The following post is written by Victoria Rust, Turkish Overseas Flagship alumna.
In May 2014, Turkish Flagship alumna, Victoria Rust, attended Turkey’s 28th National Linguistics Conference.Victoria was generous enough to write a short article about her experience at the conference. Here is her story:
On May 8 and 9, I had the privilege of attending Turkey’s 28th National Linguistics Conference, held at the Sakarya University Culture and Congress Center. The conference provided an opportunity for the linguistics scholars, professionals, and students of Turkey to connect in person and share research findings, discuss academic interests, and learn about current issues in the field of linguistics.
Because it was the National Linguistics Conference of Turkey, all organized sessions, posters, forums, panel discussions and roundtables were conducted in Turkish. As a result, I was able to use my Turkish to not only learn, but also discuss with presenters and fellow attendees about a wide array of topics ranging from endangered Turkic languages, to linguistic analysis of slogans used at the Gezi Park demonstrations in Istanbul.
I first learned about the conference during my internship at the Ankara University Linguistics Department, a component of the Turkish Overseas Flagship Program. Being a Flagship student, I have been afforded opportunities such as this conference. By attending, I was able to make valuable connections, which help to further my professional career goals as a linguist.
The Turkish Flagship Program is designed as an innovative overseas language program for students in all fields of study. The academic-year program at Ankara University/TÖMER consists of daily Flagship lectures, individual language partner tutorials, guest seminars, and direct enrollment courses at Ankara University/TÖMER in the students’ fields of specialization.