Society, Politics, and Economy in Modern Turkey: Sociology of Turkey - Maintained by Tugrul Keskin
We are at a point in our work when we can no longer ignore empires and the imperial context in our studies. (p. 5)
― Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Turkish Historical Society invites applications for the following international conference. You can upload abstracts of your paper from the following link:
(The deadlines are extended, see the end of this message, and they are still accepting submissions).
Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by TTK and Istanbul University.

All the best

Akif Kirecci
Bilkent University


About the symposium
Cities and urban culture are among the elements that most clearly reflect the civilization they belong to. Cities occupy a place in the center of daily life as the places where people live, trade is regularly carried out, government institutions are run, and justice is distributed. The architectural texture of a city is the embodiment of the culture and civilization of its inhabitants. The material development that took place in Turkey in the last decade has not yet found its reflection on Turkish cities in the form of a particular civil identity or aesthetics. In most cities in Turkey, the reinforced concrete buildings that reflect the country’s new-found prosperity increasingly take over their skylines in the form of vertical and disparate elements. In this context, the present symposium aims to revisit the heritage of Turkish-Muslim, along with Roman, Byzantine, Greek, Chinese and other civilizations in the field of urban planning and architecture and to discuss whether the needs of the modern way of life and traditional architecture are compatible with each other, how they can complement each other, and whether the historical heritage can in some way or other brought to bear on modern city planning.

The possible topics to be discussed by the Symposium On Civilization, Cities And Architecture include, but are not limited to:
•    The concept and construct of “city” and its planning in the context of civilization and culture.
•    Architecture and civil engineering in the context of civilization and culture.
•    Architecture and engineering education in the context of their links with tradition.
•    The relation between cities and civilization.
•    Do the skylines that emerge in modern Turkish cities reflect the architectural heritage, civil sensibility and human-oriented philosophy observable in Turkish and or Islamic history?
•    Are the present infrastructure and appearance of Turkish cities a result of rational choices made on the basis of knowledge and experience, or simply of ad-hoc responses to necessities?
•    What are the elements that make up the dichotomies modern/traditional city, modern/traditional architecture? Which are the points of convergence and divergence between these concepts and philosophical approaches?
•    What does traditional architecture have to offer to modern life?
•    Can traditional architecture be compatible with modern architecture? If the answer is in the positive, how could this compatibility be brought to bear on our present living spaces?
•    Is there education of traditional architecture in Turkey?
•    To what extent are the present faculties of architecture and civil engineering in Turkey able to transmit the Turkish civil heritage and traditional architecture to the new generations?
•    How can modern cities be planned by drawing upon the considerations of
traditional architecture?
•    How can the relations between cities, architecture and civilization in the time of the Seljukids, Beyliks, Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic be analyzed?
•    How did the Roman, Greek, Persian, Chinese, Indian and other classical civilizations inspire traditional and Modern Turkish-Muslim architecture and urban culture?
•    Philosophy of architecture and urban planning in Muslim, Turkish and other Asian and European civilizations.
•    The classics on architecture and cities in Muslim, Turkish and other Asian and European civilizations.
•    The relations between modern man and physical living spaces in the context of civil values and cultural heritage.
•    The great architects and city planners who have inspired Turkish-Muslim civilization in the past.
•    Traditional and modern houses of worship.
•    Mosque architecture and its transformation.
•    Domestic architecture and its transformation.
•    How are preferences linked with civilization reflected in architecture and city planning?

Important Dates
Place of Symposium: İstanbul
Symposium Dates: 12-14 April 2016
Abstracts (300 words) for Submission Deadline: 15 September 2015,
Announcement of Accepted Abstracts: 24 September 2015,
Deadline for submission of Articles: 14 December 2015,
Accepted Announcement of the Articles: 15 February 2016

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