Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Levant

"Levant, Cradle of Cultural Diplomacy: Rediscovering the Mediterranean"

(Bucharest; May 23rd - 25th, 2013)

Symposium Timetable

Thursday, May 23, 2013
All day Arrival and accommodation of guests  
16.00 - 17.00 Conference Board Meeting
19.00 Welcome reception / Dinner at Elisabeta Palace offered by HRH Crown Princess Margareta of Romania (by invitation)
Friday, May 24, 2013
8.30 Registration of participants
9.00 - 9.40 Plenum Session
Venue: Senate Aula, Palace of the Romanian Parliament

Opening speech of the Chairman of the conference
Prof. Dr. Emil Constantinescu, President of Romania 1996-2000, President of the Academy of Cultural Diplomacy Berlin

Welcome Speech:
H. E. Crin Antonescu, President of the Romanian Senate

Inaugural speeches:
  • Prof. Dr. Ivo Slaus, President of the World Academy of Art and Science
    Global Education and Cultural Diplomacy
  • Prof. Mark Donfried, Director and Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin

Speeches delivered by high representatives of the Romanian state
  • H.E. Dr. Titus Corlăţean, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Remus Pricopie, Minister of National Education of Romania
  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Daniel Barbu, Minister of Culture of Romania
  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Andrei Marga, Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute
    Repositioning in Europe, Role of Levant
  • H.E. Acad. Ionel Haiduc, President of the Romanian Academy
    Inter-Academic Cooperation in the Levant
  • H.E. Prof. Dr. Sorin Oprescu, General Mayor of the Municipality of Bucharest
    Bucharest, a Witness of the Levant History in the Second Half of the Second Millennium
10.30 - 11.30 Visit the Palace of the Romanian Parliament
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch - Palace of the Romanian Parliament
13.00 - 14.00 Transportation to the National Library
14.00 - 15.30

Communications and Debates Sessions - National Library

Session 1.

Levant. From Past to Present

Moderator:
Prof. Dr. Bianca Valota, Professor Emeritus Universitŕ degli StudidiMilano

Speakers:
  • Prof. Dr. Nicolae Şerban Tanaşoca, Director of the Institute for Southeastern European Studies of the Romanian Academy
    Levantines and Phanariots
  • Prof. Dr. Zoe Petre, Professor Emeritus, University of Bucharest
    The Ancient Cultures in Contemporary Inter-cultural Dialogue
  • Prof. Dr. Augustin Ioan, Professor, "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest
    Byzantine Empire after Byzantine Empire - Urban Orthodox Architecture in Romania 1930-1948 and 1999-2002 as (re)visiting Constantinople

Participants:
  • Prof. Mohamed Abdelhady Mohamed Ahmed (Egypt), Professor, Faculty of Archeology, University of Cairo
    The Role of Cultural Heritage in Strengthening the Cultural and Diplomatic Relations Between the Countries
  • Dr. Adrian Dumitru, Research Assistant, Metropolitan Library of Bucharest
    Greeks, Dacians and Romans in Romanian Historical Movies
  • Dr. Dan Tudor Ionescu
    Roman Imperial Ideology and the East: Rome, Byzantium and Persia
  • Prof. Dr. Ecaterina Lung, Professor, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest
    The Byzantines as Seen by the "Barbarians". The Force of a Controversial Model
  • Dr. Lia Brad Chisacof, Researcher, Institute for the South-East European Studies Romanian Academy
    How Levantine was the Phanariot Epoch?

Session 2.
The Present Significance of the Levant

Moderators:
  • Prof. Dr. Vlad Nistor, President of the Bucharest University Senate, Founding Director of the Institute for Diplomatic Studies of the University of Bucharest
  • Dr. Adrian Silvan Ionescu, Director of the "G. Oprescu" Institute of Art History
    Material Culture - Visual Culture during Phanariote Rulers in Romanian Principalities

Speakers:
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Metzeltin, Institute of Romance Studies, Vienna University
    History of "Levant" Concept
  • Prof. Dr. Ruben Safrastyan (Armenia), Corresponding Member of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Yerevan
    ú Martin Hauser, Director of UNESCO Department, University of Bucharest
  • Significance of Levant for the European Present
  • Prof. Dr. Liviu Papadima, Prorector of University of Bucharest
    Levant and Identity Dilemmas

Participants:
  • Prof. Dr. Kopi Kycyku, Albania
    Traditional Turkish Indulgence
  • Prof. Dr. Tasin Gemil, Director of the Institute of Turkish and Central Asian Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
    Ottoman Cultural Symbiosis
  • Dr. Corina Iosif, cercetător Academia Română filiala Cluj:
    Between Oral and Written Culture: Identity Politics in the Aromanian Case

Rapporteur:
  • Mădălina Vârtejeanu-Joubert (Franţa), conf. univ. INALCO Paris

Session 3.
Levant. A Vision from Present to Future

Moderator:
  • Garry Jacobs (SUA), Chairman of the Board and CEO, World Academy of Art and Science
    Cultural Diplomacy: Strategies for Psychological Evolution

Speakers:
  • Dr. Zhelyu Zhelev, President of Bulgaria 1990 - 1997
  • Dr. Petar Stoyanov, President of Bulgaria 1997 - 2002
  • Prof. Dr. Rexhep Meidani, President of Albania 1997-2002
    Un nou Levant - ca partener al UE sau un nou Leviathan - ca "blestem"geopolitic
  • Dr. Petru Lucinschi, President of Moldova 1997-2001
    The Past in the relationship Moldova-Levant
  • Prof. Dr. Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu, Professor, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest
    Byzantium Redivivus. How can we revive the Byzantine cultural legacy?
  • Prof. Dr. Ljubisha Georgievski (Macedonia), Speaker of the Assembly of Republic of Macedonia 2006-2008
  • Dr. Akkan Suver (Turcia), President of Marmara Group Foundation
    What is East?
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 17.30

Communications and Debates Sessions - National Library
Session 4.
Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education and Research in the Levant Area

Moderators:
  • Prof. Dr. Adrian Curaj, General Director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding

Speakers:
  • Garry Jacobs (SUA), Chairman of the Board and CEO, World Academy of Art and Science
    Cultural Diplomacy: Strategies for Psychological Evolution
  • Acad. Gheorghe Duca, President of Academy of Sciences of Moldova
    Building a Knowledge-based Society in Moldova
  • Prof. Naim Afgan (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Sarajevo
    Sustainable Resilience of Social Catastrophe Events

Participants:
  • Acad. Momir Djurovic (Montenegro), President of the Academy of Science and Art
    Need to encourage research networking in broader Mediterranean region
  • Dr. Ioana Feodorov, Institute for Southeastern European Studies of the Romanian Academy
    Romanian Intellectuals -Ambassadors of Levant in Europe

Session 5.
The Euro-Mediterranean Dimension of Europe

Moderator:
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Metzeltin, Institute of Romance Studies, Vienna University
    History of "Levant" Concept

Speakers :
  • Prof. Dr. Kishore Chakraborty (USA), Director of Research Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies, Berlin
    Geography as Destiny
  • Acad. Marius Sala, Vice-president of the Romanian Academy, Director of the "Iorgu Iordan - Al. Rosetti" Institute of Linguistics
    The Mediterranean Linguistic Atlas

Participants:
  • Prof. Dr. Fotini Pomoni Papaioannou (Greece), National Capodistrian University, Athens
    The Contribution of Hellenism to the Historical and Cultural Richness of the Levant Region
  • Prof. dr. Mihaela Grancea, Sibiu University
    Romanian Travellers in Levant. Identitity and Alterity in Modernity
  • Dr. Gabriel Leanca, lecturer Faculty of History, Al. Ioan Cuza University, Iasi
    Peripheries, Intermediary Areas and Borders: the Mediterranean and the South-Eastern Europe
  • Conf. Dr. Ruxandra Ivan,
    Ambiguous limes: is there a way ahead for the European Neighborhood Policy?

Session 6:
Food Culture in the Levant. Slow Food vs Fast Food 

Moderator:
  • Dan A. Petre, Director of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute

Speakers:
  • Dr. Alexandru Todericiu (Austria)
    The Eggplant Salad
  • Prof. Dr. George Grigore, Arabic Department Coordinator Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest
    Levant and the Romanian Cuisine

Participants:
  • Traian Radu Negrei, manager of Monuments and Heritage Tourism Administration
    Food Confluences in the Levant
17.30 - 19.00 Free program
19.00 - 21.00 Cultural event. Symphonic concert - Romanian Athenee (by invitation)
21.15 Gala Dinner offered by the Prime Minister of Romania, Dr. Victor Ponta
Saturday, May 25, 2013
09.00 Plenum Session
Venue - Senate Hall, University of Bucharest

Speakers:
  • Prof. Dr. Mircea Dumitru, Rector of Bucharest University
    On Toleration, Charity and Epistemic Fallibilism
    Prof. Dr. Răzvan Theodorescu, Romanian Academy, General Secretary of the International Association for South-East European Studies
9.45 - 10.30 Session for presentation the panels and seminars conclusions by moderators and rapporteurs
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break

UNESCO Greetings addressed by H. E. Amb. Katalin Bogyay, President of the General Conference of UNESCO
12.45 - 13.00 Launching the Bucharest Declaration: Levant, an Area of Peace and
Development in the 21st Century

Closing Speech:
Prof. Dr. Emil Constantinescu, Chairman of the Conference
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch, Hanul lui Manuc Restaurant (the north-western Caravanserai in Eurasia), offered by Prof. Dr. Sorin Oprescu, General Mayor of the Municipality of Bucharest

Afternoon Optional. Visiting Bucharest Old Center; guided tour of events related to Levant history