyond Rome

Conference @ Stockholm

17/03/2016

Today Talks: Memory of Things

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

15/03/2016

How Can Religion Contribute to Peace in Cyprus?

Spring Lecture @ SRII

11/02/2016

Today Talks: Fact & Fiction

Seminar @ SRII

02/02/2016

Labraunda Day

Conference @ SRII

03/12/2015

SRII Seminar - Internet Suzerainty

Seminar @ SRII

05/11/2015

Symbolic Aspects of Architecture

Conference @ SRII

27/10/2015

Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflicts

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

15/10/2015

Today Talks - Ideas on the Roads

Seminar @ SRII

13/10/2015

Turkey and Azerbaijan: One Religion - Two States?

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

06/10/2015

Backwards into the Future: Erdogan´s New Turkey

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

14/09/2015

Assessing Urban Expansion of Istanbul 2000-2013

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

04/06/2015

SRII Seminar - Den Levande Kakelplattan

Seminar @ SRII

21/05/2015

Today Talks - Personal Space & Invasion of Privacy

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

19/05/2015

The Revival of Pagan Cult Sites in Late Antiquity

Spring Lecture @ SRII

28/04/2015

IDP Business Meeting

Workshop @ SRII

14/04/2015

Istanbul ´s Urban Heritage: Protection and Threats

Spring Lecture @ SRII

03/03/2015

Swedish-Turkish Relations Today

Spring Lecture @ SRII

12/02/2015

Today Talks -Modern Day Traditions

Seminar @ SRII

05/02/2015

Today Talks - Technology and Education

Seminar @ SRII

03/02/2015

Welcome Reception

Seminar @ SRII

29/01/2015

Today Talks - Faith and Tolerance

Seminar @ SRII

12/01/2015

Labraunda Day

Conference @ SRII

08/01/2015

Today Talks - Gendered VS Queered Design

Seminar @ SRII

12/12/2014

Rhetoric and Politics

Occasional Lecture @ SRII

11/12/2014

Today Talks - LGBT; Why? When? Where?

Seminar @ SRII

13/11/2014

Today Talks - Istanbul, city of migrants

Seminar @ SRII

14/10/2014

The 2014 Jarring Lecture

Jarring Lecture @ SRII

11/10/2014

SILK ROAD SYMPOSIUM

Conference @ SRII

23/09/2014

In Science (Alone) We Trust?

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

19/06/2014

New Religiosities and Science

Workshop @ Workshop @ Orient-Institut Istanbul

14/06/2014

Summer school 2014

Master's Course @ SRII

23/05/2014

Klassisk arabiska: Modersmål eller orakelmål?

Discussion Seminar @ SRII

20/05/2014

Nationhood and Citizenship in Turkish Friday Sermons

Spring Lecture @ SRII

10/05/2014

Edebiyat Atölyesi

Workshop @ SRII

09/05/2014

Polygonal columns in ancient Greek architecture

Discussion Seminar @ SRII

15/04/2014

International Relations in Historical Perspective

Spring Lecture @ SRII

10/04/2014

Today Talks - Türkiye´de Kadin Üzerine:

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

08/04/2014

Literary History

Spring Lecture @ SRII

07/03/2014

Gendered Violence as Legal Constructions:

Seminar @ Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

06/03/2014

Today Talks - Today´s Public Space

Seminar @ SRII

22/02/2014

Alevi Identity Revisited

Spring Lecture @ Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

10/02/2014

Research Seminar

Seminar @ Istanbul Institute

16/01/2014

Imperial rulership and universal hierarchies in Early Byzantine art

Occasional Lecture @ British Institute of Archaelogy at Ankara

15/01/2014

The Central Asian Migrant Experience in Turkey and Russia

Workshop @ Department of Sociology, Bogaziçi University

19/12/2013

Türk Edebiyati Üzerine Bir Sohbet

Seminar @ srii

10/12/2013

Mobility,Acculturation and Identity Formation

Autumn Lecture @ SRII

06/12/2013

Critical Area/Regional Studies

Workshop @ Malmö University

04/12/2013

Labraunda Day

Workshop @ Swedish research institite in Istanbul

03/12/2013

Images of Power and Violence

Workshop @ SRII

04/11/2013

Post-Soviet Central Asia in a New Eurasia Discourse

Occasional Lecture @ Gediz University,Izmir

25/10/2013

Litterär Salong - Drabbad av Rumi

Seminar @ SRII

17/10/2013

Vad händer egentligen i Turkiet?

Seminar @ SFII - Stockholm

01/10/2013

The SRII Eastern Turkey Seminar 2013

Seminar @ South-eastern Turkey

14/06/2013

Maktsymboler

Workshop @ SRII

For past events, see Events

Senior Research Fellows

 

Cecilia Olovsdotter,PhD Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Fellow, Swedish Research Institute

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Tel: +90 (0) 212-252 41 19      

E-mail: ceciliao@sri.org.tr 

Dr Cecilia Olovsdotter is a Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Fellow at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, where she conducts the project Victoria Romana in late-antique visual culture: tradition and transformation in the representation of victory, empire and eternity, c. 250-700. The project investigates the prominent function of the Roman victory goddess, Victoria, in Late-Roman and Early-Byzantine visual culture, focussing on the representational and contextual diversification and functional universality that characterise her image and nature in the last transformative centuries of the Roman Empire.

Cecilia Olovsdotter received her doctorate in Classical archaeology and ancient history from the University of Gothenburg, where she defended her PhD dissertation on the consular diptychs in 2003, published in a slightly revised version as The consular image. An iconological study of the consular diptychs (Oxford) in 2005; she also holds an MA degree in art history. In 2005-2006 she was a Post-doctoral Fellow in archaeology at the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome with the project The sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Praeneste: a study of the correlations between architectural structure and cultic function, a project she subsequently developed further during a sojourn as Visiting Scholar at the Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin in 2007-2009. Between 2010 and 2014, Olovsdotter conducted the project Virtue, status, immortality: on the applications and meanings of architectural motifs in Late Roman and Early Byzantine imagery (c. 180-600) as part of a Senior Research Fellowship at the SRII, co-funded by the Bank of Sweden  Tercentenary Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

Olovsdotter’s research interests revolve around Roman and Early Byzantine commemorative — triumphal, official, funerary — and religious art and architecture (2nd c. BCE-7th c. CE), with a special emphasis on repertorial, structural and contextual aspects of Roman and late-antique image composition: the development of context-specific vs. universal iconographies in Roman art tradition; continuities in the visual language of power, status, immortality and eternity (transcendence) between secular—religious and polytheistic—Christian contexts and over time; and the systematic employment of symbolic motifs, configurations and conformations in Roman and Early Byzantine art and architecture.

https://srii.academia.edu/CeciliaOlovsdotter

Publications

Olovsdotter, C., The consular image. An iconological study of the consular diptychs, (BAR S 1376), Oxford 2005.

Olovsdotter, C., ’Konsulardiptychon’, in Der heilige Schatz im Dom zu Halberstadt, H. Meller, I. Mundt & B.E.H. Schmul (eds), Regensburg 2008, 164-165.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Representing consulship: on the conception and meanings of the consular diptychs’, Opuscula 4, 2011, 99-124.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Anastasius’ I consuls: ordinary consulship and imperial power in the consular diptychs from Constantinople’, Valör. Konstvetenskapliga studier 1-2, 2012, 33-47.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Kejsarmakt och stat i tidigbysantinsk tid: konsulardiptykerna från Konstantinopel’, Dragomanen. Årsskrift för Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul / Annual of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul 13, 2011, 46-53.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Arkitektursymbolik i senromersk och tidigbysantinsk bildkonst’, Dragomanen. Årsskrift för Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul / Annual of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul 14, 2012, 157-166.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘”To illustrate the history of art.” John Brampton Philpot’s photographic collection and the study and mediation of late antique and early medieval ivories in the mid nineteenth century’, in J. Papp & B. Chiesi (eds), John Brampton Philpot’s photographs of fictile ivory / John Brampton Philpot fényképsorozata elefántcsont faragványok másolatairó, Budapest 2016, 43-54 / 109-122.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Victory universal and eternal: prolegomena to the study of Victoria Romana in late-antique visual culture’ (forthcoming)

Olovsdotter, C., Virtue, status, immortality: conceptions, functions and meanings of architectural motifs in Late Roman and Early Byzantine visual culture (c. 180-700) (in preparation)

Olovsdotter, C. (ed.), Bridging spheres: new perspectives on abstraction and symbolism in Late Roman and Early Byzantine visual culture (in preparation)

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Architecture and the spheres of the universe in late antique art’, in C. Olovsdotter (ed.), Bridging spheres: new perspectives on abstraction and symbolism in Late Roman and Early Byzantine visual culture (in preparation)

Olovsdotter, C., ‘The sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Praeneste: towards a new synthesis of the evidence’ (in preparation)

 

Sofie Bedford, PhD

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E-mail: sofie.bedford@ucrs.uu.se

Dr. Sofie Bedford is a researcher at Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University (UCRS), affiliated with SRII since September 2015. She defended her PhD dissertation in Political Science with the title Islamic Activism in Azerbaijan. Repression and Mobilization in a post-Soviet Context at Stockholm University in 2009 and in her subsequent postdoctoral project she was studying the phenomena of Internet activism, also in the Azerbaijani setting. She is currently involved in two research projects.    

Project: Security, Equality and Mindsets in South Caucasus (SEMS)

South Caucasus has experienced prolonged conflicts that have proven to be hard to mitigate. SEMS aims at better understanding the severe and locked-in security situation in the South Caucasus, primarily by investigating the mindsets of key actors and groups in these societies (Russia excluded), with a focus on social dominance orientation, perceptions on gender equality and LGBT-rights, and perceptions on the specific security issues facing the countries. SEMS consists of a number of case studies to this end. Dr. Bedford will be contributing to the project through a comparative study of the diplomatic relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan and Georgia respectively. The research will focus on perceptions of Turkey’s role in the region and foreign policy of these countries, as well as possible scenarios for future development. She will also be in charge of the case study Securitization, Politicization and Mobilization of Religion in Azerbaijan, analyzing how religion is securitized (and de-securitized), politicized and mobilized by various religious and secular actors. Understanding how these roles, either real or envisioned sometimes can be very conflicting will provide better understand the dynamics of the religion-state-society relationship and the larger regional security situation. The four-year project started in 2016 and is financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). The project leader is Professor Li Bennich-Björkman.

Project: Building Sustainable Opposition in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes

The study’s focus is ‘opposition’ in harsh political climates that, not being able to achieve any concessions from the state, has come to be written off as ‘failed’ in much of the previous literature. Finding this approach unconstructive the project strives to problematize what successful opposition in electoral authoritarian regimes is, as well as highlighting the dynamism of opposition in these types of contexts. Hence, the project pursues an indebt comparative study of opposition as ‘work in progress’ in two electoral autocratic regimes – Belarus and Azerbaijan where ‘opposition’ is generally described as having ‘failed’. The main aims of the study are to investigate the recent organizational changes within Azerbaijani and Belarusian oppositions, observe and analyze the new opposition dynamics in action and theoretically elaborate on how to build constructive opposition in these types of political settings. Dr. Bedford is the leader of this three-year project that started in 2015 and is financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).


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