KEYNOTES

Silvio Bär (University of Oslo, Norway)

Silvio Bär studied in Zurich and Oxford (Classics, Musicology and English philology) and has been Professor of Classics at the University of Oslo since 2014. His research areas and interests include Greek hexameter poetry (especially of the imperial period), tragedy, lyric poetry, the novel, mythology and mythography, rhetoric, the Second Sophistic, intertextuality, transtextuality, diachronic narratology, and the reception of antiquity in English literature and popular culture. He has published widely on Quintus of Smyrna’s epic Posthomerica, on the genre ‘epyllion’, and on the mythical character of Herakles in Greek epic and beyond. Currently, he is writing a commentary on Book 5 of Homer’s Odyssey (the Kalypso episode), contracted with Liverpool University Press for the Aris & Phillips Classical Texts series.

Selected works:

  • Herakles im griechischen Epos: Studien zur Narrativität und Poetizität eines Helden. Stuttgart 2018.
  • “Heracles in Homer and Apollonius: Narratological Character Analysis in a Diachronic Perspective.” Symbolae Osloenses 93 (2019): 106–131.
  • “The Nature and Characteristics of the Gods in Classical Mythology.” Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium 30 (2020): 7–46.

Inge Uytterhoeven (Koç University, Turkey)

Inge Uytterhoeven is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art and an Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University. After her studies in Ancient Greek and Latin Language and Literature (BA: 1993 – MA: 1995) and Archaeology (BA: 1996 – MA: 1998) at KU Leuven (Belgium), she obtained her PhD in Archaeology from the same university with a dissertation on the Graeco-Roman village and necropolis of Hawara in the Egyptian Fayum (2003). Between 2003 and 2011, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders at the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project at KU Leuven and the German Archaeological Institute Istanbul (DAI), and as a Senior ANAMED Fellow in Istanbul. Her research integrates material and written evidence and focuses on Hellenistic, Roman and Late Antique housing in Anatolia and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as on public architecture and broader urban studies related to these periods and regions. She has worked on archaeological sites in Belgium, Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Turkey. Since 1997 she has been involved with field research, including excavations and architectural studies, carried out by KU Leuven at Sagalassos (Ağlasun, Burdur). Between 2013 and 2019 she conducted an architectural survey at Limyra (Finike, Antalya) within the framework of the Limyra Project of the Austrian Archaeological Institute.

Selected works:

  • Hawara in the Graeco-Roman period: life and death in a Fayum village (Vol. 174). (2009) Peeters; Leuven.
  • Housing in Late Antiquity: Thematic perspectives. In Housing in Late Antiquity-Volume 3.2 (pp. 23-66). (2007) Brill.
  • Housing in Late Antiquity: Regional Perspectives. In Housing in Late Antiquity-Volume 3.2 (pp. 67-93). (2007) Brill.

Metin Ekici (Ege University, Institute of Turkish World Studies, Turkey)

Professor Metin Ekici was born in 1963 in Çal, Denizli, Turkey. He graduated from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature in Faculty of Science and Literature at Atatürk University, Erzurum in 1984. He completed his M.A in the Institute of Social Sciences /Department of Folklore at Dokuz Eylül University by submitting his thesis titled “The Minstrel Stories and The Book of Dede Korkut”. He was accepted to PhD program at University of Wisconsin/Madison in USA. He took courses on folklore theories and Central Asia. Prof. Ekici earned Ph.D. with the dissertation titled “The Anatolian Cycle of Köroğlu Stories” in 1996. In 1999, he went to USA upon the invitation of Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative in Texas Tech University and did archival research for 8 months. In 2004, Professor Ekici was appointed as a “Full-Professor” to the Department of TuQrkish Folklore in the Institute of Turkish World Studies at Ege University, Izmir. Currently, Prof. Ekici is the head of Department of Turkish Folklore, Institute of Turkish World Studies at Ege University and teaches graduate courses such as Folklore Theories, Cultural Heritage, Turkic Epics, and Genres of Turkic Folk Literature. Since 2006, Professor Ekici has been serving as a “Vice-chair” of The Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee in UNESCO Turkish National Commission.

Selected works:

  • Ekici, M. (2019). “Dede Korkut Proclaims the Thirteen Epic Story: “Salur Kazan Kills the Seven Headed Dragon” Milli Folklor, Ankara, ss. 5-13.
  • Türk Dünyasında Köroğlu. Ankara: Akçağ Yayınları, 2004.
  • Ekici, M. (2014). “Gelenek Aktarma Dönüşüm ve Kültür Endüstrisi Bağlamında Nazar ve Nazar Boncuğu.” Milli Folklor Dergisi, Ankara: S.101, ss.40-50. 

Medine Sivri (Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Turkey)

In 1989, she graduated from Atatürk University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of French Language and Literature. In 1993, she completed her Master’s study titled “The Image of Women in Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil” at Atatürk University Social Sciences Institute and became an expert. In 1999, she completed her doctoral thesis titled ” Rupture and Continuity in Paul Eluard’s Poetry” at Hacettepe University Institute of Social Sciences and received her doctorate. In the same year, she started to work as an Assistant Professor at Anadolu University, Faculty of Education, Department of French Language Education. In July 2001, she started to work at Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as a founding member of the Comparative Literature Department, which was opened for the first time under the roof of state universities in Turkey. She became Associate Professor in Comparative Literature Science on 30 June 2009 and Professor on 20 August 2014. Medine Sivri’s working areas are; French and Turkish Poetry, Mythology, Folklore, Migration Literature, Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature, Children’s and Youth Literature.

Selected works:

  • Sivri, M. Yetim, A., “Yaratılış Söylencelerinde Yumurta Öğesine Karşılaştırmalı Bir Yaklaşım”, Frankofoni Dergisi, Sayı: 21, 191-202, Ankara 2009.
  • Sivri, M, “Gülsüm Cengiz’in Şiirlerinde Mitlerin İzi”,  Folklor/Edebiyat Dergisi, 2011/2, Sayı:66, 121–136, Ankara, 2011.
  • Sivri, M., Kuşça, S. “Halikarnas Balıkçısının Eserlerinde Mitlerin İzleri ve Karşılaştırmalı Mitolojiye Katkısı”, Milli Folklor Üç Aylık Uluslararası Kültür Araştırmaları Dergisi, Cilt:12, Bahar, 2013, Sayı: 97, 39-52.

Nevzat Kaya (Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey)

Nevzat Kaya, born in Izmir in 1968, completed his primary and secondary education, except for the final year of high school, in Germany. Nevzat Kaya received his undergraduate degree from Ege University Faculty of Literature, Department of Western Languages and Literatures in 1990 and his master’s degree from Ankara University, Department of German Language and Literature in 1992. He became a research assistant at the Department of German Language and Literature, Ege University in 1992. As a DAAD scholarship holder, in 1993/1994 Academic Year he attended the lectures of Renate Schlesier, Professor for the Cultural Studies Anthropology, at Universität Paderborn, Germany. During this period, he also did research for his dissertation and completed his PhD in 1997. During 2009/2010 Academic Year, as an Invited European Chair Professor Nevzat Kaya gave various lectures at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany. He founded Department of Comparative Literature at Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Letters and has been working there since 2013. Nevzat Kaya’s area of expertise is the Reception of Classical Greek Culture in 19th and 20th Century Western Literatures and conducts research on gender, myths and anti-humanocentric dynamics in literature. Nevzat Kaya is a member of Deutsche Thomas Mann- Gesellschaft and Internationale Alfred Döblin-Gesellschaft.

Selected works:

  • Kaya, N. (1999). Tellurische “Rationalitätskritik: Zur Weiblichkeitskonzeption in Alfred Döblins Berge Meere und Giganten. na.
  • Kaya, N. “Der Gott des Grotesken”, Ege Üniversitesi Yayınları, İzmir, 2000.
  • Kaya, N. “Natur-Literatur-Kultur”, Ege Üniversitesi Yayınları, İzmir, 2005.

Khatuna Tavdgiridze (Georgian American University, Georgia)

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