Fatih Han is a doctoral student focusing on medieval art of the Islamic Middle East, especially from Anatolia and the Levant. He is particularly interested in art productions that developed between the designations of identity, particularly the intercultural transfer of Byzantium and the Outremer with the Islamic world. As an advocate for visual culture studies, he is also interested in theology and Islamic visuality.
Han holds a B.A. in art history of Europe and America from the Freie Univsersität, Berlin, and an M.A. in history of art and architecture of the Islamic Middle East and Arabic from SOAS, University of London. In his M.A. dissertation, he focused on the Konya city gate’s spolia program of the Rum Seljuk sultan ‘Ala al-Din Kayqubad, demonstrating a newly introduced spolia concept to Anatolia which set new standards for artisanship for what followed afterward in the realms to the west of the Rum Seljuk state.
The art historical journey already started before his B.A. studies at the Academy of Arts, Berlin, where Han pursued archival work with the art collection of the Academy. After his B.A., he worked in several museums and institutions, as well as in the Gallery EIGEN+ART, before turning towards academia again. He expresses his gratitude for the support of the Stanley J. Seeger ’52 Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.