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Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at 15.15-17.00, Engelska parken, Department of Linguistics and Philology (room 9-3042)
Eric T. Schluessel (University of Montana in Missoula, USA) gives a lecture on "Practice of Turkic Translation in Xinjiang (Chinese Central Asia) in the Late Qing Period" (abstract).

Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 12.00-16.00, Gustavianum
"Forumdag" with activities and lectures (on the topic "Migration"). For Forum for Turkic studies Memet Aktürk Drake (Stockholm University) gives a short lecture, in Swedish, on "Vad kan turkisk invandring lära oss om mångkulturell språkpolitik i Europa?" (ca. 12.15 in Auditorium minus). Forum for Turkic studies also lets you try the Ottoman technique of paper marbling and taste something from the Turkish cuisine. Read more at Gustavianum's website (poster Swedish, poster English).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 10:45-11:20, University main building (room IV)
Professor László Károly delivers his inaugural lecture for the chair of Turkic languages, "The Turkic Runiform Writing System and Its Variants". Introduction by the dean of the Faculty of languages professor Coco Norén. Read more about installationsveckan.

Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 10:00-19:00, Engelska parken (Ihre-salen)
The International Turkic World Symposium (Uluslararası Türk Dünyası Sempozyumu) takes place with ca. seventy presentations (mostly in Turkish) on a wide range of topics related to Turkic culture (programme).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 16:15-18:00, Engelska parken (room 2-0022)
Prof. Kingshuk Chatterjee (University of Calcutta) will give a seminar on "Being a Turk like Erdoğan: the Changing Faces of 'Self' and 'Other' in Today's Turkey" (poster).

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 15.15-17.00, Engelska parken (room 4-2007)
Ass. prof. Ildikó Bellér-Hann (Department of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen) will give a seminar on "Between homogenization and fragmentation: textual practices as strategies of integration and identity maintenance among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, China (20th‒21st centuries)".

Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 16.15-18.00, Engelska parken (room 2-K1024)
Thomas Erickson (Vilnius) will present his research on "Tuˤha, the least known Turkic language".

Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 12.00-16.00, Gustavianum
"Forumdag" with activities and lectures (on the topic "Religion and politics"). For Forum for Turkic studies Mosa Sayed gives a short lecture, in Swedish, on "Islamiska sharialagar vid svensk domstol" (ca. 12.00 in Auditorium minus). Forum for Turkic studies also lets you try the Ottoman technique of paper marbling. Read more at Gustavianum's website (poster Swedish, poster English).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 13.15-14.15, Gustavianum (Auditorium minus)
Prof. Birsel Karakoç gives a lecture (in Swedish) on "Nogaiskan — ett litet turkspråk i Kaukasus mångspråkiga landskap". See the program for "2016 års installationsföreläsningar".

Friday, May 13, 2016, at 15.00-17.00, Carolina Rediviva (Tidskriftsläsesalen)
Book release. Recently published books are presented, including translations of Orhan Pamuk, Ahmed Hamdi Tanpınar and Selma Lagerlöf. Read more (flyer). Open for the public. Refreshments.

Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 17.15-19.00, in Ihresalen (Engelska parken)
Guest lecture by Dr. Engin Kılıç (Sabancı Üniversitesi), "Balkan War, Trauma and Utopia: Negotiating a New Identity in Ottoman Turkish Literature". Organized with the Department of Art History and Forskarkollegiet vid Svenska Forskningsinstitutet i Istanbul (flyer).

Monday, October 12, 2015, room 16-0043
Trial lectures for the chair of Turkic languages on the topic "Linguistic unity and diversity in the Turkic-speaking world":
09.30-10.20 Birsel Karakoç (Uppsala)
10.30-11.20 László Károly (Mainz)
12.30-13.20 Julian Rentzsch (Mainz)
13.30-14.20 Abdurishid Yakup (Berlin)

New books and articles

Ingvar Svanberg has, together with other scholars, published an article entitled "The bear in Eurasian plant names: motivations and models", in Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 13 (2017), article 14.

Mohammad Fazlhashemi has published the book Islams dynamiska mellantid (Atlantis, 2016, in Swedish) about Muslim history of ideas from the end of its golden age (mid 13th c.) up to the rise of political Islam (early 20th c.).

A book about the Tatars in the Baltic area has just appeared. It is edited by Ingvar Svanberg and David WesterlundMuslim Tatar Minorities in the Baltic Sea Region (Brill, 2016). Read more at Brill's web site.

Forum for Turkic Studies

Forum for Turkic Studies was established in the autumn term of 2013 and starts operating in the spring term of 2014. It is a forum for interdisciplinary cooperation between six faculties within the disciplinary domain of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The aim of the Forum for Turkic Studies is to build a centre of excellence at Uppsala University for studies on Turkey and other parts of the Turkic-speaking world (with special focus on Central Asia) in a broad interdisciplinary cooperation between scholars in the relevant fields of studies.

Read more about the aims of Forum for Turkic Studies under "About us" and its planned activities under "Calendar".


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A young Mongolian horseman stands beside the runiform inscription written in honour of Tonyukuk (c. 646–726), an important minister and military leader in the Second Türk Khaganate (c. 681–744). This is one of the most significant of the numerous old Turkic inscriptions found widely in present-day Mongolia. Such carved stone steles were erected to commemorate khagans and other leaders of the Second Türk Khaganate.
Photo: Ergun Çağatay.