Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Turan KARATAŞ

Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey University Faculty of Letters Department of Modern Turkish Literature

Born on 08.10.1961 in Karataş Village, Ulaş, Sivas. Went to primary school in Ulaş and secondary school in Sivas. Graduated from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Faculty of Science-Letters, Ataturk University in 1986. Continued his journalism career until 1987 which he took up as an undergraduate student. The same year he quitted journalism and became a Turkish Language instructor at Ataturk University. Worked there for seven years. During the time he completed his MA and PhD at the same university. In 1994 he became an academic at the department of Turkish Language and Literature, Faculty of Science-Letters of Gaziosmanpaşa University. He acted as the head of department until the end of 1998 at the same department. Between May 2, 2013 and July 2016 he acted as the Director of Ataturk Culture Center a branch of the Ataturk Supreme Council for Culture, Language and History.


Prof. Dr. Tahsin GÖRGÜN

İstanbul 29 Mayıs University

Got his undergraduate degree in 1984 at Ankara University Faculty of Theology with the thesis entitled “The Ideas and Science Philosophy of Elmalılı Hamdi Yazır”. At Freje Univeritat Berlin, he got his PhD with the thesis entitled “Sprache, andlung und Norm” (Language, Behaviour and Judgement). In 1995 he returned to Turkey and started working as a researcher at İSAM (Centre for Islamic Research). He was a visiting scholar at Frankfurt Goethe University and University of Wien between 2005 and 2007. His research interests include subjects such as Methodology of Islamic Law, History of Islamic Thinking in Maveraünnehir and Ottoman Period; language, knowledge, moral, history, politics, science and society debates in philosophy, Quran studies, Ottoman – West relations and the effects of Ottomans on the West, German Idealism Philosophy and Hermeneutics.


Prof. Dr. Bilal YÜCEL

Cumhuriyet University Faculty of Letters Department of Turkish Language and Literature

Born in Sivas on 8 February 1954. Completed his primary and secondary education there and registered to Ankara University, Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Department of Turkish Language. He got his BA in 1977 with the thesis entitled “Lutfî Dîvânı, Metin-Sözlük” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Mustafa Canpolat. He got his MA with the thesis “Kaygusuz Abdal’ın Risaleleri: Kitâb-ı Mağlata ve Risâle-i Makâlât (İnceleme-Metin-Dizin-Tıpkıçekim)” in 1979. In 1980 he worked as a teacher of Turkish Language and Literature in Sivas High School. In 1981, he started his academic career as a research assistant at the Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters, Cumhuriyet University and as a doctoral student at Hacettepe University. He completed his PhD with the thesis Bâbür Dîvânı (Metin-Gramer-Sözlük) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Talât Tekin in 1986. At Cumhuriyet University he became an assistant professor in 1987, an associate professor in 1997 and a professor in 2003. At the same university he acted as the Chair of the Department of Turkish Language between 1995 and 2008, as the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Letters between 2008 and 2010. For a period he was the member of the writing board of Spelling Dictionary (24th issue) of the Tukish Language Association. He still teaches at Cumhuriyet University.


Prof. Dr. Ali Güneş

Karabuk University Faculty of Letters Department of Western Languages and Literatures

Ali Gunes took his first degree in English language and literature at Hacettepe University, Ankara-Turkey, in 1991. Having worked for Turkish Telecommunication Network in Ankara for a while as a translator, he began his academic career as a Research Assistant at Kafkas University, Kars-Turkey, in July 1993. He completed his “Diploma in English Literature” with “Distinction” at Dundee University, Dundee-Scotland, UK, in 1994 with the thesis titled “The Use of Modern Symbols in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.” In the same year he started his PhD study at Dundee University and then moved to Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool-England, with his supervisor. He earned his PhD degree in 1999 with the thesis titled “Virginia Woolf’s Conception of the Subject: Modernist Fluidity or Romantic Visionary?”. Ali Gunes worked for Kafkas University as an Assistant professor of English literature in the department of English language and literature not only as a founder of the department but also as the head of department and faculty member from 1999 to 2007. In September 2007, He resigned from his job at Kafkas University and started working for International University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina as Associate Professor. First, he was the coordinator of English language and literature program and then Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from March 2008 to January 2011. Later on, Ali Gunes was employed at Karabuk University, Karabuk-Turkey, in September 2010, and he is currently teaching English literature in the department of English Language and literature at this university. He is also is vice rector at Karabuk University. His research interest includes areas and genres of English literature such as romanticism, modernism, and literary criticism, and literary theory, women’s studies, cultural and political studies. He is the author of books – Dark Fields of Civilization: a Cultural and Ideological Approach to the Issue of Women in the Novels of Virginia Woolf published by Orient in 2007 and Modernism in English Literature: A Reader published by Savas Yayinevi in 2012. He is also the co-author of Medical Passages & Vocabulary published by Hacettepe-Tas in 2002. Also, he has published various articles and delivered conference papers in both Turkey and elsewhere on English language and literature.