Prof. Dr. Engin Akyürek was born in Istanbul in 1957. He graduated from the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at Middle East Technical University in 1982. He completed his Master’s degree in Art History at Istanbul University in 1991; and his doctoral degree in 1994. Between 1993 and 1994, he went to Maryland, the Johns Hopkins University with a fellowship, which was given by Vehbi Koç Foundation and the Johns Hopkins University, and pursued his doctoral research with Prof. Dr. Herbert L. Kessler. In 1992, Akyürek started working as a research assistant at the Branch of Byzantine Art in the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Letters at Istanbul University. In 1998, he received a fellowship from the Turkish Academy of Sciences and worked as a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois for three months. Akyürek became an Assistant Professor in 1998, Associate Professor in 2004; and full Professor in 2009 at Istanbul University. He has participated in many national and international conferences and written numerous publications including 24 articles and 14 books. Since 1999, he has conducted many excavations in Antalya. Prof. Akyürek currently teaches as the GABAM director in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University.
Selected books and articles:
Engin Akyürek, Ortaçağ’dan Yeniçağ’a Felsefe ve Sanat. Istanbul, 1994.
---, Bizans’ta Sanat ve Ritüel, Kariye Güney Şapelinin İkonografisi ve İşlevi. Istanbul, 1996.
---, Khalkedon’lu (Kadıköy) Azize Euphemia ve Sultanahmet’teki Kilisesi. Istanbul, 2002.
--- (ed.), Sanatın Ortaçağı, Türk, Bizans ve Batı Sanatı Üzerine Yazılar. Istanbul, 1997.
N. Çevik, B. Varkıvanç, and E. Akyürek (ed.), Trebenna, Tarihi, Arkeolojisi ve Doğası / Its History, Archaeology and Natural Environment. Antalya, 2005.
A. Ödekan, E. Akyürek, and N. Necipoğlu (ed.), On İkinci ve On Üçüncü Yüzyıllarda Bizans Dünyasında Değişim, I. Uluslararası Sevgi Gönül Bizans Araştırmaları Sempozyumu, Bildiriler / Change in the Byzantine World in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries, First International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium Proceedings. Istanbul, 2010.
E. Akyürek, “Fourth to Eleventh Centuries: Byzantine Cappadocia”, Cappadocia, (M.Sözen, (ed.), P. M. Işın(translated)), (Istanbul: Ayhan Şahenk Foundation, 1998), 226-395.
---, “Funeral Ritual in the Parecclesion of Chora Church”, Byzantine Constantinople, Monuments, Topography and Everyday Life, (N. Necipoğlu, ed.), (Leiden 2001), 89–104.
Z. Mercangöz and E. Akyürek, “Yaşam Mekânları: Mimarlık / Living Spaces: Architecture”, Kalanlar: 11. ve 12. Yüzyıllarda Türkiye’de Bizans / The Remnants: 11th and 12th Centuries Byzantine Objects in Turkey, (A.Ödekan, ed.), (Istanbul 2007), 22–29.
E. Akyürek, “L’Architecture Byzantine: Héritages et Invention”, De Byzance À İstanbul, Un Port Pour Deux Continents, Paris 2009, 95–113.
---, “From Fishing Village to Imperial Capital”, İstanbul, Sultan of Lands and Seas, (ed., F. Özdem, transl. P. M. Işın), (Istanbul: Yapı Kredi yayınları, 2009), 45- 91.
---, “Death in Byzantine Society”, From Byzantion to İstanbul, 8000 years of a Capital, (K. Durak, ed.), (Istanbul 2010), 166–177.
---, “Byzantine Art History in Modern Turkey”, Perceptions of the Past in the Turkish Republic: Classical and Byzantine Periods, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Supplement 31, (Ed., S. Redford, N. Ergin), (Peeters, Leuven – Paris – Walpole, MA, 2010), 205- 224.
---, “Byzantine Period Architecture and Works of Art in Istanbul”, Capital of Cultures, Istanbul, (F. Başar, ed.), (Istanbul: Turkish Cultural Foundation, 2010), 68-105.
---, “Konstantinopolis’in İmparatorları / Emperors of Constantinople”, İmparatorlar İstanbul’da, Hitit’ten Osmanlı’ya / Emperors in Istanbul, From the Hittites to the Ottomans, Istanbul Arkeoloji Müzeleri Yayını, (Istanbul 2011), 147-163 / 302-308.
R. Ousterhout and E. Akyürek, “The Church of the Transfiguration on Burgazada”, Cahiers archéologiques, 49 (2001), 5–14.
E. Akyürek, “The Marian iconography of the west bay in the parecclesion of Kariye”, Sanat Tarihi Yıllığı (İ.Ü. Edebiyat Fakültesi), Sayı: XV (2002), 1–25.
---, “The Bey Dağları in the Byzantine Period: Trabenna, Neapolis and their territories”, III. Uluslararası Likya Sempozyumu, Sempozyum Bildirileri / The III rd International Symposium on Lycia, Symposium Proceedings, (K.Dörtlük, et. al., ed.), Antalya 2006, Vol.I, 1-18.
---, “Palamutdüzü: A Medieval Byzantine Village Settlement in the Bey Mountains”, ADALYA, XI (2008), 295–319.
---, “The Medieval Church of Trebenna and its Pictorial Program: A Vanishing Monument in its Historical Context”, Cahiers Archéologiques, 52 (2009), 45–55.
---, “Dominican Painting in Palaiologan Constantinople: The Frescoes of the Arap Camii (Church of S. Domenico) in Galata”, Kariye Camii, Yeniden / The Kariye Camii Reconsidered, (ed., H.A. Klein, R.G. Ousterhout, B. Pitarakis), Istanbul 2011, 328-341, 316-326.
---, “Seventeen years of experience in archaeological inventory: TAY Project completed Byzantine Period of Thrace and Bithynia”, Byzantinische Forschungen, Band XXX (2011), 43-56.
“Burial ritual in the parecclesion of Chora”, Byzantine Constantinople: Monuments, Topography and Everyday Life, International Workshop, Boğaziçi University, 7–10 April 1999, Istanbul.
“A middle Byzantine monastery near Doyran village (Antalya / Turkey)”, Twenty-seventh Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Nov. 9–11, 2001, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, U.S.A.
“Byzantine architecture at Antalya: Results of the 1999–2000 field survey by a group from the Istanbul University”, Seminar at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture, November 6, 2001.
“Byzantine architecture at western Pamphylia, findings of 1999-2004 surveys”, Conference, Université Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne, Centre de recherches d’Histoire et Civilisation byzantines, Paris 13. 04. 2005.
“Palaeologan Monumental Painting at İstanbul”, Theodoros Metokhites, Kariye Manastırı ve Palailogoslar Dönemi Konstantinopolis’i, 14 Nisan 2007, Istanbul Research Institute.
“Two Middle Byzantine Monasteries at Western Pamphylia”, 41st Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies: The Archaeologies of Byzantium, 4 – 6 April 2008, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Üniversity and The Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies.
“Visualizing Salvation: Byzantine Art in a Funerary Context”, Visions of Byzantium, Istanbul Research Institute, 12 June 2012.
The Archaeological Settlements of Turkey (TAY) Project, Byzantine Department coordinator.
The Prefecture of Antalya, Demre district, Myra – Andriake excavation, director of Byzantine Period (2009 – today).