With the cooperation of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB), an International Symposium on “The Soviet Historiography and Questions of Kazakhstan History” on the Occasion of the 100th Birth Anniversary of the First Kazakh Historian Ermukhan Bekmakhanov will be held between 15 and 16 April 2015.

The symposium, which will be held in Mimar Sinan University Bomonti Campus, will be attended by historians from Kazakhstan, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and Turkey. Specialist historians from USA and Japan will also contribute with their articles. Later on, the proceedings presented in the symposium will be published in Turkish, Kazakh and English by TDBB.

In Soviet Union, the system not only directed the social and political life but also shaped the scientific, cultural and artistic areas, especially historiography. Soviet historiography had put forth its own rules and never let the historians pass these borders. Anyone who crossed the limits was punished severely.

Ermukhan Bekmakhanov (1915-1966) is among the historians who were sent to labor camps in Siberia for exile. Bekmakhanov, having an important place for being the first scholar among Kazakh people who had PHD on History, was subject of great pressure for investigating the struggle of Kenesari Khan (1802-1947) who headed a great rebellion against Czarist Russia and publishing this as a book in 1947. As a result of this event, he was arrested in 1952 and sent to exile for 25 years. In March 1953 he was forgiven after Stalin’s death and he could get back to his position in university in 1954.

Until to his death on 6 May 1966, he carried on his studies and investigations on Kazakhstan History, and he had supported the development of many historians and thus contributed to the historiography of Kazakh National History. This year Bekmakhanov is commemorated with various scientific meetings and activities on the Occasion of his 100th Birth Anniversary.

In this symposium the studies of this important historian of sister country Kazakhstan and historiography of Soviets will be held in various ways. The symposium will be participated by specialist historians on Soviet Union and Kazakhstan, who are Prof. Araylım Musagaliyeva, Prof. Danagül Makhat, Prof. Aytalı Orazbayeva, Ass. Prof. Darken Kurmangaliy, Ass. Prof. Roza Musabekova from Kazakhstan; Ass. Prof. Elnur Agayev from TRNC and Prof.  Abdulvahap Kara, Prof. Nesrin Sarıahmetoğlu, Ass. Prof. İlyas Kamalov, Ass. Prof. İsmail Türkoğlu, Ass. Prof. Emin Özdemir, Asst. Prof. Gülnar Kara, Asst. Prof. Meryem Kırımlı, Asst. Prof. İbrahim Kalkan ve Dr. Leysen Şahin from Turkey.

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