On December 11 and 12, the Bilkent Center for Turkish Literature will present a “Symposium on Turkish Chronicles in Verse,” organized jointly with the Turkish Historical Society and the Yunus Emre Institute, under the aegis of notable Turkish literature scholar Prof. Mustafa İsen (currently serving as chief advisor to the president of Turkey).
This “first-ever” event will deal with the forms, functions and substance of versified Ottoman historical narratives. About 30 scholars from Turkey and abroad will deliver papers on Turkish chronicles in verse. The roster of speakers includes Professors Edith Ambros, Gisela Procházka-Eisl, İsmail Hakkı Aksoyak, Mustafa Argunşah, Semih Tezcan and Feridun Emecen. The opening speeches will be given by Prof. İsen, Prof. Hayati Develi, president of the Yunus Emre Institute, and Assoc. Prof. Nuran Tezcan of Bilkent University.
Everyone interested in attending is welcome. All sessions of the symposium will take place at Mithat Çoruh Auditorium, on Thursday, December 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, December 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.