An International Conference about the Relations of Crimea with the Middle East and the Greater Mediterranean took place in Sevastopol

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An International Scientific Conference opened in Khersones on 6 June. The conference was dedicated to the cultural, ethnic, religious and political relations of Crimea with the Middle East and Mediterranean countries.

The organizers were the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the State Historical and Archeological Museum-Reserve ‘Tauric Khersones’ and Sevastopol State University.

The conference was timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the 5th anniversary of the return of Sevastopol and Crimea to Russia. For two days, orientalists, political scientists and historians discussed issues important for understanding the fate of the peninsula.

“Our goal is to share the latest scientific information and research results, on the relations of the Mediterranean and Crimea. In various aspects, it is religion, culture, and politics. We want to make a creative environment, an environment for the exchange of opinions, ideas and the latest results of historical sociological research and to draw conclusions regarding the historical substantiations of modern political processes around Crimea”, said Ivan Chikharev, director of the Institute of Social Sciences and International Relations of Sevastopol State University.

For Sevastopol State University the conference is important strategically.

“Due to the conference, scientists at Sevastopol State University have the opportunity to communicate with colleagues from other countries. It is important to accumulate contacts, initiate common research projects and create conditions for academic mobility between the faculty and students of the university and other organizations and research centers, ”said the rector of Sevastopol State University, Vladimir Nechaev.

Sevastopol State University and Tauric Khersones have a long history of close co-operation.

“At the conference there were specialists who will likely develop new trends, mechanisms within the framework of interaction and science that Khersones explores and promotes - archeology. Given the equipment at the university, and its human and professional resource, we will be able to look at archaeological research and its popularization from a different aspect. And, of course, new technologies in the processing of materials with which the university will help. This will be a new step in the development of our co-operation,” said Elena Morozova, director of Tauric Khersones.