turgut reis sempozyum


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Esteemed Academicians and Researchers,

The 3rd Turgut Reis International Maritime History Symposium, entitled “3rd International Symposium of Turgut Reis (Dragut) and the XVIth Century History of Mediterranean Maritime History” will be held on October 1-2, 2020 in Turgutreis - Bodrum in collaboration with Bodrum Municipality, The Turkish Foundation For Underwater Archaeology (TINA), Turkish Historical Society, Turgut Reis Association for Historical, Cultural and Artistic Research (TAKSAD), Bodrum Maritime Museum, Piri Reis University and BŞEÜ Ottoman History Application and Research Center (BOTAM).

The primary purpose of this symposium is to promote high quality studies that illuminate unknown aspects of Turgut Reis’s biography and his birth in Turgutreis, Bodrum, as well as to open up the field to new, original information and documents. The scope of the symposium includes XVIth century maritime activities in the Mediterranean, naval wars, strategy, and the transfer of maritime technology.

The keynote speech of the symposium will be delivered by Prof. Dr. İdris BOSTAN, a member of Istanbul University Faculty of Letters, Department of History and the Head of the Social Science Institute’s Mediterranean World Researches MA Program. Moreover, a special session will be held in memory of Maria Pia PEDANİ, an honorary member of the Turkish Historical Society, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ankara University on February 26, 2018 and passed away on March 1, 2019. She was a faculty member of th Ca' Foscari University of Venice, renowned for her research on Mediterranean Maritime History and a dear friend of the Turks.

Please kindly submit your abstracts to info@turgutreissempozyum.org by March 30, 2020 at the latest. The Symposium Scientific Committee will not accept abstracts following the submission deadline. Abstracts should be maximum of 400 words and 5 keywords in Turkish-English / French. In considering the abstracts, priority will be given to studies based on original archive documents. The Symposium Scientific Committee will evaluate the abstracts and will announce those accepted on June 1, 2020 on the symposium’s web page. Please find the symposium topics below. Speakers will present in Turkish, English, or French and will complete their presentations in 20 minutes. Simultaneous translation will be provided in Hall A in Turkish, English and French.

Full text manuscripts for the Symposium Proceedings should be sent by December 1, 2020 at the latest in .doc/.docx format. Articles should not exceed 25 pages. The guideline on preparing the manuscripts will be announced on the symposium website. The articles will be published in accordance with the decision and approval of the Symposium Scientific Board.

Your participation and support in the symposium will be an honor and delight, as it will be a contribution to further enlightenment in Maritime History.

Ahmet ARAS
Mayor Of Bodrum

Muzaffer Metin ATAÇ
Admiral (R)
22nd Turkish Navy Chief
Member of Board of Trustees, Piri Reis University
Honorary Member of TINA 



Research on Turgut Reis: Turgut Reis's life, personality, character, maritime approach, his term as a galley slave, raids and expeditions, his relationship with Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha, sea wars, his term as the Governor of Karlıili Sanjak and Tripoli, time spent in Istanbul, the role of the siege of Malta, martyrdom
Turkish Seamen of the 15th and 16th Centuries: Kemal Reis, Burak Reis, Piri Reis, Oruç Reis, Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha, Kılıç Ali Pasha
Knights of John - Ottoman Relations in the 15th and 16th Centuries: Social, military, diplomatic and economic relations
XVIth Century Maritime in the Mediterranean World
XVIth Century Maritime World in Mediterranean
Naval Power and Strategy
Naval Warfare: Campaigns, battles and seiges
Naval Policies
Maritime Trade and Maritime Law
Corsairs and Piracy
Life on Board
Maritime Labours and Maritime Communities:  Biographies and memories
Cartography and Sea Charts
Maritime Architecture:  Port and harbours, costal fortifications, shipyards, lighthouse etc.
Maritime Engineering: Shipbuilding, sailships, streamships, marine engines etc.
Maritime Archives
Maritime Heritage: The theme of sea and maritime in art, maritime and maritime museums, history of ships, 16th Century Ottoman wrecks


Deadline for sending the abstract : March 30, 2020
Announcement of accepted papers : June 1, 2020
Date of symposium : October 1-2, 2020
Submission date of the paper in full text : December 1, 2020


Tarık Eray ÇAKIR



Tel: +90 532 452 37 47 / +90 533 683 18 68


Ahmet ARAS – Chairman of the Organizing Committe, Mayor of Bodrum
Muzaffer Metin ATAÇ - Member of the Board of Trustees, Piri Reis University
Prof. Dr. Refik TURAN - President of Turkish Historical Society
Oğuz AYDEMİR - Chairman of the Board, The Turkish Foundation for Underwater Archaeology (TINA)
Emel ÇAKALOĞLU - Deputy Mayor of Bodrum
Tayfun YILMAZ - Deputy Mayor of Bodrum
Ahmet DEMİREL – Financial Services Director of Bodrum Municipality
Selen CAMBAZOĞLU - Director of Bodrum Maritime Museum
Işık BİREN – Vice-Admiral (R)
Tarık Eray ÇAKIR - Turgut Reis Association for Historical, Cultural and Artistic Research (TAKSAD)
Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Gürbüz BEYDİZ - Çankırı Karatekin University
Asst. Prof. Cihan YEMİŞÇİ - Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University
Asst. Prof. İbrahim AKIN - Piri Reis University
Asst. Prof. Oktay ÇETİN - Piri Reis University
Funda SONGÜR - Piri Reis University
Merve BİÇER - Bilkent University
Ali Rıza İŞİPEK - Navy Captain (R)



Muzaffer Metin ATAÇ – Chairman of the Scientific Committee, Member of Board of Trustees, Piri Reis University - TURKEY
Prof. Dr. Salih ÖZBARAN – Faculty Member (R) – TURKEY
Prof. Dr. İdris BOSTAN - İstanbul University – TURKEY
Prof. Dr. Rhoads MURPHEY - University of Birmingham – ENGLAND
Prof. Dr. Dejanirah COUTO - Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes – FRANCE
Prof. Dr. Rui Manuel LOUREIRO - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa – PORTUGAL
Prof. Dr. Miguel Angel de Bunes IBARRA - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas [CSIC] – SPAIN
Prof. Dr. Vesna MIOVIĆ - Zavod za Povijesne Znanosti u Dubrovniku – CROTIA
Prof. Dr. Chekib BENAFRI - University of Algiers – ALGERIA
Prof. Dr. Özlem KUMRULAR - Doğuş University – TURKEY
Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Gürbüz BEYDİZ - Çankırı Karatekin University – TURKEY
Assoc. Prof. Mikail ACIPINAR - Katip Çelebi University – TURKEY
Asst. Prof. Ardian MUHAJ - Center of Albanological Studies, The Institute of History – ALBANIA
Asst. Prof. Cihan YEMİŞÇİ - Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University – TURKEY
Asst. Prof. Evrim TÜRKÇELİK – Social Sciences University of Ankara – TURKEY
Asst. Prof. Fatma ŞİMŞEK - Akdeniz University – TURKEY
Asst. Prof. Özgür ORAL - İstanbul University – TURKEY
Asst. Prof. Ali KARAHAN - Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University – TURKEY