Siros autrefois : mémoires d’un village

Le village de Siros, dans le Miey du Béarn le long du Gave de Pau, est le village de ma mère et de ma grand-mère. Le site Siros Autrefois : Mémoires d'un Village met en ligne des documents d'archives, des articles de presse, ainsi que des écrit réalisés sur l'histoire récente et ancienne du village... Continue Reading →

Lire Bourdieu en Béarn

"Lire Bourdieu en Béarn" is the partner website of the course I teach on the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu at the UTLA (Université du Temps Libre - Aquitaine) of the UPPA (Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour). You can find out more about the work of Pierre Bourdieu and the Béarn, the region he... Continue Reading →

Surp Giragos Church

Diyarbakır today is a large Kurdish city of more than 1 million inhabitants located on the banks of the Tigris River in Southeastern Turkey. Most of the city has over the past 40 years grown outside of the old city encircled by a long wall made of black basalt. Within the five gates of this... Continue Reading →

The Armenian Cemetery of Arapgir

The key was not hard to find. Hidden under a flat stone, he kneeled down to pick it up and unlocked the gate. In front of us, a large plot of land covered with grass, surrounded by a few gray, tall apartment buildings. The parcel looked abandoned with 30 or so tombstones irregularly dispersed. We... Continue Reading →

Dams in the Munzur Valley

Just as Gezi Park’s Interclass Istanbul Gas Festival began in June 2013, another protest for the environment, smaller in scale, took place further east in Turkey’s Munzur Valley. The confluence of the Munzur and Pülümür Rivers, near the city of Tunceli, is known as the Jara Gola Çetu and considered sacred by many local residents. First threatened by... Continue Reading →

Signs of the Time

According to the WRD (World Register of Dams), Turkey has over 741 dams in operation, as well as several dozens under construction. These modern infrastructures, built to regulate floods or produce hydroelectricity, I argue here, constitute good chronological markers indicative of larger processes at hand in Turkey. Taken like archaeological artifacts, they have much to... Continue Reading →

Fragment of a Whole

Sensational discoveries of mosaics periodically make the headlines of newspapers in Turkey. After being discovered, unearthed, cleaned, and removed, these ancient floors slowly make their way to museums or private collections. I wish to examine the curious afterlife of mosaics in, out of, and more recently, back to Turkey.* I want to analyze their transformation from buried... Continue Reading →

Digging Tepe – A Funeral

Archaeologists often come across ancient human burials during their excavations. It is less often, however, that human burials come across archaeological excavations. This is what happened, however, to one particular funeral procession a few years ago, in the town of Tepe in Southeastern Turkey. The goal here* is, rather than arrive at a fixed definition of Ethics,... Continue Reading →

Contested Heritage

The southeastern provinces of Turkey will soon be home to a series of new, state-of-the-art, archaeology museums. Such buildings are being (or have already been) planned, constructed, remodeled, or expanded. The Gaziantep Museum, for instance, houses many of the Roman mosaics of Zeugma unearthed before the construction of the Birecik Dam. Other mosaics, discovered during... Continue Reading →

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