Scientific-practical conference dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Akhmet Baitursynuly

Rio de Janeiro, June 24, 2022 – on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the distinguished statesman and public figure; linguist, literary critic and founder of the Kazakh alphabet, Akhmet Baitursynuly, a scientific-practical conference was held on “Kazakh language and literature: interest and responses in Brazil”. The initiators of this event were the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Brazil and the Center for Asian Studies at the “Universidade Federal Fluminense” university. 

At the beginning of the conference, an English documentary was shown on the life and work of Akhmet Baitursynuly and his contribution to the creation of Kazakh writing. 

The event was attended by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Brazil, Mr. Bolat Nussupov, representatives of the Public Administration of both the State and the city of Rio de Janeiro, heads and officials of diplomatic missions accredited in Brazil, Prof. Ekaterina Volkova Americo, Coordinator of the Center for Asian Studies at the “Universidade Federal Fluminense”, from the researcher at the Center for Asian Studies, Prof. Dr. Edelcio Américo, as well as university students and the local media. 

 Opening the event, Ambassador of Kazakhstan Bolat Nussupov presented to the audience the scientist-educator’s merits in the development of the Kazakh language, the history of Kazakh writing, as well as the contribution of Akhmet Baitursynuly to the development of Kazakh linguistics. At the same time, information was provided on the implementation of programs for the development of the Kazakh language at the current stage. 

Professor Edelcio Americo in his speech spoke about the characteristics of the Kazakh language and literature. As the author of the translation of Abai’s works into Portuguese, Dr. Edelcio Americo highlighted the uniqueness and beauty of the technique of expression and the philosophical nature of the Kazakh language. The Brazilian scientist also drew attention to the diversity of the semantics of the Kazakh language and the presence of a large number of synonyms in the language, which enriches the possibilities of expression. 

Brazilian conference participants showed great interest in the history of Kazakh writing and noted the special contribution of Akhmet Baitursynuly to the development of Kazakh linguistics. In their opinion, the opportunity to study the Kazakh language as one of the representatives of the Turkic language group will be a great contribution to the broad study of Kazakhstan and other countries in the region. 

Also at the event, for the first time in the history of bilateral relations, a signing ceremony of the Memorandum on the opening of courses and events on the Kazakh language and culture by the Center for Asian Studies of the Fluminense Federal University took place. 


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