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Emrah Kahraman

Istanbul Archaeological Museums


Country: Turkey

ITP Year: 2021


Emrah is an archaeologist and works with the stone object collection at the Istanbul Archaeological Museums (IAM). The collection has a great number of artefacts dating from the prehistoric age to the Byzantine periods, which is a professional interest, particularly architectural sculpture. Documenting the collection is part of Emrah’s role, alongside archaeological excavation work.  Aside from working on the collection, Emrah is also a member of the new exhibition team at the IAM which has allowed him to focus on modern exhibition principles and techniques.

Emrah, a PhD candidate in the Department of Architectural History at Istanbul Technical University, is generally interested in Middle Byzantine architecture and its marble decoration. His PhD research title is ‘The Architectural Marble Decoration of the Churches of the Pantokrator Monastery in Constantinople’.

Personal interests include experiencing anthropological and psychological studies such as books, podcasts and movies. Travel is a passion which Emrah combines with personal and professional research interests in terms of visiting locations related to them.

Emrah has published three articles.

KAHRAMAN, E. (2023). Stone Artifacts from Church of Saint Euphemia in the Collections of Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Saint Euphemia and Her Church in Istanbul, (ed. E. Akyürek), Koç University Press, Istanbul, 227-242.

ÇÖLMEKÇİ, S., KAHRAMAN, E., & SON, E. (2023). Zeytinburnu Mozaikleri. Journal of Mosaic Research (16), 77-88.

KAHRAMAN, E., & SON, E. (2023). Ordinasyüs Profesör Arif Müfid Mansel ve Vize A Tümülüsü Kazıları, Bir İdealin Peşinde: Atatürk ve Alacahöyük, Yapı Kredi Yayınları, İstanbul.

At the British Museum
During his time on the International Training Programme, Emrah was based in the Department of Greece and Rome and spent his partner placement at National Museums Northern Ireland.

In 2021 participants were asked to plan and propose a temporary exhibition on the theme of journeys, drawing on their existing museum experience and the skills learnt during the programme.  Emrah worked with William Gmayi (Ghana) and Siddhant Shah (India) on his Object in focus project. Their exhibition proposal was titled Journey to the West.

Emrah’s place on the ITP was generously supported by the Pears Foundation.