The Occidendal Studies Applied Research Center (OSARC) is an interdisciplinary research center whose goal is to integrate cultural, historical, sociological, economical, and textual data to understand the development and functioning of the Western Civilization from its ancient origins to the today’s World.
Occidental Studies provide an in-depth examination of the development and accomplishments of Western Civilization through direct encounters with significant and exemplary documents and monuments. These sequences complement the literary and philosophical study of texts central to the humanities sequences, as well as the study of synchronous social theories that shape basic questions in the social science sequences. Our approach stresses the grounding of events and ideas in historical context and the interplay of events, institutions, ideas, and cultural expressions in social change. Our studies emphasize texts rather than surveys as a way of getting at the ideas, cultural patterns, and social pressures that frame the understanding of events and institutions within a civilization.
The OSARC aspires to represent an integral and distinct strategic presence that participates in bridging a gap in contemporary Western discourse by taking on the top of its agenda, a careful reading of the facts of modern history, its forms, and impacts on the reality of the nation and its future.
The OSARC Offers a strategic vision with regard to Western Societies in general, and Europe in particular, through the position of an authentic forward-looking. It gives a special care to development in all its aspects, and preaching political and social systems that are able to achieve public justice in all its spectrums, by analyzing human and formulating the features and dimensions of cultural identity for individual and society.
The research activities of the center focus on a wide range of issues including value systems, civilizational streams, mechanisms of intercultural cooperation, regional socio-political processes, as well as public policy making.