The Foundation of the Center and Its Purpose
The center was established with the announcement of the relevant regulation in the official gazette on May 7, 2013. The purpose of its foundation is to conduct scientific and comparative researches involving international and multidisciplinary “studies on civilization and peace”; to develop new ideas and to find solutions that would contribute to world peace as well as to be able to conduct studies which will contribute to efforts of nations/societies to understand one another; to conceive projects on world civilizations and peace; to provide advisory support to those domestic and foreign public and private institutions and organizations that undertake these issues; as well as to train experts and researchers.
The Center’s Area of Research
a) Acting on from the different roles and significance of social, human, basic and natural sciences in establishing civilizations and world peace, to encourage interdisciplinary studies on the subject matter,
b) To conduct scientific researches and comparative analyses on civilization and international peace; thus, to publish the results of these researches,
c) To administer examinations on areas and topics of dispute with the intention of contributing to world peace on an international arena and thus to provide new ideas and solutions for peace; to conduct studies that will contribute to international peace movements and to efforts of nations/societies to understand each other,
ç) To collaborate with universities, institutes, centers and other similar institutions located both at home as well as in other foreign countries; to work together in the context of the protocols that will be drawn up as well as lay down the foundation; to organize and execute the research activities and scientific exchange programs,
d) To organize national and international seminars, conferences, conventions, workshops and similar activities as well as introduce certificate programs,
e) To provide consultancy services to national and international public and private agencies and institutions on civilization and world peace studies,
f) To train specialists and researchers on the matters of world civilizations and world peace,
g) To draw up and carry out projects on civilization and international peace studies on a nation and international capacity and to support the projects of those scientists who want to work on the research area; to establish a library as well as archival and documentation units consisting of films, photographs, slides and other similar documents that will be source of reference which will have been accumulated after assessing local and foreign publications.
As understood from its name, Comparative Civilization and Peace Research Center (KAMMER) focuses on two different research areas: Civilization and Peace. These two subject matters are an inseparable part of a whole.
The significance on how far man has been civilized and scientifically developed is clearer when one considers the interaction between ‘mankind’ and ‘civilization’ throughout world history. In this context, while history of mankind consists of the differences in culture, production, settlement and life-style as well as social and intersociety relationships and struggles; Civilization, on the other hand, is a collective work, a sharing that reflects the common denominator and wealth of the plurality of mankind. It is for this reason that the world can only find real ‘peace and tranquility’ via civilizations recognizing each other, societies and nations discovering their historical and current positions within world civilization. The matter that needs to be underlined here is the fact that as opposed to the indirect approaches such as the “clash of civilizations, dialogue of civilizations or alliance of civilization,” the rise and growth of Civilizations comes about within the natural flow and development of history of mankind.
On the other hand, as much as the contributions of states and nations in establishing ‘Civilization’ and achieving world peace, the different roles of social and human sciences, basic sciences and natural sciences should also be taken into consideration. It is at this point that our center will encourage efforts to conduct scientific research and comparative analyses involving Civilization and World Peace studies and by supporting interdisciplinary studies on this subject, to know scientists pertaining to various different disciplines and enrich values of civilization; and in respect to the act of ‘passing on to the next generation’, to encourage production and sharing of scientific information and ideas.
Being the most important amongst civilization institutes, universities harbor and develop values pertaining to civilization as both a layer of ‘science and technology’ as well as ‘learning and knowledge’. In this context; aside from researches necessitated by their own specialties, many branches of science as history, language, geography, international relations, law, politics, medicine, archeology, linguistics, literature, art history, philosophy, education, economy, communication, psychology, sociology, theology and anthropology (etc.) also bear responsibility against humanity.
An everlasting peace can only be achieved by the enlightening values of science and civilization. As Mustafa Kemal Atatürk mentions in his 10th Year Speech, the Turkish nation has and will continue to fulfill their civil duty “in maintaining the true peace for all of mankind.” Attempts are made worldwide to explain ‘peace’ and in this context it should not only be undertaken as an ‘end-result-of-war’ or a ‘conflict resolution’. In fact, as already expressed by certain ‘peace research institutions throughout the world, it will be impossible to achieve the level of tranquility, peace and civilization man longs for, when ‘peace’ is simply limited to a circumstance which has come about as a result of a war that has been stage to different interests and conflicts of mankind. In this respect, our Center aims to conduct multidisciplinary studies that will make scientific contributions to developments on this subject via exchanging and sharing ideas with ‘peace research’ centers, university institutions and international organizations throughout the world.
We hope to see you in our activities, bringing scientists from different disciplines together.