Müge Arseven


About Müge Arseven

Müge entered the Ph.D. program in 2014 as a Fulbright scholar and specializes in the ancient art and architecture of Greece, Anatolia, and the Near East. She received her B.A. in architecture and landscape architecture (2013), as well as her M.A. in architectural history (2014), from Istanbul Technical University. In her master’s thesis, Müge catalogued and contextualized the archaic architectural pieces from Larisa/Buruncuk in the Aeolis region of western Asia Minor. She also participated in the 2013 survey of this site and is currently a member of Columbia University’s excavations at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos. Her other research interests include the history of archaeology, particularly the in the Ottoman Empire, and the reception and propagandistic use of archaeological heritage in Turkey. In her dissertation, Müge examines the methods of representing sacred architecture in Greek vase painting in order to parse the aesthetic and semiological role of architecture in Greek visual culture. Her dissertation research has been generously supported by a Riggio Fellowship in Art History (2017-18) and a C.V. Starr Scholarship (2019-20). She is currently contributing to the Columbia MCAH-sponsored İstanbul Documentation Project. Müge is also passionate about the recontextualization of Ancient art in contemporary media and recreates Greek and Near Eastern artworks using digital tools.