Abstract - Heritage Research for Cultural Inter-Appreciation in the Balkans
The lecture will focus on:
1. The importance of the Heritage Research for Cultural Inter-Appreciation:
Never before has the world been in more need of understanding and cultural coexistence than today. Much of the current dialogue between nations and groups is mainly confined to Inter-Faith and Inter-Political dialogue. Yet, there is another potential space for dialogue, that is the cultural roots of science. By projecting the positive contributions each culture made to the development of science, we can promote respect and appreciation between them. Much of science has roots in discoveries of other cultures. Isaac Newton is reported to have said: "If I was able to see further than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants".
Therefore, this new space of dialogue is a dire necessity for the nowadays world, and especially for the Balkans region.
2. The Balkan Case: Past, Present and Future
The Balkans has been known historically as a place of clashes and antagonisms, earning a reputation of "balkanization", which led to many battles, from the old times, passing through the Balkan Wars, up until the conflicts that occurred during the 1990's, turning it into a fragile place of hatred and ethnic cleansing, known today as the ‘back garden of Europe'. This paper aims to emphasize the importance of the Heritage Research for the cultural inter-appreciation in the Balkans, referring to the 1001 Inventions experience in this field.
by: Sali Shahsivari, Sat 19 June, 2010