SYMPOSIUM REASON

SYMPOSIUM REASON

Having a history of thousands of years, the Anatolian geography has its very rich cultural heritage. These riches, which different ethnic and cultural identities have transmitted to each other throughout history, have created a unique accumulation of civilization in this geography. Today we, the inhabitants of this geography, have not created enough attention and consciousness at the point of awareness of this richness belonging to our own beliefs and cultures, or of other beliefs and cultures. We should make more efforts for this.

Aksaray Region deserves this effort with the contributions it made to the accumulation of history and culture of Anatolian geography. Aksaray, which is located at the crossing points of historical trade routes, has a history of thousands of years with this characteristic. In this respect Aksaray presents the remains and findings of the present day people with the archaeological, geological and geographical features that carry the historical traces of Byzantine before and after Christianity to this day. The region that performs very important functions in the process of Turkification and Islamization of Anatolia has reached the peak of this effect and function in the period of Seljuks of Turkey. The city, sultans, caravans, travelers who catch the highest level of knowledge, culture and life standard of the period; Stop, rest and headquarters.

It has become a necessity to be aware of our culture and civilization and to investigate them. It is accepted that this awareness is important in terms of forming the mental sub-structure of building a new civilization besides being seen as a means of raising the level of knowledge and consciousness of our country.

In this age of communication and technology, where the world has become a small village, cities, regions and countries now feel themselves forced to transform these accumulations into a multi-dimensional added value. In this context, the universities that reflect the knowledge of the society in which they are involved have great responsibilities. Aksaray University also established the Somuncu Baba Culture and Research Center for this purpose. In our research center, in a world where the accumulation of history, culture and civilization is so important, we are living in a world where we are resident, to discover and contribute to the accumulation of this geography, to contribute to human knowledge and accumulation. He was tasked with carrying out the International Aksaray Symposium.