An account of a day-trip: Bonded narratives of space

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Şenel S. A., Avanoğlu H. İ.

UOU SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL, no.6, pp.46-57, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.14198/uou.2023.6.06
  • Journal Indexes: Avery, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Page Numbers: pp.46-57
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Based on a day-trip and drawing experiments by one of the authors to an archaeological site, Aşağıpınar Höyük, we engage in a discussion on the unfixedness of the knowledge of a place of archaeological significance, challenging the traditional rigid perception of it as a past to be unearthed. Considering the rare case of bonding with dogs, this research incorporates non-human approaches through which space, time, and matter acquire entangled meanings and understandings. We argue that the site-specific bonding with the dogs gives access to interconnected narratives of the site, challenging the human-centred value of time in relation to matter. The drawn research project "An Account of a Day-Trip" is an attempt to make sense of the archaeological site Aşağıpınar Höyük through non-hierarchical configurations of space, time, and matter.

Evolving through a series of drawing experiments, this project operates with corporeal and material temporalities, breaking the logic of simultaneity, linearity, and chronology. Through constant re-configurations of space, time, and matter, we suggest constructing and exploring bonded narratives.