ELTS International Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture


This International Conference is an annual academic event organized by Cankaya University in Ankara. This year it will be organized jointly by Süleyman Demirel University (Isparta, Turkey) and Çankaya University (Ankara, Turkey), and will be hosted by Süleyman Demirel University. 


B/Orders Unbound: Transgressing the Limit in Arts and Humanities

7-8 May 2015 Isparta, Turkey

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers, scholars and students from all areas of language, literature, culture and other related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.

A 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper should be submitted as an email attachment to languageliteratureandculture@gmail.com or suleozun@sdu.edu.tr by 1 MARCH 2015. In your email, please include your name, affiliation, email address, phone number, title of the paper, and a brief bio data.

All participants are requested to complete the registration form and return it via electronic mail to languageliteratureandculture@gmail.com or suleozun@sdu.edu.tr until April 25, 2015.

Selected papers will be published in a volume.


Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah will be our keynote speaker.

abdulrazak gurnah_the last gift

From 1980 to 1982, Gurnah lectured at the Bayero University Kano in Nigeria. He then moved to the University of Kent, where he earned his PhD in 1982. He is now a Professor and Director of Graduate studies there within the Department of English. His main academic interest is in postcolonial writing and in discourses associated with colonialism, especially as they relate to Africa, the Caribbean and India. He has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, has published articles on a number of contemporary postcolonial writers, including V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie and Zoe Wicomb. He is the editor of A Companion to Salman Rushdie (Cambridge University Press, 2007). 

Gurnah has supervised research projects on the writing of Rushdie, Naipaul, G. V. Desani, Anthony Burgess, Joseph Conrad, George Lamming and Jamaica Kincaid.

Memory of Departure (1987)
Pilgrims Way (1988)
Dottie (1990)
Paradise (1994)
Admiring Silence (1996)
By the Sea (2001)
Desertion (2005)
The Last Gift (2011)
The most famous of these are Paradise, Desertion and By the Sea, the first of which was shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prize. By the Sea, meanwhile, was longlisted for the Booker and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.