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Lectures summer term 2020


Due to the current development in connection with the coronavirus we would like to inform you that (unfortunately) all lectures at the Cyprus Institute planned for the summer term 2020 have to be cancelled.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!

Mediterranean Sea surface
Mediterranean Sea surface
© gemeinfrei / public domain

Research network MS ISLA (Mediterranean Studies on Island Areas)


On 4 May 2020, the new research network MS ISLA (Mediterranean Studies on Island Areas) was presented at the University of Regensburg. The network is funded by the Center for International and Transnational Area Studies (CITAS) of the University of Regensburg /Germany over a period of three years. In an interdisciplinary research approach, topics such as insularity and identity, (historical) migration research or transmediterranity will be explored and discussed.
Our institute's research associate Dr. Thorsten Kruse is a member of the MS ISLA network and will actively participate in its research activities.
The Institute itself is involved in this network as a cooperation partner. Among other things, a network event in Cyprus is planned for the year 2022.
Further information on the network can be found on the corresponding CITAS websites:
German version
English version

Salamis of Cyprus
© Zypern-Institut

Official presentation of the Salamis book in Nicosia


Salamis of Cyprus – History and Archaeology from the Earliest Times to Late Antiquity

On the 14th of January 2020, the official presentation of the book "Salamis of Cyprus - History and Archaeology from the Earliest Times to Late Antiquity" took place at the premises of the Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation in Nicosia; the book contains the proceedings of a conference held in Nicosia in May 2015. During the well-attended event the volume was presented by Professor Roland Étienne and Professor Kostas Bourazelis. In addition to the three editors of the Salamis book (Sabine Rogge, Christina Ioannou and Theodoros Mavrojannis), numerous scholars, whose papers are included in that volume, participated in the festive ceremony. The famous Salamis excavator, Vassos Karageorghis (born 1929), was the guest of honour – to him the richly illustrated 778-page book (volume 13 of the Institute's publication series) is dedicated.

Waxmann publishing house
94,00 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-3479-0
E-Book: 84,99 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-8479-5


Further information (pdf)

Order information Waxmann publishing house (pdf)

© Thorsten Kruse

Completion of a new subproject


Within the framework of the research project "Religion and Politics - Dealing with Cemeteries, Places of Worship and Religious Memorials in Cyprus" at the Cyprus Institute, a further sub-project was completed on 30 June 2019.
The sub-project entitled "The religious heritage of Cyprus: a survey in the districts of Kyrenia and Larnaca", which was carried out by Dr. Thorsten Kruse, was made possible by a generous grant from the the Human Rights Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. During the 10-month project, the current state of the religious heritage in two districts of the divided Mediterranean island was investigated and documented. In the Kyrenia district in the north of the island, the focus of the investigations was on the Christian heritage, which since the division of the island in 1974 can de facto only be used to a very limited extent or not at all. In the Larnaka District in the south of the island, the focus of research was on the Muslim heritage, which was generally used by Turkish Cypriots until 1974. Here, too, the division of the island meant that most of these sites are no longer in use in the district.
A first presentation of the results took place at the beginning of October 2019 at the Fulbright Center in Nicosia.

The complete documentation is available at the following website:
The religious heritage in the districts of Kyrenia and Larnaca