Istanbul (June 8-10, 2013)
Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture, every year since 2009, organizes a conference for the graduate students around the world, who are studying and doing MA and PhD on Said Nursi and his magnum opus, Risale-i Nur (Epistles of Light) or trying to examine his/her research topic with reference to the thought and teachings of Said Nursi. The conference aims to become a medium for collaboration and exchanges of ideas among students and scholars.
Prominent scholars in Nursi studies such as Dr. Syed Farid Alatas from the National University of Singapore, Dr. Bilal Kuşpınar from Necmeddin Erbakan University in Turkey, Dr. Ian Markham from Virginia Theological Seminary in the USA, Dr. Colin Turner from Durham University in the UK and Ahmet Yıldız from GNAT Research Service in Turkey will give lectures on Nursi’s ideas in order to offer academic guidance to students who are doing research in the field of Nursi Studies, the Risale-i Nur.
The conference will last for three days and it will have two parts every day: in the morning, prominent scholars will give lectures and in the afternoon, six students will present papers about their thesis.
A committee will select maximum 30 students who will participate in the event and 16 students among them will present their papers on their thesis.
Only graduate students who are doing MA and PhD on Nursi or students whose dissertations contain a chapter on Nursi can apply.
The conference language is English and all presentations should be in English.
Funding is available for participants to help supplement travel and accommodation expenses.
Besides the scientific program the foundation will offer social events like welcome reception, guest dinner and city tour. The students will find the opportunity to see Istanbul and Anatolia and see/experience of Nur community, and will have time to share experiences with other students who are in the field.
If you are interested in this conference and your Master/PhD thesis is on Nursi Studies, The Foundation is ready to host you in Istanbul, June 7-10, 2013.
Students must apply via online submission provided in this website complete an online application form. Also, they must attach a document which shows their thesis subjects have accepted by their institutes.
Submissions will be closed at 1st of April 2013.
Contact e-mail is: email@example.com
Acceptance notices will be sent by early 10th May 2013.