Congress on Culture in Turkish World

2nd International Congress on Culture in Turkish World. April 19-25, 2010.

The 2nd International Congress on Culture in Turkish World was held on 19-25 April 2010 in Cesme/Izmir, Turkey, within collaboration of the Turkish World Studies Institute of Ege University and the Turkish Language Institute.

The International Congress on Culture in Turkish World that occupies an important place in scientific history and is held with the patronage of the President of Turkey,
plays an important role in discussing and solution of problems of the Turkish language, literature and history.

About 400 scientists from 78 countries participated at the 2nd International Congress on Culture in Turkish World. Director of the Turkish World Studies Institute, Rector of Ege University, President of the Turkish Language Association, Governor of Izmir and a representative of the President of Turkey participated at the plenary session of the Congress and underlined scientific, political and culturological importance of the Congress in studying and promoting of the Turkish World culture and wished the participants successes.

The lecture of Prof. Dr. Yusif Halacoğlu on “Spread of Yoruks (Nomadic Turks) in Anatolia” was listened with great interest.

The panel sessions of the Congress covered five topics, including “General Issues”, “Turkish Folklore”, “Turkish World Literature”, “Turkic Languages and Accents” and “Turkish History and Art”.

The Azerbaijani scientists who participated at the Congress, made speeches on language, literature, archeology and history sciences. Tarikh Dostiyev gave a lecture on “Town Culture of Azerbaijan of Islamic Period in the Light of Archeological Excavations” at the third panel’s session on April 20, 2010. The lecturer informed about the status of the recent years’ archeological excavations conducted in Shamkir town of Azerbaijan, remains of material culture discovered during the excavations, drew participants’ attention to the specific aspects of development of Azerbaijani towns in VIII-XIII centuries based on the excavations, and attempted to define general Muslim and community signs. Demonstration of images of the archeological excavations in the territory of Shamkir town and individual finds allowed experts to get the complete idea on the indicative material culture examples. The lecture attracted interest, Turkish archeologists and art history researchers emphasized similar and common aspects of Anatolian and Azerbaijani towns, and underlined the importance of increasing attention to this problem. In general, the Congress enabled to get familiarized with the latest achievements in the studies of the Turkish World language, literature, history and art, and allowed to obtained rich information within short period of time.

Tarikh Dostiyev