Social Sciences and Humanities: Prof. Dr. Doğan Kuban and Prof. Dr. Emre Kongar


The 1998 Aydın Doğan Award was given in Social Sciences and Humanities, and Prof. Dr. Doğan Kuban was deemed worthy of the award for championing the importance of the Ottoman era, and Islamic and Turkish art for Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries as reflected in the projects of master architect Mimar Sinan, in his book “Sinan’s Art and Selimiye,” and for masterfully commenting on issues such as Sinan’s identity as an artist; the content, position and meaning of his art, and the position of his architecture within world art history. Prof. Dr. Emre Kongar shared the award with Dr. Kuban as his cumulative work built a firmer understanding of Turkey’s present, furthermore enabling a more accurate prediction of its future. He has notably helped to position Turkey in the light of external indicators, critically dealing with national dynamics and the democratization process and bringing into question the role of the individual in this process in his interdisciplinary work “Turkey in the 21st Century,” which historicizes his work in social sciences and humanities post World War II.

The selection committee for 1998’s Aydın Doğan Award included Prof. Dr. Metin Heper, Prof. Dr. Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı, Prof. Dr. Merih Celasun, Prof. Dr. Ufuk Esin, Prof. Dr. Şevket Pamuk, Prof. Dr. Arda Denkel, Prof. Dr. İlhan Tekeli, Prof. Dr. Zafer Toprak, Prof. Dr. Mübeccel Kıray and Prof. Dr. Murat Sertel.

Prof. Dr. Doğan Kuban
Born in Paris in 1926, Prof. Dr. Doğan Kuban graduated as a Master Architect from İstanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture.

His academic career started as an assistant lecturer of that faculty and continued until his retirement in 1993.

Dr. Kuban went to Italy with a scholarship from the Italian government and studied Renaissance architecture. Upon his return to Turkey, he completed his thesis and became an associate professor.

Kuban acted as a visiting professor at various universities in the USA and obtained the title of professor when he returned to Turkey. He worked as a professor and conducted scientific research in many countries, primarily in the USA.
He held various positions such as Chairman, Dean and Senate member. He also carried on work towards the founding of the Turkey Committee of the International Council of Monuments And Sites.

In 1979, he was elected president of “IRCICA”, the International Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture. He worked on the restoration of Kalenderhane Mosque, Tahtakale Bath and Bozdoğan Arc. He has also participated in restoration work abroad. He has prepared protective construction plans for the city centers of Gaziantep, Safranbolu and Nicosia.

Kuban has garnered numerous awards; his work dealing with Space in Classical Ottoman Architecture has been a reference point for many books, and many of his articles and research papers have been translated and published.

Prof. Dr. Emre Kongar
Prof. Dr. Emre Kongar was born in İstanbul in 1941. He graduated from the School of Finance and Economics of the Faculty of Political Sciences. He completed his studies at Michigan University Academy of Social Work with a master’s degree in 1966.

He started work as a professor at Hacettepe University, establishing the Academy of Social Work within that university, and was appointed director of the Academy. In 1969, he obtained his PhD for his social sciences thesis, “The Urban Family In Izmir”. He resigned from his position at the university in 1983, in protest at the then military regime’s activities with regards to the university. He was appointed undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture in 1992. He resigned from this duty in 1995.

On January 15, 1996 Kongar was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal Grand Cross of Merit by the Federal State of Germany, on February 1, 1996 with the Commandatore Medal by the Italian government and on February 15, 1996 with the title of “Commander” by the Polish government.

Kongar returned to Hacettepe University as a professor in the Department of Sociology on April 24, 1996. He was appointed to the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Yıldız Technical University in February 1997, where he continues to work.

He won the Turkish Language Society’s Science Award in 1977 for his book “Social Structure of Turkey” and the Sedat Simavi Foundation’s Social Sciences Award in 1979 for his book “Theories on Social Change and the Truth Of Turkey”.