13th International Symposium on Turkish as a World Language

TÜRKSOY
Saturday, 16 October 2021

The “13th International Symposium on Turkish as a World Language” dedicated to the 700th  anniversary of the passing away of Yunus Emre and  to the 100th anniversary of  the national anthem of the Republic of Turkey hosted by the Rectorate of the   Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University has begun.

The symposium which will gather distinguished scholars working in the field of turcology in Rize between October 14th-16th, 2021 featured a photography exhibition dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the independence of Turkic republics.

The ribbon of the exhibition was cut by the Rector of the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University and host of the event Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Karaman and the Head of the Department of Administrative Financial and Legal Affairs of  TURKSOY Sancar Mülazımoğlu along with the Chairman of the Turkish Language Institution Prof. Dr. Gürer Gülsevin, the Governor of Rize Kemal Çeber, the Mayor of Rize Rahmi Metin and the Rector of the Artvin Çoruh University Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sıtkı Bilgin who were guests of the event. The exhibition which raised great interest among guests was followed by the opening speeches of the symposium.

In the speech he delivered, the Rector who greeted the audience said: “The year 2021 is a special year. Indeed, it is not only the 700th anniversary of the passing away of Yunus Emre who is one of the cornerstones of Turkish language and civilization  bu also the 100th anniversary of our national anthem and its approval by the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey as a symbol of our independence. Hence, the year 2021 was declared as Year of Yunus Emre and Turkish Language by the President of the Republic of Turkey. I would therefore like to express that it is a great happiness for us to hold the 13th International Symposium on Turkish as a World Language in such a special year which also happens to be the 15th anniversary of the establishment of our university named after our President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. I am also very pleased to welcome scholars who do research on Turkish language in various universities in Turkey as well as our distinguished guests who are honouring us with their presence here today. Our aim in organizing this symposium  is to  ensure that the  Turkish language is being used in the field of academic and scientific research. Indeed, we want this symposium to contribute to the promotion of Turkish language as well as to the prevention of its degeneration through globalization and the internet. We hope that this symposium will be a success and that you will keep an excellent memory of our university as well as of Rize, the capital of tea in Turkey.”

The Head of the Department of Administrative Financial and Legal Affairs of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) Mr. Sancar Mülazımoğlu who also delivered a speech at the symposium said that the Year of Yunus Emre and Turkish Language 2021 declared under the motto “Turkish as a World Language”  is a great opportunity to claim ownership of the Turkish language as well as to illustrious personalities who contribute to its preservation with their works. Mr. Mülazımoğlu further added: "The decision made by H. E. the  President of the Republic of Turkey is a great opportunity for us in terms of our commitment to claim ownership of our language and pay tribute to our ancestors  for their contribution to the enrichment thereof. We hope that this symposium will offer answers to our questions as to how we can preserve and protect our language from its alteration and degeneration through the influence of dominant cultures which left deep scars in it for many years. In the past, our language experienced a rising prestige under the leadership of Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey and now it is our turn to do whatever we can to make sure that our language is being preserved in the future. TURKSOY considers it as its highest duty to address humanity through the language of Yunus Emre, that is to say in Turkish. I would like to take this opportunity to also express my most sincere felicitations on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the approval of our national anthem which unites Anatolia with love, feeds our souls with its clear and limpid style and makes our voice be heard worldwide."

The symposium featured contributions by the  Chairman of the Turkish Language Institution Prof. Dr. Gürer Gülsevin, the Turkish teacher of the Yunus Emre Institute and Director of Turcology Prof. Dr. Yavuz Kartallıoğlu, the member of the Committee of Education and Specialization of the National Commission of Turkey to UNESCO Prof. Dr. Ali Yakıcı, the former Rector of the March 18th University of  Çanakkale Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman Güzel, the Mayor of  Rize Rahmi Metin and the Governor of Rize Kemal Çeber who also delivered greeting speeches.

The symposium which will last  three days  will feature presentations by 197 scholars from 12 countries.  The exhibition of TURKSOY will be open to visitors throughout the symposium.