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UNESCO Chair's First Summer School May 5, 2015

The newly inaugurated UNESCO Chair on Management and Promotion of World Heritage Sites: New Media and Community Involvement at Kadir Has University will hold its first international summer school on June 15-29 in Istanbul. TCF is a partner of the UNESCO Chair and supports its work in the area of research and international educational exchanges.

The Summer Program′s "World Heritage and Digital Technologies" course aims to explore innovative ways of enhancing community involvement through the use of new media at World Heritage sites. The first week of the school will be held at Kadir Has University in Istanbul on theoretical issues, while the second week will be spent on the Bergama World Heritage site, focusing on developing a mobile application for the site. Graduate students with a background in Conservation, Architecture, Computer Engineering, Communications Technology and Design are encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, please visit here.

Eligible students may receive support to attend the summer school under the TCA Scholarship Program.

Sait Faik Short Stories Published in English April 15, 2015

The Turkish Cultural Foundation (TCF) is pleased to announce the release of "A Useless Man," Selected Stories by Sait Faik Abasıyanık, one of Turkey's leading authors. Translated from Turkish by Maureen Freely and Alexander Dawe, the book is published by Archipelago Books, a non-profit press devoted to contemporary and classic world literature, with support from TCF.

Sait Faik Abasıyanık was born in Adapazarı in 1906 and died in Istanbul in 1954. In twelve books of short stories, two novels, and a book of poetry, Sait Faik’s writing celebrates the natural world and renders in vivid detail the struggles of his characters: ancient coffeehouse proprietors and priests, dream-addled fishermen and poets of the Princes' Isles, lovers and wandering minstrels of another time. Many stories are loosely autobiographical and deal with Sait Faik's frustration with social convention, the relentless pace of westernization, and dehumanizing of his beloved Istanbul. Sait Faik is greatly revered to this day, lending his name to Turkey's most prestigious short story award.

The book will be introduced in New York on May 27 at 7pm, where Co-translator Maureen Freely in conversation with Edmund White will talk about the book at 192 Books (192 10th Avenue). Another celebration of the release will take place on April 25 at 7pm at the Mosaic Rooms in London (226 Cromwell Road, Greater London) with Mr.Freely in conversation with Maya Jaggi.

To order the book, please visit here.

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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