Research Projects

The Interdisciplinary Research Project at Tarsus-Gözlükule

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Bogazici University initiated a project at Tarsus-Gözlükule, an habitational mound in the western part of the Cilician plains. The earliest stratified settlement in Gözlükule dates back to the Neolithic Period. The site continued to be inhabited without a hiatus until the Islamic Period.

Tarsus-Gözlükule had been excavated in the 1930’s and 40’s under the direction of Hetty Goldman sponsered by Bryn Mawr College and the results were published in 3 Volumes by Princeton Press: H. Goldman, Excavations in Tarsus-Gözlükule I-III.

With this current project B.U is aiming to reopen excavations at this major site in Cilicia in corporation with Bryn Mawr College. Field work began in 2001 and comprises the preperation of a new topographical map, archaelogical surveys, reassesing and digital recording of the material unearthed by the former excavation, geomorphological sondages in the plain and geophysical investigatons of selected areas on and around the mound. A summary of the first season’s activities will appear in the Proceedings of the Annual Excavation and Search Results sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Ministry 2003. The first volume of preliminary reports is in preperation to be published as a monograph by Ege Yayinlari.

For Bryn Mawr College links, click here

Traugott Fuchs Archive Project

Traugott Fuchs, philologist, painter, poet, teacher, musician, well known in Istanbul as a remarkable member of the group of German scholars who fled from Germany after the Nazis came to power, arrived in Turkey in1934 at the age of 28, as Leo Spitzer’s promising young assistant in Romanistic studies and remained here until his death in 1997. Apart from being the first person to initiate Germanistic studies at Istanbul University “an appointment proposed and arranged by Erich Auerbach” he also taught for many years at Robert College and Bogazici University ( the former being an American institution of higher learning which later changed into a Turkish university known as Bogazici University), until his voluntary retirement at the age of 76, but kept in touch with his students and colleagues who continued to benefit from his learning and intellectual brilliance till the end.

Although he chose to stay in Turkey even after most of his colleagues returned home or left for America, he corresponded with them and their families throughout his life. Indeed, his collection of letters (now in the custody of Bogazici University), testify to his unwavering attachment to the group of emigres with whom he had shared the same fate. He was, as it were, a pivotal figure around which a network became established through correspondence and exchange of ideas - a network that streches from Spitzer, Ritter and Auerbach to Adorno, Hesse, and Panofsky, persons who did not necessarily share the same convictions, but who were all involved in trying to find answers to the perplexing questions of a world torn apart and threatened by strife, whilst adapting to alien cultural and religious environments.

In 2006 under the guidance of Prof. Selçuk Esenbel as project director, the History Department has undertaken the project of archiving Fuchs’ collection of documents and making it accessible to the general public. Now called “Traugott Fuchs Cultural and Historical Heritage Archive,“ the collection comprises not only Traugott Fuchs’ correspondences from 1934 until his death (more than 5000 letters), but also his translations , unpublished manuscripts, lecture notes , poems, musical compositions, and an impressive corpus of drawings, sketches, and paintings of artistic as well as sociological significance.

The significant collaborators of the project are Professor Suheyla Artemel of Yeditepe and Bogazici University, and the Fuchs family heirs whose great efforts as preserving the Fuchs material, conduct academic research, organize exhibitions and workshops, over the years have made it possible to make the material available for researchers in Turkey and abroad in an archive center in Bogazici University where Fuchs spent most of his life in Turkey. The project members hope that the material will contribute to the field of the history of German emigre, “Haimatlos” diaspora intellectuals who have played a remarkable role in transnational intellectual history during and after World War II.

For further information, please contact the Traugott Fuchs Cultural and Historical Archive:

Traugott Fuchs Cultural and Historical Archive,
Bogazici Üniversitesi
Fenerli Türbe Sokak 4
Rumeli Hisar 34342 Istanbul, Türkiye

Phone/ Fax:
(0090) 212 359 6638

lale.babaoglu (Dr. Lale Babaoglu)

Web Address:


The Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories Initiative at the Department of History

Starting in June 2010, the Department of History has been a partner of the Getty Foundation's Connecting Art Histories Initiative, a project aiming to broaden the study of art history and to create opportunities and spaces for sustained intellectual exchange across national and regional borders. Through a grant offered by the Getty, the Boğaziçi Department of History has initiated a visiting professor program in history of art, architecture and visual culture, inviting distinguished scholars working in areas outside of the immediate research and teaching fields of Boğaziçi faculty. Public lectures and workshops during the visits of Getty faculty aim at establishing further intellectual connections and exchanges between visiting faculty and members of various teaching and research institutions in Istanbul and Turkey working in areas related to art history and visual culture. The Department of History’s participation in the Getty Connecting Art Histories initiative has been designed also to offer scholarships to a number of graduate students working in areas related to the historical study of visual culture; to initiate a strategic planning effort in order to create sustainable funding for graduate students and for departmental projects; and to expand the collections of the Boğaziçi University library in the areas related to the fields of the visiting faculty.

With the aim of expanding the range of study in the graduate program and establishing a basis for further work, the department has identified a number of areas for the visiting professor program. These fields include theory of art history and visual culture, film and photography, South Asian, East Asian, European (including Russian) and North American art and visual culture from the medieval to the modern era.


Visiting faculty through the Getty Foundation Connecting Art Histories Initiative:

Fall 2010: Donald Preziosi, UCLA, Professor Emeritus

Spring 2011: Partha Mitter, University of Sussex, Professor Emeritus

Fall 2011: Gerhard Wolf, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Director


State Planning Organization  Project  Nr. 2011H040150:  Boğaziçi University – Historical and Cultural Heritage

DPT Proje No. 2011H040150:  Boğaziçi Üniversitesi – Tarihi ve Kültürel Miras

Bu proje kapsamında üniversitemize Arkeoloji ve Mimarlık Tarihi Araştırma Merkezi olarak kullanılmak üzere bağışlanan tarihi Halet  Çambel Yalısı restore edilecek ve Tarsus'un merkezinde yer alan, T.C. Kültür ve  Turizm Bakanlığı’nca kamulaştırarak, üniversitemize bağlı olarak yürütülen Tarsus- Gözlükule arkeolojik kazısının Araştırma Merkezi ve Depoları  olarak kullanılması için üniversitemize tahsis edilen tarihi Çiğdemler Çırçır   Fabrikası onarılarak işler hale getirilecektir.


Asian Studies Center

The Asian Studies Center at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul was inaugurated in 2009 and it is currently the only research institution of its kind at any Turkish university. The center’s main purpose is to contribute to the development of Asian studies in Turkey and to expand research and academic exchange relations between Turkey and the Asian countries. Moreover, the center is supporting the Chinese, Japanese and Korean language training programs currently offered by the Department of History of Bogazici University, exploring prospects for providing programs in other Asian languages as well and devising projects for improving the communication and mutual understanding between the Turkish people and the peoples of Asian countries. The center is also organizing and coordinating the M.A. in Asian Studies program offered by the Institute of Social Sciences at Bogazici University.