Symposium History at a Glance
Ege University Cultural Studies Symposium (CSS) started in 1995 as a two-day seminar co-organised by the Departments of American Culture and Literature and English Language and Literature of Ege University and The American Studies Association of Turkey. It took place on 10-11 April 1995 and was entitled "The Red, Black and White".
The following year, the seminar was announced widely and the number of participants increased to 150. Most notably, it was co-organised by four different institutions: Ege University Department of English Language and Literature, Department of American Culture and Literature, The American Studies Association of Turkey, The British Council and The United States Information Service (USIS). This collaboration was remarkable because it was the first time that these institutions organised an event jointly.
This seminar then grew into an international symposium which has always been a venue where young academics could present their work alongside prominent names. The symposium had been held annually until 2005. The following symposium was organised in 2007 and since then is held biennially.
From the first day on, the aim of this event was to contribute to the establishment of Cultural Studies within Turkey. It was hailed as a significant milestone in the humanities departments in Turkey, and became a platform where inter- or multidisciplinary approaches to such subjects as literature, history, media studies and sociology could be explored. Many papers or presentations generated heated debates on curriculum, methodology and ideology.
Selected papers presented at each symposium were published as proceedings initially by the British Council and later by Ege University. This was a valuable contribution to the effort of establishing Cultural Studies within academic curricula in Turkish universities. Hopefully, CSS will continue to be a model both in collaboration patterns in the academia and a venue where new, inspiring and controversial ideas are discussed and evaluated.
EGE UNIVERSITY CULTURAL STUDIES SEMINAR
10-11 April 1995
"The Red, Black and White"
EGE UNIVERSITY 1ST INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
15-17 May 1996
"Crossing the Boundaries: Cultural Studies in the UK and the US"
EGE UNIVERSITY 2ND INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
14-16 May 1997
"The History of Culture, the Culture of History"
Elanie Tyler May
EGE UNIVERSITY 3RD INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
13-15 May 1998
EGE UNIVERSITY 4TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
12-14 May 1999
"Dialogue and Difference"
EGE UNIVERSITY 5TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
10-12 May 2000
"New Cultural Perspectives in the New Millennium"
Lawrence B. Goodheart
EGE UNIVERSITY 6TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
9-11 May 2001
"Globalization and Transcultural Issues in the New World Order"
EGE UNIVERSITY 7TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
8-10 May 2002
EGE UNIVERSITY 8TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
21-23 May 2003
"Inside Outside In: Emotions, Body and Society"
EGE UNIVERSITY 9TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
5-7 May 2004
Kevin R. McNamara
EGE UNIVERSITY 10TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
4-6 May 2005
"When 'Away' Becomes 'Home': Cultural Consequences of Migration"
Rudolph J. Vecoli
EGE UNIVERSITY 11TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
9-11 May 2007
"Memory and Nostalgia"
EGE UNIVERSITY 12TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
29 April - 1 May 2009
Geoffrey Galt Harpham
Hasan Bülent Kahraman
EGE UNIVERSITY 13TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
May 4-6, 2011
EGE UNIVERSITY 14TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
May 8-10, 2013
"Confinement, Resistance, Freedom"
EGE UNIVERSITY 15TH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
May 6-8, 2015
"Culture and Space"
Ayşe Lahur Kırtunç