Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to inform you that the 16th International Congress of Turkish Art will be held from October 3rd to 5th 2019 in Ankara, at the Hacettepe University. It is an honor for us to organize it in Ankara, where the first Congress took place in October 1959, initiated by late Prof. Dr. Suut Kemal Yetkin, who was also the founder of the Art History Department at the Hacettepe University. Below, you will find the research fields and themes (grouped under four headings), that were chosen by the International and National Committee members to propose to be discussed by the participants. The topics follow the traditional fields of the previous congresses, except for a new section specifically devoted to Ankara and Turkish art.
a. Architecture
b. The Art of Painting and Sculpture
c. Decorative Arts
d. The Arts of the Book
e. Tiles, Ceramics and Glass
f. Woodwork and Metalwork
g. Tapestry and Textiles
h. Numismatic and Epigraphy
i. Collections and Collectors
j. The Historiography of Turkish Art and Architecture
k. Museology and Turkish Arts
a. Pre-Republican Ankara
b. Capital of Turkish Republic
The languages of the 16th International Congress of Turkish Art will be Turkish and English. The presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in duration. We will try to have a simultaneous translation system, or the Turkish/English translations of the papers will be concurrently shown on the screen via a second projector.
We kindly ask the applicants to send their abstracts (600-800 words) related to one of the above provided topics until October 30, 2018 t0: The abstracts should be written both in Turkish and English, and submitted in PDF format in two copies,
one with the name of the applicant, the other without (for blind review). In line with the
previous congresses, the anonymous abstracts will be evaluated by both the International and
National committee members. Those submitting abstracts will be informed of the evaluation
results in late December, 2018. For the sake of a thorough and fair evaluation, the Committee
urges the applicants to write their abstracts to cover the following list of headings:
a. Title
b. The content and aim of the paper
c. A brief overview of relevant literature
d. The main argument of the paper
e. A note providing the relevant heading (or subheading) of the above topic groups
f. Four keywords
All participants will be charged the registration fee of 500.00 Turkish Liras (free for
students) once their papers have been accepted. Details about the payment methods will be
given in the Second Circular.
Travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the participants. A list of recommended
hotels and other accommodation venues, to be contacted directly by the participants, will be
enclosed to the Second Circular. Scholars up to the age of 35, after their papers have been
accepted, may apply for financial support to the Max van Berchem Foundation Scholarship
program. The applications should be sent to, to be forwarded to the
members of the International Committee for evaluation.
We are looking forward to welcoming you all to the Congress in Ankara in October 2019.
With our best regards,
16th International Congress of Turkish Art
Local Committee of Organization
Prof. Dr. Serpil Bağcı
Prof. Dr. Ömür Bakırer
Prof. Dr. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu
Doç. Dr. Pelin Şahin Tekinalp
Doç. Dr. Murat Kocaaslan
Ms. Seda Şentürk