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Nazan Ölçer

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Title : Museum Manager
CV : Born in İstanbul, Dr. Ölçer studied Ethnology, ancient history and history of art at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. During these years she worked intensively at the collections of the University (Departments for Antiquity and Ethnology ) and later at the Museum for Ethnology in Munich.

In 1972 she began working as curator at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art.

In 1975 and 1978 she worked as guest curator at the Museum for Ethnology in Vienna and at the Museum for Islamic Art in Berlin.

In 1978 she was appointed as director of the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art in Istanbul.

Ms. Ölçer has participated at many excavations, particularly at the excavations in Karatepe / Adana in South Anatolia; in Selçikler / Uşak in Western Anatolia during the campaigns between 1974 ? 1979.

She is the author of many documentary films on traditional handicrafts made for the Film Centre of The Vienna University (Institut für den wissenschaftlichen Film) and for the Scientific Film Institute in Göttingen / Germany.

She participated and directed research projects such as the settlement of the nomadic tribes Beritan and Alikan in Eastern Anatolia 1979; documentation of traditional crafts and craftsmen in the neighbourhood of Istanbul (1982 ? 1984).

1976 ? 84 she lectured at the Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul (City Planning and Restoration Department ) for the post-graduate programmes.

She is the organiser and co-operator of many international exhibitions.

In 2003 she retired from the Turkish and Islamic Art after 25 years of directorship and took over the presidency at the newly founded Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

Dr. Ölçer has published many books, catalogues, and articles on carpets and kilims, the art of metalworking, museology and cultural changes.

She is member of many international institutions ( National Committee of Turkish ICOM; Turkish National Comittee of Unesco; Board member of ICAMT; Corresponding member of German Archaeological Institute; Board member of the National Foundation Preservation of Historical Monuments and Environment: TAÇ; board member of The American Research Institute in Turkey ARIT, advisory board member both of the Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts and Mimar Sinan University, Department of Fine Arts) related to museology and history of art.

She is the recipient of the ?Museologist of the year? award from the Turkish Ministery of Culture, of the ?Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres? award from the French Ministry of Culture, the ?Bundesverdienstkreuz? order from the President of Federal Germany, ?Kryzem Kawalerskim? order from the President of The Republic of Poland, and the order of ?Cavalieri di Omri? from the Italian President.

In 2003 she received the honorary doctorate title (Dr. h. c) from the University of Bern, Switzerland for ?her great contribution to the understanding of different cultures between nations?