The ninth of the ‘International Altai Communities Symposium’, which is traditionally held every two years in order to provide a better understanding of the civilization structure and cultural values of the Altai communities and is supported by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), with the main theme of ‘Epics and Epic Culture’ was held in Bursa between 27-30 September 2021, hosted by Osmangazi Municipality.

More than 90 scientists from countries including Japan, India, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Hungary and Spain attended the symposium at Panorama 1326 Conquest Museum with their papers. The four-day symposium was held in ten different sessions.

In addition to TDBB, the symposium was organized with the support and cooperation of the Turkish Historical Society, the International Organization of Turkish Culture and the Union of Istanbul Chambers of Craftsmen. 

Speaking at the opening of the symposium, Mayor of Osmangazi Mustafa Dündar said: “Apart from keeping historical artifacts alive, we also support the studies of the scientific world. We show great effort to convey our past to the future through social and cultural activities. We host the world of science with the symposiums we organize.”

Mayor Dündar also stated that they are very happy to host the Altai Communities Symposium and added: “The symposium we held today is an event that will contribute greatly to the opening of Turkish epics from Central Asia to the world, with the participation of 80 academics from 8 different countries, addressing a very wide geography. In the past months, we held a similar event with the name of the Turkish Mongolian Symposium. I would like to thank all institutions and organizations, especially Prof.Dr. İlhan Şahin and our professors who participated in the symposium”.

In his speech at the opening session, TDBB Secretary General Fahri Solak expressed his pleasure to be among the cooperation organizations from the very beginning and to act as a member of the Organizing Committee and session chair at the Symposium, and pointed out the importance of reaching the ninth symposium and having almost all of the papers published.

Altai Communities Symposium covers various topics such as epics and genres of Altai peoples and communities; birth and formation processes of epics; customs, traditions and customs; identities from family to nation in epics; state and administration; heroes and hero typologies in epics; life, culture and economy; onomastics and toponyms in epics (names of people, animals and geographical objects); symbols and cults in epics; and epics and interdisciplinary relations.