The conference titled “International Middle East Congress: Language, History and Literature” will be held in Ankara between October 30-31, 2017 by the Eastern Languages and Literatures Department under the auspices of Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University. The aim of this congress is to tackle the Middle East region, which has been a location of interest and life for several states and peoples throughout history, in the context of language, history and literature. Numerous civilizations, faiths and languages at different times established control over Middle East, which is a strategic region that connects the three continents of Africa, Asia and Europe. In addition to its geostrategic importance, the presence of rich natural resources has turned the region into a zone of conflict between various elements.

Enduring one of the most chaotic periods in its history with intertwined ethnic, religious, cultural and sectarian wars and conflicts, Middle East is a region that needs to be scrutinized concerning its languages, history and literature. For this reason, we regard that it is an important contribution to the academic literature to bring together academics of these issues and to tackle and discuss the historical, literary, cultural, sociological and philological aspects of the topics that include Language and National Culture; Effects of War and Invasion on Language; Imperialism, Religion, Politics and Society; War and Literature; Women in Literature; Gender and Identity; Literary Genres in Modern Middle East; Arab Spring. All those interested in these issues and the Middle East are invited to contribute to the congress.

Board of Organizers