Hagia Sophia’s Conversions: Reflections on the Political, Temporal, and Aesthetic Dimensions of Heritage

Workshops, conferences 2020

  • Date: Nov 10, 2020
  • Time: 18:00 - 20:00
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
Hagia Sophia’s Conversions: Reflections on the Political, Temporal, and Aesthetic Dimensions of Heritage
A Zoom-based webinar hosted by the Max Planck Research Group, “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities”

For more details please contact cziesielsky(at)mmg.mpg.de.

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As a discourse and a set of institutionalized policies, heritage-making necessarily involves a complex mix of identities, politics, and power. Simultaneously, the sites, objects and practices that heritage seeks to encompass and preserve are myriad, defined by disparate histories that are not equally suitable to the ends that heritagization seeks. Hagia Sophia, which stood at the symbolic center of two great empires and continues to inspire identification on the part of two religions, represents a unique example of this dynamic.

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