The Meeting of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (October 30th, 2018)
The meeting of the Scientific Council of the IASLCC was attended both by the Romanian members of the Scientific Council, and by those members of the Scientific Council from the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS): Garry Jacobs, CEO of WAAS and the World University Consortium (WUC), Alberto Zucconi, co-chairman of WAAS and by Nebojša Nešković, Secretary-General of WAAS.
The Scientific Council of the IASLCC were presented with the annual activity report for 2017-2018, unanimously validated following the debates of the research themes and of the editorial and communications projects presented therein.
The meeting saw discussions on potential future directions of development for the IASLCC, both nationally and internationally, with regard to the establishment of partnerships with other institutions outside Romania. The discussions also revolved around exploring other potential avenues of promoting the activities of the Institute on the local, national and international level.
During the meeting, Radu Boroianu was voted in as Secretary-General of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization.
Conference held at the British Museum by the President of the Romanian Academy, member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization ( 11th October 2018)
During an event meant to celebrate the Centenary of the Romanian Great Union, Ioan-Aurel Pop, President of the Romanian Academy, held at the British Museum a presentation entitled ”Making of Greater Romania: a 100 years’ long trip”. On the occassion, an exhibition was held in the atrium, entitled ” Romanians and the Great War”, comprising a selection of 23 panels of photos and texts on the Romanian participation in the First World War.
100 years of Romanian-Arab diplomatic relations ( 9th October 2018)
The Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization, in partnership with the European and Romanian Pan Arab Cultural Center ( C.C.E.R.P.A.) and the ” Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum organized two conferences: ”The history of Romanian -Arab relations” and ”The study of Arab Language and Arab literature translation In Romania”. The event was dedicated to the celebration of 100 years of diplomatic relations with the Arab countries and was held in the amphitheater hall of the museum, in the presence of the Arab countries’ ambassadors in Romania, university professors and the artists interested in the field.
At the end of the lectures, the participants were invited to the opening of an art exhibition, a dialogue between works of Romanian and Arab inspiration, produced by two Romanian painters – Paul Mecep and Vladimir Ivanovici, who managed to capture the similarities of such different civilizations.
Signing of the Partnership Agreement between the Institute of Advanced Studies for Levant Culture and Civilization and the ”Gavrilă Simion” Eco-Museum -related Research Institute of Tulcea (26th September 2018)
The partnership between the two institutions, represented by Emil Constantinescu, President of the Scientific Council of the IASLCC and doctor Sorin Ailincăi, manager of the ”Gavrilă Simion” Eco-Museum -related Research Institute is intended to further the cooperation on common fields of fundamental and applied research, such as: history, archaeology, etnography, biology and heritage preservation.
First and foremost, the cooperation between the two institutions is directed toward the project entitled ”Dobrogea, Witness of the Millenial Civilizations of the Levant”, coordinated by Professor Dan Grigorescu, PhD, Scientific Director of the IASLCC. The project was launched in June this year, in a conference held at the ” Ovidius” University of Constanța.
Research on the Romanian-Turkish relations at the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization (25th September 2018)
The Institute of Turkish Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, the Turkish Embassy, the Bucharest Office of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization organized a conference, on the occassion of 140 years of Romanian-Turkish diplomatic relations, to present the most recent research concerning the relations between the two countries, as has been briefly presented by Professor Tasin Gemil, Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies: ”14o years ago, Romania and Turkey witnessed the debut of fundamentally new relations of cooperation on multiple levels, mutually beneficial. With the exception of small obstacles, these relations always evolved in the direction of creating greater closeness between the two countries. Today, Romania and Turkey share a strategic partnership and are allies within NATO, one of the largest and strongest political-military organizations in the history of mankind”.
Cooperation protocol between the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization and the Institute of Turkish Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (25th September 2018)
Andreea Grecu-Ciupală, PhD, General Manager of IASLCC and Professor Tasin Gemil, Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University, signed a cooperation protocol intended to create the framework for development of common projects and programs between the two institutions, with a special emphasis on the IASLCC cultural revival project entitled ”Silk Road”. A good knowledge of Turkish history, culture and civilization is indispensable in the development of this project.
The Institute of Turkish Studies of the Babeș- Bolyai University intends to familiarize its target audience as well as a wider one with Turkish history, values, civilization and culture, the Turkish area of Central Asia, in addition to forecasting possible political and economic evolutions of the area.
Emil Constantinescu attended the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit (WARP), Seoul, South Korea (17th-19th September 2018)
This Summit takes places annualy, since 2014, and is a platform of debate for political and spiritual leaders, youth and women’s groups, journalists and representatives of worldwide civil society alike. The exchange of ideas and practices, as well as the comprehensive approach involving various fields of expertise are meant to preserve peace. Such an approach is based on the “Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War” (DPCW) and includes the promotion of international cooperation for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
As a father of the ”Levant Initiative for Global Peace”, Emil Constantinescu was invited to South Korea from the very first edition of the global peace summit, four years ago. ”My entire activity as President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, where I lauched the ” Levant Initiative for Global Peace”, was meant, from the very beginning, to bring together spiritual leaders in order to set the record straight that none of the existing religions incites to war, but on the contrary, the basis of all religions is peace”.
This year, Emil Constantinescu, President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization, received an award from the organizers, as an aknowledgement and appreciation of all his efforts for peace.
Opening of the Annual School of Byzantine Studies in the Senate Hall of the University of Bucharest (11th September 2018)
The Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization (IASLCC) organised, under the scientific coordination of Professor Paolo Odorico (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), a School on Byzantine studies on the topic ”Byzantium Representations in History, Literature and Art”, to take place both in Bucharest and Constanța, between 11th-19th September 2018.
The partners for this event were: the University of Bucharest, ”Ovidius” University of Constanța, the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, the National Museum of History and Archaeology of Constanța, the Regional Francophone Center for Advanced Research in Social Sciences of the University of Bucharest, the Institute for Science, Culture and Spirituality of the ”Ovidius” University of Constanța and the Romanian Foundation for Democracy.
In his opening speech, Emil Constantinescu, President of the IASLCC Scientific Council highlighted that ”The Byzantine time was a moment of cultural, intellectual, social and religious bloom, which left a massive and irreversible trace on world history. Beyond the historical records, elements of Byzantine life and activity are to be found in many of today’s social interactions. This is the reason why Byzantine studies are experiencing a vigurous revival within the contemporary academic environment, be it in universities or research centers worldwide”.
Professor Ioan Aurel Pop, PhD, President of the Romanian Academy and Rector of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca also sent a message to the participants: ” The Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization revives through the Annual School of Byzantine Studies a long tradition of the Romanian spirit showing its dual cultural belonging: on the one hand, to the Latin West, and on the other, to the Byzantine East. Even if through their Roman descendecy – including here language, name and approach to Christianity - Romanian considers themselves as belonging to the larger West-European family, the New Rome of the East also managed to leave a visible trace on this people”.
Cooperation protocol between the Institute for Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization and the Institute for Science, Culture and Spirituality of the “Ovidius” University of Constanța (29th August 2018)
Andreea Grecu-Ciupală, PhD, General Manager of IASLCC and Professor Daniela Țurcanu-Caruțiu, PhD, Executive Manager of the Institute for Science, Culture and Spirituality signed a cooperation protocol in order to be able to organize joint activities in the fields of cultural heritage, history, archaeology, art and education.
The projects in which the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization and the Institute for Science, Culture and Spirituality of the ”Ovidius” University of Constanța shall work together are the following: ”The Annual School of Byzantine Studies”, ”Dobrogea – Witness of the Millenial Civilizations of the Levant” and ”Levant – Bridge between the Civilizations of the Western Europe and the Far East”.
The Ambassador of Georgia visits the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant. July 3rd, 2018
His Excellency, Mr. Nikoloz Nikolozishvili, Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia to Bucharest, has promised his Embassy’s support for the project titled “The Levant, a bridge between the civilization of Western Europe and that of the Far East”, which is concerned with the cultural rebirth of the “Silk Road”. Moreover, the Embassy of Georgia in Bucharest has offered to contribute to the creation of the Library of the Institute by donating a series of books representative of the Caucasian region.
The Ambassador of Armenia visits the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant. June 27, 2018
Emil Constantinescu, chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant, together with His Excellency Mr. Sergey Minasyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Bucharest, analyzed the opportunities for collaboration on two of the multi-annual projects of the ISACCL; namely, “The Levant, a bridge between the civilization of Western Europe and that of the Far East”, and “Great Books of the Levant”, respectively. The starting point of their discussion was their common conviction that our current approach to history must be changed from a history focused on conflicts, in order to reach a history focused on peace.
Conference on “Dobrogea. Witness to the civilizations of the Levant. A bridge between the Far East and the West”. Constanța, 21st – 23rd of June 2018
As part of the Constanța conference, prof. univ. dr. Emil Constantinescu, chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant (ISACCL), together with prof. univ. dr. Dan Grigorescu, its Scientific Director, have jointly launched two of the ISACCL’s multi-annual research programmes, which are to take place in the Dobrogea region. Dobrogea represents the model that Romania proposes as an example of a possible solution in the resolution of the interethnic and interfaith conflicts in the Levantine space. Moreover, Dobrogea, situated at the intersection of the Amber Road, which reached from the North Sea to the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Silk Road, linking China to Western Europe, can also represent an important part of not only the economic, but the cultural rebirth of the New Silk Road. This was the visionary project of the 21st century, set into motion in the final decade of the 20th century, through the initiative of the President of Georgia, Eduard Shevarnadze, the President of Turkey, Suleyman Demirel, the President of Azerbaijan, Gaidar Aliyev, and the President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu. China later took up this initiative and relaunched the project in 2013 as the “Belt and Road Initiative”.
With regard to the two new projects set to take place in this region as described above, the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and civilization of the Levant is joined in their organization by the “Mircea cel Bătrân” Naval Academy, as well as the “Ovidius” University in Constanța.
“Solidarity of Empathy for Peace”, a conference organized by the “Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light” (HWPL) Organization, in conjunction with the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant (ISACCL) at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, 19-20 May, 2018
Emil Constantinescu, president of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Advances Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant, was the chairman of a high-level reunion of former leaders of Central and Eastern European states, with the aim of spreading the culture of peace and an appeal in favour of the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula.
The conference, held in Bucharest, had in attendance such distinguished figures as Viktor Yushchenko, president of Ukraine between 2005 and 2010, Stjepan Mesic, president of Croatia between 2000 and 2010, Rexhep Maidani, president of Albania between 1997 and 2002, and Stanislav Shushkevic, the first democratically elected president of Belarus (1991-1994). They were joined by Mr. Haris Silajdžic, former head of the presidential administration in Bosnia-Hertzegovina and by Justice Milka Ristova, member of the Supreme Court of Macedonia.
All the guests above were protagonists of the recent histories of Central and Eastern Europe, during times of regime change, ethnic conflicts and painful social and economic reforms. Thus, they are uniquely able to offer their invaluable insight and prestigious experience towards the establishment of a culture of peace, the essential role played by cultural diplomacy today.
The South Korean non-governmental organization “Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light” (HWPL) is one of the supporters and promoters of the “Levant Initiative for Global Peace” on the Asian continent. The “Initiative” was launched by Emil Constantinescu in 2011 at the Academy of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, and presented by him to the international forums of the United Nations and its subsidiary, UNESCO; it was adopted and promoted by the Interparliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics (IPCGE), which mobilized both religious leaders and academic personalities towards a meaningful dialogue in pursuit of peace in a number of countries in Europe and in Asia. Moreover, 38 members of the Parliamentary Assembly at the Council of Europe have also cast their signatures in support of this “Initiative”.
On day 2 of the conference, HWPL presented the programme they launched at the beginning of May, titled “Youth, let’s voice out”. It set out to encourage the youth across the globe to make their voices heard, to express their own opinions on both internal and international issues, and to contribute to promoting a culture of peace.
International Colloquium of the World Academy of Art and Science, Paris, 2-5 May 2018
Emil Constantinescu, chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant and member of the Board of Trustees of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), took part in the XV International Economics Colloquium, jointly organized by the Universidade de Brasilia, Université Paris 13 Nord, the WAAS and the World University Consortium at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. With the main topic the role of international institutions in the shaping and implementation of economic policy, the colloquium recognized the need for a reorganization and re-evaluation of current economic theory. The participants underlined the necessity of making explicit the value systems that underpin any economic theory, in order to be able to knowingly apply them in different social and cultural contexts and proposed new avenues of discussion for the advancement of economic theory which would take into account, among others, the great diversity of cultural heritage and heritage sites.
The annual meeting of the “Board of Trustees”, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Cairo, 16-20 April 2018
Emil Constantinescu, the president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization, is a member of the “Board of Trustees” of Bibliotheca Alexandrina starting from 2014, and during 16-20 April 2018, he participated in its annual meeting. Discussions were held on the objectives of sustainable development and how they will be implemented in various fields. The partnership between the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization and “Bibliotheca Alexandrina” will shortly find an actual form, after the preliminary discussions that president Emil Constantinescu and Luiza Niță, “Cultural Diplomacy” department counsellor, had with representatives of the executive management of Bibliotheca Alexandrina: dr. Mostafa El Feki, director, Hoda Elmikaty, deputy director, and Heba Elrafey, head of the Public Relations and International Cooperation Department.
Eurasian Summit, Istanbul, 10-13 April 2018
Emil Constantinescu, the president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization, participated during 10-13 April 2018 in the Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul. On this occasion, numerous work meetings took place with representatives of “Marmara Group Strategic and Social Research Foundation”, “Black Sea Economic Cooperation”, “Vienna Economic Forum”, representatives of the academic world in Turkey and participants from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia. Cooperation opportunities and future projects to be implemented by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization in cooperation with similar institutes or university centres in the respective countries were also discussed.
“The future of democracy. Challenges and opportunities”, round table organized by the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) in Dubrovnik, 3-5 April 2018
The President of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization, an excellence centre of the World Academy of Art and Science is also a member of the WAAS “Board of Trustees”, and held a speech on “Foundations of Democracy” during the round table organized in Dubrovnik. The list of participants also included Elena Andreevska, dean of the “Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration” of Tetovo (Bulgaria); Goran Bandov, vice-dean o “Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy” of Zagreb (Croatia), Zbigniew Bochniarz, professor of the “University of Washington” and of the “Harvard Business School”; Momir Djurovic, former president of the “Academy of Science and Art of Montenegro”, Fadwa El Guindi, former anthropology professor at the “University of California”; Erich Hoedl, vice-president of the “European Academy of Science”; Garry Jacobs, CEO of the “World Academy of Art and Science” and of the “World University Consortium”; Alexander Likhotal, professor of “Geneva School Of Diplomacy” and former president of “Green Cross International”; Winston P. Nagan, law professor of the “University of Florida”, Kakha Shengelia, president of the “International Association of University Rectors”, rector of the “Caucasus University” of Georgia, Alberto Zucconi, president of the “The Person-Cantered Approach Institute” and secretary general of the “World University Consortium” (WUC).
Meeting of the “Coordination Committee of the European Network of Geoparks” (REG) in the cross-border geopark between Slovenia and Austria Karawanke/Karawanken, 20 and 24 March 2018
Scientific director Dan Grigorescu presented the activity of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization and its objectives in heritage preservation in the 41st meeting of the “Coordination Committee of the European Network of Geoparks”, which took place in the cross-border geopark between Slovenia and Austria Karawanke/Karawanken, between 20 and 24 March 2018. Prof. Dr. Dan Grigorescu, founder and honourable president of the “Hațeg Country Dinosaurs Geopark (GDTH)” became a member of the “European Network of Geoparks” in 2005 and coordinates the palaeontology subject group.
Debate on “Determinants for formulating the new world order: conflict or dialogue of civilizations”, Bucharest, 30 March 2018
President Emil Constantinescu referred to the role cultural diplomacy may have in creating a culture of peace at global level: “Why do we need cultural diplomacy, this relatively new concept, which the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization is trying to represent with passion and devotion? My answer is: because the world is changing. And if the world is changing, then politics, in its initial meaning by Greek thinkers, to serve the interests of the community, should also change”. The event organized by the European Romanian-Pan-Arabic Cultural Centre (CCERPA) in cooperation with the Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Studies and Dialogue (CSDII) - Bucharest University and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization (ISACCL) had as special guest Mr. Samir Al-Ghatas, a member of the Egyptian Parliament, President of the Middle East Forum for Political and Strategic Studies.
International Summit of the Book, Baku, 18-19 March 2018
In this event, which brought together former presidents, ministers of culture and research, leaders of the academic world, Nobel Prize recipients and directors of national libraries, Emil Constantinescu, president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization (ISACCL) held a speech on “The power of the book”. Ph.D. Mary-Jane Deeb, the director of the Africa & Middle East Division of the US Congress Library, expressed her interest in cooperating with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization in Bucharest and to provide the library with copies of valuable and essential Levantine books.
"Second International Conference on Future Education: Effective Learning in an Age of Increasing Speed, Complexity and Uncertainty", Rome, 15th – 18th of November 2017
Between the 15th and 18th of November 2017, prof. dr. Emil Constantinescu, chairman of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, together with two of the members of its Scientific Council - prof. dr. Remus Pricopie and prof. dr. Adrian Curaj, took part in the "Second International Conference on Future Education: Effective Learning in an Age of Increasing Speed, Complexity and Uncertainty", held in Rome and jointly organised by the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and the World University Consortium (WUC).
With over 100 speakers at the conference, attending on behalf of many universities from across the world, Emil Constantinescu chaired the talks on "Education, Democracy and Peace" and on "Education, Democracy and Human Values".
He held a speech on "Higher Education and the New Society of the Third Millenium" at the panel on Critical Issues for the Future of Higher Education, as well as a speech on "The Ethos of Globalization" during the Multiculturalism and Education session.