Who & Why

Dear Colleagues and Friends

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Circassian Repatriation Organization (CRO), and the Circassian Culture Association in Nuremberg are joining venture with the Circassian Federations and Associations in Turkey to organize the Third International Circassian Conference. The conference will be held between October 9th and 11th of 2020 in the Baglarbasi Congress and Culture Center in Istanbul, Turkey. The Third International Circassian Conference will be a great platform for Circassian Activists to meet, exchange ideas, share research results and project outputs, and initiate discussions and collaborations. The Circassian communities in the motherland and in diaspora are very rich with experts in various fields and it is extremely important to create a platform that can be utilized to bring all these experts together. The motto of the Third International Circassian Conference is “Together for a Better Future”

The main topics of the third Conference are:

  • The Circassian – Circassian Relations: Overcoming Challenges and Initiating Collaborations.
  • The Circassian – Russian Relations: Addressing Critical issues including the Right of Return and Implementing Solutions.

The Third International Circassian Conference is expected to be one of the largest Circassian events in the 2020, where The Circassian Art Exhibition and the Circassian Film Festival will be held in conjunction with the conference. Furthermore, the CRO Awards Ceremony is planned to take place during the conference. Therefore, we are encouraging all Circassian organizations, associations, individuals and media outlets around the world to partner with us in order to develop a professional network that works together and provides information to all Circassians across the globe.

The first day of the conference will focus on the Circassian – Circassian Relations, including strategies and efforts to promote the dialogue between the Circassian Associations and Institutions in Diaspora and Homeland. The second day will focus on the Circassian – Russian Relations, including the Right of Return. The third day will be dedicated to the Circassian Youth Program, including their prospective on the future of Circassians. Time will be allocated at the end of each session for discussion and summarization. At the end of each day, a general discussion session will be organized to summarize outcomes, produce a final decleration and draw a road map. The conference will be followed by a half day meeting to evaluate the performance on the 3rd Conference and plan the 4th conference.

The success of this conference can only be achieved by the support and participation of experts on all Circassian related issues from the motherland and worldwide. Therefore, the organizers would like to invite Circassian associations, activists, intellectuals, professionals and businessmen to participate in this conference not just by attending but also by presenting their ideas and experiences. The official language of the conference is Circassian, Turkish and English. Furthermore, simultaneous translation will be provided.

The first draft of the scientific program is outlined below. We are encouraging potential speakers to contact us regarding the topics listed below by April 15th, 2020.

Once the scientific program is finalized, it will be published via the second announcement. Information about the, accommodations in Istanbul and conference fees will be disclosed in the second announcement. Abstracts of the presentations, with short CV and a photograph of the speaker will be printed in the abstract book. We look forward to receiving your participation and contribution for the Third International Circassian Conference.

Best regards

Dr. Orfan Shouakar-Stash

Chairman of the CRO

Founding Member of the CRO



Dr. Faidi Barsbai

Chairman of the Circassian Culture Association in Nuremberg



Prof. Günsel (Şurdum) Avci

Chair of Local Organizing Committee Founding Member Circassian Women’s Association, Turkey


Tel.: 00905323147515

When & Where

The conference will be held between October 9th and 11th of 2020 in the Baglarbasi Congress and Culture Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Terms and Conditions:
Participants should be registered in the conference
Abstracts should be submitted electronically using the online registration form
All abstracts will be evaluated and the top three abstracts will receive an award in recognition of their excellent work.

Registration & Abstract Submissions

Please complete the form below to register for the conference

For more information, please feel free to contact us via E-mail info@croworld.org