Events in Detail...


Director-General opens symposium on Franco-Arab Dialogue, UNESCO Headquarters, 29 April 2002

The symposium was attended by numerous leading figures from the political, academic and industrial spheres, was organized by Mr Amin Esber, Chairperson of the Arab States Group, and Mr Mohamed El-Aswad, Permanent Delegate of Libya.

Ms Aziza Bennani, Chairperson of the Executive Board, Mr Ahmad Jalali, President of the General Conference, and a large number of  Ambassadors, Permanent Delegates of the Arab countries to UNESCO, also took part in the meeting, the first in a series of symposia on Franco-Arab relations.

In his address, Mr Matsuura emphasized “the rich and manifold interactions shaped by history, geography and culture between the Arab world and France”. He invited the participants “to ponder the way in which we perceive others”, this being a particularly important question “at a time when we must do all we can to prevent the emergence and spread of new stereotypes and prejudices and reaffirm the equal dignity of all cultures and civilizations”.

To enhance and encourage this dialogue and ensure the preservation of cultural diversity, the Director-General stressed the role of cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible. “By learning to appreciate and develop our own heritage, we can learn to know and appreciate other cultures. This is an essential step towards ensuring fruitful dialogue and mutual understanding”, he said.


1st Educational Seminar on “Dialogue among Civilizations and Global Issues: Simulation of International Talks” / Aug 31 to Sept 3, 2002 / Tehran, Iran / Organized by College of International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UN University

To promote the world concept of Dialogue among Civilizations through modern educational means, College of International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the cooperation of the UN University, intends to hold the first educational seminar on “Dialogue among Civilizations and Global Issues: Simulation of International Talks” from Aug 31 to Sept 3, 2002. 

The seminar will revolve on the four educational pivots of:

Experts and academics interested in attending the seminar and the sideline committees are required to send in brief accounts of their academic and scientific background (in English), along with a copy of their last university degree, through registered mail or e-mail to the secretariat of the seminar no later than August 1st, 2002.

Applicants should hold academic degrees on one of the above subjects, and be in full command of English. Holders of higher degrees will enjoy top priority.

Attendees who pass the course successfully will be granted a Certificate of Attendance by the college of International Affairs and UN University.

The secretariat of the seminar also announced that it will introduce and publish briefs of research materials and theses pertinent to Dialogue among Civilizations in the bulletin of the seminar.

Contact information:

Address: Secretariat of the seminar: Dialogue among Civilizations and World Issues
College of International Affairs
12 Mina Alley, Shahid Bahonar St., Tehran

Tel: 280 2650-1, ext. 41            Fax: 280 2742                    
E-mail: DaC@sir.ac.ir            Http://www.sir.ac.ir


4th Seminar of Urban Development and Dialogue among Civilizations (side event: Round Table on "Architecture & Urban Development: Portrayal of the Culture of a Society") / July 18, 2002 / Mashhad, Iran / Organized by ICDAC, Iran's Association of Urban Development Engineers and Mashhad Municipality

ICDAC Lecturers

Roundtable Participants

Mr. KavehBAzrafkan, Ms. Atoosa Modiri, Ms. Ghazal Karamati, Mr. Sepideh Yaghmayee, Ms. Lobat Khosravi, Mr. Amin Yarzadeh 


Seminar on “Dialogue among Civilizations and the Nimrooz Civilization’s Domain” /June 10-11, 2002 / Zabol, Iran / Organized by ICDAC and the University of Zabol 

Report - The seminar on “Dialogue among Civilizations and the Nimrooz Civilization’s Dominion” was held in the Zabol University on June 10-11, by the cooperative efforts of Zabol University’s students and the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations (ICDAC).  

The main theme of the seminar, which was attended by students and professors of the University of Zabol, ICDAC officials, Afghanistan’s cultural attaché and several cultural and scientific figures of Afghanistan, was focused on “Afghanistan”. 

At the seminar, the Afghan cultural attaché Mr. Panjshiri delivered a lecture on the history of Afghanistan, referring to Iran as a friend as well as a neighboring country. 

He hailed Iranian people for their humanitarian contributions during the Afghanistan crisis under the rule of Taliban, and also after the September 11th events and the consequent US attacks against this country. 

Referring to the rich culture of Iran and Afghanistan, Panjshiri said that the peoples of the two nations enjoy a solid understanding as a result of their many commonalities. 

The Second Secretary of the Embassy of Afghanistan Ehsan-al-Hagh Ehsan then spoke about the cultural transformations in Afghanistan after the election of Hamed Karzai, followed by Dr. Mohammad Akram Azimi’s speech on the influence of the western culture on the ethnic culture of Afghanistan.

Afghan political authority Mir Hamed Hussein Mehri then gave an account of the history of Loya Jirga in this country, and spoke about the recent Loya Jirga, which was held June 11-16 this year to decide on Afghanistan’s interim government. 

Dr. Mohammad Vahid Binesh then talked about Democracy in Afghanistan, followed by Professor Koohkan of the University of Zabol, who delivered his speech on the trend of dialogue among civilizations from the beginning to the present time. 

Secretary of the ICDAC’s History of Civilizations Group Alireza Tarafdari then gave a lecture on the History and Geography of Afghanistan. ICDAC’s Director of Publications and Scientific Board’s Secretary Dr. Mohammad Taghi Ghezelsofla and the Board member Mr. Golmohammadi were also among the lecturers. 

At the closing ceremony, Secretary of Seminar Mr. Khalili appreciated the efforts of the organizers of the event, expressing hopes that the seminar would repeat every year in a more organized manner. 

Also President of the University Dr. Dehmardeh in a separate gathering with the organizers and a number of guests including members of ICDAC and Embassy of Afghanistan announced an agreement to admit Afghan students to the University of Zabol. He said he was hopeful that such cultural attempts would help promote dialogue and understanding between the two nations. 

Referring to the shortcomings of the Sistan & Baluchestan province, Dr. Dehmardeh appreciated the efforts of the students of the University of Zabol in organizing the seminar. 

Among the sideline programs of the seminar were poetry reading (poems of great poets of Afghanistan Abd-ol-Karim Tamana and Seyyed Noor Farokh Mojab), praising Dialogue among Civilizations by Alireza Majlesi (student of the University of Zabol), Pipe and Daf music programs, and sword dance by a number of Zaboli performers. 

“Afghanistan” was the main theme of the seminar as Sistan & Baluchestan is Afghanistan’s neighboring province, and Nimrooz civilization’s dominion had covered parts of Afghanistan and the Sistan & Baluchestan province. 


International seminar on “Centre and Periphery” / May 1-2, 2002 / Isfahan / Organized by ICDAC’s department of philosophy and “Farzan rooz” publication

Isfahan was host to some foreign and domestic thinkers and experts on May first and second for a seminar on “Centre and Periphery”, aiming to prepare the groundwork for theoretical debates on past, present and future relations between the peripheral societies of the “Centre” which are basically defined as developed western countries.

Participants examined all angles of this issue from a philosophical, political and social standpoint through delivering lectures and holding theoretical debates.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the seminar, Dr Ataollah Mohajerani noted that like human beings, civilization has birth and death and stated:” It is through the enhancement, collapse and interaction of civilizations that human life blooms and civilizational heritage of humanity augments.”


Gathering on Dialogue among Civilizations: Germany and Iran / Bonn museum / Organized by ICDAC

“Culture of Dialogue” and “Dialogue among Cultures” as well as presenting West and East’s views was discussed on the first day of the gathering.

“Both parties to dialogue are of the same level in discovering the truth and accepting this equality leads to the success of dialogue, for 'talking' entails 'listening'”, Advisor to the President and head of the “International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations”, Seyyed Ataollah Mohajerani said in his lecture.

“For Dialogue among Cultures to succeed, parties to the dialogue need to accept one another and shall not look for each other’s negative background”, he added.

“In ‘Dialogue among Cultures’ one cannot rely on a predetermined outcome and we need to acknowledge the equality of the two parties to the dialogue”, Dr. Mohajerani said.

Referring to the history of the genesis of dialogue in ancient Greece he said:” ‘Tolerance’ is also a prerequisite to Dialogue among Cultures.”

“’Tolerance’ means ‘joint cooperation’ and it enhances dialogue among cultures”, he said, rejecting ‘negative Forbearance’ to be taken as the meaning for ’Tolerance’.

“Dialogue among Cultures is a part of global policy. Indubitably, parties to the dialogue need to be identified, for cultures are not able to talk with one another. But people in Islamic and Western countries are witnesses to problems of cultural origins”, head of Deutsche Orient-Institute (Dr. U. Steinbach) said.

“Dialogue’s objective is to attain peace among people and nations. The issue of peace enjoys a cultural dimension. When someone like Berlusconi talks of the superiority of European culture over the Islamic culture, apparently he has forgotten the fact that the greatest tragedies and crimes against humanity during the last decades have taken place in Europe. The question we shall ask ourselves is whether we westerners really want dialogue,” he added.

Emphasizing the importance of honest self-disclosure of parties to the dialogue, head of Deutsche Orient-Institute noted:” Without politics and change of politics and specially without development, dialogue is a non-starter.”

“Though we are present and ready, the other party to dialogue talks 'about us' instead of talking 'to us' and defines and interprets our objectives, no wonder the result of doing so stands against our nature”, Iran’s ambassador to Germany told the gathering.

Tehran University’s professor, Hojjatolislam Mojtahed Shabestari and professor Koop Hanover presented their views on dialogue among religions at the gathering.

On the last 2 days of the gathering issues of scientific and economic cooperation were discussed. Participants unanimously were of the conviction that it is only through persistence and continuation that dialogue can yield results.


Habermas delievers a lecture / May 14th, 2002 / Tehran University / Organized by ICDAC

“Jurgen Habermas”, one of the most prominent contemporary philosophers, arrived in Tehran on Saturday at the invitation of the “International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations”. He delivered a lecture on the role and concept of “religious tolerance in western societies” at the Iranian Association of Knowledge and Philosphy.

Defining “religious tolerance” Habermas said:” As long as we show indifference towards the perceptions and positions of others or magnify them, by no means will we need tolerance”.

“Intolerance should not mistakenly be taken as equal to exertion of force and violation of other’s rights”, he further added.

“Vis-à-vis dissenters, it is only after setting aside all concessions that the issue of ‘tolerance’ can be brought up”, he stressed.

“The fundamental right of freedom is not something based on benevolence and expediency, courtesy of the mercy of governments, but has roots in the mutual recognition of the followers of different religions and beliefs”, he noted.

“Today, realization of religious tolerance has become a blueprint for a thought based on the nobility of cultural pluralism in its true sense, meaning: ‘coexistence of different cultures with equal rights in the framework of a single political society”, the prominent philosopher emphasized.


The Exhibition of Views: A journey to architectural culture of the nations, architects on a 37-day tour of 10 European countries/ May 18 - 23, 2002 / Azadi Culture House, North entrance, Azadi tower's ground floor, Azadi square, Tehran, Iran / Organized by ICDAC's "Architecture and Urban planning research group" in collaboration with Tehran University's society of architectures engineers, Choghazanbil's company of consultant engineers and cultural section of embassies of: Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania. Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Italy

Concurrent with "Sketch  program" on the following subjects:

  1. Living with the culture of the nations' architecture

  2. Planning sites for dialogue in cities

Opening ceremony: May 18, 2002, 5 pm

Open to the public: May 18-23, 9 am to 12 pm, 2pm to 6 pm

International Seminar on Iran-Austria Architecture & Urban Planning Exchanges / February 24-27, 2002 / Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran / Organized by ICDAC, Shahid Beheshti University, Vienna University of Technology, and Institute of X-Change Austria-Iran

Inauguration speakers

  1. Dr. Ataollah Mohajerani (ICDAC President)
  2. Dr. Michael Stigelbaaer (Austrian Ambassador to Iran)
  3. Dr. Mohammad Taghi Razavian (Director of Architecture & Urban Planning Dept., ICDAC)
  4. Dr. Ali Ghaffari (Dean of the Faculty of Architecture & Urban Planning, Shahid Beheshti University)
  5. Representative of X-Change Austria-Iran

Lecturers

Sunday 24, February 2002

  1. Prof. Roland Rainer (11:10)
    Learning from anonymous buildings in Iran 
  2. Prof. Hermann Czech (11:40)
    Less or more
  3. Mr. K. Safamanesh (14:00)
    Architectural influence of Austrians on Iranian architecture
  4. Prof. Reinhard Seiss (14:45)
    Urban and regional planning in Austria
  5. Dr. Mansoor Falamaki (15:45) 
    Austrian architecture as a medium of dialogue with other countries, in the transfer of the 20th and 21st centuries
  6. Prof. Arch Dietmar Eberle (16:30)
    Cultural and social sustainability

Monday 25, February 2002

  1. Prof. Carl Pruscha (09:00)
    Yesterday's courtyard house: a prospect of tomorrow's habitat
  2. Dr. Ali Ghaffari (10:00)
    Eco-design in adaption to Iranian traditional architecture
  3. Prof. Helmut Schramm (10:45)
    Courtyard house, Iran-Europe
  4. Dr. Mohammad Hariri (11:45)
    What I learned from Austrian architectural culture
  5. Dr. Walter Stelzhammer (14:00)
    Oriental courtyard architecture
  6. Dr. Jahanshah Pakzad (15:00)
    Opportunities and limitations in understanding each other's culture of architecture 
  7. Mr.Wolfgang Pouzenberger, Mr. Michael Hofstaetter (15:45)
    A city development model

Open Discussion (16:45)

Excerpts 

Ecodesign in traditional Iranian architecture and urban space
Dr. Ali Ghaffari (Shahid Beheshti University)

Contrary to the modern architecture and urban planning of the past 50 years, which has been realized in the development of old cities or the building of new ones -regardless of the environmental situation and native architectural identity, the old architecture and urban planning was in perfect harmony with the natural and environmental situation and was indeed a representation of the particular locational identity.

Here we will discuss the similarities and differences between the old architecture in the different regions of the country, and the regional solutions that have been applied to make the living environments more comfortable.

Opportunities and limitations in understanding each other's culture of architecture 
Dr. Jahanshah Pakzad
 

The present article, contrary to most of the popular discourses that discuss the commonalities of two cultures, focuses on the differences, and as such attempts to find a solution for mutual understanding, respect and cooperation, and aims to resolve the architecture and urban planning problems and obstacles.

The writer, familiar with the Westerners’ way of thinking as a result of forty years of study and living in Germany for more than 20 years, attempts to pinpoint cases of scientific misunderstandings and to find the roots for some of the reasons behind them, in hope to provide a better ground for understanding the current daily events and to make a mutual attempt to introduce the two cultures, specifically to the students of architecture and urban planning of the two countries.

Austrian architecture as a medium of dialogue with other countries, in the transfer to the 20th and 21th centuries 
Dr. Mansoor Falamaki

This article focuses on the following key issues that have not yet been presented in a documented way.  

The architectural cultures of Iran and Austria have not been directly related to each other, and so we cannot discuss the counter-effects and cultural, scientific exchanges of the two countries in this field, but two issues should be mentioned here: First, innovative architecture or any architecture with a new cultural angle, regardless of its place of origin, will soon travel to other corners of the world as well, and gradually gains an international identity. That is one way to reach a common ground for the unity of thoughts, methods and experiences in the architecture of the two countries.

And second, the great Austrian architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries have put forth innovative theories and experiences, and in doing so have influenced the Modern Architectural Movement and the associated organizations and schools, which has in turn contributed to the formation of global architectural outlooks.

What I learned from Austrian architectural culture 
Dr. Mohammad Hariri
 

During my long stay in Europe I became familiar with the capabilities of Europeans and specifically Austrian architects, and I have since tried to convey my understandings to my students. I have learned that science, technique and art should be merged within architecture, that any thinking without planning and that does not employ technical science and aesthetics at the same time will not have any meaning in architectural creativity, and that without having the proper technology and scientific structural capacity, discussions, theories, and knowledge of names, works and philosophies of great artists will not be of any benefit to the Iranian society.


First Conference of Researches on Persian Language and Literature / February 3-4, 2002 / Tarbiat-e Modares University, Tehran, Iran / Organized by Scientific Association of Persian Language and Literature, Academy of Persian Language and Literature, Tarbiat-e Modares University, Islamic Culture and Communication Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ICDAC and Channel 4 of IRIB

Place: Shahid Motahari Hall, Tarbiat-e Modares University, Tehran

Topics of the conference:

  1. Persian Language and Literature in the Pre-Islamic Period
  2. Persian Language and Literature in the Classic Period
  3. Contemporary Language and Literature
  4. Persian Language and Literature in Other Countries
  5. Comparative Literature
  6. Iranian Linguistics
  7. Literary Critique, Stylistics, Rhetoric
  8. Bibliography and Study of Scripts

For more information contact the Secretariat of the conference:

Address:    Tehran, P.O. Box 14115/345
Tel:            9821 630231
Fax:           9821 800 90 56
Email:        farsiran@modares.ac.ir


First Culture and Civilization Festival of Persian Gulf Coast Dwellers,to be held On the occasion of International Year and World Cultural Heritage Year / February 12-March 3, 2002 / Qeshm, Iran

The first Culture and Civilization Festival of Persian Gulf Coast Dwellers will be held from February 21 to March 3, 2002 in beautiful historical port of loft (in Qeshm island) by Qeshm Free Zone Organization in collaboration with Islamic Revolution Housing Foundation, University of Science and Technology, Cultural Heritage Organization, and Iran Touring and Tourism Organization simultaneous with International Year of Cultural Heritage and International Year of Ecotourism (2002).

The objectives for holding the Festival include an acquaintance with cultural characteristics (cultural heritage, handicrafts, rites and rituals, etc.), ecosystem features of Qeshm island (Hara marine forest, nearby islands, diversified biota, salt caves, etc.), social issues (population and its geographical distribution, public participation, enlightment, etc.), and finally promotion of cultural tours and ecotourism in Qeshm as well as an acquaintance with experiences gained and wise positive methods adopted for promotion of sustainable human development by other countries.

The Festival Secretariat has invited all countries having coastal territories and islands to attend the Festival. Thus, the Festival would be enriched with an illustration of similar aspects common among coastline dwellers world over in culture and arts. Booths (12 to 20 sq m in area) have been provided for every participating country to exhibit samples of their handicrafts, clothing, etc. together with photographs and posters as well as video films.

Booths would be arranged in the traditional atmosphere of the village to be supplied to participating countries free of charge. Participants would receive provisioned discounts up to 20 percent for accommodation facilities and their transportation to Festival venue-located 60 km off the Qeshm city – would also be free of charge.

Art content of the Festival would be allocated to traditional music of Qeshm and Iranian coastal provinces, played with local musical instruments and some theatrical programs. Magnificent sunset during the ten nights of the Festival accompanied by immediate illumination of wind catchers, Naderi Castle, water reservoir, water wells, dome and minaret and several launches at the coast would mark the beginning of Festival Programs every evening. Venue of the concert is near the ancient water reservoir of the Loft at the foot of a hill over the slopes of which the guests would be accommodated.

About Culture and Civilization Festival of Persian Gulf Coast Dwellers

Historical port of Loft located towards the middle of the extended body of Qeshm (northern coast) would be the venue of a memorable celebration entitled “Culture and Civilizations Festival of Persian Gulf Coast Dwellers” to be held from February 21 to March 3, 2002.

The idea of holding such a festival was inspired a few years ago when whispers about “Dialogue among Civilizations” were just being heard here and there. As the project of Dialogue among Civilizations took larger shapes and turned in to an interesting global issue with such dimensions that the year 2001 was called the Year of Dialogue among Civilizations, our country- itself the exponent of this peaceful idea- embarked upon a series of activities with varying dimensions. The most extensive activities of these rounds were provincial festivals held in collaboration with Iran Touring and Tourism Organization.


Gathering on Dialogue among Civilizations/ 27 February 2002 / Khoozestan, Iran / organized by ICDAC, Iranian Sociology Association, Shahid Chamran University and Bureau of culture and Islamic guidance

 Main subjects:

 The articles should be submitted not later than January 9, 2002. Participants will be informed of the acceptance of their articles by January 30, 2002.

Secretariat: Shahid Chamran University, Faculty of Economy and Social sciences

Telephone: 3337975

Fax: 3337411

Gathering on the place of Dialogue of Cultures among the society’s different strata / Mazandaran University / 28 February, 2002

University of Mazandaran’s faculty of human and social sciences, International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations and the Iranian Sociology Association are to hold a gathering on the place of Dialogue of Cultures among the society’s different strata (Mazandaran province). All scholars, researchers and those interested are called on to submit their papers and participate in the gathering.

 Main subjects:

  1. Grounds for attracting women’s participation in Dialogue among Cultures
  2. Grounds for attracting youth’s participation in Dialogue among Cultures
  3. Role of NGOs in Dialogue among Cultures
  4. Role of local media in Dialogue among Cultures
  5. Economic and political obstacles in the way of Dialogue among Cultures
  6. Social and cultural obstacles in the way of Dialogue among Cultures
  7. Role of higher education in Dialogue among Cultures
  8. Instructional-educational obstacles in the way of Dialogue among Cultures
  9. Tourism and Dialogue among Cultures
  10. Religion and Dialogue among Cultures

Excerpts of the articles should be submitted not later than January 20, 2002. Results of reviewing the excerpts will be announced on January 30, 2002. Deadline for submitting the original copy of the articles is February 14, 2002. Participants will be informed of the acceptance of their articles by February 24, 2002.

Accepted articles will be published in a collection and participants will be rewarded.

 Secretariat: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Mazandaran, Shahid Beheshti Street, Babolsar

Telephone: 011252-42200

Fax: 011252-42500

E-mail: ci-dialogue@yahoo.com


Third International Congress of Urbanism and Architecture Students / Oct. 30-Nov. 1 / Tabriz, Iran / Organized by ICDAC and the Islamic Azad University of Tabriz

Review by Clare Melhuish
The Architect’s Journal, November 8, 2001 


Architectural Space and Awareness in Iran

The prospect of traveling to Iran in the midst of the current international turmoil obviously lost its appeal to large numbers of foreign participants expected to attend the Third International Congress of Urbanism and Architecture Students last week in Tabriz.

The all-student organization, which had been working tirelessly for a truly international conference, said the number of foreign representatives had dropped from about 100 to 25, many from neighbouring country of Azerbaijan.

But, by contrast, the congress on the theme of “architectural space” – and broadly paralleling the British Winter Schools – attracted a record 3,000 architecture students from universities all over the country.

The event, which featured a display of student work at its core, and an extensive range of lectures and discussion panels, filled up to five halls of the city’s exhibition centre.

The International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations in Tehran was closely involved in the event and, indeed, its president declared Islam the ‘religion of dialogue among civilizations’. President Khatami of Iran has underlined the importance of tourism in promoting such dialogue, and the government has recently commissioned the design of a total of 16 Iranian embassies around the world by 16 Tehran-based architects.

This background made it an exciting time to witness the evident motivation of architecture students in the country, and their eagerness to engage with current architectural theory and debate in a way, which seems to be markedly different from the general outlook of the student body in Britain.

But it also comes as a surprise to the western visitor to witness a still-thriving interest within architecture schools in Post-Modernism and Deconstructivism. The latter was exhibited in a particularly expressionistic form in the student work, and a certain preoccupation with establishing a ‘correct formula’ for design, to be delivered through the teaching system, which contrasts with the British emphasis on encouraging diverse ways of thinking.

This was particularly evident in the response of the audience to presentations by three of the foreign delegates who did attend – from Oxford Brooks and UNL Universities.

The presentations were greeted with avid enthusiasm, but a certain lack of comprehension as to the distinction between a concept of ‘social architecture’ and ‘social engineering’ in contemporary architecture.

Nasser Golzari, Tourange Khansari and Sandra Dineke, and Clare Melhuish presented papers on architectural education and theory at the congress in Tabriz.  


Universal Exposition of Dialogue among Civilizations / Sep 27-Oct 01, 2001 / Isfahan, Iran / Organized by the International Exhibition Co., Isfahan Province

Following the proposal made by the President of Islamic Republic of Iran, the year 2001 has been designated as the Year of Dialogue among Civilizations by the United Nations, and as the Year of Visiting Iran by the World Tourism Organization. In this line, and concurrently with the International Seminar of Tourism and Dialogue among Civilizations, Universal Exposition of Dialogue among Civilization will be held by the International Exhibition Co., Isfahan Province, with the help and cooperation of the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations and a number of ministries and organizations. The Exposition will be concentrated on the three basic axes of Tourism, Music, and Handicrafts.  

All organizations, centres, institutes, unions, offices and companies related to the Handicrafts, Tourism and Hotel Industry, travel agencies, and producers of cultural products are invited to attend and actively participate in this distinctive national event.

Contact info: 
Tel: 763820            Fax: 764012  
E-mail: jorjani@dpimail.net & adiyat_pub@yahoo.com


Conference on Dialogue Among Civilizations/ February 3, 2001/ Organized by Cambridge University

A large number of university students, researchers and writers from different countries participated in a one-day conference on Dialogue Among Civilizations, which was held on Saturday by the Center for International Studies at Cambridge University in Britain. The conference was cosponsored by London-based Al-Khoei Foundation.

The managing director of the center praised the initiative proposed by the Iranian President and approved by the United Nations, which designated the year 2001 as the Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations.

Another speaker at the conference the managing director of the Center for Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University in New York Ali Mazrouei said in his address, that Samuel Huntington made a mistake in his theory titled "Clash of Civilizations" which was proposed after the Cold War, as the clash of civilizations has been going on for centuries. He added that for the past four centuries, the West has been the main aggressor in this confrontation.

International seminar “Modernity and its Impact on the Culture of Iranian Architecture and Urban Planning” / November 3, 2001 / Tehran, Iran / Organized by ICDAC

Architecture and Urban Planning Group of the International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations intends to hold a seminar entitled “Modernity and its Impact on the Culture of Iranian Architecture and Urban Planning “ on November 3, 2001.   

GOAL

The seminar focuses on the recognition of similarities and differences as well as the exchanges in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning, and so attempts to pave the ground for Dialogue among Civilizations in this field. The discussions will concern studies on the ways of establishing dialogue, attributes and distinctions of each of the civilizations involved in dialogue, the journey of these elements and their effects and transformation in other cultural areas, with the aim to find common grounds for dialogue and initiation of dialogue. This is a way in which the objective of this seminar – Dialogue among Iranian and World Architecture and Urban Planning – may be achieved.   

DIALOGUE

Human development in the course of history has been made possible through the interaction and exchange of cultures and civilizations. The geographical situation of Iran has turned this country into a bridge between East and West. Iran has been a connecting point for cultures, where achievements were exchanged. It received, added to what was received, and handed it over to the world again. 

Architecture and urban planning has been a ground for dialogue among civilizations. Modernity and its impact on architecture and urban planning is a reflection of journeys of the spatial shapes of architecture and urban planning, and exchange of different cultures and civilizations of the world today. The study of this development process in Iran’s architecture and urban planning, and the reasons for the inequality of active, creative attributes taken by the Iranian modern architecture and those of the world architecture – who has forgotten the Iranian ontological basic beliefs – is a case of Dialogue among Civilizations, looking for a way to build a bridge between the modern architecture and urban planning of Iran and the world in the 21st century. 

General topics of the seminar are: 

  1. Contextual structure of dialogue among Iran and world architecture and urban planning today

  2. Acts and counteracts of Modernism with regard to Iran’s new architecture

  3. Acts and counteracts of Modernism with regard to Iran’s new urban planning

  4. The reasons for the inequity in the amount of given and taken active, creative attributes by the new architecture of Iran and the World

  5. Solutions for making an active, creative relation between Iran and world architecture and urban planning

  6. Merging the architecture and urban planning future horizons of Iran and the world

  7. Dialogue among civilizations, a bridge between the new architecture and urban planning of Iran and the world in the 21st century

  8. Culture of Iran, modernity and globalization of architecture

  9. New ideals of architecture in Iran today, in relation with scientific exchanges of the world

  10. Perpetual principles of Iranian architecture in exchange with modern architecture movement

  11. In search for patterns and identity of the contemporary Iranian architecture in today’s trend of world exchanges

  12. Reasons for the loss of self-integrity of the contemporary Iranian architecture confronted with the western architecture

  13. Concept of development and spring of architecture and urban planning in the process of modernity

  14. Original integrity and maintaining the original ideals of Iranian architecture and urban planning, along with the necessity of exchange and dialogue of civilizations.

Abstracts should be sent before September 6, 2001. Evaluation results will be announced at September 22, and full texts of the selected papers should be sent before October 22, 2001 to:

Architecture and Urban Development Group
International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations
91 Lavassani St., Tehran, Iran
Tel: (+9821) 221 1210
Fax: (+9821) 221 1211


International seminar “Exchanges of the Culture of Iranian Architecture and Urban Planning from a Technological Point of View / November 4, 2001 / Tehran, Iran / Organized by ICDAC

Architecture and Urban Planning Group of the International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations intends to hold a seminar entitled “Exchanges of the Culture of Iranian Architecture and Urban Planning from a technological point of view “ on November 4, 2001. 

GOAL

The seminar focuses on the recognition of similarities and differences as well as the exchanges in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning, and so attempts to pave the ground for Dialogue among Civilizations in this field. The discussions will concern studies on the ways of establishing dialogue, attributes and distinctions of each of the civilizations involved in dialogue, the journey of these elements and their effects and transformation in other cultural areas, with the aim to find common grounds for dialogue and initiation of dialogue. This is a way in which the objective of this seminar – Dialogue among Iranian and World Architecture and Urban Planning – may be achieved. 

DIALOGUE 

Human development in the course of history has been made possible through the interaction and exchange of cultures and civilizations. The geographical situation of Iran has turned this country into a bridge between East and West. Iran has been a connecting point for cultures, where achievements were exchanged. It received, added to what was received, and handed it over to the world again. 

Technology has been the ground for the development and maturity of architecture and urban planning. Since the ancient times, it has been transmitted between the East and West by kings, wars, and migratory moves. In the 20th century this transmission has accelerated in a one-way flow from the industrial countries towards the developing countries. 

Studying the science and technology in the structure of architecture and urban planning of each country, observing what it receives and what it has or has had can be a start for a self build-up, and establishment of a logical relation between different civilizations, so that the ground would be paved for dialogue among civilizations in the framework of technological exchange. 

General Topics of the seminar are: 

  1. Comparative study of Iran and world architecture geometry

  2. Process of emergence and formation of technology and building materials

  3. Describing the structure of a building based on its geometry, building material, technology and the comparative study of these issues

  4. Ways of utilizing non-fossil energy sources in Iran (water mills, wind mills, etc.)

  5. Technology of building elements and components in Iran with regard to different regional construction patterns (domes, walls, patios, covered passages, caravanserais, cowls, ice holes, minarets, etc.)

  6.  Role of geometry in utilizing water sources and development of cities and communities in Iran, compared with far and neighboring lands (canals, dikes, dams, irrigation systems, etc.)

Abstracts should be sent before September 6, 2001. Evaluation results will be announced at September 22, and full texts of the selected papers should be sent before October 22, 2001 to:

Architecture and Urban Development Group
International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations
91 Lavassani St., Tehran, Iran

Tel: (+9821) 221 1210
Fax: (+9821) 221 1211


International seminar “Dialogue among Iranian and World Architecture and Urban Planning in Ancient Times / November 7, 2001 / Tehran, Iran / Organized by ICDAC

Architecture and Urban Planning Group of the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations intends to hold a seminar entitled “Dialogue among Iranian and World Architecture and Urban Planning in Ancient Times” on November 7, 2001. 

GOAL 

The seminar focuses on the recognition of similarities and differences as well as the exchanges in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning, and so attempts to pave the ground for Dialogue among Civilizations in this field. The discussions will concern studies on the ways of establishing dialogue, attributes and distinctions of each of the civilizations involved in dialogue, the journey of these elements and their effects and transformation in other cultural areas, with the aim of finding common grounds for dialogue and the initiation of Dialogue. This is a way in which the objective of this seminar – Dialogue among Iranian and World Architecture and Urban Planning – may be achieved. 

DIALOGUE 

Human development in the course of history has been made possible through the interaction and exchange of cultures and civilizations. The geographical situation of Iran has turned this country into a bridge between East and West. Iran has been a connecting point for cultures, where achievements were exchanged. It received, added to what was received, and handed it over to the world again. 

Studying the science and technology in the structure of architecture and urban planning of each country, observing what it receives and what it has or has had can be a start for a self build-up, and establishment of a logical relation between different civilizations, so that the ground would be paved for dialogue among civilizations in the framework of technological exchange. 

General Topics of the seminar are: 

Exchanges in the Culture of Architecture between Iran and Ancient Civilizations

 A. Comparative Studies on:

  1. Ideal Models

  2. Shrines and Temples

  3. Governmental and Military Buildings

  4.  Prayer Houses

  5. Gardens and Amusement Places

  6. Trade Centres and Market Places

  7. Designs and Adornments 

B. Effects of Thought on the Exchanges in the Culture of Architecture
C. Physical Environment and its Role in the Exchanges in the Culture of Architecture
D. Architectural Response of Iran to the Architectural Beliefs

Exchanges in the Culture of Urban Planning between Iran and Ancient Civilizations

Comparative Studies on:

  1. Ideal City Models

  2. City’s Structure

  3. De signing Models of Housing Areas and Districts

  4. Public Places

  5. Trade and Public Service Buildings 

Abstracts should be sent before September 6, 2001. Evaluation results will be announced at September 22, and full texts of the selected papers should be sent before October 22, 2001 to:

Architecture and Urban Development Group
International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations
91 Lavassani St., Tehran, Iran
Tel: (+9821) 221 1210
Fax: (+9821) 221 1211


International seminar “Dialogue among Iranian and World Architecture and Urban Planning in the Islamic Era / November 8, 2001 / Tehran, Iran / Organized by ICDAC

Architecture and Urban Planning Group of the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations intends to hold a seminar entitled “Dialogue among Iranian and World Architecture and Urban Planning in the Islamic Era” on November 8, 2001.

GOAL 

The seminar focuses on the recognition of similarities and differences as well as the exchanges in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning, and so attempts to pave the ground for Dialogue among Civilizations in this field. The discussions will concern studies on the ways of establishing dialogue, attributes and distinctions of each of the civilizations involved in dialogue, the journey of these elements and their effects and transformation in other cultural areas, with the aim of finding common grounds for dialogue and the initiation of Dialogue. This is a way in which the objective of this seminar – Dialogue among Iranian and World Architecture and Urban Planning – may be achieved. 

DIALOGUE 

The world of Islam, with a wide range of cultures and civilizations, covers a vast geographical territory. A multidimensional, multi-faceted world, which has played a serious role in the development of human culture and civilization. 

With the establishment of a relationship and dialogue in two internal and external areas, Islamic thought has paved the ground for a historical dialogue among cultures and civilizations of the Islamic nations within themselves, and with non-Islamic nations. Iranian culture, bonded with the Islamic Empire, has gone through a golden age of prosperity with the exchange of cultural achievements, specifically in architecture and urban planning. It has lead a spirited dialogue with the world throughout the Islamic Empire, a dialogue that has been very influential in the development of the culture of Iranian and Islamic architecture and urban planning. 

Studying the process and degree of such exchanges in architecture and urban planning can open to an arresting panorama of a repeat dialogue among civilizations of the world, an achievement that is the ultimate goal of this seminar. 

General Topics of the seminar are: 

Exchanges in the Culture of Iranian Architecture in the Islamic Era 

A. Comparative Studies on:

  1. Prayer Houses
  2. Shrines
  3. Governmental and Military Buildings
  4. Houses and Public Service Buildings
  5. Gardens and Amusement Places
  6. Trade Centres and Market Places
  7. Decorations, Picture Designs and Adornments

B. Effects of Thought on the Exchanges in the Culture of Architecture
C. Physical Environment and its Role in the Exchanges in the Culture of Architecture
D. Architectural Response of Iran to the Architectural Beliefs
 

Exchanges in the Culture of Iranian Urban Development in the Islamic Era

Comparative Studies on:

  1. City Models

  2. Islamic City’s Structure and the Role of Iran’s Urban Development in such Structure

  3. Designing Models of Housing Areas and Districts

  4. Public Places

Abstracts should be sent before September 6, 2001. Evaluation results will be announced at September 22, and full texts of the selected papers should be sent before October 22, 2001 to:

Architecture and Urban Development Group
International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations
91 Lavassani St., Tehran, Iran
Tel: (+9821) 221 1210
Fax: (+9821) 221 1211


"Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations" Poetry Reading / New York / March 29, 2001/Organized by UN

United Nations will hold a poetry reading on the occasion of “Year of Dialogue among Civilizations” on Thursday March 29, 2001, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Personal Representative for the Secretary-General for the "Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations” Giandomenico Picco will introduce the program.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Yusef Komunyakaa, Poet and Writer Joyce Carol Oates, Poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Poet James Ragan will read their works at the Conference Room 4, United Nations Building in New York City. Tickets are required to enter the UN Building.


Intl. Letter-writing Contest: Friendships and differences between us/ Tehran, Iran / Organized by IRI Post Company, ICDAC, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, IRIB, Organization for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, and Office of Arts and Culture of Tehran Municipality

IRI Post Company along with other members of the Universal Post Union (UPU), will hold an international letter-writing on the occasion of Year 2001, entitled “Friendships and Differences between us”.

8-15 year old children and young adults are invited to write letters for children of their own age all around the world and talk about friendships and differences between people of the world regardless of race, color, wealth, power, and all other features that make people different.

Of the letters sent to IRI Post Company by Feb. 19, 2001, 110 letters will be awarded. One of the selected works will receive the special award and be sent to the Universal Post Union in Switzerland to participate in the International Letter-writing Contest. Those interested to participate should send their works to: Number 1 Office of IRI Post Company, Room 110, 1st Floor, Dr. Ali Shariati St., Tehran, PO Box 16315-567


International Mt. Damavand Ascent/ 14 - 21 June 2001/ Organized by Araz Adventure Tours Company, IRI Mountaineering Federation, and International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations, Tehran, Iran

On the occasion of year 2001, year of " Dialogue Among Civilizations" as well as "Year of Visiting Iran", Araz Adventure Tours Company with the cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mountaineering Federation, and International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations organizes International Mt. Damavand Ascent from 14th to 21st of June, 2001.  

All the Mountaineering Federations and Alpine clubs of the world have been invited to participate in this International Ascent.

Mt. Damavand, the highest mountain in Iran (5671 m) with its volcanic peak is located almost in the center of Alborz mountain range. 
Parliamentary Commissions of four ancient civilizations met in Cairo/ Jan. 23, 2001/Cairo/ Egypt

A summit of the parliamentary commissions of four ancient civilizations of Italy, Egypt, Greece and Iran was held in Cairo on Jan.23, 2001. Speaker of Italian parliament Mr. Giovani Viloante opened the summit with a speech on Dialogue among Civilizations. Mr. Viloante’s presence in the summit demonstrated the grave significance governors of Italy hold for international relations of the four countries in Italy’s Mediterranean strategy.

Chairman of Egyptian parliament Mr. Fathi Sorur expressed precise political dispositions against globalization and homogenization of cultures, stressing that dialogue among civilizations will lead to cooperation and understanding among peoples of the world. He also pointed out the importance of education and media in promoting dialogue among civilizations.

Also the head of the Culture and Media Committee in the Egyptian parliament said dialogue among civilizations was the basis for coexistence and preservation of the cultural identity.

The summit was organized to be held in three sessions each discussing one of the following issues:

1.       The role of mass media and educational institutes in promotion of reciprocal awareness of civilizations, languages and traditions of the four countries, chaired by the parliamentary commission of Italy.

2.       Ways of supporting dialogue between the four countries’ younger generation and regarding cooperation programs between universities and cultural institutes, chaired by the parliamentary commission of Iran.

3.       Launching an Internet website on Dialogue among Civilizations, aimed to establish a joint online library of the four countries, chaired by the parliamentary commission of Greece.

Iranian representatives to the summit included two members of the Islamic Parliament and Dr. Sadria of the International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations. In addition to speeches delivered by Parliamentary members of Iran, and theoretical and applied discourses presented on Dialogue among Civilizations, Iranian commission had a major role in composing the summit resolution and putting forth propositions and amendments.


5th International Philosophical Symposium “Dialogue of Civilizations: East-West” / April 27-30, May3-6, 2001 / Moscow, Russia / Organized by Inter-universitarian Centre for Studies of Eastern Philosophy and Culture of the People’s Friendship University of Russia and Helwan University (Egypt)

The symposium was held in Moscow in the building of Humanitarian faculties of Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR). The scientific theme of the symposium was: “Cultural Identity and Globalization”. The participants discussed questions related to the preservation of cultural identity of Western and Eastern societies under the process of globalization. The purpose of the symposium was a constructive exchange of opinions on probable trends and directions of development of modern civilizations. The organizers of the symposium used all their efforts to ensure a free exchange of ideas, and also representation of a wide spectrum of philosophical traditions and schools. Working languages of the symposium were Russian, English, Arabic. 

The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia has wide experience in holding international symposiums, including the four previous symposiums held in 1992, 1995, 1997 and 1999. These symposiums have contributed to clearing out the philosophical bases of history’s logic, ideals, norms and values that determine today’s socio-cultural dialogue between East and West. Well known Russian and foreign scholars have taken part in those symposiums. 

The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia is a worldwide-recognized educational and scientific centre. More than 12000 students, post-graduate students, trainees and attending physicians from 117 countries of the world are now studying in the University. The University is a member of the International Association of Universities, actively cooperates with the UNO and its specialized organizations. The research programmes of the University on various branches of knowledge are focused on wide and active cooperation with all interested persons and organizations. 

The “Dialogue of Civilizations: East-West” symposium was carried out under the initiative of the inter-universitarian Centre for Studies of Eastern Philosophy and Culture at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia. 

Co-organizers of the Symposium:
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
Helwan University (Egypt)
 

Financial Support:
Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
Moscow Factory of Base Metals’ Processing
The Saudi Academy in Moscow
 

With the Participation of:
The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy

Information Support:
Obschaya Gazetta
 

The International Scientific Committee:

Co-Chair:
Prof. Nur Kirabaev – Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
Prof. Zebeda Atta – Dean, Faculty of Arts, Helwan University (Egypt)

Members:
Dr. Sherif Hilmi (Cultural Attache, Embassy of Egypt in Russia)
Dr. Jabir Osfun (Secretary of the Supreme Cultural Council, Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Helwan University, Egypt)
Dr. Naamat Ahmad Fuad (Writer, Correspondent of the newspaper “Al-Ahram”, Member of the Council of Faculty of Arts, Helwan University, Egypt)
Dr. Majid Al-Harbi (Director of the Saudi Academy in Moscow)
Prof. George Mclean (Catholic University of America, USA, The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy)
Prof. Duktieweiz P. (Carlton University, Canada)
Prof. Rustam Zangoza (Kiev, Ukraine)
Prof. Makariev P. (Sofia University, Bulgaria)
Prof. Al-Janabi M. (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia)
Prof. Solonin Y. N. (Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University)
Prof. Fernandes-Rodriges A. M. (Moscow State Pedagogical University)
Prof. Kirillina S. A. (Institute of Asia and Africa, Moscow State University named after M. V. Lomonosov)
Prof. Pochta Y. M. (Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia)
 

Basic Themes of the Symposium:

  1. Cultural Identity in Dialogue between Civilizations
  2. Cultural Identity, Pluralism and Globalization
  3. Cultural Identity and Secularization in the Context of West-East Dialogue
  4. Transformation of Perceptions of the Muslim East in Russia
  5. Evolution of Perceptions of Russia in the Muslim World
  6. Muslim East and the Challenge of XXI century

An unexpected guest of this symposium was President of International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations (ICDAC) Dr. Ataollah Mohajerani who attended the symposium on April 28 during a trip to Moscow. 

At the beginning of the session on April 28th, Iranian cultural attaché in Moscow Mr. Mehdi Sanaee gave a speech on the coexistence of today’s civilizations and its role in the process of world’s social existence. He gave an evaluation of the occurrence of constructive phenomena with regard to the theory of Social System, finding it positive only when it does not impede other social phenomena. According to this theory, every phenomenon or trend is a part of a whole, and it occurs and affects with the aim to lead that whole towards a single goal.

He also introduced and discussed President Khatami’s initiative on Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations. His speech was successfully made in Russian and appreciated by the chairman of the seminar.

The speech was followed by a number of questions raised by the audience on the issues of Iran’s view towards Globalization, its solutions and position in this regard, the role of women’s cooperation in the development process, social changes in the country and also several issues brought up in Mr. Sanaee’s speech. To the invitation of the audience, Dr. Mohajerani took the stand to answer the questions.

On the issue of Globalization, ICDAC president stressed that Iran, while a believer of the concept of Globalization, firmly insists on maintaining its own cultural, national and Islamic identity, and by no means defines Globalization as Americanization. He also emphasized on Iran’s solid belief in Diversity.

Regarding the role of women in Iran’s society, Dr. Mohajerani briefly mentioned the active presence of Iranian women in social, political, scientific and artistic fields.

Following Dr. Mohajerani’s talks, chairman of the session Dr. Nur. S. Kirabaev expressed his interest in joint scientific activities with International Centre for Dialogue among Civilizations and Iran’s Embassy and Consulate in Moscow. He further proposed several international seminars attending Iranian delegates, which was set to be followed up by Mr. Sanaee.  

During their stay in Moscow ICDAC president and the accompanying delegation visited the Embassy, the Consulate and its library. Also a complete account of Consulate’s activities was presented to Dr. Mohajerani.