Cultural heritage is understood here both in its material and immaterial aspects, yet not only in the anthropological sense. Culture means here also the goal toward which man is aspiring, as in the Greek "Paideia". The term cultural heritage stems from this connection, but for the new Academy of Cultural Heritages, which has now been founded, it assumes a broader meaning. The purpose of the Academy is namely to foster particularly the roots of European culture starting from its beginning, the Greek ‘miracle’, i.e. the birth of philosophical culture around Plato and Aristotle, and, as its continuation, the heritage of Hellenism in Rome – without excluding non-European traditions, manifest f.ex. in the Persian and Arabic influence upon European culture. From this starting point the Academy tries to keep alive central canonic issues of European culture in philosophy, arts and culture in general.
The Academy thus has two aspects: old and new. Its goal is remembering, restoring and maintaining cultural phenomena, behaviors, texts and values which are endangered by the globalized commercial market civilization expanded all over the world, or by other threats. Yet it is new in the way it realizes this goal by animating these traditions through an intellectual experience and new teaching methods in its seminars. It thus aims to become a more efficient form of education than what is often offered in more formalized institutional academic environments, particularly at a time when official policies are interested only in the direct utilization and economic profit to be made from science and art (“science must make money”).The Academy will publish its findings i.e. proceedings from the seminars in the international series Acta semiotica fennica. Moreover it aims for giving some small grants per year to young scholars promoting its research programme.
The seminar was divided into two parts due to the availability of facilities at the Municipality of Hermiopolis, particularly its Culture Centre and Apollo Theater. A year ago our delegation had already visited Syros, met Mayor George Marangos and seen the places. The hotel Syrou Melathron was found as a most appropriate one and the […]
http://www.culturalacademy.fi/ Tentative programme of the Opening Seminar Syros/Athens, Greece Oct 2- 9, 2017 Director: Professor Eero Tarasti (Helsinki), firstname.lastname@example.org Assistants: Lazaros Papoutzis (Florina) email@example.com; Paul Forsell (Helsinki), firstname.lastname@example.org Monday Oct 2nd: arrival by ferry boat at Syros from Piraeus, leaving at 7 p.m. arriving around 10.30 p.m. Tuesday Oct 3rd, Seminar, participants’ […]
Academy of Cultural Heritages ACU Helsinki/Athens Plan for establishing a new educational and cultural institute between Finland and Greece Goal The idea of ACU has emerged in the context of an interdisciplinary and international research project entitled Semiotics of Cultural Heritages; it has since 2013 organized symposia in Imatra (Finland), Rome, Sofia, Kaunas (Lithuania) and […]