SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE
AT THE OSLO FREEDOM FORUM, AN EVENT ORGANIZED BY RUSSIAN DISSIDENT GARRY KASPAROV AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION,
Emil Constantinescu awards the “Václav Havel” International Prize for Creative Dissent to journalist Marina Ovsyannikova
Russian journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, one of this year’s laureates, protested against the war in Ukraine on a live newscast of state-run television station Channel 1.
”I supported Ms. Ovsianikova’s bid through the judge panel debates precisely because I know how hard it really is to speak the truth when facing an oppressive regime. During the Romanian Revolution of 1989, the first detainees released were the imprisoned journalists, sentenced to rot for having protested against the Ceausescu dictatorship. And to those that might still be asking themselves: “What did Marina ultimately change through her symbolic gesture live on Russian State television in Moscow?”, I will answer in Vaclav Havel’s own words: “Hope is not the conviction that things will take a turn for the better, but rather the conviction that what you are doing makes sense regardless of the turn things take, for better or worse””, president Constantinescu stated during the ceremony.
SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINIAN ACADEMIA
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization condemns the invasion of Ukraine, calls for an increase in the support offered refugees, and stands in solidarity with those within the Russian Federation protesting the ongoing war
Romania shares the longest border with Ukraine among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Romanians have lived through their own historical suffering, and we cannot remain indifferent to the plight now experienced by the Ukrainian people. It is time to show solidarity with the refugees arriving in our country and support those continuing to fight in Ukraine. We salute the decision of the Romanian authorities of harbouring students and professors from Ukraine, and we are launching an appeal to intensify cooperation with the academic environment in our neighbouring country. At the same time, we stand in solidarity with those that are currently facing repression in Russia, by protesting the ongoing war.
Scientific Research Programmes
RECENT HISTORY AND THE ANTICIPATION OF THE FUTURE
The World Post-COVID-19. A Humanist Vision for a Sustainable Development
The Levant – Recent History. From the Revolutions of Eastern Europe to the Arab Spring
The European Union between hope and anxiety. The Europe of the Future: a political, economic or spiritual union?
CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AND THE CULTURE OF PEACE
The Levant Initiative for Global Peace
Cultural diplomacy and the challenges of the 21st century
Cultural diplomacy – historical approaches, current trends, future perspectives
REDISCOVERING LEVANTINE SOURCES – AN OPPORTUNITY FOR 21ST CENTURY WESTERN CIVILIZATION
The Levant – cradle of Abrahamic religions
The cultural history of the Balkans
Peace, governance and society in Levantine public and private law: from the Code of Hammurabi to Justinian and law treatises in the modern period
The civilization of the Lower Danube from prehistory to modernity
Jews in Romanian culture
The Levant in cartography
The ‘Levant’ bibliographic platform
DOBROGEA – WITNESS TO THE MILLENNIAL CIVILIZATIONS OF THE LEVANT
Natural and cultural heritage – a source of the sustainable development of the Dobrogean regions
The multiculturalism of Dobrogean ethnicities
THE ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The relationship between minerals and biology in a holistic approach to natural research
Fundamentals for the creation of a UNESCO geopark in Dobrogea
THE ANNUAL SCHOOL OF BYZANTINE AND POST-BYZANTINE STUDIES
THE ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE, ORIENTAL STUDIES AND EGYPTOLOGY
THE ANNUAL SCHOOL OF ARABIC LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
REUNION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE WORLD ACADEMY OF ART AND SCIENCE, AT THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
On Tuesday October 11th, the World Academy of Art and Science held a reunion of its Board of Trustees in Bucharest, focusing its proceedings on a new project dedicated to global human security and well-being: the Human Security for All (HS4A) project, organized in partnership with the United Nations.
Eighteen members of the WAAS Board of Trustees were present at the headquarters of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, a Centre of Excellence of the World Academy, with the others taking part via the Zoom virtual platform.
October 11th, 2022
PROFESSOR JEFFREY SACHS ATTENDS THE DEBATE HOSTED BY THE WORLD ACADEMY OF ART AND SCIENCE AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and one of the world's leading economists, participated, alongside Professor Eden Mamut, Secretary General of the Black Sea Universities Network, in a presentation and discussion organized by the World Academy of Arts and Science at the headquarters of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization in Bucharest in order to debate and promote the Academy’s forthcoming Human Security for All global project, which is being carried out with the close support of the United Nations Organization.
October 11th, 2022
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION’S SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL AND ADVISORY BOARD, ATTENDED BY THE LEADERSHIP OF THE WORLD ACADEMY OF ART AND SCIENCE
On October 11th, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization held the annual meeting of its Scientific Council and Advisory Board, with the leadership of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) in attendance.
Five members of the Board of Directors of the World Academy of Art and Science are also members of the Institute’s Scientific Council: Garry Jacobs (CEO), Alberto Zucconi (Director of the WAAS Board of Trustees), Nebojša Nešković (Secretary General), Fadwa El-Guindi and Thomas Reuter (members of the WAAS Board of Trustees).
October 11th, 2022
THE HUMAN SECURITY FOR ALL PROJECT, DEBATED AT THE INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES FOR LEVANTINE CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization played host to the presentation and debate of a new global project launched by the World Academy of Arts and Science (WAAS): Human Security for All.
Over the next year, the World Academy of Arts and Sciences aims to engage with policy makers and the general public worldwide in order to promote a comprehensive, integrated and person-centred approach aimed at improving human security, human rights and sustainable development. As part of this campaign, the World Academy of Arts and Science will collaborate with a growing network of global organizations including the United Nations, national parliaments, universities, academies, research institutes, business, financial institutions, civil society organizations as well as global social networks. The issue of human security addresses all the critical challenges humanity faces today at the global level: human rights, inequality, healthcare, access to food, water, education and the workforce, challenges to communal and personal security, energy, pollution, biodiversity and, not least, climate change.
October 11th, 2022
PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION AND THE UNESCO CHAIR FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INTERCULTURAL MANAGEMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WUPPERTAL
Having attended the debates organized by the World Academy of Art and Science around its future Human Security for All (HS4A) project at the headquarters of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, the Director of the UNESCO Chair for Entrepreneurship and Intercultural Management at the University of Wuppertal, Professor Christine Volkmann, signed a collaboration and partnership agreement with the Institute by which to organize joint activities and projects focusing on the two institutions' main areas of scientific interest.
October 11th, 2022
On Monday, October 10th, the Board of Trustees of the World University Consortium held its reunion at the National University of Political Science and Public Administration in Bucharest, attended by professors and scholars from universities around the world. Remus Pricopie, the University’s Rector, is also the President of the World University Consortium (WUC), while Emil Constantinescu, President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization and Garry Jacobs, President of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), are members on the Consortium’s Board.
October 10th, 2022
The Lecture Series
„Schools of Thought in Abrahamic Religions of the Levant and Middle East”
„The Port Cities as Levantine Cultural Corridors on the Danube and at the Black Sea”
'Among the immense marshes along the Danube'. Robinson and Smith's odyssey between Constantinople and Vienna
STUDIES ON THE HISTORY OF THE LEVANT. THE LAUNCH OF THE "ROMANIAN-TURKISH RELATIONS IN THE MODERN PERIOD" VOLUME, PUBLISHED UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION AND THE INSTITUTE OF TURKOLOGY AT THE “BABEȘ-BOLYAI” UNIVERSITY OF CLUJ-NAPOCA
The “Ioan N. Roman” House of Culture in Medgidia hosted the launch of the volume Romanian-Turkish Relations in the Modern Period, edited by Professor Tasin Gemil (Institute of Turkology at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca) and Dr. Simona Deleanu (Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization). The event, organized by the “Mehmet Niyazi” Cultural Association and the Medgidia City Hall, featured interventions from Emeritus Professor Emil Constantinescu, President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, H.E. Emre Yurdakul, Turkish Consul-General in Constanța, , Erol Murad, President of the “Mehmet Niyazi” Cultural Association, Radu Ștefan Vergatti, one volume’s authors, as well as Professor Valentin Ciorbea and Professor Lascu Stoica, both from the “Ovidius” University of Constanța. The event was moderated by Professor Ekrem Gafar.
April 11th 2022
„The International Journal of Levant Studies”
No. 1 (2019)
The International Journal of Levant Studies - the peer-review periodical of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (ISACCL) is to further scientific research on the historical, archaeological, linguistic, social, cultural and religious research topics prevalent in the Levant, the Mediterranean, the Caucasus, Mesopotamia and Northern Africa.
The journal is published on an annual basis, and is edited in English; furthermore, it shall be indexed under the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences - ERIH Plus.
► Garry Jacobs, World Academy of Art and Science: Cultural Diplomacy: Strategies for Psychological Evolution of the Levant
► Razvan Theodorescu, Vice-President of Romanian Academy: The Levant as a European space
► Amir Harrak, University of Toronto: Syriac Inscriptions in the Monastery of Mōr-Jacob the Recluse in Ṭūr-‘Abdīn
► Sebastian Brock, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford: Translation: an art prolifically practiced - into and out of Syriac
► Martin Tamcke, Georg-August-University of Göttingen: The Baghdad Railway and Mardin
► Cristian Criste, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: An Ancient Example of Cultural Diplomacy? The Informal Principles of Graeco-Roman Diplomacy
► Ronny Reich, University of Haifa: On the Role of Argumentum ex silentio in the Interpretation of Missing Archaeological Finds, with Case Studies from Jerusalem
► Jackie Feldman, Ben Gurion University of the Negev: Encountering Religious Others: Jewish-Christian Relations in Contemporary Guided Pilgrimages to the Holy Land
► Catalin-Stefan Popa, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Bucharest: The Dynamics of the Philosophical and Theological Cultures in Levant and Mesopotamia of Late Antiquity (6th-9th c.). A glampse into Aristotle’s transfer from Greek to Syriac and Arabic culture
► Emil Condurachi, Pars Orientis. Studii de istorie a culturii europene, By Ion Andrei Țârlescu, “George Oprescu” Institute for Art History, Romanian Academy
► Andrei Timotin, ed, Un siècle d’études sud-est européennes en Roumanie. Bilan historiographique, By Ana-Maria Răducanu, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Bucharest
„The International Journal of Levant Studies”
No. 2 (2020)
President of Scientific Board: Emil CONSTANTINESCU, President of the Scientific Committee of The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization
Editor-in-chief: Cătălin-Ștefan POPA
Winston P. NAGAN, Chairman, Board of Trustees, World Academy of Art & Science; Director, Institute for Human Rights, Peace and Development, University of Florida, United States of America
Răzvan THEODORESCU, Vicepresident of Romanian Academy, Romania
James GELVIN, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America
Anna SAPIR ABULAFIA, Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, Oxford University, Great Britain
Martin TAMCKE, Professor of Ecumenical Theology, Oriental Church and Mission History, Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany
Ora LIMOR, Professor of Medieval History and conversion literature, The Open University of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel
Abdo BADWI, Professor of Christian Iconography, History of Art and Semitic languages, The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon
Dan GRIGORESCU, Professor Emeritus University of Bucharest, Scientific Director of The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Romania
► Elizabeth Monier, University of Cambridge: Spatial Practices of ‘Retreat’ Among Egyptian Christians: Isolating or Empowering?
► So Miyagawa, Kyoto University and Georg-August-University of Göttingen: Digitization of Coptic Manuscripts and Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods for Coptic Studies
► John Gee, Brigham Young University: Sesostris III and the Levant
► Ergün Lafli, Dokuz Eylül University Izmir, Maurizio Buora, The Friulian Archaeological Society Udine, Fatih Hakan Kaya, Dokuz Eylül University Izmir: Byzantine and Early Islamic Rayed Lamps from Southeastern Turkey
► Giacomo Cavillier, The “J. F. Champollion” Centre for the Study of Egyptology and the Coptic Civilization Genoa: The “Hieratic” Stele of the Sherden Pazegef: Observations and Research
► Renata-Gabriela Tatomir, Hyperion University of Bucharest: Ancient Characters and Patterns of Migration and Their Role in Understanding the Current Crisis of Migrants and Refugees
► Chatch Khamphet, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel: The Contribution of van der Leeuw’s Phenomenology to the Search for a Definition of Holy Places in International Law
► Cătălin-Ștefan Popa, The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization: An Ancient Community of Jerusalem and its Heritage. Syriac Christians of the Holy City between Historical Memories and Future Challenges
► Abdo Badwi, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik: Some Remarks on Syriac Art and Culture
► Fotini Pomoni-Papaioannou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens: The Contribution of Hellenism to the Historic and Cultural Richness of the Levant Region
► Venice Ibrahim Shehatta Attia, Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Cairo: Mushrooms in ancient Egypt
► Mihai-D. Grigore, Neagoe Basarab – Princeps Christianus. The Semantics of Christianitas in Comparison with Erasmus, Luther and Machiavelli (1513-1523), Review by Marian Pătru, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
► Mihai Berza, De la Mediterranée à la Mer Noire, ed. by Andrei Pippidi, Review by Florica (Bohîlțea) Mihuț, University of Bucharest