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TCF Cultural Exchange Fellows 2015 February 20, 2015

The Turkish Cultural Foundation is pleased to announce the 13 recipients of the first term 2015 TCF Cultural Exchange Fellowship Program.

The TCF Fellowship Program was launched in 2012 with a view to support the participation of artists and other culture professionals in programs, which facilitate cultural and artistic exchanges between Turkey and the world. Turkish nationals can benefit from this fellowship to participate in programs outside of Turkey, while international artists and culture professionals are eligible to receive support for events and projects taking place in Turkey. The Fellowship has been awarded to 77 individuals to date.

For more information on the 2015 TCF Cultural Exchange Fellows and their events, please visit the TCF website and TCF Culture Calendar.  TCF is now accepting applications for the 2nd term of the 2015 Cultural Exchange Fellowship.
First Turkish Folk Music Dictionary Published January 15, 2015

  The Turkish Cultural Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a new publication on Turkish music. Türk Halk Müziği Sözlüğü (Turkish Folk Music Dictionary) is the first of its kind in Turkish folk music studies and was authored by Dr.Melih Duygulu, a leading musicologist and Chair of the Ethnomusicology Department at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, Turkey.

The dictionary, published in Turkish in December 2014, is the result of a multi-year research project led by Dr.Duygulu under the patronage of the Turkish Cultural Foundation. Building on his long-standing academic work in this area, from 2009-2014, Dr.Duygulu and his team conducted a series of field studies all around Turkey, collecting over 3000 Turkish folk music terms in 68 provinces, 210 counties, 1000 villages and through interviews with nearly 2,000 sources. In addition to being the most comprehensive source on Turkish folk music terms, the dictionary also carries special value for  Turkish language studies.

The Turkish Folk Music Dictionary is the latest of a series of projects in the area of Turkish music studies brought to life by the Turkish Cultural Foundation in collaboration with Dr.Duygulu. They include the TCF Turkish Music Portal, available in English, French, German and the Turkish Music Dictionary, the broadest English-Turkish dictionary on musical terms, made available online on the TCF portals.

The publication may be ordered here from the publisher. Educational institutions and libraries may request a complimentary copy from TCF, by sending a request to pr@turkishculture.org.

(L) Melih Duygulu filming the making of a folk flute-kaval in the Erikbelen village of Tokat, once famous for this craft, in the last remaining workshop in the village. (R) Interviewing one of the few remaining makers and players of the Turkish fiddle-kemane, Mustafa Özkan, in Şenpazar, Kastamonu.
UNESCO Chair Inaugurated at Kadir Has University January 8, 2015

TCF is pleased to announce the establishment of the UNESCO Chair on Management and Promotion of World Heritage Sites: New Media and Community Involvement at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. TCF is a partner in the Kadir Has UNESCO Chair together with Bilkom and World Heritage Travelers Association and will support the work of the Chair in the area of research and international educational exchanges.

The protocol establishing the UNESCO Chair was signed at a ceremony on January 7 by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aydın, Rector of Kadir Has University. It is the first UNESCO Chair in cultural heritage in Turkey and will work on promoting and enhancing community involvement in World Heritage sites in Turkey through the application of new media. There are currently 13 sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and 52 nominations. The Chair's scope will include all sites. Among the projects planned are an international summer school for graduate students and the development of new media applications for Turkey's World Heritage sites. Community and youth education will be another important component of the Chair's work. An inter-disciplinary academic team at Kadir Has University will lead the work of the Chair under the leadership of Dr. Yonca Kösebay Erkan.

From left: Güler Köknar, TCF, Azade Çerkezoğlu Çavuş, Bilkom, Irina Bokova, UNESCO, Mustafa Aydın, Kadir Has, Ambassador Hüseyin Avni Botsalı, Permanent Representative of Turkey to UNESCO, Yonca Kösebay Erkan, Kadir Has.
2015 TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art Call for Applications January 5, 2015

TCF is now accepting applications for its Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art. The Fellowship is awarded to support the publication of outstanding papers/articles in the area of Turkish cultural and social studies, as well as to support the participation of scholars in leading conferences in this subject area. Since its launch, 77 scholars have been awarded the TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art.

Applications for the TCF Fellowship in Turkish Culture and Art will be accepted on a year-round basis.

For detailed eligibility and application information, please visit the TCF website.


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