Symposium titeled “Türkiye and the Turkic World International Social Sciences Symposium on the 100th Anniversary of the Republic” was held in cooperation with Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB),Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY). The symposium was hosted by Siirt University between 4th and 7th October 2023.

The opening ceremony of the symposium was attended by Siirt University Rector Prof. Dr. Nihat Şındak, Deputy Secretary General of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Dr. Durmuş Ali Aslan, Advisor to the President of Kyrgyzstan Dr. Arslan Koyçiyev, TDBB Central Asia Coordinator Dr. Mairam Baigonusheva, Kyrgyz Historian Prof. Dr. Tınçtıkbek Çorotegin, academicians from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkic Republics, Russia, Europe and Turkey, NGO representatives and many listeners attended.

In his speech at the symposium, Siirt University Rector Prof. Dr. Nihat Şındak said, “The importance of Turkish and Turkish-Islamic states in world history, which integrated with different civilizations in many fields throughout the historical process and played a major role in the emergence of new existences, has long been known. One of the missions and visions of the State of Turkey has been about Turkish States understanding and discovering each other. In line with this aim, in addition to the bureaucratic steps taken, it is seen that academic studies have also increased in recent years. I would like to thank the organizing committee, who worked hard from the idea stage of the symposium to its realization, as well as TDBB, TURKSOY and TIKA for their contributions. He said, “I would like to thank the guests who participated in the symposium and congratulate the 100th Anniversary of our Republic.”

The symposium aimed to discuss the independence process of the Turkic World with its historical, political, economic, social and cultural dimensions, and to increase interaction and information sharing by bringing together scientists doing research on this subject.

In addition, a special session titled “Rahmankul Khan, the Symbol of the Struggle for Independence” was held at the symposium, regarding the 41st Anniversary of the Pamir Kyrgyz people’s migration and settlement to Turkey.

More than 30 papers were presented in 8 separate sessions, face to face and online, at the symposium. Session topics include: Kyrgyz living outside Kyrgyzstan, Armed Actions Against the Soviet Power – Basmachi Movement, Reflections of Pamir Kyrgyz Migration to Turkey in the Press, Kazakh Refugees in Turkey, Turkestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in the Historiography of Uzbekistan, Novels and Stories of the Ottoman and Azerbaijani Various topics such as Women Educators were discussed by experts.

Participants also visited the historical and cultural sites of Siirt, Ağrı and Van provinces.