Organization Committee

Mehmet Aydın

He was born in 1959 in Aybastı district in Ordu. Between 1978 and 1982, he completed his undergraduate study at the Department of Turkish Language and Literature in the Faculty of Letters at Istanbul University. In 1987, he received his master’s degree from the Institute of Social Sciences at Gazi University. He completed his Ph.D. in 1992 at the Department of Turkish Language at the Institute of Turkish Studies of Marmara University. He started working as a Turkish language lecturer in 1984 at Ondokuz Mayıs University (OMU). In 1993, he became an assistant professor at the Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts and Sciences of OMU. He was elected to the position of associated professor in 2000, and professor in 2008 at the Department of Turkish Education in the Faculty of Education. He served as the Head of the Department of Turkish Education at the Faculty of Education between 2008-2016, and as the Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences at Ondokuz Mayıs University between 2012-2015.  In 2005-2006 he worked as a visiting professor at the Turcology Department in the Faculty of Letters at Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University. In 2016 according to Article 39 of the Higher Education Act number 2547 he was commissioned at Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University.  He has published 4 books and edited numerous articles in international journals.

İbrahim Okan Akkın


İbrahim Okan Akkın is a graduate of Middle East Technical University (METU, 2007) Department of Philosophy. He completed his MA (METU, 2011) with his thesis concerning the possibility of participatory democracy in light of Hannah Arendt’s theory of action, Rousseau’s notion of direct democracy and Habermasian theories of communicative action and decentred models of deliberation. In his PhD dissertation (METU, 2017), he focused on Deleuze’s conception of difference and becoming with an eye to trace the political outcomes of the ontology of becoming in contemporary art. His main areas of interest are social & political philosophy, aesthetics, history of art, mythology, 17th & 18th-century philosophy, contemporary philosophy and 21th-century philosophy. Between January 2010-June 2017, Akkın worked as a Research Assistant at METU, Department of Philosophy. In January 2017 he became a faculty member at Ardahan University, Department of Philosophy. Since January 2017, he is serving as the chair of the Department of Philosophy, and in July 2018 he was nominated as the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Literature at Ardahan University. During his PhD at METU, Akkın took part in the amateur theatre club of the university, and ever since he has been particularly interested in interdisciplinary studies on performance art and political theory. Apart from philosophy, travelling is the most indispensable engagement of his life.

Tonguç Seferoğlu


Dr Tonguç Seferoğlu did his undergraduate work at Middle East Technical University Department of Philosophyand also completed an Master’s there in 2013. He graduated from King’s College London in 2018 where he obtained his PhD in Philosophy for a thesis on Plato’s Phaedo. Dr Seferoğlu’sresearch interests centre around ancient Greek philosophy. He is interested in the role of dialogue form in Plato’s writings and Plato’s metaphilosophy. He also has interests in Neoplatonist tradition, especially their commentaries on Plato’s dialogues. During his Phd studies at King’s College London, Dr Seferoglu led weekly tutorial for modules on ancient Greek philosophy, Hume, Descartes and epistemology. Dr Seferoglu joined Ardahan University Department of Philosophy in 2019.

Erman Kaçar


Erman Kaçar is a research assistant in the Department of Philosophy in Ardahan University. He is a graduate of Ankara University Department of Mathematics (Algebra and Geometry) and received his master’s degree from the Department of Philosophy (Systematic Philosophy and Logic), Ankara University. On his master thesis (A.U. 2016), Kaçar conducted a comparative analysis of the concepts of ‘the One’ and ‘the Void’ in the ontologies of Badiou and Spinoza. He worked on Badiou and Lacan ontologies, and gave seminars on Lacan ontology and topology. He calls contemporary French philosophy “the new face of philosophy” and focuses on the modern and postmodern spirit of this new face of philosophy in his work. In this context, his fields of study are ontology, ethics, psychoanalysis, mythology, post-structuralism and contemporary French philosophy. He is currently working on a PhD thesis entitled “Looking Through the Nietzsche(s’) Eye(s) on the Possibility of Morality: Nietzsche versus Kant”.

Neşe Şenel


Neşe Şenel is a research assistant in the Department of English Language and Literature, Ardahan University. She graduated in 2012, with her BA major in American Culture and Literature and her minor in International Relations. She completed her MA in English Language and Literature at Erciyes University in 2015 with a master thesis entitled “An Ecofeminist Reading on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Starhawk’s The Fifth Sacred Thing.” She is currently writing her PhD dissertation entitled as “A Comparative Analysis of Death and Suicide within the Poetry of Sylvia Plath and Nilgün Marmara” as a PhD student at Pamukkale University in the Department of English Language and Literature. Her research interests include ecocriticism, ecofeminism, gender studies, postmodern dystopian & utopian fiction, confessional poetry and psychoanalysis.

Özlem Ünlü

Özlem Ünlü earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Ankara University in 2004 and received her M.S. from Middle East Technical University in 2011 with thesis titled The Problem of Justice in the Philosophies of Rousseau and Kant. She holds doctorate from Middle East Technical University (2018). The title of her doctoral thesis is Thomas Hobbes and Carl Schmitt on the Tension between Sovereign and Law in which the tension in question is examined through the question of the state of exception as necessary decisions by sovereign power, running against legal limitations by law. Ünlü’s researches focus mainly on legal and political philosophy, modern philosophy. Özlem Ünlü currently teaches at Philosophy Department, Selçuk University.

Fevzi Burhan Ayaz

Fevzi Burhan Ayaz, who is a graduate of Middle East Technical University Department of History (2014), received his master’s degree at Bilkent University Department of European History (2017). In his master’s thesis entitled Punishment for Violent Crimes: Aggression and Violence in the Early Germanic Law Codes, he investigated the legal and socio-cultural history of the Germanic tribes who settled in Europe after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, and attempted to “shed light” on the daily life in the Early Middle Ages. He also made various conference presentations regarding the history of nomadic tribes of pre-modern world, which is a subject he has a particular interest in. Fevzi Burhan Ayaz is one of the authors of the book, Orta Çağ’a Yeni Yaklaşımlar: Ekonomi, Savaş, Kilise, Yaşam that was published by Tarih Vakfı in 2019. Currently, he is carrying on his PhD research on the subject of Anglo-Saxon history at Bilkent University, and working as an instructor at the same institution.

Sümeyye Akça

Dr. Sümeyye Akça is a faculty member of Department of Information Management at Ardahan University. She completed her PhD at the Hacettepe University in April, 2017, entitled “Increasing the visibility and usage of cultural heritage objects with the digital humanities approach: A proposal of a conceptual model for Turkey”. Her research interests are digital humanities, cultural heritage, information science, digital history, network analysis, Ottoman history and manuscripts. She has served as editor for Information World since 2016 and as referee for Library Hi Tech.

Özlem Gürpınar

Özlem Gürpınar is a Research Assistant at the Painting Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Ardahan University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Painting Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Ataturk University in 2014. She completed her master’s degree (MA) at the Painting Branch Department of Ataturk University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 2018, and, in the same year, She began Qualification Training in Art, and still continues her education. She works on topics such as contemporary art, art and society, the contemporary art market.