Writing the Ottoman Mystery Novel

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Hatzi-Yavrouda of Kos, an Exceptional Storyteller

Spring Lecture @ SRII


A Swedish Girl in Turkey of the 1920s

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Feminism as Transformative Politics

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Refugees and Mass Migration to Istanbul in the Wake of World War I

Occasional Lecture @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


Judeans of the Babylonian Exile

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


1918: The Concept of the “New Life”and “Emancipated” Women in Turkey

Occasional Lecture @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


Water Management at Labraunda

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


The Colonnaded Streets of Roman Palestine

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


The Spanish Flu of 1918 and the Ottoman Empire

Occasional Lecture @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


The Second Great War

Occasional Lecture @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


Ottoman Cinema from 1917-1919

Occasional Lecture @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


RWI Lecture II: The Future of Human Rights in Europe

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


The Ottoman Economy in 1918

Occasional Lecture @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


Monumental inscriptions and their stories

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Towards the Extreme: Black Metal Music in Turkey

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Labraunda Day

Seminar @ SRII


Anatolian Landscapes

Conference @ IFEA


Cisterns, Water Supply and Risk in the Greek World

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Public Space Mobilization and its Consequences

Seminar @ Bogazici University


Ideas, Persons, and Transfers: Russian-Turkish Interaction Between 1917 - 2017

Occasional Lecture @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


Romani Studies at SRII

Seminar @ SRII


Turkiye´de Kapital Cevirilerinin Macerasi

Occasional Lecture @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


Battleship Potemkin in History and in the Movie

Autumn Lecture @ Cezayir Salonu


Exile, Political and Economic Migration in the Ottoman Empire

Conference @ CEZAYIR Toplanti Salonu


Labraunda Day

Conference @ SRII


Transformations of public space

Seminar @ SRII


Ethnographic research on historical knowledge in Kyrgyzstan

Jarring Lecture @ Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm


A City Altered by the Population Exchange

Conference @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


A Study on Existential Meaning- Making Coping with Cancer

Discussion Seminar @ SRII


Today Talks: Borders, Nations, Citizens

Seminar @ SRII


Ottoman Monuments in Kavala

Conference @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


Images of the Past - Kavala & Its Region

Conference @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


An Overview of the History of Kavala (end of the 14th c - 1912)

Conference @ Cezayir Toplanti Salonu


Old Oaks in Turkey – an unknown treasure

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Syrien i Sverige

Conference @ Etnografiska muséet


Today Talks: Nomads & Wanderers

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Today Talks: Crossing Borders

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Beyond Rome

Conference @ Stockholm


Today Talks: Memory of Things

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


How Can Religion Contribute to Peace in Cyprus?

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Today Talks: Fact & Fiction

Seminar @ SRII


Labraunda Day

Conference @ SRII


SRII Seminar - Internet Suzerainty

Seminar @ SRII


Symbolic Aspects of Architecture

Conference @ SRII


Cultural Heritage in Times of Armed Conflicts

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Today Talks - Ideas on the Roads

Seminar @ SRII


Turkey and Azerbaijan: One Religion - Two States?

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Backwards into the Future: Erdogan´s New Turkey

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Assessing Urban Expansion of Istanbul 2000-2013

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


SRII Seminar - Den Levande Kakelplattan

Seminar @ SRII


Today Talks - Personal Space & Invasion of Privacy

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


The Revival of Pagan Cult Sites in Late Antiquity

Spring Lecture @ SRII


IDP Business Meeting

Workshop @ SRII


Istanbul ´s Urban Heritage: Protection and Threats

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Swedish-Turkish Relations Today

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Today Talks -Modern Day Traditions

Seminar @ SRII


Today Talks - Technology and Education

Seminar @ SRII


Welcome Reception

Seminar @ SRII


Today Talks - Faith and Tolerance

Seminar @ SRII


Labraunda Day

Conference @ SRII


Today Talks - Gendered VS Queered Design

Seminar @ SRII


Rhetoric and Politics

Occasional Lecture @ SRII


Today Talks - LGBT; Why? When? Where?

Seminar @ SRII


Today Talks - Istanbul, city of migrants

Seminar @ SRII


The 2014 Jarring Lecture

Jarring Lecture @ SRII



Conference @ SRII


In Science (Alone) We Trust?

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


New Religiosities and Science

Workshop @ Workshop @ Orient-Institut Istanbul


Summer school 2014

Master's Course @ SRII


Klassisk arabiska: Modersmål eller orakelmål?

Discussion Seminar @ SRII


Nationhood and Citizenship in Turkish Friday Sermons

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Edebiyat Atölyesi

Workshop @ SRII


Polygonal columns in ancient Greek architecture

Discussion Seminar @ SRII


International Relations in Historical Perspective

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Today Talks - Türkiye´de Kadin Üzerine:

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Literary History

Spring Lecture @ SRII


Gendered Violence as Legal Constructions:

Seminar @ Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul


Today Talks - Today´s Public Space

Seminar @ SRII


Alevi Identity Revisited

Spring Lecture @ Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul


Research Seminar

Seminar @ Istanbul Institute


Imperial rulership and universal hierarchies in Early Byzantine art

Occasional Lecture @ British Institute of Archaelogy at Ankara


The Central Asian Migrant Experience in Turkey and Russia

Workshop @ Department of Sociology, Bogaziçi University


Türk Edebiyati Üzerine Bir Sohbet

Seminar @ srii


Mobility,Acculturation and Identity Formation

Autumn Lecture @ SRII


Critical Area/Regional Studies

Workshop @ Malmö University


Labraunda Day

Workshop @ Swedish research institite in Istanbul


Images of Power and Violence

Workshop @ SRII


Post-Soviet Central Asia in a New Eurasia Discourse

Occasional Lecture @ Gediz University,Izmir


Litterär Salong - Drabbad av Rumi

Seminar @ SRII


Vad händer egentligen i Turkiet?

Seminar @ SFII - Stockholm


The SRII Eastern Turkey Seminar 2013

Seminar @ South-eastern Turkey



Workshop @ SRII

For past events, see Events

Senior Research Fellows


Cecilia Olovsdotter,PhD Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Fellow, Swedish Research Institute

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Tel: +90 (0) 212-252 41 19      


Dr Cecilia Olovsdotter is a Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Fellow at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, where she conducts the project Victoria Romana in late-antique visual culture: tradition and transformation in the representation of victory, empire and eternity, c. 250-700. The project investigates the prominent function of the Roman victory goddess, Victoria, in Late-Roman and Early-Byzantine visual culture, focussing on the representational and contextual diversification and functional universality that characterise her image and nature in the last transformative centuries of the Roman Empire.

Cecilia Olovsdotter received her doctorate in Classical archaeology and ancient history from the University of Gothenburg, where she defended her PhD dissertation on the consular diptychs in 2003, published in a slightly revised version as The consular image. An iconological study of the consular diptychs (Oxford) in 2005; she also holds an MA degree in art history. In 2005-2006 she was a Post-doctoral Fellow in archaeology at the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome with the project The sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Praeneste: a study of the correlations between architectural structure and cultic function, a project she subsequently developed further during a sojourn as Visiting Scholar at the Department of Classics, University of Texas at Austin in 2007-2009. Between 2010 and 2014, Olovsdotter conducted the project Virtue, status, immortality: on the applications and meanings of architectural motifs in Late Roman and Early Byzantine imagery (c. 180-600) as part of a Senior Research Fellowship at the SRII, co-funded by the Bank of Sweden  Tercentenary Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

Olovsdotter’s research interests revolve around Roman and Early Byzantine commemorative — triumphal, official, funerary — and religious art and architecture (2nd c. BCE-7th c. CE), with a special emphasis on repertorial, structural and contextual aspects of Roman and late-antique image composition: the development of context-specific vs. universal iconographies in Roman art tradition; continuities in the visual language of power, status, immortality and eternity (transcendence) between secular—religious and polytheistic—Christian contexts and over time; and the systematic employment of symbolic motifs, configurations and conformations in Roman and Early Byzantine art and architecture.


Olovsdotter, C., The consular image. An iconological study of the consular diptychs, (BAR S 1376), Oxford 2005.

Olovsdotter, C., ’Konsulardiptychon’, in Der heilige Schatz im Dom zu Halberstadt, H. Meller, I. Mundt & B.E.H. Schmul (eds), Regensburg 2008, 164-165.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Representing consulship: on the conception and meanings of the consular diptychs’, Opuscula 4, 2011, 99-124.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Anastasius’ I consuls: ordinary consulship and imperial power in the consular diptychs from Constantinople’, Valör. Konstvetenskapliga studier 1-2, 2012, 33-47.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Kejsarmakt och stat i tidigbysantinsk tid: konsulardiptykerna från Konstantinopel’, Dragomanen. Årsskrift för Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul / Annual of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul 13, 2011, 46-53.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Arkitektursymbolik i senromersk och tidigbysantinsk bildkonst’, Dragomanen. Årsskrift för Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul / Annual of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul 14, 2012, 157-166.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘”To illustrate the history of art.” John Brampton Philpot’s photographic collection and the study and mediation of late antique and early medieval ivories in the mid nineteenth century’, in J. Papp & B. Chiesi (eds), John Brampton Philpot’s photographs of fictile ivory / John Brampton Philpot fényképsorozata elefántcsont faragványok másolatairó, Budapest 2016, 43-54 / 109-122.

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Victory universal and eternal: prolegomena to the study of Victoria Romana in late-antique visual culture’ (forthcoming)

Olovsdotter, C., Virtue, status, immortality: conceptions, functions and meanings of architectural motifs in Late Roman and Early Byzantine visual culture (c. 180-700) (in preparation)

Olovsdotter, C. (ed.), Bridging spheres: new perspectives on abstraction and symbolism in Late Roman and Early Byzantine visual culture (in preparation)

Olovsdotter, C., ‘Architecture and the spheres of the universe in late antique art’, in C. Olovsdotter (ed.), Bridging spheres: new perspectives on abstraction and symbolism in Late Roman and Early Byzantine visual culture (in preparation)

Olovsdotter, C., ‘The sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia at Praeneste: towards a new synthesis of the evidence’ (in preparation)



Tel: +90.530.6900647


ela_gokalparas_seniorresearchfellow.jpg - 325x155 pxDr. N. Ela Gokalp Aras joined Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII) as a Senior Research Fellow in January 2017 and she started to work as a Senior Researcher and Principle Investigator of RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond Project (Horizon2020) by December 2017. She will be conducting her research activities; in particular, her longitudinal research that focuses on the externalisation of the EU’s immigration and asylum policy and its implications for Turkey with a specific focus on irregular and mass migration along with other search and publication activities as a part of RESPOND project.

She is also the Director of the Migration Research Centre of the Association of Development, Migration and Social Policies (DEMIS-MIREC). She has B.A. degree in International Relations from Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University (2000) and M.Sc. (2005) in Sociology from Middle East Technical University. She obtained Ph.D. Degree in Sociology, from Middle East Technical University in 2013 with the dissertation titled, A Multi-level and Multi-Sited Analysis of the European Union’s Immigration and Asylum Policy Concerning Irregular Transit Migration and Its Implications for Turkey. During her PhD. Research, she was awarded with the Jean Monnet Scholarship for 2010-2011 academic year in 2010. 

She holds over seven years of experience in academic and institutional research. Previously, she has worked as a lecturer and assistant professor at international relations departments of different universities in Turkey. Her research and teaching focus on the European integration, EU-Turkey relations, comparative migration and refugee policies (in particular the EU and Turkish asylum and immigration policies), international migration (irregular and transit) and asylum regimes, border management, citizenship, security (in particular human security), international organizations, international human rights, research and project management and EU-Turkey financial cooperation and projects. She has been publishing many articles in high impact national and international journals, chapters in several edited national and international books and policy briefs.

In addition, she has worked within national and international projects, in particular within the EU, Un and the World Bank funded projects and has over seventeen years of experience in the field of project management. 

Selected Publications

  • Gokalp-Aras, N. E. (forthcoming/2018).  “Yeniden Muzakere Edilen Egemenlik ve Sinirlar Baglaminda Uluslararasıi Goc ve Guvenliklestirme”, in Uluslararası İliskiler Disiplininde Goc, Suna Gulfer Ihlamur-Oner and Aslı Sirin Oner (eds.), Istanbul: Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayinları.
  • Gokalp-Aras, N. E. (2017). “The Syrian Diaspora in Contemporary Turkey: From Refugee Crisis to Minority Problem”, in Political Communication Research, Ulrike Klinger, Uta Rußmann and Markus Rohmberg (eds.). LIT Verlag: Berlin, p. 321-336. (with Eduardo Jose Chemin)
  • Gokalp-Aras, N. E. (2016). “Biyopolitik Bir Nufus Politikasi olarak Avrupa Birligi’nin Duzensiz Goc Rejimi ve Sinirlarda Olum Siyaseti”, Nufusbilim/ the Turkish Journal of Population Studies, Migration Special Issue, 2016 (36), p. 67-102. (indexed in Population Index, POPLINE/POPulation information online)
  • Gokalp-Aras, N. E. (2016). “From Assertive to Opportunist Usage of Mass Migration: Turkey’s Respond for the Syria Refugee Crisis”, in Turkish Migration Policy Book, İbrahim Sirkeci and Barbara Pusch (eds), London: Transnational Press London, p. 91-127.  (with Zeynep Sahin Mencutek)
  • Gokalp-Aras, N. E. (2016). “A Bio-political Governance: The European Union’s Policy on Irregular Transit Migration at the Borders”, in International Political Economy: Multilateralism in Global Governance: Formal and Informal Institutions, Assel Tutumlu and Gaye Gungor (eds.), Berlin: Peter Lang Publishing, p. 195-235.
  • Gokalp-Aras, N. E. (2016). “Externalization of the EU’s Policy on Irregular Migration: The Case of Turkey”, in EU and Turkey: Challenges and Opportunities, Annette Freyberg-Inan (eds.), Munich: Nomos Publishing, pp. 115-143. (with Zeynep Sahin-Mencutek)
  • Gokalp-Aras, N. E. (2015). “The International Migration and Foreign Policy Nexus: The Case of Syrian Refugee Crisis and Turkey”, Migration Letters, Vol. 12, No. 3, p. 193-208 (with Zeynep Sahin-Mencutek) (indexed in EBSCO, ProQuest etc.)
  • Gokalp-Aras, N. E. (2015). “Readmission Agreement between EU and Turkey: A Case of Conditionality”, Gediz University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Newsletter/ Commentary, Issue: March 2015, ISSN 2149-2085.
  • Gokalp, N. E. (2009). “Citizenship, European Union Citizenship and Youth”, in Solution Time for Employment Problem, Ekrem Ayalp (eds.) Kardelen Yayınevi, Ankara, pp. 74-110.
  • Gokalp, N. E. (eds.) (2006). “On the Transnational Education for Adult Migrants”, in New Approaches in Education of Adult Migrants, Kardelen, Ankara.  

Selected Project

  • Oct. 2015- Oct. 2018 (Izmir, Turkey), Researcher and Trainer, “Youth Entrepreneurship” Project funded TÜBİTAK 1601 Support Programme for Increasing Capacity of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Area.
  • Sept. 2013- Sept. 2014 (Izmir, Turkey), Project Coordinator, “Glocal Understanding of Forced Migration” Project funded by the European Union (EU).
  • Jan. 2012- Feb. 2013 (Izmir and Isparta, Turkey), Field Researcher and Trainer, “Civil Act for Refugee Rights Emancipation- CARE” Project funded by the EU.
  • July 2011- April 2012 (Izmir, Turkey), Project Consultant, “Act Together: NGOs Promoting Refugee Rights in Detention” Project funded by the EU.
  • Aug. 2006- August 2008 (Italy, Germany, Turkey, Lithuania, Austria), Field Researcher and Project Advisor, “Influence on Personal Access to Education for People with Migrant Background- PASS” Project, funded by the EU.
  • Aug. 2005- July 2006 (Denmark, Germany, Turkey), Project Coordinator, “Transnational Education for Adult Migrants- TEAM” Project, funded by the EU.
  • Feb.- May 2003 (Diyarbakir and Mardin, Turkey), Project Consultant and Project Regional Coordinator, “Early Childhood Development and Education Project in Twelve Provinces” Project, UNICEF- Middle East Technical University (METU).
  • Dec 2001- Jan 2002 (Bolu and Duzce, Turkey) Project Regional Coordinator, “Beneficiary Assessment for Social Solidarity Fund Project”, funded by the World Bank and conducted by the Middle East Technical University.



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