Late Antique Eastern Roman and Byzantine
• The main focus of his recent work
entails the application of his communicative theory of art to the morphological
shift that occurred as Byzantine art emerged from the art of late
Antiquity. This research project
has been funded by a grant from Fatih
• As part of his research project,
he traveled to Antakya, Gaziantep and Midyat in
Eastern Turkey to photograph mosaics, art and architecture of the second
sophisticate and late antiquity.
• At the 2012 College Art
Association Conference in Los Angeles, he presented the paper
"Emblems of Power and the Changing Function of Art in the Eastern
Roman Empire," in the Expanding the Boundaries of Rome: New Research
in Early and Late Roman Art session.
• He also presented the results of
his research at the 2012 Philosophy of Art conference at the Inter-U
Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia. There, he read the paper, "Ritual
Viewing and Ritual Action."
In 2013, he presented “Fate, Providence and the Transformation of
the Wheel of Fortune: The Effect of Worldview on Symbolic Development”
• In July 2013, he will present
these findings at the International Congress for Aesthetics in Krakow,
Poland. The paper is titled
“Crossed Paths: The Fate of the Wheel of Fortune and the ‘Inner logic’ of
The End of Art – Changes in 20th Century
• He has completed a manuscript,
titled The End of Art and the Dialectic of Imagination.
The manuscript takes as its starting point the end-of-art
theories of Hegel, Nietzsche and Danto.
The examination of the theories of these three thinkers becomes a
point of departure for a new understanding of philosophy’s relationship
to art. Each of the theories
discussed presents the end-of-art as the eventuality of 19th century
classically-influenced representational art ceasing to be the prevalent
style of artistic creation. The
cause of this ‘end’, for Hegel, Nietzsche and Danto, is rooted in
philosophy’s relationship to the aesthetic experience. The main theme of the book focuses on
the question of whether art aids in achieving higher knowledge, a means
to an end, or if it is a form of visual communication that embodies at
least some of the rational structures philosophy claims as its own.
• In March, he presented the
following paper, “Arthur Danto’s Andy Warhol: The Embodiment of Theory in
Art and the Pragmatic Turn,” at Faculty Colloquium, Boğaziçi
University. This paper summarizes
some of the main themes of the manuscript.
Turkish Language Reform
• He has also written on the
political and aesthetic repercussions of the Turkish language reform,
focusing on the reformation of metaphor and the struggle to ‘articulate’
the public sphere.
• In June 2013, he returned to the
University of Mainz as a visiting scholar in the Erasmus Foundation’s
faculty exchange. In Mainz, he
conducted a seminar on the aesthetic and political effects of the Turkish
• While in Mainz, he and Angela
Hamilton co-presented “The Power of Naming: Nietzsche’s Aesthetic Transvaluation, Latife Tekin’s Magical Realism, and the Gezi
Park Çapulcular,” at a joint forum with the Philosophy
and Turkish Studies departments.
Pluralism and Conflict Conference
In addition, he
co-organized the conference Pluralism and Conflict: Distributive Justice
Beyond Rawls and Consensus at Fatih University, June 6–8
2013, with Manuel Knoll and Nurdane Şimşek.
At the conference,
he presented the paper “Changing Human Nature: A Case for Intergenerational Justice.”