RESEARCHING MULTICULTURALISM IN DOBROGEA
ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERSPECTIVES
„Ovidius” University of Constanța Campus, Building A
April 18th 2019
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, in collaboration with the „Ovidius” University of Constanța and with the support of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) is organising a national symposium titled “Researching multiculturalism in Dobrogea – achievements and perspectives”.
The event brings together a significant number of university professors and specialists from several institutes and university centres across Romania to present the status of ongoing research into the model of multicultural cohabitation in the Dobrogean region. The symposium is an integral part of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization’s ongoing project “Dobrogea – Witness to the Millennial Civilizations of the Levant”.
Dobrogea, the home to multiple cultures and civilizations, a space which sixteen ethnic minorities currently cohabit in harmony, preserving their specificity and cultural and religious convictions, is the model which the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization proposes as a potential solution to the resolution of inter-ethnic and interfaith conflicts in the broader Levantine space. The objectives of this multi-annual project are to conduct research into the history, culture and traditions of Dobrogea’s numerous ethnicities, to highlight the natural and cultural heritage of the region for educational and cultural purposes, also aiming for their further protection and valorisation, as well as to identify specific regions with great potential for sustainable development in accordance with existing UNESCO criteria for the creation of new geoparks.
The scientific project “Dobrogea – Witness to the Millennial Civilizations of the Levant” is structured into stages corresponding to Dobrogea’s three distinct geologic and geographic regions – Southern, Central and Northern – and is slated to conclude in 2021.