Sercan YANDIM AYDIN, studied Business Administration at METU (Middle East
Technical University), in Ankara and received a BS degree in Management. She
continued with a master’s degree in Archaeology and History of Art at Bilkent
University, with an MA degree. Ms Yandim set forth her graduate studies in Germany,
in Marburg an der Lahn at Philipps University received grants from the Konrad
Adenauer Stiftung and in 2005 she completed her PhD in Kunstgeschichte under the
supervision of Prof. Dr. Ingo Herklotz (Art History) and Prof. Dr. Guntram Koch
Since 2005 she is a faculty member at Hacettepe University, department of History of
Her publications include topics from the Late Antique and Early Christian to the
Byzantine periods. Also she conducted numerous researches in archaeological
museums in Turkey with an attempt to study and publish Christian art produced in the
Ottoman period as well. An extended revised version of her PhD thesis is published in
2008. “Die Ikonen aus den Museen in Antalya und Tokat in der Türkei:
Ikonographische, stilistische und kunstsoziologische Untersuchung”.(Verlag Dr. Müller,
Saarbrücken, 2008). Organized an International Art Historical Colloquium in 2010 and
published its proceedings in, “Angels, Saints and Prophets in Christian and Islamic art,
Arkeoloji ve Sanat Yayınları, Istanbul, 2010. She also acted as team member in two
archaeological surveys in and around Konya (2013-15). Her recent publications are
Late Antique Anatolia and Its Ascetics: Sannabadae Monastery and Bishop
Amphilochius of Iconium, in: Crossroads: Konya plain from Prehistory to the Byzantine
period. Ed. by Çiğdem Maner. (Ege Yayınları, İstanbul, 2019) 179-193; Marginalizing
Traditional Religious Groups, Cults and Beliefs in the Early Patristic Period: Asceticism
in Phrygia and Lykaonia, in Identity and the Other in Byzantium. Ed. by K. Durak and I.
Jevtic. Papers from the fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies
Symposium. (GABAM, İstanbul, 2019) 189-205.
Luca Zavagno graduated from the University of Venice (2002); he obtained his Ph.D. (2007)
at the University of Birmingham with a dissertation on the society, economics and politics of
Byzantine cities in the early middle ages. He is Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies in
the Department of History at Bilkent University where is currently working on his third
monograph entitled Beyond the Periphery. The Byzantine Insular World between Late
Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (c.a. 600–c.a. 900) (ARC-Medieval Press).
Dr. Zavagno is the author of many articles on the early Medieval and Byzantine
Mediterranean, as well as two monographs: Cities in Transition: Urbanism in Byzantium
Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (British Archaeological Reports-
International Series, 2009) and Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.
An Island in Transition (Routledge, 2017). He co-authored (with Özlem Caykent) the edited
volumes Islands of Eastern Mediterranean. A History of Cross Cultural Encounters (I.B.
Tauris, 2014) and People and Goods on the Move. Merchants, Networks and
Communication Routes in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean (IMK, 2016).
He was also twice awarded the Dumbarton Oaks Summer Fellowship (2011 and 2016) as
well as the prestigious Stanley Seeger Fellowship of the Hellenic Studies Center at
Princeton University (2012). He is also the co-organizer of the Conference of the
Mediterranean Worlds ( http://www.mediterraneanknowledge.org/conference/ ), Associate
Scholar of the Mediterranean Seminar ( http://www.mediterraneanseminar.org/) member of
the Princeton University FLAME-Framing the early Medieval Coinage project
( http://coinage.princeton.edu/ ) and former Visiting professor in Byzantine Art History at the
University of Venice.