How will the world look like after the Pandemic?
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the markers for a sustainable post-pandemic reconstruction
Dr László Borbély
State Counsellor for the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Romania, Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development of the General Secretariat of the Romania Government, Associate Professor at the "Babeș-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca
The Coronavirus pandemic has taken us all by surprise. Irrespective of nationality, upbringing, social status or professional activity, the guideposts of the world we inhabit have suddenly been moved. The effects of the pandemic on each of us in turn may have been greater, or lesser, but were in any instance at the very least perceptible. All of a sudden, we all became vulnerable in the face of an invisible enemy that strikes its victims without regard for their position in society. The healthcare challenge was also quickly reflected in the economy. The better part of so-called “advanced” economies shut down for various intervals in order to slow the spread of the virus and gain that essential window in which to strengthen the capacity of healthcare systems to adequately manage the pandemic. It is here that a first principle arises that must underpin any considerations of a post-pandemic reconstruction: the realisation that not only is the world itself interconnected, but also all sectors of socio-economic life. Crisis in a particular sector inevitably causes aftershocks in all other sectors. This evolution represents a first clue that we are in need of a holistic approach in attempting to find solutions to contemporary issues.
THE LEVANT, CRADLE OF ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS. FROM EGYPTIAN PREHISTORY TO THE COPTIC CULTURE AND THE MANUSCRIPT HERITAGE OF THE MODERN PERIOD
Japanese researcher So Miyagawa presented an in-depth description of Coptic linguistics – part of the broader cultural heritage of the Levant – from Egyptian prehistory through the beginnings of Coptic script in six dialects (of which the Sahidic and Bohairic are the most broadly used), to the Coptic literary heritage constituted between the 4th and the 14th centuries AD.
Wednesday, September 30 at 3 p.m., So Miyagawa, researcher at the Department of Linguistics Kyoto University, respectively at the Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies, Kansai University, Suite, Osaka, Japan will held the lecture Introduction to Coptic language and literature in a Digital Age.
The lecture is part of the project of ISACCL“The Levant, the cradle of Abrahamic religions.”
The Japanese researcher is a specialist in Coptic linguistics, Coptology, Egyptology, classical philology, computational linguistics, and the study of Abrahamic religions.
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The Black Sea Universities Network, together with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, organized the international conference “Social Cohesion in the Black Sea Region”. Held online, in the days of 15th-16th September 2020, the conference brought into discussion the topic of social cohesion in the region, in the context generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic, social and geopolitical tensions existing in some of the Black Sea states. The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization was represented by Professor Emeritus Emil Constantinescu, President of the Scientific Council, and Dr. Oana Brânda.
September 15th, 2020 - September 16th, 2020
The theme of this Third Edition of the Annual School of Byzantine Studies proposes an interdisciplinary incursion into the Byzantine and post-Byzantine literature, history, palaeography, archaeology, art and law present in the Balkan region, understood as a synthesis between Byzantine and local cultures. Moldavia and Wallachia are but two of the particular cases where post-Byzantine culture had a particularly pronounced influence.
September 10th-17th, 2020
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization organized a conference on “The principles of dialogue according to Medieval Christian Arab Texts on Islam”, given by Associate Professor Bishara Ebeid of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
Religion has and continues to play an important role in the constitution of human identity and, therefore, can significantly influence both the shaping of intercultural relations and their forward development. Dialogue between people of different faiths who nevertheless share the same fundamental ethical values constitutes the point of departure in the search for a lasting peace and sustainable development. In his address, Professor Bishara presented the underlying principles on which such dialogue must be based upon. His considerations are predicated on the ways in which Arab Christians interacted with their Muslim counterparts in the Middle Ages, and – then, as now – necessitate freedom of expression, a working knowledge about the Other’s faith and the selection of appropriate dialogue partners.
July 16th 2020
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS UNDERGO SUMMER PREPARATION AT THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
Students from the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest were given the opportunity to undertake summer specialization training with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization. A total of 17 students from among first and second-year undergraduate cohorts, enrolled in both full-time and distance learning programmes specializing in History and the History of Art, engaged in extracurricular activities coordinated by a representative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Associate Professor Florica Mihuț, together with a representative from the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest, Lecturer Alexandra Țârlea.
July 13th-24th 2020
PROFESSOR DAN GRIGORESCU, SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEVANT CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION, GUEST EDITOR OF THE UK-BASED GEOCONSERVATION RESEARCH JOURNAL
Around the end of 2019, the Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Professor Dan Grigorescu was approached by the editor-in-chief of the Geoconservation Research journal, Professor Michael Benton of the University of Bristol, to write an ample introductory article for a forthcoming volume edited by the journal in 2020, dedicated to conservation activities surrounding geosites – places of significant scientific and educational value – in the Carpathian space. The invitation to contribute recognizes professor Grigorescu’s many accomplishments in this field, among them the creation of a university association for the protection of sites of geological significance at the University of Bucharest in 1977, which in March 1990 would evolve into one of the first non-governmental organizations in Romania – the Society for the Protection of the Geological Environment. Moreover, this invitation also comes in recognition of his contributions to promoting geoconservation efforts across South-Eastern Europe, having been a founding member of the European Association for the Conservation of Geological Heritage (ProGEO). In 2003, Professor Grigorescu was invited to the University of Bristol for a six-week teaching spell within the University’s Paleoecology and Geoconservation Masters and PhD programme.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization announces an upcoming conference given by Professor Nelu Zugravu of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași to take place in an online format on Tuesday, June 9th 2020 at 11:30 am. The conference proceedings will be streamed live on the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization’s Facebook page.
Professor Nelu Zugravu, Director of the Centre for Classical and Christian Studies, is a renowned expert in the History of Early and Late Imperial Rome, an author, editor and coordinator of numerous studies, analyses and commentated translations of ancient texts, and editor of the Classica et Christiana publication. His intervention will focus on The Danube and the Circumdanubian Space in Late Graeco-Latin Texts.
The conference, initially scheduled for March 13th and subsequently delayed on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, is part of the Institute’s broader research project, The Civilization of the Lower Danube from Prehistory to Modernity.
June 9th, 2020
VIDEOCONFERENCE ON “THE ROLE OF ACADEMIA IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SDGS THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS”
At 6pm on Wednesday, June 3rd 2020, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization will hold a videoconference on “The Role of Academia in the Implementation of the SDGs through the COVID-19 Crisis”, organized in partnership with the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre.
The event will feature interventions from Emil Constantinescu, President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization; Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius 2015-2018; Garry Jacobs, CEO and Chair of the World Academy of Art and Science; Winston P. Nagan, a member of the World Academy’s Board of Trustees; Bujan Nishani, President of Albania 2012-2017; Rosalia Artega Serrano, President of Ecuador 1997; Nikolaos Theodossiou, Chairman of the Black Sea Chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network; and László Borbély, Government Advisor and coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development at the Romanian Government.
The debates will be moderated by Professor Phoebe Koundouri of the University of Athens, Chairman of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, co-chair of the Greek branch of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (EIT Climate-KIC).
June 3rd 2020
On May 19th 2020, the entirety of Christendom celebrated 100 years from the birth of Pope John Paul II.
The Polish Pope, the first non-Italian to be anointed Sovereign Pontiff in the past 500 years, was born Karol Józef Wojtyła on May 18th 1920 in the Polish town of Wadowice, and passed away on April 2nd, 2005. He was the 264th head of the catholic Church from October 16th 1978 to his death, his pontificate being one of the longest in history. As shepherd to the whole of Christendom, but also as a political leader, Pope John Paul II was a tireless advocate for global peace and interfaith dialogue between the people of the world.
May 18th 2020
On May 14th 2020, for the International Day of Prayer, Fasting and Charitable Works, the world’s faithful are called to pray according to their traditions to beseech God’s aid in helping mankind to overcome the crisis generated by a pandemic that has taken so many lives and bereaved so many corners of the world. United in suffering, Christians were encouraged to pray together and aid their neighbours both close and far.
May 14th 2020
► 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 from 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 from Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Bucharest
30 YEARS SINCE THE COLLAPSE OF COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE. THE ROLE OF CULTURAL DIPLOMACY IN APPROACHING PROTRACTED CONFLICTS