The Netherlands Institute in Turkey is a research center dedicated to the study of Turkey and surrounding regions through the ages. It conducts historical and archaeological research, and aims to support studies in the humanities and social sciences that have a bearing on Turkey, by scholars as well as students, from the Netherlands and other countries.
The institute is located in the central district of Beyoğlu in Istanbul. Its premises are in Merkez Han, a complex of Koç University that houses the university’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) as well as several other scientific institutions.
The NIT was founded in 1958 as a subsidiary institute of the Netherlands Institute for the Near East (NINO), located in Leiden, the Netherlands. Until 2005, it was named Netherlands Historical-Archaeological Institute. Until that same year, the NIT was based at the Palais de Hollande, the Netherlands Consulate-General and former embassy on Istiklal Caddesi. In 2006, the institute moved to its current premises. In 2007, H.R.M. Queen Beatrix visited the Netherlands Institute in Turkey. From 2009 until 2014, the NIT received additional funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as part of the ministry's higher education internationalization policies.
From the late 1970s onwards, the NIT has been actively involved in archaeological excavation projects in Turkey. The architectural history of the Ottoman period, especially of the Balkans, forms a second focus of research, having begun by former director Machiel Kiel. In recent years, the scope of the institute’s academic activities has widened to include a range of disciplines under the overarching theme of heritage studies.
Its well-equipped scientific library has served several generations of students and researchers and continues to serve the scholarly community in Istanbul.
Together with the NINO, the NIT has published the monograph series PIHANS (Publications de l’Institut Historique et Archéologique Néerlandais de Stamboul) since 1956 and the periodical Anatolica since 1967.
The NIT currently conducts and hosts three long-term research projects, in archaeology, architectural history and heritage studies (see Research and Collections). It organizes conferences, lectures and workshops, and initiates and coordinates intensive (summer) courses for university students. Upcoming activities can be found on the Activities page.
There are annual reports published jointly by the NINO and the NIT. Please click the links below to download them:
NIT and NINO are directed by a Curatorium (board of governors; members are listed on the NINO website here). The general supervision is in the hands of the General Director, Dr. J. Eidem. Local director in Istanbul is Dr. F.A. Gerritsen. Advice on academic activities is given by a board of scholars within the Curatorium.
F.A. (Fokke) Gerritsen (2006- )
M. (Machiel) Kiel (2003-2005)
H.E. (Ted) Lagro (1994-2003)
J.J. (Co) Roodenberg (1978-1994)
P.H.E. (Pauline) Donceel-Voûte (1974-1978)
A.A. (Arie) Kampman (1965-1972)
A.A. (Anton) Cense (1958-1964)