Evliya Celebi’s footprints to follow
The exhibition called “Evliya Celebi: Seyahatname” and panel “Past and Today, Our Shared Europe” were presented through organizations of Delegation of the European Union, British Council, EU Information Centre and Eskisehir Chamber of Commerce (ETO) under the European Union Centre’s Network Support Project. The panel was held on Wednesday, March 14 at Anadolu University Student Centre.
The exhibition was to celebrate renowned Ottoman Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi’s 400 year of birth, showing different objects which Çelebi collected throughout his journey within the territory of the Ottoman Empire and neighboring lands over a period of forty years.
The panel opened with the speech of Anadolu University’s Communication Sciences Faculty’s Dean Prof. Dr. Nezih Orhon. The panel hosted speakers Prof. Dr. Sukru Haluk Akalin from Department of Turkish Language and Literature at Hacettepe University, Prof. Dr. Can Baydarol from Kültür University and the producer of CNN Turk’s travel programme Hayat Gezince Güzel, Fatih Türkmenoğlu.
Speakers focused on the fact that travelling is important part of human life and European Union have given new dimension to travelling via programmes like Erasmus and projects which aim mobility of people and producing information. Also, they called people to join these kind of programmes as well as coming up with their owns.
Encouraging young people to explore the world we live in and expanding limits were also among the topics discussed. Not to mention, Çelebi’s worldwide known Book of Travels, which is originally called ‘Seyahatname’ in Turkish highly recommended as it still preserves being a useful guide despite long years since it was published in some years in 1670’s. Currently, there is no English translation of the entire work. There are translations of various parts of the Seyahatname, but not the whole.
By Tümsev Sayar