Plateaus are temporary settlement areas where livestock and agricultural activities are carried out in certain periods of the year. These settlements, which were created for the purpose of animal husbandry and agricultural production in the old times, are used frequently for tourism and recreational activities. The differentiation and diversification of the use of plateaus today has brought about many problems. Disturbances in the original architecture, irregular construction, environmental pollution, decrease in pasture areas, and upland settlement culture being confronted with the danger of extinction are some of these problems. Pasture activities are being carried out in many countries today and are accepted as an important source of livelihood. Asian, African, and European countries are known to have gained great fortunes thanks to their highland and transhumance activities.

The transhumance and upland settlement studies chosen as a study area by different disciplines will help to reveal considerable amount of new knowledge. The changing technical and technological conditions also provide the basis for the loss or neglect of many traditional cultural values. Highland and transhumance activities are one of the important elements of Turkish culture, life style, and settlement forms from past to present. Different geographical conditions (geomorphology, climate, vegetation etc.) have led to certain differences in the culture of transhumance in both Turkey and other Turkic states. It is possible to see the life style based on transhumance and highland culture in almost all parts of the world. Plateaus are both full of beautiful natural wonders and beauties, and have an important place in the economy of societies. 

Plateaus, one of the most important places of many tourists from time to time according to the seasons and geographical conditions, activities in the transhumance process as well as activities and festivals on the plateaus are also important topics that should socially and culturally be assessed. Within this context, thanks to the symposium on transhumance and upland settlement culture, it is aimed to discuss and introduce the issues related to upland settlement and transhumance such as language and culture, economy, health, agriculture and animal husbandry, art history, handicrafts, folklore and forestry, and to determine the situation and make plans for the future. 

The issue of preservation of the transhumance values that the participants will reveal ​​and the transmission of these values to the future will be brought to the agenda. The issues of proper nutrition and quality water that are needed today will be the subject of discussion. The main aim of the symposium is to identify the problems related to plateaus and transhumance and to discuss these problems and propose solutions, and also to detect, compare and contrast the similarities and differences in different countries by bringing together the participants working in different disciplines and the related stakeholders.


It is possible to count scientific researches on upland settlement and transhumance as geography, history, economy, anthropology, architecture, art history, sociology, literature, folklore, ethnology, economics history, health, and music. Studies in these disciplines focus on system analysis, social structure analysis, livelihoods, production and trade, nutrition patterns, livestock economy, population movements, cultural cohesion, family cooperation, weaving types, language and dialect characteristics and beliefs. Publications on transhumance activities in Turkey increased considerably between 2000 and 2010. Apart from our country, especially in the Turkish world, transhumance activities are maintained by preserving the vividness of the past. Transhumance and the economic and social migration movements related to transhumance are known in various parts of the World. Based on all these facts, it is thought that our information feast that will be held in September 2019 will contribute significantly to the upland settlement and transhumance activities and research on this subject.