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Born in Ankara (Turkey), Aysu Erden is a full time university professor of linguistics, literary essayist, linguistic critic, stylistician, researcher and translator. University Degrees: She got her B.A. & M.A. from the Department of English Language and Literature (Hacettepe University, Faculty of Letters-Ankara). Her Ph.D. is from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature: Her PhD dissertation is titled “The Syntax of Azerbaijani: A Structuaral Approach”. She became an associate professor of comparative grammar, syntax and morphology, and, several years later, a professor of literary stylistics, at the Department of Linguistics (Faculty of Letters-Hacettepe University). Former main professional position : She worked as the Head of the Department of Linguistics for 3 years (Faculty of Letters - Hacettepe University:2000-2003). Publications: Short Story and Linguistic Criticism (1998). The revised edition of this book, which is about the stylistic analysis of the Turkish short stories was published in 2000. Her numerous articles, essays and literary criticisms took place in the university journals, linguistic and literary magazines and newspapers. Recently, her primary interest in writing is mainly focused on the socio-political short stories written by the young short story writers, in the 80’s and the 90’s. She considers such stories as the alternative historical, political and sociological documents of the countries and regions of the world.Affiliations: She is the Chair of the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee of the Turkish PEN Center (2004- ), a member of its Writers in Prison Committee and Women Rights Committee, the representative of the Turkish PEN Center in Ankara (2003-2005), and one of the International Editorial Board members of the Diversity Website Project(2004- ). She is also the vice-president of the Turkish Authors Association (TAA), since 2001Prof.Aysu ERDEN is the member of the Turkish PEN Center, who has developed and proposed the 14 FebruaryWorld Short Story Day Project, on behalf of the Turkish PEN Center. She has participated in the 68th (Ohrid-Macedonia-2002)-69th (Mexico City-2003) and 70th (Tromso-Norway-2004), 71st (Bled-Slovenia) World Congresses of International P.E.N. and introduced the World Short Story Day Project, on behalf of the Turkish PEN Center. The project has been accepted by the Assembly of Delegates at the 69th World Cogress of International P.E.N. (Mexico City-) to be included in UNESCO’s Culture of Calender, as World Short Story Day. The Project aims at safeguarding the endangered an oppressed languages and freedom of expression. She has also participated in the 6th and 7th International P.E.N. Conferences of Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee, which is annually held in Ohrid (Macedonia), as the Delegate of the Turkish PEN Center, and introduced the World Short Story Day Project as well as the three Multilingual Middle East and South East European Region (Balkan) Poetry and Short Story Anthology Projects of the Turkish Translation and Linguistic Committee.
Interests: Freedom of expression, literary criticism, short stories
Published writer: Yes