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Harmanşah, Ömür, Ph.D

Ömür Harmanşah, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Art History, University of Illinois, Chicago
Elected: 1999 (Department of the History of Art) 

Ömür Harmanşah is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Art and Art History. He works and teaches on the archaeology of the ancient Near East, particularly Mesopotamia, Anatolia and Syria. Born and raised in Turkey, Ömür studied architecture and architectural history at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. Prior to his appointment at the University of Illinois, he was an Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies at Brown University's Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World from 2007 to 2014. He also taught at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He recently was a Senior Fellow at Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul, Turkey.

Ömür's academic interests are increasingly focused on issues of landscape, place, performance, and memory. He is particularly influenced by the developing fields of material culture studies; ethnographies of space, place and landscape; and anthropological theories of art, technology and agency. He has recently published a monograph entitled Cities and the Shaping of Memory in the Ancient Near East (2013). He is directing the Brown University based Yalburt Yaylası Archaeological Landscape Research Project, a regional survey in the Konya Province of West-Central Turkey.


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