“Ottoman Archeology in Romania: Challenges, Realities, Perspectives” Conference at the University of Bucharest

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The first international conference on the Ottoman archeology in Romania, a field that needs support to develop and train specialists, was officially opened on Friday, October 20, at the University of Bucharest.

The event is a unique initiative in the Romanian academic environment, in order to generate a debate between Romanian and Turkish specialists. The conference aims to present the most important research projects in Romania related to the Ottoman archeology in the former territories of the empire (Timisoara, Oradea, Dobrogea), as well as the example of the Turkish-Hungarian cooperation in the case of the “lost grave” of Suleyman Kanuni and of the experience of the Turkish specialists, through the excavation related to the first century of ottoman history.

The event was organized by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency –TIKA in partnership with the Turkish Studies Center – FIUB ad with the “Vasile Parvan” Archeology Institute of Bucharest. 20 specialists from the Romanian and Turkish specialized universities debated for two days the problems faced by this field. The event ended on Saturday, with a round table with the theme “The Ottoman Patrimony in Romania – between Forgetfulness and Research”, a debate that aimed to warn about the current situation and the manner in which the ottoman historical legacy is assumed and capitalized by the local authorities.

The opening was attended and welcome speeches were held by the Coordinator of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency –TIKA, Hacı Ahmet Dastan, by the Director of the Doctoral University Studies Council and the representative of the Rectorate of the University of Bucharest, Professor Bogdan Murgescu, PhD., by the Director of the “Vasile Parvan” Archeology Institute, PhD. Eugen Nicolae, by the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest, Lecturer Alin Matei, PhD., as well as by the Counselor of the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, PhD. Viviana Anghel. The opening was attended by His Excellency Mr. Osman Koray Ertas, the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Bucharest. The speakers encouraged the design of Romanian-Turkish research projects and the training of the students in order to improve their knowledge in the field of the Ottoman archeology. University Lecturer Silvana Rachieru, PhD., who is the Scientific Coordinator of the Turkish Studies Center, made a brief introduction of the stage of the Ottoman archeology in Romania from the perspective of the new research field.

Professor Bogdan Murgescu, PhD., the Director of the Doctoral University Studies Council of the University of Bucharest, wished to thank to all the involved institutions in this project, and especially to the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency –TIKA, and to mention that the Ottoman Empire was an important figure for more than 5 centuries of Romanian history, the today’s archeology conference being an important beginning for the future researches on the common legacy of the two countries.

“The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency – TIKA has made the first important step in the field of the Ottoman archeology in Romania by organizing this conference, and at the same time by inaugurating the ‘Dimitrie Cantemir’ Turkish Studies Center. Today, TIKA gathers Romanian and Turkish specialists to share the special experience which the Turkish professors had together with their Hungarian counterparts in the research made in Hungary in order to find the lost grave of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman. I wish to thank once again to all the involved institutions in the events of today, and at the same time to show our openness to new collaborations with our Romanian partners” stated Hacı Ahmet Dastan, Coordinator of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency -TIKA in Romania.

In his speech held at the ceremony, His Excellency, Ambassador Osman Koray Ertas mentioned that “the close relations between Turkey and Romania developed in all fields are also reflected in the field of the academic and scientific cooperation. We work together with the Romanian authorities, one of our most important partners in the region, as well as together with the scientific community, to discover and preserve the values of the common cultural patrimony. It is important to implement the idea on which a project relies. I congratulate TIKA and the Dimitrie Cantemir Turkish Studies Center for their initiative and for all their work and I hope this kind of collaborations will have a continuity in the future”.

The opening of the conference provided a good opportunity to inaugurate the new headquarter of the Turkish Studies Center who was rearranged last year with the support of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency –TIKA. The Turkish Studies Center (CST) is one of the traditional centers in the Romanian academic field, which recently entered into the third decade of existence at the Faculty of History of the Bucharest University, being established in 1985 by the late Turkologist Professor Mihai Maxim, PhD. CST organizes scientific events dedicated to Ottoman and Turkish history, culture and civilization. It has its own specialized library and hosts courses and seminaries for Bachelor, Master and PhD students, according to CST Bucharest.

 

About TIKA

 

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency –TIKA, which is directly subordinated to the Turkish Government, was established in 1992 in order to provide technical support for development. It conducts its activities on four continents, being present in approx. 200 countries through more than 58 Program and Project Coordination Offices.

Bucharest Program Coordination Office, established in 2015, has developed, in cooperation with the public institutions, more than 80 projects in areas like education, health, culture and sports. In two years and a half since it was founded, TIKA contributed to the increase of the education quality through projects that aimed to improve the infrastructure and endowment of the preschool, gymnasium and higher education units.