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Mediterranean Crossroads Conference

General Information

Mediterranean Crossroads Conference (MCC) is a four-day conference to be held during 10-13 May 2003 in Athens Greece. The conference is the second act of the project “Crossings: Movements of people and movement of cultures: changes in the Mediterranean from ancient to modern times”. A public lecture on Culture Heritage is organised on the opening day of the conference.

The Pierides Foundation-Cyprus is the Leader of the Project and the Foundation of the Hellenic World-Greece, the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage-Malta, the Instituto per le Technologie Applicate ai Beni Culturali-Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche-Italy and the Universite d’ Amiens-France are the Co-Organisers.

The project is supported by the Culture 2000 Programme of the European Commission, the Ministry of Education and Culture-Cyprus, the Bank of Cyprus and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation.

Mediterranean Crossroads Conference will provide a forum for the examination of new trends in Mediterranean Archaeology. Building upon recent advances in theory and in fieldwork which have significantly influenced our understanding of Mediterranean archaeology, the conference

  • investigates how the postmodern paradigm has affected research on the Mediterranean past;
  • examines the movement of people and the circulation of objects and ideas in the Mediterranean from Prehistory until the Ottoman Era;
  • addresses contemporary concerns with the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean as a source of social identities and a common heritage of humankind.

The objectives of this Mediterranean Crossroads Conference are:

  • the promotion of dialogue and of mutual knowledge of the culture of the Mediterranean peoples;
  • fostering of intellectual and intercultural exchange between researchers working on different aspects of the Mediterranean culture (past and present);
  • to encourage the sharing and examination of a wide spectrum of themes and problems on Mediterranean culture heritage.

All sessions will be held in the large Multipurpose Conference and Cultural Venue "ATHINAIS", a modern cultural centre in the historic district of Votanikos (34-36 Kastorias street) in Athens, Greece (www.athinais.com.gr).









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