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Oya Topçuoğlu

Lecturer, Turkish

PhD, University of Chicago

Oya Topçuoğlu received her PhD in Mesopotamian Art and Archaeology from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago in 2016. Her teaching experience covers a range of subjects including modern Turkish language and culture, and history and archaeology of the Middle East. She has taught Intermediate and Advanced level Turkish at the University of Chicago between 2011 and 2016, and she has been teaching Elementary and Intermediate Turkish classes at Northwestern since 2014. She also offers a seminar on the relationship of archaeology and politics in the modern Middle East. Oya is an archaeologist by training, who specializes in Mesopotamia and Anatolia. She has excavated extensively in Turkey. Her research addresses issues of social identity and cultural exchange, and the effects of political change and ideology on the material record of the ancient Middle East. In addition to her work on iconography and symbolism, Oya studies political uses of the ancient past and its role in the formation of national identities in the modern Middle East. She is particularly interested in these issues as well as the history of archaeology and museums, and cultural heritage preservation in her native Turkey.

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