ON THE OCCASION OF POPE FRANCIS’ VISIT TO ROMANIA, THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF A VOLUME TITLED POPE JOHN PAUL II IN ROMANIA: CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX DIALOGUE NINE CENTURIES AFTER THE GREAT SCHISM
Bucharest, May 29th 2019
„Ovidius” University of Constanţa Campus, Building A
April 18th, 2019
Italian Senate, 7th and 9th of March 2019
CONFERENCE OF THE LAUNCH OF THE “DOBROGEA – WITNESS TO THE MILLENNIAL CIVILIZATIONS OF THE LEVANT” MULTI-ANNUAL PROJECT
National Museum of Geology, Bucharest, November 29th 2018
Commemorative session marking 40 years from the death of Professor Mihai Berza, Director of the Institute of South-Eastern European Studies
Founders of Levantine Studies in Romania
What is the Levant?
”The old world of the Levant may serve as a source of inspiration for new relationships between states and nations, based on mutual understanding and not on military and economic pressure. Egyptian, Judaic, Assyrian, Babylonian, Phoenician civilizations, Arabian Caliphates, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires created, each in their own way, large spaces for the exchange of goods, ideas and cultural dialogue.
Eastern Mediterranean has fascinated the West since the Renaissance, through Romanticism and Modern times and the admiration of great writers, artists and musicians for the Levant has generated/given birth to magnificent visions and remarkable creation.
The cultural relationships between the Balkans, Near East and Northern Africa have continued throughout the 20thcentury, even during the Cold War and dictatorship, leading to the formation of an intellectual elite schooled in the universities of South-eastern Europe and to mutual cultural exchange. Re-connecting these ties may prove a good occasion for the diversity of mutual traditions to oppose the tendencies of uniformity and globalization overwhelmed by the pressure of profit, opening a new way of life, closer to the aspirations ofman. If globalization cannot be avoided, it can be modeled. Multiculturalism should be promoted and lived with respect for diversity, plurality of identity traditions, for human rights and liberty of conscience.
This visionary project of the Levant, adapted to the challenges of the present, will confer this area a new identity within Europe and the whole world...”
The Levant Initiative for Global Peace
”Through Cultural Diplomacy towards a Sustainable Peace”, 20th – 21st of November 2017, The Parliament of Romania, Bucharest
The Bucharest Forum: ”The Levant – the Cradle of Cultural Diplomacy. Re-discovering the Mediterranean”, May 24-25 2013, The Parliament of Romania, Bucharest