On Wednesday, September 4th 2019, the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest hosted the launch of „Pars Orientis – Studies on the History of European Culture”, a collected volume showcasing some of the most notable works of the late academician Emil Condurachi.
The event was facilitated by Bucharest’s hosting of the 12th International Congress of South-Eastern European Studies between the 2nd and 6th of September, organized by the Romanian Academy in partnership with the International Association of South-Eastern European Studies – Association Internationale d’Etudes du Sud-Est Europeen.
The volume will be introduced by Academician Răzvan Theodorescu, Vice-President of the Romanian Academy, with the participation of Professor Emil Constantinescu, former President of Romania between 1996-2000 and current President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization.
The book is integral to the editorial plan of the International Association of South-Eastern European Studies, an international scientific body with over 25 member states which brings together a large number of distinguished academics and researchers in history, archaeology, linguistics, philology, art history, law, ethnography and folklore studies from across the world. Moreover, it is also the inaugural volume in a collection titled “Romanian academic research into the Levant”, coordinated by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization. The inaugural volume brings together several notable studies and articles published by historian and archaeologist Emil Condurachi over more than 45 years – between 1935 and 1980 – across multiple specialty publications.
Academician Emil Condurachi (1912-1987) was the first General Secretary of the International Association of South-Eastern European Studies, established in 1963 with its headquarters in Bucharest. The role of Romania in the Association’s creation was fundamental from the very beginning, and thus the position of general secretary was awarded, by statute, to Romania. From 1987, the position was held by Academician Virgil Cândea, and since 1994 the General Secretary of the International Association of South-Eastern European Studies has been Academician Răzvan Theodorescu.
Ever since its creation, the International Association of South-Eastern European Studies has undertaken a plentiful editorial and research activity publishing, apart from the collections of Congress Proceedings, over 20 edited research and documentation volumes as well as a periodical, titled “Bulletin de l’AIESEE”, with over 40 volumes to date.