INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
International Symposium on Asian Languages and Literatures (ADES) started to be organized by Erciyes University Faculty of Letters with a view to contributing scientific research on especially Eastern languages and creating opportunities for scholars to meet periodically, and with the hope to become a distinguished international symposium in its field.
The First International Symposium on Asian Languages and Literatures, which was held on 5-6 May, 2011, has been a greatly fruitful event in terms of achieving the goals of bringing together recent scientific research in the fields of Language, Literature, and Culture, sharing the experiences of individuals and institutions who work in these fields, and creating new networks.
The symposium received 114 applications from 20 countries and 50 universities, and upon the evaluation of the Scientific Advisory Board, 75 papers were presented in three halls as 23 concurrent sessions. 34 (45%) of the participants were foreigners; 19 (25%) of the presentations were in English, and the remaining 56 were in Turkish.
The proceedings of the Symposium were published by Erciyes University Faculty of Letters Press with the ISBN number 987-975-6478-66-0. The digital copy of the proceedings is accessible at http://ades.erciyes.edu.tr/ADES-I_BildirilerKitabi.pdf.
Upon the great interest that ADES I received, it was decided to hold the second ADES on 3-4 May, 2012. During the organization process, especially thanks to online announcements (i.e., email, conference announcement websites, etc.), 1220 scholars from 58 different countries and 197 cities accessed the official website of ADES II, http://ades.erciyes.edu.tr.
30 faculty members from 5 countries representing 12 universities functioned as members in ADES II Organizing Board and Advisory Board. The main theme of ADES II was determined as “Teaching Asian Languages in the 21st Century” and the aim was to discuss primarily the issue of teaching methodologies of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Urdu as foreign languages as well as the problems faced during instruction in a scientific context.
As a result of the evaluations of the abstracts, papers of 63 participants, 72% of whom were foreigners and came from 20 countries (i.e., Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, England, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, the USA, and Turkey) were accepted.
All the papers presented at ADES-II were published in the proceedings titled “Teaching Asian Languages in the 21st Century” by Erciyes University Faculty of Letters. (http://ades.erciyes.edu.tr/ADES-II%20Proceeding.pdf). In addition, selected papers were compiled and published in 2014 in a book titled “Studies on the Teaching of Asian Languages in the 21st Century” by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (http://www.cambridgescholars.com/studies-on-the-teaching-of-asian-languages-in-the-21st-century-3).
During the meetings aiming to evaluate ADES II, it was decided to hold ADES every two years periodically due to the contribution it made to the field and the great interest it achieved. Therefore, Call for Papers for ADES III was announced on 1 August, 2013.
During the organization of ADES III, held in Kayseri on 8-9 May, 2014 and hosted by Erciyes University, 24 scholars from 5 different countries (i.e., Turkey,
China, Japan, India, and Pakistan) acted as referees and members of Advisory Board and Organizing Board.
92 scholars from 17 different countries and affiliated to 55 universities sent abstracts to ADES III, the main theme of which was “Literature-Culture”, and 51 of these abstracts were accepted. The papers presented in concurrent sessions in 3 different halls were published as a book by Erciyes University Faculty of Literature (ISBN: 978-975-6478-80-6).
A meeting was held after ADES III by the Organizing Board during which data from the first three symposia and feedback from the participants were evaluated. It was concluded that ADES makes a great contribution to academic improvement and scholars especially in the field of Philology and that it will be held periodically. In addition, it was aimed to organize the symposium not only in Turkey, but in a different country each year in cooperation with local universities or institutions. In line with this, it was aimed to gather a much greater number of researchers or scholars who are interested in Asian languages, literatures, and cultures on a common ground.
The analysis of the countries of the 189 participants who attended the first three symposia reveals that Turkey, as the host country, has the highest percentage (43,4%), followed by China and India, with the percentages of 10,6 and 9,0 respectively. That is why, it was decided to hold the fourth symposium abroad, and mutual interactions led to cooperation with Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University.