Saygin Salgirli

PhD (Binghamton)
MA (Sabancı)
BA (Koç)

Saygin Salgirli received his PhD from Binghamton University in 2009. His research situates early Ottoman and Islamic art and architecture in the larger field of Mediterranean Studies with a methodology that perceives cross-cultural exchange not as an exception but as the very condition of the Mediterranean in the medieval and early modern periods. Rather than linear narratives that focus on singular moments of exchange, he utilizes conceptual comparisons, which allow temporal and spatial flexibilities, and bring together seemingly unconnected works or art and architecture.

Salgirli’s current research is on the architecture of fourteenth-century Bursa, the first Ottoman capital. Approaching architecture (from patronage to form and function) as an integral component of early Ottoman governmental strategies, he connects the local building practices in Bursa to their Mediterranean counterparts through a concept he terms “architecture of governmentality.”


Winter 2020

ARTH102 Crisis and Contradiction in Art and the Built Environment Sections

Concepts and issues critical to the understanding of art and its histories in a global context.

Winter 2020

ARTH225 Art in Europe to the Sixteenth Century Sections

A selective survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

Winter 2020

ARTH350 Grounding the Islamic Image Sections

Contextualizing the complex language of images in the Islamic world.

Winter 2020

ARTH550 Studies in Art in the Islamic World Sections