The 9th Turkish Cypriots Who Left a Trace Behind Symposium organized by the Eastern Mediterranean University Center for Cyprus Studies (EMU-CCS) will be commencing at 09:00 with an opening ceremony on Monday, the 21st of May 2018 at the Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Hall. A total of 26 presentations will be delivered in 7 sessions. The symposium will be continuing on the 22nd of May 2018.
Organized once every two years by EMU-CCS, the theme of this years’ Turkish Cypriots Who Left a Trace Behind Symposium is “Literature”. EMU Vice Rector for Administrative and Technical Affairs and EMU-CCS President Prof. Dr. Naciye Doratlı stated that the symposium will focus on Harid Fedai, Ali Nesim, Filiz Naldöven, Fikret Demirağ, Kutlu Adalı, M. Taner Baybars and Kaya Çanca, who are all important figures in Turkish Cypriot literature. The symposium will adress life life stories, struggles and societal contributions of those mentioned in great detail.
During the first session that will commence after the opening speeches İsmail Bozkurt will be delivering a presentation titled “The Three Important Figures of Turkish Cypriot Literature Who We Have Recently Lost (Harid Fedai, Ali Nesim ve Fikret Demirağ)”. Dr. Gülden Sarı Kanlıay, Ulus Irkad and Asst. Prof. Dr. Tayyibe Uç will be delivering presentations respectively titled “Halid Fedai’s Research on Turkish Cypriot Literature in the Ottoman Period ”, “On Harid Fedai and Kutlu Adalı” and “Ölür İse Ten Ölür Canlar Ölesi Değil”.
During the second session Assoc. Prof. Dr. Netice Yıldız will be delivering a presentation titled “My Childhood Memories of my Friend from Far Away Lands: Taner Baybars (1936-2010)”. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gürkan Gümüşatam and Asst. Prof. Dr. Emel Kaya will be delivering presentations respectively titled “Kutlu Adalı’s Observations on Turkish in Cypriot Villages” and “Dramatic Structure and Discourse of Kaya Çanca Poems”.
In the third session Prof. Dr. Oğuz Karakartal, Dr. Emin Onuş and Hüseyin Ezilmez will be respectively delivering presentations titled “Harid Fedai’s contributions to Turkish Cypriot Literature”, “About Harid Fedai’s ‘Lefke Sayıklamaları Destanı’ and “Social Critism in Filiz Naldöven’s ‘Köşede Durmak’ Play”. Prof. Dr. Ulvi Keser and Devran Akbayram will also be delivering a presentation titled “Nacak Newspaper and an Evaluation of Kutlu Adalı’s Vocabulary”. The presentations of the two day symposium will be later collected in a book.