Ali Fuat Aydın

Ali Fuat was born in Aydin-Karpuzlu-Ektirli in 1973. Being one of the contemporary representatives of the baglama tradition (a basic musical instrument of the traditional turkish folk music), his main area of focus is zeybek music. Ali Fuat has made significant contributions to the repertoire of Turkish Folk Music with his extensive research in several regions, especially Aydin, Mugla and Izmir. He has mainly worked on “slow zeybeks” and the main element of his collections is the “kaba zurna” culture in Aydin-Germencik and Mugla-Milas. His articles on musical subjects, mainly about Turkish Music, have been published in various publications and he has presented papers in various conferences abroad. Meanwhile, he has also participated in many studio recordings, concerts, radio and TV programs as a musician and a researcher.

Emin Mâhir Başdoğan

Mâhir was born in Istanbul on 10th September 1957 to a family with vivid “Rumeli” memories. He considers himself a lucky survivor of various classes and examinations prolonged over endless years, otherwise known as education; mainly in Turkey with some finishing touches in Britain. Despite vocational spins with little professional outcome, he had an enormous personal boost along a personal saga to become a horseman. He is a passionate admirer of horses and sometimes owner of some. Mâhir has been a voluntary programmer of Açık Radyo on horses (and humans) for nearly 10 years.

Venetia Benetis

Venetia is a dramatherapist living in Athens, Greece – dramatherapy being her second career path. Her first career path was in the area of marketing and PR – working for multi-national high technology companies, as well as directing her own company. Her love for art and personal growth led her to the practice of dramatherapy – a psychoanalytic approach which mainly relies on art’s healing properties. Today she conducts individual & group sessions as well as seminars. She works with individuals who wish to explore (in a creative way) their inner selves, to develop their relationship skills, and overall make appropriate changes which will support their mental, emotional and physical wellness. She has worked with intellectually disable, mentally ill and individuals suffering with down syndrome, psychological and psychiatric disorders.

Zerrin İren Boynudelik

Zerrin is a professor of art history teaching at the Faculty of Art and Design of Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul since 1998. She is also a visiting professor at Istanbul Technical University since 2009. Her recent field of interest is “the art with public”, and “the possibility of democratization of the perception of art”. She has organized numerous art exhibitions in Istanbul. Her latest work is on one of the oldest commerce centers in Istanbul, “Büyük Valide Han: Research on the Cultural and Social Memory, Documentation and Software Project”, supported by The Scientific And Technical Research Council of Turkey. Zerrin is the advisor of the Olive Oil Museum in Küçükkuyu, and she is the chair of the Taşmektep initiative in Adatepe.

Mahmut Boynudelik

Born in 1957 Mahmut studied political sciences in Ankara University. He worked as a professional tour guide and traveled all around Turkey and a great number of other countries around the globe. He met and made friends with thousands of people of various nationalities, and from many different ethnic, religious and political backgrounds. Later, he was attracted by the simple beauty of olive trees and decided to settle in Adatepe village in search of a pastoral life. In Adatepe he started writing books on olives, the village and his fellow local villagers. These days Mahmut is actively involved in ecological struggles for a better planet.

Vangelis Kechriotis

Vangelis has earned his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Program of Turkish Studies, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He is an Assistant Professor, Department of History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, where he is also sponsored by the Onassis Foundation. His research interests focus on late Ottoman imperial ideology; political and cultural history, Christians and Jewish communities, and nationalism in the Balkans. He has published many articles related to these topics. Together with Ahmet Ersoy and Maciej Gorny, he is the co-editor of the volume Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1770-1945): Texts and Commentaries. Vol. 3: Modernism, Part I. The creation of the nation state; Part II. Representations of national culture (Budapest: CEU Press, 2010); together with Lorans Tanatar-Baruch, the co-editor of the volume Economy and Society on both shores of the Aegean (Athens, 2010), ALPHA Bank Economic History series; and together with Malte Fuhrmann, the co-editor of the special issue “The Late Ottoman Port Cities and Their Inhabitants: Subjectivity, Urbanity, and Conflicting Orders’, Mediterranean Historical Review,vol. 24/ 2, December 2009.

Enis Rıza

Enis Rıza is a doyen of the Turkish documentary filmmakers. Born in Ankara in 1948, he has been directing and producing documentaries steadily since late 1970s. His works, which were awarded numerous prizes in international festivals, focus on the recent history of Turkey, and particularly on issues like population exchange and immigration. Enis Rıza is the spokesman and chairman of the board of the Turkish Documentary Filmmakers Association. He is currently teaching “Documentary Cinema” at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Marmara University of Istanbul.

Âli Yurtsever

A veteran of the ICT sector where he has worked as an entrepreneur, company executive, and a consultant, Âli has developed a strong interest in interactions between art, science and technology. He designed and conducted workshops and seminars in Yildiz Technical University (YTU) of Istanbul, and became a part-time lecturer offering under-grad and graduate courses focused on the relationship between art and science. Âli is a founding partner and a member of the executive board of Istanbul Digital Culture and Art Foundation, and he is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Art and Design at YTU doing research on collaborative art in the public sphere.

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