1st Turkish-German Frontiers of Humanities Symposium 2013

November 27 – 30, 2013
Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish-German Frontiers of Humanities Symposia (TUGFOH) is a joint undertaking of Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator and the Koç University. The format is modeled after the very successful program of binational Frontiers of Research Symposia the Humboldt Foundation carries out annually with the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, China, India, Israel, and Brazil.

The conference brings together approximately 50 outstanding young Turkish and German academics (50 % from each country) of various humanistic disciplines. The conference format allows for the exchange of ideas across disciplinary as well as national boundaries and, at the same time, provides opportunities for future Turkish-German collaborations and networking. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will support such collaborations between German and Turkish participants with its special follow-up program "CONNECT".

The first 3-day symposium will take place in Turkey in fall 2013. The 2nd TUGFOH Symposium will be organized in Germany in fall 2014. Funding on the German side is provided by the Stiftung Mercator.

Koç University

Koç University strives to be a center of excellence, one that succeeds in providing a world-class education to its students, creating new knowledge via the research of its faculty, applying the acquired knowledge for the benefit of society, and equipping its students with the highest sense of ethics, social responsibility and good citizenship.

Koç University was founded in 1993 as a non-profit private university in Istanbul, Turkey. It is supported by the resources of the internationally renowned Vehbi Koç Foundation. In 2009, 22 Carnegie organizations - including the esteemed foreign-policy think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - collectively awarded the Koç Family the “Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.” Universally acknowledged as the most prestigious recognition of philanthropic excellence in the world, the Medal is considered equivalent to the Nobel Prize for Philanthropy.

Since its inception in 1969, the Vehbi Koç Foundation has set a new standard for excellence in philanthropy. Guided by its mission to address the fundamental needs of life for a modern and developing Turkey through the promotion of education, health and culture, the foundation’s achievements include the creation of a world-class hospital, museums that preserve and highlight Turkish culture and elite academic institutions at all levels.

Therefore, Koç University strives to be a center of excellence, one that succeeds in providing a world-class education to its students, creating new knowledge via the research of its faculty, applying the acquired knowledge for the benefit of society, and equipping its students with the highest sense of ethics, social responsibility and good citizenship.

In the seventeen years since its establishment, Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Turkey, distinguished by notable contributions to the elevation of education, knowledge and service both domestically and beyond. With Colleges of Social Sciences and Humanities, Administrative Sciences and Economics, Science, Engineering, Law, Nursing and Medicine, Koç University offers 22 undergraduate, 30 graduate and 15 PhD programs.

www.ku.edu.tr/en

Stiftung Mercator

Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation. Through its work it strives for a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities. In this context it concentrates on strengthening Europe; increasing the educational success of disadvantaged children and young people, especially those of migrant origin; driving forward climate change mitigation and promoting science and the humanities. Stiftung Mercator symbolizes the connection between academic expertise and practical project experience. One of Germany’s leading foundations, it is active both nationally and internationally. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.

This program is financed by the:

Stiftung Mercator

Frontiers of Research Symposia

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