Occidental Studies

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.

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  The Message of the President

In today’s world, globalization is creating new opportunities for intercultural dialogue and also new challenges. Societies are more connected than ever before. Ideas and people travel at rising speed within and across national borders. These circumstances have multiplied openings for mutual understanding between people everywhere on the planet. They have also given rise to new difficulties, to misunderstandings and mistrust that have fuelled tensions between and societies, especially between the Occident and Orient.

We established in January 2014, the Center of Occidental Studies in order to offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the intellectual and cultural practices and traditions in world civilizations, with an emphasis on the engagement of Occidental Civilization in the history of ideas and with other cultures. The principle objective of the Center is to develop knowledge through scientific research on the western civilisation as well as on their own political processes, in order to replace the reactive behaviour by a proactive attitude by becoming an International research hub for the Occidental Studies and Cultural Diplomacy.

The dialogue of cultures raises vital questions for peace and sustainable development today and in the century ahead. The universities have a role major to play in fostering the culture of dialogue and understanding.

                                                          Dr. Mustafa AYDIN
                           President, Istanbul Aydın University


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