The Oğuz Tansel Research Library will open on Wednesday, December 1 with a ceremony to be held at the Oğuz Tansel Center for Turkish Literature (located on the ground floor of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture’s FA Building). The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., will include the presentation of two awards: the Oğuz Tansel Folklore Award and the Kalbiye Tansel and Çiğdem Barçan Tansel Thesis Awards.
The event will be open to a limited number of attendees due to the current pandemic conditions. To accommodate a wider audience, it will also be broadcast live on the University’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/bilkentuniversitesi/live).
The center, named after poet, folklorist and educator Oğuz Tansel (1915–1994), was established to conduct research and other projects in all fields related to Turkish literature, from cultural studies and comparative literature to the digital humanities and contemporary literary criticism.
The ceremony will begin with a mini-concert by the Bilkent String Quartet and proceed with the presentation of the awards. The Center’s 2021 Oğuz Tansel Folklore Award is going to Ahmet Keskin, for his book “Türk Kültüründe Alkışlar ve Kargışlar (Dualar ve Beddualar).” The first four recipients of the Kalbiye Tansel and Çiğdem Barçan Tansel Thesis Awards are Süleyman Serdengeçti and Barış Alpertan, for their doctoral dissertations, and Joseph Aversano and Kaan Kurt for their master’s theses. (The thesis award will be given annually by the Bilkent University Institute of Economics and Social Sciences.)
The event will close with another short musical performance, by Cenk Güray on the divan sazı.