Dr. Tanyeri-Erdemir, Restoring Armenian Heritage in Turkey: Displaced Stakeholders of Sacred Heritage Sites

Event co-sponsored by the Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law, and Diplomacy and the Fares Center

Date: September 25, 2019

Time: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., lunch included

Location: Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
The Fletcher School at Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

We are pleased to announce event speaker Dr. Tuğba Tanyeri-Erdemir, and discussant Cly Wallace Aramian. 


  Dr. Tanyeri-Erdemir serves as the Coordinator of Anti-Defamation League’s Task Force on Middle East Minorities and as a Research Associate at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Anthropology. She received her PhD in archaeology 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 religious minority heritage, conflict over sacred sites, and museumification of religious heritage.

Dr. Tanyeri-Erdemir is the co-author of Antagonistic Tolerance: Competitive Sharing of Sacred Sites and Spaces (Routledge, 2016) and is currently writing her book Hagia Sophia: Sacred Museum, Contested Heritage.


  Cly Wallace Aramian  is a globally experienced business communications specialist, based in the UK. For 25 years she has provided strategic communication advice to international corporate, non-profit and cultural organisations, principally in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific. She specialises in reviewing, developing and communicating corporate social responsibility programmes and building multi-sector partnerships. She was a leader in the introduction of CSR strategies in Coca-Cola operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa, helped to encourage environmental social responsibility in the global travel and tourism industry, and worked in the mining industry to address social reputation challenges in Latin America. 

Aramian holds a MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a Masters in Cultural Heritage Studies from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.