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+90 212 252 41 19 Istiklal Caddesi 247, Tünel – Beyoglu, ISTANBUL P.K. 125 Beyoglu, TR-344 33 ISTANBUL

Current director:

Kristina Josephson Hesse, archaeologist


Former directors:

Johan Mårtelius, Architect (2015–2017)

Birgit Schlyter, Turkologist (2012–2014)

Karin Ådahl, Art historian (2002–2008)

Elisabeth Özdalga, Sociologist (1999–2001, 2009–2011)

Bengt Knutsson, Arabist (1992–1998)

Éva Czató Johansson, Turkologist (1992)

Pontus Hellström, Archaeologist (1990–1992)

Paavo Roos, Archaeologist (1987–1990)

The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII) was founded in 1962 with the aim of promoting Swedish and Nordic research about Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean as well as other regions that are connected linguistically, culturally, or historically.

Situated within the compound of the Swedish Consulate General in Istanbul, the SRII has had its premises and main activities within the old Dragoman (interpreter) house since 1974. The auditorium on the old court was inaugurated in 1999 and the adjacent Annex or guest house opened in 2010.

The SRII organizes and hosts conferences, seminars and workshops, doctoral and master courses as well as regular lecture series on a wide range of topics. It publishes the scientific book series Transactions in English, the annual magazine Dragomanen in Swedish, and the fast-track bulletin Kalabalık! in English, Swedish, and Turkish. It further awards a wide range of different research scholarships for students and researchers affiliated to Nordic universities.

Among the many fields of study represented at the SRII are Archaeology, Art and Architectural History, Classical and Byzantine Studies, Ottoman and modern Turkish history, West and Central Asian Languages and Literatures, Religious History and Religion, Political Science and International Relations, Social Anthropology and Sociology.

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