Meet Our Lecturers

Ömür Harmanşah is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago; he holds his degrees from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (MA) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD).  His areas of specialization include the art, architecture and material culture of the ancient Near East and the Eastern Mediterranean world, with an emphasis on Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Syria during the Bronze and Iron Ages.  His current field projects are the “Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene” Project (Hunza Valley, Northern Areas in Pakistan), the Yalburt Yaylası Archaeological Landscape Research Project (Ilgın-Konya Province, Turkey), and the Gordion/Yassıhöyük Archaeological Project.

Matthew Harpster is Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology and History at Koç University, and Director of the Mustafa V. Koç Maritime Archaeology Research Center; he holds his degrees from The George Washington University, University of St. Andrews (M.Phil.), and Texas A&M University (Ph.D.).  His research interests are ancient Mediterranean maritime landscapes and communities, maritime archaeological theory and history, maritime cultural heritage management, Roman and Byzantine archaeology and history to the First Crusade, and the history of science and technology.  Professor Harpster is the Principal Investigator for the Maritime Survey of the Amalfi Costiera.  He is the AIA McCann-Taggart Lecturer for 2018/2019.

Eleni Hasaki is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics with the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.  She holds her degrees from the University of Cincinnati (Ph.D.) and the University of Athens, Greece, and her areas of specialization include craft technology and apprenticeship in Classical Antiquity, Mediterranean pottery technology, experimental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and ancient pyrotechnology.  Professor Hasaki is the Director of the Ethnoarchaeological Project at the Potters’ Quarters in Transition at Moknine (Tunisia), Senior Pottery Analyst for the excavations of the Sanctuary of Apollo on Despotiko, Paros (Greece), and is part of a collaborative project on the Archaeomagnetic Study of Ceramic Kilns in Greece.

"I am a researcher and part of the Viking Phenomenon research project. I studied at the Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University, and presented a PhD thesis in 2006 on the Birka Warrior – the material culture of a martial society. With a background in field archaeology and as senior curator at the Swedish History Museum (SHM) I have held research fellowships at SHM, Stockholm University and the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM) in Mainz. Previous research projects have focused on warfare, identities, mobility and material culture in Late Iron Age – Viking Age societies. Most recently I was part of the interdisciplinary ATLAS-project aiming at unravelling human prehistory within present day Sweden by combining archaeology, physical anthropology and genetics.

Within the Viking Phenomenon I coordinate work in the sub-project Viking Economics aiming at exploring the economy and organisation of Viking raids and their impact when shaping Scandinavian identities. Key issues relate to how the raids were structured, including comparative studies on piracy, what role women played and the importance of slave-taking and trafficking, both when raiding and in society at large. I will also further develop my own research on the movements along the eastern trade routes and the contacts between Scandinavians and various groups of the Eurasian steppe."

Amanda Herring is Assistant Professor with the Department of Art and Art History at Loyola Marymount University.  She holds her degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of California, Los Angeles (MA and Ph.D), and specializes in Hellenistic Greece, particularly how architecture and sculpture were used as expressions of identity during a period of rapid social and political change. Dr. Herring also examines the reception of the classical past in the modern world, and her current research project examines the superhero Wonder Woman and the manner in which her comics reinterpret and depict Greek myths, particularly their transformation of Amazons from antagonists to heroes. 


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