IRCICA Heritage Talks


The Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) is devoted to preserving Islamic cultural heritage around the world and has undertaken many activities to conserve and document that heritage over the years. In keeping with these efforts, the Cultural and Architectural Heritage Section at IRCICA is organizing a monthly seminar/webinar series entitled “IRCICA Heritage Talks”, where leading academics and experts from around the world, will be invited to give talks and discuss relevant and urgent contemporary issues in the field. The series will tackle multiple themes including The Meaning of Architectural Heritage / Islamic Heritage in Danger/ Heritage Conservation / Preservation of Memory-place /Islamic Cities and Settlements. etc. The program is intended to provide a platform for intellectual exchange and discussion about research that is related to Islamic culture, history, architecture, and urban heritage.

The series will begin with a talk by Prof. Dr. Ali Uzay Peker entitled “Cosmological Content in Islamic Architecture”. The event will take place at the IRCICA headquarters on Friday, November 25, 2022 at 15:00, and  will be hybrid format.

Limited numbers of participants will be accepted due to venue conditions. Please register your participation via the email address below. Email:

Zoom program link is below:
Meeting ID: 202 200 1980
Passcode: 2022


Prof. Dr. Ali Uzay Peker Biography:

Ali Uzay Peker, Ph.D., is a professor at the Middle East Technical University, he teaches the Graduate Program in Architectural History, where he gives courses on symbolism in medieval architecture and cosmology. He is an art and architectural historian and has published articles in a number of national and international journals and edited books. Professor Peker was awarded a post-doc fellowship by the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. He received his PhD from İstanbul Technical University, MA from Bosphorus University and BA from İstanbul University in the fields of Art History, History and Architectural History. He is an experienced educator, administrator, project coordinator, Horizon 2020 referee and Bologna Expert. He is currently a member of Turkish Historical Society Scientific Committee.

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