Prof. Dr. Nergis Biray and Prof. Dr. Türkan Erdoğan Represent PAU at the XIth International Altaic Communities Symposium


The 11th International Altai Communities Symposium, which has become a brand in the Turkic World, was hosted by Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan between July 4-7, 2023 with the main theme of "Place and Water Names in Altai Peoples".

Prof. Dr. Nergis Biray, Head of the Department of Contemporary Turkish Dialects and Literatures and Prof. Dr. Türkan Erdoğan, Head of the Department of Sociology attended the symposium on behalf of Pamukkale University (PAU).

PAU Sociology Department Head Prof. Dr. Türkan Erdoğan, who is a member of the organizing and scientific boards of the international symposium and participates in the symposium every year with an oral presentation, gave the following information about the symposium: "International Altai Communities Symposium started under the leadership of Prof. Dr. İlhan Şahin, a faculty member of Istanbul 29 Mayıs University, who has become a brand with his services and contributions in the Turkish World for many years, and over time, thanks to the efforts and contributions of our professor, it has become an international brand in the scientific community. When we look at this year in general, we can say that the symposium series with more than 150 participants in Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, especially in many countries, including Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, three intensive days and about 50 different sessions were successfully held. In addition, thanks to the 1-day historical-cultural excursion program included in the symposium calendar, the participants have the opportunity to meet with the historical and cultural richness of the host country and have the opportunity to exchange information. The symposium, which was organized for the 11th time this year, has so far been attended by Altaicist scientists from many countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Mongolia, South Korea, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Japan, India, India, Russian Federation and Turkey."

Prof. Dr. Türkan Erdoğan stated that many institutions and organizations have contributed to the successful realization of the symposiums every year and the presentation of the proceedings to the scientific community by turning them into a book: "The International Altaic Communities Symposium is a series of symposiums that brings together Altaicist academics and aims to scientifically reveal the cultural and civilization values of Altaic communities. Successfully organizing an international symposium with different themes every year is an achievement that should really be appreciated and exemplified. And the architect of this success is undoubtedly Prof. Dr. İlhan Şahin. Indeed, thanks to the devoted efforts and personal efforts of our professor, our symposium has successfully held its 11th edition this year with intense participation and success. Of course, I should add that many institutions and organizations have contributed greatly to the symposium's longevity. Among the institutions and organizations that contributed to both the duration of the symposium and the transformation of the proceedings into a book, we can mention TIKA under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey, TURKSOY, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University, ISTESOB (Union of Chambers of Istanbul Tradesmen and Craftsmen), Union of Turkish World Municipalities and Ahi Culture Research and Education Foundation."

Stating that the symposium will be held in Taiwan next year, Prof. Dr. Türkan Erdoğan also provided the following information about it: "On the last day of the symposium hosted by Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty this year, institution officials from three different countries showed high interest and interest and requested to host the 12th symposium to be held in 2024. These requests and proposals were evaluated by the relevant committees organizing the Altai Communities Symposium Series and it was decided that the XIIth Altai Communities Symposium will be held at Taiwan National Chengchi University on the subject of 'Clothing-Apparel Culture in Altai Peoples'. We invite our colleagues who are interested in the subject to our symposium. Scientists who want to get information on this subject can also access detailed information on the symposium website ''."

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