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Tuğba Tanyeri Erdemir

Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir is a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Anthropology and the coordinator of the Anti-Defamation League’s Task Force on Middle East Minorities.

She received her Ph.D from Boston University in 2005. Until 2017, she served as deputy director of the Center for Science and Society and lecturer in the graduate programs in Architectural History, Middle East Studies and Eurasian Studies at Middle East Technical University, Ankara.

Her research interests include cultural heritage management of minority religious heritage and multi-layered sacred sites, ethnographic investigations of historic religious buildings, re-utilization and museumification of religious heritage.

She serves as a member of Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, which focuses on saving minority religious heritage in Turkey.

Tanyeri-Erdemir’s publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, and her co-authored book Antagonistic Tolerance Competitive Sharing of Sacred Sites and Spaces was published by Routledge in 2016.

Articles by Tuğba Tanyeri Erdemir

Erdogan and the Hagia Sophia: Will He – Or Won’t He?

Facing ever shakier voter support, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may finally be ready to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

June 26, 2020

Erdogan’s Ploy to Convert Hagia Sophia into Votes

Erdogan’s rhetoric on converting the Hagia Sophia into a mosque could rock his relations with Russia, given its growing interest in the Orthodox Church and its adherents.

March 29, 2019