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.”
Early Ottoman and Islamic art and architecture, medieval Mediterranean art and architecture, architectural history