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Berkay Küçükbaşlar

Bogazici University

PhD candidate, researcher

Country: Turkey

ITP Year: 2014


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 2015 Berkay completed his Masters at Ataturk Institute, Bogazici University. He has spent one semester at the University of Cambridge History Faculty as part of an academic internship programme in 2016. He worked as the head librarian of ANAMED (Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations) in Istanbul between 2017 and 2019.

Currently, Berkay lives in Berlin, continues to his PhD on economic geography, and works as a freelance researcher.

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.

In 2014 participants were asked to prepare a project outlining an exhibition proposal based on the Asahi Shimbun Displays – a temporary exhibition in Room 3 at the British Museum.  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.