Two Symbols of Universality in World Literature: Yunus Emre and Mihai Eminescu Conference

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The conference entitled "Two Symbols of Universality in World Literature: Yunus Emre and Mihai Eminescu" was organized with the collaboration of Constanta Yunus Emre Institute and Loan N. Roman Provincial Library on October 12, 2021 at Loan N. Roman Provincial Library.

At the conference that commemorated the Anatolian Sufist Yunus Emre and Mihai Eminescu, who is described as the Venus of the Romanian poetry, with the participation of the translator Gülten Abdula Nazare and Prof. Angelo Mitchievici, the opening speech was delivered by the Republic of Turkey's Consul General in Constanta, Emre Yurdakul. 

"UNESCO included the year of 2021 in the Program of Commemorations and Anniversaries since it was the 700th death anniversary of the poet and philosopher Yunus Emre. In addition, our Presidency also declared the year of 2021 as the Year of Yunus Emre and Turkish Language. According to these decisions, Yunus Emre Institute organizes various activities both in Romania and all around the world. Within the scope of these activities, we are brought together thanks to this conference that will relay these two personalities, which are quite valuable for the Turkish and Romanian peoples, to the audience from different perspectives." said Yurdakul.

Director of Constanta Yunus Emre Institute, Tuna Balkan said, "It is not a coincidence to pick the name of Yunus Emre for our Institute that took the mission of carrying out works for the promotion of Turkey, Turkish language, culture, art and history. This great personality not only contributed to the development of Turkish through their poems, but they also gave messages for the purposes of cohabitation of entire humanity within common values and peace through their philosophy built on universal human values and without discriminating any religion, language and race. Yunus Emre Institute has set its goal as to observe this fundamental philosophy in all its activities."


"To understand the poems, philosophy and message of Yunus Emre, you need to examine them through three different approaches: ideological approach, literary approach, and populist approach. Yunus Emre continues to be the clear waterfall that cascades down from the clear springs of Anatolia. He is the voice of the unending ordeal of humanity. Yunus Emre is the harbor that will contribute to the world peace. According to Yunus Emre, people deserve to be loved without discriminating against religion, sect, race, nation, color, rank and class." said the author and translator Gülten Abdula Nazare after the opening speeches.


Prof. Angelo Mitchievici said, "Eminescu presents an unprecedented show in Romanian. By putting Romanian to the hardest test of poetic narrative, he shows everyone that the Romanian language of the period could meet some abstractions and the highest forms of expression, that it has the ability to reproduce the philosophical thought, and that it can also express the finest emotions. Many languages have such 'moments', and such 'moments' make the language unique. The people are aware of this moment that is generally relayed through the masterpiece and the author. Like the Italian language has the moment of Dante, Spanish has the moment of Cervantes, Turkish has the moment of Yunus Emre; the German language has the moment of Goethe, English has the moment of Shakespeare. Thus, the moment of Eminescu becomes the foundation and reveals the existing sources of the Romanian language as a language of literature through which works of universal literature can be written".

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