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Nogay trellis tents, cart tents and bow-top vans in the Volga Steppe
Nogay trellis tents, cart tents and bow-top vans in the Volga Steppe, late eighteenth century, by Geissler

Curriculum vitae

Dr Peter Alford Andrews,
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology,
University of Bristol.
Honorary Research Fellow.

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Born Lyme Regis, Dorset, England 1936;
married to Mügül (Ataç) Andrews(†
18.02.2016) since 1967;
two sons.


  • Ph.D. University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, Department of the Near and Middle East, Faculty of Arts.
  • Reg. Arch. Architects’ Registration Council of the United Kingdom.
  • M.A. Cambridge University, School of Architecture.
  • Dipl. Arch. Regent Street Polytechnic, Department of Architecture, London.

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  • 1950-55 Stowe School, Buckingham: Medical side: Science: 1st M.B.
  • 1955-58 School of Architecture, Cambridge University (St John's College): B.A.
  • 1958-61 Department of Architecture, Regent Street Polytechnic: Dipl.Arch.
  • 1960 Department of Tropical Architecture, Architectural Association, London.
  • 1960-61 Thesis on low cost housing in Ahmedabad, India: 80%.
  • 1964 Cambridge University: M.A.
  • 1965 Royal Institute of British Architects: Professional Practice examination.
  • 1966 Royal Institute of British Architects: Charter.
  • 1969-80 Postgraduate study at Department of the Near and Middle East, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, under Prof. Mary Boyce, supervised by Dr. (now Prof.) A.D.H.Bivar. Studied Turkish, Ottoman, Persian and Art History.
  • 1971 Central Polytechnic, London. Reading course in Russian.
  • 1980 Ph.D. thesis examined by Dr.R.L.Tapper, Dept. of Anthropology, University of London, and Dr.R.Hillenbrand, Dept. of Fine arts, University of Edinburgh: described by the latter as "Nothing short of magisterial".26.6.1980.
  • 1982-83 Universität zu Köln: Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Kursus I, II-III, IV-V to university entrance level.

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Languages, in order of fluency:

  • Speak and read: French, Turkish, German, Persian.
  • Read: Spanish, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Latin, Ottoman.
  • Familiar with: Türkmen, Azäri.
  • Have worked with: Chaghatay, Qazaq, Qirg|iz, Old Mongolian.
  • Studying: Qazaq and Mongolian (Xalxa)

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1970-1980 The Felt tent in Middle Asia. The Nomadic Tradition and its Interpenetration with Princely Tentage. Two volumes, 1059 pages text and 187 plates. Presented for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the University of London, Faculty of Arts, School of Oriental and African Studies, Department of the Near and Middle East: Art and Archaeology. Accepted for publication in the series Kölner Ethnologische Mitteilungen, by Prof. U.Johansen, series editor, in 1981. Publication financed by J.Paul Getty Trust. Published 1999 by Fox Publications (Melisende), London, as Felt tents and Pavilions. The Nomadic Tradition and its Interpenetration with Princely Tentage

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Field work and Museum work

For technical reasons no diacritical marks and few special letters are used here

  • 1954-66 Extensive architectural tours of Europe and the USA.
  • 1960 India: architectural tour of traditional and modern buildings. 3 months.
  • 1962 Sweden: first ethnographical work among Sami (Lapps). 1 week.
  • 1966 Morocco: pilot study of nomadic architecture and tour of Islamic buildings. 6 weeks.
  • 1967-68 Turkey: study of Selçük and Ottoman buildings and tilework. Developed special interest in wooden houses. 9 months.
  • 1967 Turkey: nomadic architecture of Central Anatolia and Western Toros. 2 months.
  • 1968 Morocco: complete survey of nomadic architecture. 6 months.
  • 1969 Turkey: nomadic architecture of Eastern Anatolia: Kurds and Arabs. 6 weeks.
  • 1969 South European museums: studied Turkish collections in Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
  • 1970 Turkey: nomadic architecture of Central Anatolia, and work in museums. 3 weeks.
  • 1970 Iran: general survey of nomadic architecture. 10 months. Visited major Islamic monuments.
  • 1972 Turkey: nomadic architecture of Central Toros. 1 month.
  • 1973 North European museums: studied Central Asian collections at Hamburg, Lübeck, Copenhagen and Stockholm. 6 weeks.
  • 1974 Iran: resumed general survey of nomadic architecture. 6 months.
  • 1976 Turkey: architectural tour with 50 students, Istanbul and Bursa. 10 days.
  • 1980-81 Northern India: studied surviving court tents, Moghul and Rajput, on invitation of Calico Museum, Ahmedabad, at Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Jodhpur, with reference to frescos at Udaipur and Burhanpur. Studied fittings for tents on palace buildings. Studied Islamic buildings of Malwa, Gujarat, Agra and Delhi; also Rajput buildings at Chitorgarh, Gwalior, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, and Jodhpur. 3 months.
  • 1982 Turkey: library work for TAVO at Istanbul and Ankara. Studied nomadic architecture and buildings in Western Anatolia. 3 months.
  • 1985 Turkey: nomadic architecture in Central Anatolia. 1 month.
  • 1986 Turkey: nomadic architecture in Western, Central, and Eastern Anatolia: Yörük, Türkmen and Kurds. 6 weeks.
  • 1987 Pakistan: detailed survey of Sazîn Kot, Indus Kuhistan, and general survey of village architecture in Pâlus, Sêo, Harban, Thor, Tangîr, Darel, Ghor, Astor, Yasîn, Pûnyal, and Hûnza. 5 months. Visited Islamic buildings in Lahore and Peshawar.
  • 1988 Mongolia: nomadic architecture and derivatives in Ulan Bator and neighbourhood. Extensive interviews with Mongolian scholars. 3 weeks.
  • 1988 Turkey: survey of traditional guest rooms, lantern roof dwellings, and also flatweaves in Sivas, Erzurum, Gümüşhane and Muş provinces. Nomadic architecture of Kurds in Erzurum. 5 weeks.
  • 1989 Turkey: resumed survey of village architecture and flatweaves in Zonguldak, Samsun, Cankırı, Kırıkkale and Kırşehır provinces. 3 weeks.
  • 1990 Denmark: studied Central Asian collections at Moesgaard and Copenhagen. 1 week
  • 1993 Russia: studied Central Asian collections in museums at St Petersburg. 1 month.
  • 1993-94 Germany: Qırġız tents at Köln and Bochum.
  • 1993 European museums. Studied Central Asian and Middle Eastern collections in Budapest, Karcsag, Vienna, Moesgaard, Copenhagen, and Lübeck. 4 weeks.
  • 1994 German museums: studied Central Asian collections at Dresden and Berlin: 1 week.
  • 1995 Germany: studied Ersârı Türkmen collection at Stuttgart. 1 day.
  • 1999 Germany: studied Ottoman tent from Berlin at Helmstedt restoration workshops. 2 days.
  • 1999 Turkey: studied carpets and flatweaves, Muğla and Tokat, 1 week.
  • 2001 Germany: Ottoman tent, Helmstedt restoration workshops. 2 days further research.
  • 2001 Germany: Ottoman tent, Schloß Friedrichstein,  Bad-Wildungen, 2 days.
  • 2002 Qırghızstan: studied museum collections at Bishkek, and tent-making techniques in Issıq Köl province, 2 weeks.
  • 2003 Turkey: manufacture of reed-screens, Isparta and Bolvadin, Yörük tents and flatweaves, 1 week.
  • 2004  Turkey: nomad tents and weaving Kürtün Yaylası, Pontic Mountains, Turkey, 3 days.

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Professional experience as architect:

  • 1962-63 Architectural assistant with Robert Matthew, Johnson Marshall & Ptners, London: work on National Library and National Museum, Islamabad.
  • 1963 Six month architectural tour of Scandinavia.
  • 1963 Architectural assistant at Thurfjells Arkitektkontor, Kiruna, Sweden: work on Arctic housing.
  • 1964-66 Architectural assistant with Architects' Co-Partnership, London: work on design of schools at Gafsa and Sfax in Tunisia. Work on constructional details for Maudsley Hospital, London, and Hull University.
  • Job architect for Simpson, Piccadilly Ltd., and Child's Bank, London.
  • 1964-66 Own architectural practice: domestic extensions and conversions.
  • 1967 Architect at Ministry of Works: design of airport in Akrotiri, Cyprus, and technical details for R.A.F. hostel at Brize Norton.
  • 1967 Domestic architectural work at Istanbul.

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Architectural teaching experience

  • 1969-80 Department of Architecture, Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University). Studio supervisor and tutor in architectural design to students of second and third years, with occasional duties and assessments in fifth and sixth years. Usually responsible for 10-15 students. Particular responsibility for students specialising in the Third World and Japan. Regular supervision of historical studies in these subjects. Introductory lecture course on Islamic Architecture. Occasional lectures each year on my own research. In 1976 took 50 students on architectural tour of Istanbul and Bursa for ten days.
  • 1977 Made Deputy Director of Historical Studies: I was offered full responsibility in this position, but refused it as I wished to have time to complete my own thesis. Accepted responsibility for measured drawing projects and history theses. Leave taken for field work in Iran in 1970-71 and 1974.

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Seminars and lecture courses in Germany
University of Cologne, Institute of Ethnology

  • 1980 Invited to join the team working for the Tübingen Atlas of the Middle East at the Institut für Völkerkunde (Institute of Ethnology), Universität zu Köln.
  • 1980-84 Seminar "House Form in Comparative Cultures", Cologne.
  • 1988-90 Seminar "Camp and Settlement in Comparative Cultures, I-II".
  • 1989 Seminar: practical course on ethno-architecture and surveying.
  • 1989-90 Seminar "Settlement and dwelling: concepts and practice".
  • 1990 Seminar "Ethnic minorities in Turkey".
  • 1991 Seminar "Symbolism in ethno-architecture, I".
  • 1991-92 Seminar "Symbolism in ethno-architecture, II".
  • 1992 Seminar "Ethnic groups in Turkey".
  • 1993 Seminar "Material culture in the Middle East".
  • 1994 Seminar "Aspects of symbolism in the Middle East and Central Asia".
  • 1995 Seminar "Symbolism in ethno-architecture, III".
  • 1996 Seminar "Ethnological aspects of symbolism".
  • 1997 Seminar "Recent ethnological approaches to material culture".
  • 1998 Seminar "Recent ethnological approaches to material culture".
  • 1999 Seminar "Ethnicity in the Middle East".
  • 2000 Seminar "Ethnic groups in the Middle East".
  • 2001 Seminar "Symbolism in the Middle East and Central Asia".
  • 2002 Seminar "Nomads in the Middle East".
  • 2003 Seminar "Ethnological aspects of symbolism in the Islamic world".
  • 2004 Seminar "Symbolic aspects of architecture from an ethnological viewpoint".
  • 2005 Seminar "Aspects of nomadic life in the Middle East and North Africa".

 University of Bamberg,

1991-92 Endowed Professorship for Islamic Art and Archaeology, grade C4:

  • Timurid Architecture
  • Islamic Architecture in India
  • Dwellings in the Islamic World
  • Textiles of the Nomads in the Islamic World: offered as block-seminar.
  • Public lecture on "The Context of Flatweaves in Anatolia".

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Research positions in German universities

  • 1981-86 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter (Research fellow), grade BAT IIa at the Institut für Völkerkunde, Universität zu Köln, to work on the Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients (TAVO), SFB 19, compiling a series of ethnic maps under contract to the University of Tübingen.
  • Given personal responsibility under the direction of Prof. U.Johansen for maps of:
    a) Ethnic groups in Turkey, A.VIII 14a-b: draft completed Oct. 1985. Accompanying book, Beiheft B 60 completed Nov. 1986.
    b) Labour migration in the Persian Gulf countries, A.VIII 17: draft completed Mar. 1985.
    c) Distribution of nomad tent types in the Middle East: draft completed Dec. 1986. Accompanying book, Beiheft B 74: vol.1 text completed 1994; vol.2, drawings and photographs completed October 1995; vols. 3-4 in progress.
    d) Contributions on Turkey and Saudi Arabia to the general ethnic map, A.VIII 13: completed Dec. 1984.
  • 1982- Advisory member of SFB 230, "Natürliche Konstruktionen" at Prof. Frei Otto’s Institut für Leichte Flächentragwerke (IL), Universität Stuttgart.
  • 1987-89 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Research Collaborator) to Prof. K.Jettmar, Südasien-Institut, Universität Heidelberg, with sole responsibility for a survey of village architecture in Indus-Kuhistan and Northern Areas, Pakistan, focussed on a complete record of the fortified village of Sazîn, but extending from Pâlus to Hûnza and Yasîn. Five months field work in 1987, followed by drafting of plans and collating notes into publishable form. Supervision of draftsmen in completing further plans of individual buildings and redrafting of wax rubbings of wood-carving. Contract renewed Feb. 1989 for nine months.
  • 1989-90 Renewal of contract with University of Tübingen, as recommended by the Assessors of SFB 19, for a further six months to allow the completion of the book on Nomad Tent Types.
  • 1990-91 Stiftungsprofessur für Islamische Kunst und Archäologie (Endowed Guest Professorship in Islamic Art and Archaeology), grade C 4, at the University of Bamberg for six months, until the end of March 1991.
  • 1992-93 Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter (research fellow) at the Seminar für Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaft Zentralasiens (Seminar for the Languages and Culture of Central Asia), Universität Bonn, under Prof. K.Sagaster, for book on the nomadic tent forms of Central Asia in their cultural context.
  • 1994-97 Contract renewed for continuation of project with emphasis on the reasons for variations within this clearly defined regional dwelling type. In progress. Universität Bonn until 2.8.97, thereafter transferred to the Lehrstuhl für Türkische Sprache und Kultur, Universität Bamberg, under Prof. K.Kreiser. Upgraded to BAT Ib from 1.4.97 at Bonn, confirmed Bamberg. Work in progress.
  • 1990-01 Project part II as comparative study of Central Asian tent vocabularies, University of Bamberg, from 30.3.99 for two years.
  • 1999 -2000 At the suggestion of the publisher prepared, with the assistance of R.Benninghaus, a revised edition of Ethnic Groups in the Republic of Turkey, which led to the reissue of the original book as vol.i, and the preparation of new material as vol.ii, with an index to both volumes, bringing the book up to date. Approved by TAVO but unpaid.
  • 2001 Operation and convalescence, 27.6. - 17.8.01. Studied Qazaq for vocabulary work. Continued project while unemployed.
  • 2002-3 Renewal of project on Central Asian tents: typology, comparison and formal relationships, for University of Bamberg, from 1.06.02 for 18 months under Prof. K.Kreiser (Turcology) and Prof. M.Schuller (Building Researrch and Building History), with continuing support from Prof. K.Sagaster, University of Bonn (Central Asia).
  • 2004-5 Renewal of project on Central Asian tents: typology, comparison and formal relationships, for University of Bamberg, from 1.09.04 for 6 months.
  • 2005-6 Continued work on this project unpaid. Resume work on Nomad tent Types in the Middle East, part II, velum tents, with support from the Barakat Trust, Oxford, from 01.04.05 for 1 year.
  • 1980-97 Continued specialisation in Islamic architecture with a series of articles on India and Pakistan, with reference to influences from Iran and central Asia; also with work on symbolism in seminars.

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Research positions in the United Kingdom (in progress 2019)

  • 2006 Honorary Research Fellow, University of Bristol, advising on project on the Alevi community in Turkey for the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology (in progress Dr D.Shankland of the Royal Anthropological Institute).
  • 2016 Work for the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur, India, drawing on the material gathered in 1980-81, preparing a book on the Indian tentage outside the collection at Ahmedabad, with drawings based on tracings by Mrs M.Andrews (in progress 2016).

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  • Westdeutscher Rundfunk (3 times); ARD; Hessischer Rundfunk; Deutsche Welle (2 times); Arte TV, France (long interview).

Exhibitions and Public displays

  • The Turcoman of Iran: travelling exhibition, collected by P.A.A. and Mrs M.Andrews in Iran, 1970 and shown at Kendal, Manchester, Oxford, Newcastle, Lewes, and London, 1971.
  • Bedouin Tent, scale model 1 : 10 as centrepiece for National Museum, Qatar, loom and heddles devised by P.A.A., woven by Mrs M.Andrews, 1975. Now apparently lost since transfer to new buikding.
  • Horniman Museum, London: slide sequence; Architekturmuseum, Zurich: slide sequence with text; Nederlandstextielmuseum, Tilburg: photographs with text, poster, 1994; Deutsches Textilmuseum, Krefeld: glossary of Türkmen terms, placards, photographs 1994; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Architekturmuseum, Zurich: slide sequence with text.
  • Nederlandstextielmuseum, Tilburg: photographs with text, poster, 1994
  • Deutsches Textilmuseum, Krefeld: glossary of Türkmen terms, placards, photographs 1994.

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  • Sotheby's, London, on tribal jewellery.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on tent of Tipu Sahib.
  • Kattan-Gibb, London, on Arabian tents.
  • Deutsche Stiftung für Internationale Entwicklung, Bad Honnef, on Pashtun.tent.
  • Österreichische Nationalbank on Dr.Ebba Koch’s work on Moghul architecture.
  • J.Paul Getty Trust on Prof. Labelle Prussin’s work on nomadic architecture in North Africa.
  • Dansk Nomadeforskning on Central Asian tents.
  • BBC on Turkish minorities.
  • WDR on Kurds and Zazas.
  • Numerous testimonies for Landesverwaltungsgerichte (Provincial administrative courts) on asylum applicants.
  • Bundeskriminalamt, Wiesbaden.
  • 2008 Ergo Advisers, New York: summaries on Iranian tribes for health project.
  • 2010 Armeria Real, Museo del Ejército, Toledo: advice on restoration and re-erection of 16th century Indian tent.

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 Collections made

  • 1966 British Museum: Morocco: Tekna tent and accessories.
  • 1967 British Museum: Turkey: Yörük tent from Aydın and accessories; Ottoman costumes from Kütahya.
  • 1967 Own collection: Turkey: Türkmen trellis tent and accessories from Emirdağ.
  • 1967ff. Own collection: Turkey: Ottoman costume from Kütahya and Istanbul, embroidery, oya and kese.
  • 1968 British Museum: Morocco: Zaiane tent and accessories from the Middle Atlas.
  • 1970 British Museum: Iran: Yomut Türkmen tent and accessories from Yolme near Pahlavî Dež.
  • 1970 Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal: Iran: Yomut Türkmen collection for travelling exhibition in 1971. Now dispersed to the British Museum (Museum of Mankind), the Horniman Museum, and the City Art Gallery, Manchester.
  • 1970 Horniman Museum: Iran: Geyiklü Şahsevän tent and accessories, with costume from Miškinšahr and Ärdäbîl.
  • 1970ff. Own collection: Morocco, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qırgızstan: tent bands and costume.
  • 1974 Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh: Iran: Kurdish costume from Mâhâbâd; Härkî Kurdish flatweaves; Därreşuri Qaşqay costume.

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  • 1982-3 Academic Committee of IVth International Conference on Oriental Carpets, (ICOC), London.
  • 1992-6 Academic Committee of VIIth ICOC, Hamburg.
  • 1995ff. Standing Publications Committee of ICOC.
  • 1995-2006. Editorial Committee of Nomadic Peoples, with responsibility for articles on material culture.
  • 1997 International Academic Committee of IXth ICOC, Turin.
  • 2011. Bristol Society for the Arts of Asia.

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  • 1967 R.I.B.A. Research Award for fieldwork in Morocco.
  • 1967 S.S.R.C. Grant for fieldwork in Morocco.
  • 1968 R.I.B.A. Research Award for writing up fieldwork.
  • 1969 British Institute of Persian Studies (B.I.P.S.) Research Fellowship (1) for fieldwork in Iran.
  • 1971 Central research Fund (C.R.F.), University of London, Research Grant (1) for fieldwork in Iran.
  • 1972 B.I.P.S. Research fellowship (2) for fieldwork in Iran. Relinquished for family reasons.
  • 1972 C.R.F. Research Grant (2) for work in European Museum collections.
  • 1973 B.I.P.S. Research Fellowship (3) for fieldwork in Iran.
  • 1973 C.R.F. Research Grant (3) for fieldwork in Iran.
  • 1974 C.R.F. Research Grant (4) for fieldwork in Iran.
  • 1978 B.I.P.S. Research Fellowship (4) for writing up fieldwork done in Iran.
  • 1980 Aga Khan Program grant towards preparing material on nomadic architecture for publication.
  • 1980 Calico Museum, Ahmedabad, invitation to India to study princely tents in Indian collections and write monograph.
  • 1980 British Academy Research Grant for Indian project.
  • 1984 J.Paul Getty Trust grant to cover publication costs of Ph.D. dissertation at Cologne.
  • 1985 B.I.P.S. Grant towards costs of computerising text of dissertation.
  • 1987 British Council Specialist Tours Exchange Award for field work in Mongolian People's Republic.
  • 1993 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, academic exchange award for research in Russian museum collections.
  • 2005 Barakat Trust, Oxford, grant for continued work on publication of fieldwork on black tents.
  • 2014 The Ancient and Modern prize, awarded by Cornucopia and Hali magazines, for research on historical tents in Wales and Spain. The work on Tipu Sultan’s tent at Powis castle, was completed, as was that on his throne canopy, but the work on the tent in Spain was suspended because of the death of Mrs Andrews.
  • 2022 The Royal Asiatic Society, London, The Sir Richard Burton Memorial Medal presented on 8th November 2022 in the names of Dr Peter Alford Andrews and Mrs Mügül Andrews (see RAS blog for citation and recording).

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Conference Papers

  • 1977* "The Tents of Timur. an examination of the reports of the Qurıltay of 1404 at Samarqand", in Arts of the European Steppelands, Percival David colloquy VII, University of London, S.O.A.S., by invitation.
  • 1978* "Nomadic Cultures", in Cultures in Transition, Oxford Polytechnic. By invitation.
  • 1979* "The Felt Tents of Central Asia: the Turkish Contribution" at the VIth International Congress of Turkish Art, Universität München.
  • 1980* "Conservation of Ideas in Nomadic Architecture", in Conservation of Building in Developing Countries, Oxford Polytechnic. By invitation.
  • 1980* "The Turco-Mongol Context of Some Objects Shown in the Istanbul Album Paintings", in Between China and Iran: a Group of Paintings in Four Albums in Istanbul, Percival David Foundation Colloquy X, University of London. By invitation.
  • 1980* "Some Aspects of Türkmen Costume", in Tribal Rugs and Costumes of Iran, Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. By invitation.
  • 1980* "Türkmen Tents", at the IIId International Conference on Oriental Carpets,
    Washington D.C. By invitation.
  • 1981 "Turkic Rugs: Some Speculation on Origins", at the spring symposium of the Turkish Areas Study Group, SOAS, University of London. By invitation.
  • 1982 "The Anatolian Trellis Tent in the Wider Türkmen Context", at the IVth International Conference of Turcology, Istanbul University. By invitation.
  • 1983* "The Culmination of the Islamic Double Dome Form in Hindustan", in Common Principles, Forms and Themes of Islamic art, symposium organised by IRCICA and UNESCO, Istanbul. By invitation.
  • 1983 "Kurdish Tribes and their Rugs in Eastern Turkey and Northwest Iran", at the IVth International Conference on Oriental Carpets, London. "Rugs and Tent Furniture of the Shahsevän of Azärbaijan" for the International Symposium on the Art of Oriental Carpets, Baku. By invitation. Not delivered through Soviet maladministration.
  • 1984 "The Idea of Space in the Ottoman Home", at the spring symposium of the Turkish Areas Study Group, SOAS,University of London. By invitation.
  • 1984 "An Exotic Tent Type in the Reign of Shah Jahan" in Subjective Standpoints in Architecture and Space, 20th Anniversary Colloquium at the Institut für Leichte Flächentragwerke, Universität Stuttgart. By invitation.
  • 1985 "Ak Öy, Topak Ev and Alaçıx", in Traditional Feltmaking in Eurasia, symposium in memoriam Veronika Gervers, Kecskeme´t. By invitation.
  • 1984* "Tent Furnishings and Rugs of the Şahsevän of Azerbaycan", at the Ist International Conference on Turkish Carpets, Istanbul. By invitation. (Revision of Baku paper).
  • 1985* "Tent Structures and Bulbous Domes: the Possibilities of a Connection", in Die Geschichte des Konstruierens, colloquium for SFB 230 at the Institut für Leichte Flächentragwerke, Universität Stuttgart. By invitation.
  • 1985* "The Shaping of Nomad Camps", in Prozesse der Entstehung und Veränderung ungeplanter Siedlungen, colloquium for SFB 230 at the Institut für Leichte Flächen-tragwerke, Universität Stuttgart. By invitation.
  • 1986 "Tents and Tent Furnishings of the Shahsevän", at the Symposium on Shahsevän Weaving, Museum für Völkerkunde, Basel. By invitation.
  • 1986* "From Khurasan to Anatolia: Continuity in the Türkmen Tradition of Flatweaves", at the Vth International Conference on Oriental Carpets, Vienna. By invitation.
  • 1988 "Embroidery from Shinaki", in Stickereien aus Indien und Pakistan, Museum für Völkerkunde, Basel. By invitation.
  • 1988 "The Development of the Türkmen Tent", at the XXXIst Permanent International Altaistic Conference, Weimar.
  • 1988 "The Ethnic Map of Turkey" at the XXIV. Deutscher Orientalistentag, Universität zu Köln.
  • 1988 "Das Entstehen der ethnischen Karten am Beispiel Türkei", at the Berichts-kolloquium, SFB 19, Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients, Universität Tübingen. By invitation.
  • 1989* "The Evolution of the Trellis Tent (‘yurt’): a Middle-Eastern Development?", at the IIId European Seminar on Central Asian Studies, Paris.
  • 1990* "The Context of Kilims", in The Anatolian Kilim, symposium at the Museum für Völkerkunde, Basel. By invitation.
  • 1990 "Felt Tents" at the Internationalt Filtsymposium, Aarhus. By invitation.
  • 1990* "The Domestic Context of Kilims in Anatolia", at the VIth International Conference on Oriental Carpets, San Francisco. By invitation.
  • 1991 Opening lecture on "Ethnic Groups in Turkey", for the symposium Vielvölkerstaat Türkei, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. By invitation.
  • 1991 "Some neglected nomadic tent types", and display on architecture in Northern Areas, Pakistan, in the section for Ethno-Architecture, Tagung der Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde, Munich.
  • 1992 "Schwarze Zelte und Textilien", for the symposium In Memoriam Altorientalische Teppiche 1891, Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Textil-Kunst-Forschung, Schloß Stainz. By invitation.
  • 1992 "Central Asian Weaving" at the Annual Rug Convention, Textile Museum, Washington D.C., by invitation.
  • 1993* "The Shrine Tents of Čiŋgiz Qan at Eĵen Qoroγ-a", at the International Symposium in Honour of Antoine Mostaert, Ferdinand Verbiest Stichting, Leuven.
  • 1993* "The Türkmen Wedding Tent in Historical Context", at the VIIth International Conference on Oriental Carpets, Hamburg. By invitation.
  • 1994* "From the Rashīdiyya to the Ordos", at Material Culture in Central Asia and the Middle East, conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. By invitation.
  • 1996* "Early Turkish Rugs: the Written Evidence", the VIIIth International Conference on Oriental Carpets, Philadelphia.
  • 1999 "Form and meaning of tents under the Early Turks, the Timurids, and the Moghuls" for the Volkmann Treffen, Munich, 9.10.99, by invitation.
  • 2000 "Wedding textiles in the Türkmen context" with Mrs M.Andrews, for Cultures of Central Asia, study programme symposium at the British Museum, 15.4.00, by invitation.
  • 2001 "The making of an Ottoman tent" for the XXVIII. Deutscher Orientalistentag, University of Bamberg, Ottoman Studies section, 29.3.01.
  • 2001 "The precious and the numinous: tents as charged objects and princely gifts", for the conference on Precious Objects and Changing Values, Sheffield Hallam University, 23.5.01., by invitation.
  • 2001 "Die Čomčoγ Čiŋgiz Qans im Ordos", for Das I. Internationale Symposium zum Tschinggis-Khan-Altar, Köln-Frechen, 3.9.01, by invitation.
  • 2002 "The Qırġız trellis tent and its textile furnishings" for the Conference on Qırġız material culture, Bishkek, by invitation.
  • 2002 "Der Ring und die Tür" for the Deutsch-mongolische Gesellschaft, Bonn, by invitation.
  • 2003** "Deve – Düye - Tüye"(partly parody), read for the 65th birthday of Professor Semih Tezcan, University of Bamberg, 08.01.2003, 3 pp. incl. table, by invitation.
  • 2003 "Felt among the nomads of Turkey and Iran" for Topkapı Sarayı Museum seminar on the felt exhibition, Istanbul 28.6.03, by invitation: key-note lecture, by invitation.
  • 2003 "Die Verwendung von Symbolik in der turkmenischen Tracht: schamanistische Züge und Übertragung" for the Turkmenen Treffen, Hamburg, 25.10.03, by invitation.
  • 2004 "The transposed cat" (parody of P.Bourdieu) in Festschrift für Professor Kurt Tauchmann, 5 pp., issued privately in Institut für Völkerkunde, Universität zu Köln.#
  • 2005 "Integration der Migranten: mögliche Schnittstellen" for Colloquium organised by Dialog, University of Cologne, 10.01.2005, by invitation.
  • 2005 "A flight of fancy: Eine Vogelgeschichte" (allegorical satire), in programme of lectures for the 60th birthday of Prof. Klaus Kreiser, University of Bamberg, 12.03.2005, 4 pp. with drawing by Mrs M.Andrews (for Festschrift to be issued privately), in Universität Bamberg, Lehrstuhl für Türkische Sprache und Kultur. by invitation;
  • 2005* "Görünen köy kılavuz istemez", for Kimlik ve Kültür, Istanbul 14-17.6.2005, organised by the Koç Üniversitesi Stratejik Araştırmaları Merkezi and the Kültür Araştırmaları Derneği, by invitation.
  • 2009* "The trellis tent and its variations" for the First Yurt-Builders’ Conference, Canvas Chic, Barjac, Ardèche, 07-10.05.2009, by invitation. (Online version).
  • 2009 "Türkmenische Zeltbänder und deren Anwendung" for the Turkmenen Treffen, Hamburg, 30.10.-1.11.2009, by invitation.
  • 2009 "Türkmenische Zeltbänder und deren Anwendung" for the 30. Treffen der Internationalen Sammler Turkmenischer Teppiche, Hamburg, 30.10.-1.11.2009, by invitation.
  • 2014 "Arbor Vitae, The Tree of Life, der Baum des Lebens” for the 35. Treffen der Internationalen Sammler Turkmenischer Teppiche, Hamburg, 01.11.2014, by invitation.
  • 2014 “Historic Tentage in India: A Survey of Surviving Specimens/ Auf der Suche nach Zelten in Indien – ein Überblick" for ZELTE - Vom Sinnbild der Macht zum Kulturgut/ TENTS – From Symbol of Power to Cultural Heritage in the Volkmann-Treffen, Kunstgewerbemuseum, Berlin, 26.10.2014, by invitation.

    * Now published.

    ** In press.

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Architects’ Registration Council of the United Kingdom: registered architect (voluntarily suspended)

Cambridge University, Mongolia and Inner Asian Studies Unit: associate.

Anglo-Mongolian Society

British Institute of Persian Studies

Deutsch-Türkische Gesellschaft, Bonn

Freundeskreis orientalischer Teppiche und Textilien in Westfalen

Ethnological Society, American University, Bishkek, Qırġızstan (honorary)

Bristol Society for the Arts of Asia

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Public lectures

Numerous (uncounted) lectures in the UK from 1967-1980 by invitation at, for example:

The Horniman Museum, London; the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal; the Newcastle Art Gallery; the Lewes Art Gallery; the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh; the Farnham College of Art; the Goldsmiths’ College of Art, London; the Architectural Association, London; the Bartlett School of Architecture, London University; the Islamic Art Circle, S.O.A.S., London: and the Oriental Rug and Textile Society of Great Britain (on some six occasions).

Numerous lectures from 1981 by invitation at, for example:

The School of Architecture, University of Maryland; Institut für Baugeschichte, Universität Karlsruhe; Institut für Leichte Flächentragwerke, Stuttgart (3 times); Universität Tübingen; Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik, Bonn; the Textile Museum, Washington D.C.; Museum für Völkerkunde, Basel (3 times); the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Reiss-Museum für Völkerkunde, Mannheim; the Chamber of Architects, Ulan Bator; the Oriental Rug Society of Brussels (6 times); Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Textil-Kunst-Forschung, Wien (2 times); Freunde der Orientteppiche, Graz; Treffen der Turkmenen-Teppich-Freunde (Dr.Loges/ Dr.Sienknecht) (3 times); Volkmann-Treffen, München; Freunde des Orient Teppichs, Basel (3 times); Freundeskreis orientalischer Teppiche und Textilien in Westfalen (4 times); the Copenhagen Rug Club; Orientgalerie, Köln; Schloß-Galerie, Tübingen; Deutsch-Türkische Gesellschaft, Köln (2 times); Deutsch-Türkische Gesellschaft, Bonn; Volkmann-Treffen, Munich, main speaker at first Colloquium on Oriental tents; Alman Alevi Birlikleri Federasyonu, Köln; the British Museum; Bayrisches Orient-Kolloquium, Universities of Bamberg and Erlangen-Nürnberg (2 times); Nürnberger Teppichclub; American University, Bishkek; Deutsch-Mongolische Gesellschaft, Bonn; Topkapı Sarayı, Istanbul (keynote); Muğla Üniversitesi; Turkmenen-Treffen, Hamburg (twice); Universität Tübingen, Archäologie; Chinggiz Khan Symposium, Köln; Bristol Society for the Arts of Asia; tent group, Seattle; Yurt Builders’ Conference, at Canvas Chic near Barjac, Ardèche; Friends of the Bristol Art Gallery; Technische Universität Wien; The Nomad's Tent Gallery, Edinburgh; Carpet Diem, München; the Anglo-Turkish Society, London.

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