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Andros Nicolaides when awarded the Medal of Friendship of the University of Münster on November 7, 2002
© S. Rogge

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Cypriot Studies has lost one of its best friends:
Andros Nicolaides passed away in Cyprus on February 4, 2021, at the age of 82

As Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Germany in the years from 1992 to 1996 Andros Nicolaides, born on August 20, 1938, in the Cypriot mountain village of Galata, was a driving force during the founding process of the Cyprus Institute at the University of Münster. Even before this institute was able to open its doors in May 1996, he had already ensured that a large number of books arrived in Münster – books that were to form the basis of the Institute's library. About a year later (in December 1996), during a visit to Münster, he was able to see for himself that the Institute was developing well.
Having retired in 1998 after his last service as Ambassador of Cyprus (to the USA, 1996–1998), he received, in 2002, a great honour from the University of Münster: Together with Professor Nelly Tsouyopoulou (1930–2005) he was awarded the University’s Medal of Friendship; both were honoured for their great commitment concerning the foundation of the Institute.
Andros Nicolaides' great interest in the Institute did not cease until his death. When Cyprus was plunged into a severe financial crisis in 2013 – a crisis that also had (and still has) its effects on the Institute – we knew that in Andros Nicolaides we had a friend in Cyprus who repeatedly used all his influence for the good of the Institute. Until his death he did this in a reliable and impressive way.

We will honour his memory.

Münster, February 15, 2021

When the Cemetery Becomes Political – Dealing with the Religious Heritage in Multi-Ethnic Regions
© Zypern-Institut

New Release

When the Cemetery Becomes Political – Dealing with the Religious Heritage in Multi-Ethnic Regions

Editors: Thorsten Kruse, Hubert Faustmann, Sabine Rogge
Schriften des Instituts für Interdisziplinäre Zypern-Studien, vol. 14
Münster / New York: Waxmann 2020

226 pages, with numerous illustrations
Paper-bound: € 34,90, ISBN 978-3-8309-4265-8
E-Book: € 30,99, ISBN 978-3-8309-9265-3

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Sabine Rogge
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Farewell to the Cyprus Institute

After almost 25 years at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Cypriot Studies Dr. Sabine Rogge, the Managing Director of this institution, retired on 31 October 2020.

Until the succession situation is clarified, the Institute of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik) is the contact for all inquiries concerning the Cyprus Institute.

If you would like to visit the Institute's library, please contact the Institute of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (for contact details cf. www.uni-muenster.de/Byzantinistik).

Direct contact with the Cyprus Institute is also possible via the email address zypern(at)wwu(dot)de.

Agios Loukas Church in the northern part of Nicosia's walled city
© Thorsten Kruse

New sub-project

Since September 2020, Dr Thorsten Kruse is conducting a further sub-project of the research project "Religion and Politics - the handling of cemeteries, places of worship and religious memorials in Cyprus", which is based at the Cyprus Institute. The new project with the working title 'The Religious Heritage in Cyprus - the City of Nicosia' is carried out in cooperation with the German Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation(Cyprus Office).

After the inter-communal fights in the 1950s and 1960s between Greek and Turkish Cypriots in the centre and the surroundings of the city of Nicosia, the northern and southern parts of the capital of Cyprus were separated by the so-called 'Green Line' to prevent further escalation. This process led to population movements within the city and its suburbs, resulting in a strong ethnic segregation of Turkish and Greek Cypriots. While the Muslim Turkish Cypriots moved to the northern quarters and suburbs, many Greek Orthodox Cypriots left their ancestral quarters and sought refuge in the southern part of the city. This state of affairs became manifest with the military intervention of Turkey in the summer of 1974, which led to the division of the entire island.

The population exchange also meant that many religious sites had to be left behind. The project traces the history of these places, some of which date back centuries, and documents their current state of preservation. The first results are expected in early 2021.

© Zypern-Institut

New Project: Handbook of Ancient Cypriot Ceramics

You can find them in almost every museum that houses ancient objects: ceramics from the island of Cyprus; but you will look in vain for an up-to-date handbook on this type of pottery. This, however, is about to change, because the Institute’s managing director, the archaeologist Sabine Rogge, has succeeded in winning over a number renowned experts in the field of Cypriot ceramics to the idea of presenting the current state of knowledge on the island’s ancient pottery in a richly illustrated Handbook of Ancient Cypriot Ceramics. The ancient Cypriot pottery from the Neolithic period to Late Antiquity (5th millennium BC to 7th century AD) will be treated in that book. The project is supported by the AMRICHA Foundation, founded by Alexander Malios in 2019.

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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