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)


Sofie Bedford, PhD

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Dr. Sofie Bedford is a researcher at Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University (UCRS), affiliated with SRII since September 2015. She defended her PhD dissertation in Political Science with the title Islamic Activism in Azerbaijan. Repression and Mobilization in a post-Soviet Context at Stockholm University in 2009 and in her subsequent postdoctoral project she was studying the phenomena of Internet activism, also in the Azerbaijani setting. She is currently involved in two research projects.    

Project: Security, Equality and Mindsets in South Caucasus (SEMS)

South Caucasus has experienced prolonged conflicts that have proven to be hard to mitigate. SEMS aims at better understanding the severe and locked-in security situation in the South Caucasus, primarily by investigating the mindsets of key actors and groups in these societies (Russia excluded), with a focus on social dominance orientation, perceptions on gender equality and LGBT-rights, and perceptions on the specific security issues facing the countries. SEMS consists of a number of case studies to this end. Dr. Bedford will be contributing to the project through a comparative study of the diplomatic relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan and Georgia respectively. The research will focus on perceptions of Turkey’s role in the region and foreign policy of these countries, as well as possible scenarios for future development. She will also be in charge of the case study Securitization, Politicization and Mobilization of Religion in Azerbaijan, analyzing how religion is securitized (and de-securitized), politicized and mobilized by various religious and secular actors. Understanding how these roles, either real or envisioned sometimes can be very conflicting will provide better understand the dynamics of the religion-state-society relationship and the larger regional security situation. The four-year project started in 2016 and is financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). The project leader is Professor Li Bennich-Björkman.

Project: Building Sustainable Opposition in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes

The study’s focus is ‘opposition’ in harsh political climates that, not being able to achieve any concessions from the state, has come to be written off as ‘failed’ in much of the previous literature. Finding this approach unconstructive the project strives to problematize what successful opposition in electoral authoritarian regimes is, as well as highlighting the dynamism of opposition in these types of contexts. Hence, the project pursues an indebt comparative study of opposition as ‘work in progress’ in two electoral autocratic regimes – Belarus and Azerbaijan where ‘opposition’ is generally described as having ‘failed’. The main aims of the study are to investigate the recent organizational changes within Azerbaijani and Belarusian oppositions, observe and analyze the new opposition dynamics in action and theoretically elaborate on how to build constructive opposition in these types of political settings. Dr. Bedford is the leader of this three-year project that started in 2015 and is financed by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

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