Berkay joined the ITP network as an MA student at Bogazici University, Istanbul, studying the economic history of republican Turkey. Alongside economic history, Berkay is particularly interested in applications of geographic and spatial analyses in history and archaeology and believes that growing techniques of mapping and visualization have great potential to expand the horizon of research in these fields. Likewise, archaeological findings of ancient edifices and monuments can also be subject to this kind of analyses. This is why museums with rich collections are particularly interesting to Berkay.
During his MA Berkay also participated in a project at Bilgi University, the project aimed to virtually resurrect the ancient monuments of Asia-minor from their fragments in the British Museum; monuments within the project include the temple of Artemis, Harpy’s Tomb, the lion tomb of Knidos, mausoleum of Halicarnassus and Nereid monuments.
In 2016 Berkay completed his Masters and started a PhD at Ataturk Institute, Bogazici University. He has spent one semester at the University of Cambridge History Faculty as part of an academic internship programme. Whilst working on his masters he is also a research fellow at Kadir Has University, Istanbul Studies Center.
At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme in 2014, Berkay was based in the Greece & Rome Department and his partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.
Berkay’s exhibition project proposal was entitled, Fragment of Marble Fluting: Two Flutes.
Berkay’s place on the programme was generously supported by the Thriplow Museum Trust.