There are four research centers that carry out all academic activities at the Foundation, including lectures, seminars, research, conferences, panels and publications: The Center for Civilizational Studies (MAM), the Center for Turkish Studies (TAM), the Center for Global Studies (KAM), and the Center for Art Studies (SAM).
These centers also host many reading, research, and project groups and organize specialized projects and workshops. The fruits of the individual and joint projects conducted by each center are released in the form of books, articles, translations, symposia, panels, lectures, seminars, and special events, all of which complement one another in different ways.
The Center for Global Studies (KAM)
The Center for Global Studies is founded to promote multidisciplinary research on globalization and social, political, economic, cultural and comparative historical aspects of international affairs. 21stcentury marks the unprecedented interconnectedness in social, political, economic and cultural domains. This interconnectedness generates serious challenges to pre-existing political and economic orders while at the same time providing new opportunities for cooperation and broader collaboration in many fields. Some of the most serious contemporary challenges and problems such as cultural misunderstandings; global economic crises; infectious diseases, epidemics and pandemics; global warming and environmental degradation; proliferation of arms and WMDs; global human trafficking and crime; humanitarian catastrophes and disasterscan only be understood and addressed with the collaboration of scholars and policymakers from all over the world. Within this framework, KAM also aims to create international scientific platforms for scholars and students who share the similar research agenda.
The Center for Civilizational Studies (MAM)
The Center for Civilizational Studies is the branch of the Foundation for Sciences and Arts where interdisciplinary studies are conducted from a comparative and ‘civilizational’ perspective in such fields as philosophy, history, natural and social sciences, and Islamic sciences.
The vantage point of the Center for Civilizational Studies is the idea that civilizations are the main theoretical and practical bases that shape both individual and social existence. Every civilization gets crystallized with the systematic responses it produces to universal questions on being and existence, knowledge-epistemology and values, out of which it constructs a social cosmology, which in return shapes the social-historical reality of that civilization. The systematic responses offered for universal questions provide a particular civilization with coherence and continuity in the intellectual sphere while the social cosmology constructed as such makes concrete and embody this civilizational mindset characterized by coherence and continuity in the sphere of historical reality. Thus functioning as a source of identity and the main frame of reference for their members, civilizations act as an integral part of both our practical orientations and theoretical analyses.
The Center for Art Studies (SAM)
The Center for Art Studies is a host for study, analysis, and critique in different artistic branches, as well as for activities focused on reflecting upon the nature of the arts. The center encourages a holistic perspective on traditional and modern, local and international art scenes and activities. It also supports studies and activities that help individuals construct an aesthetic sophistication in their inner worlds in order to be able to respond to the challenges posed by the social institutions they face in their daily lives. In addition, the Center for Art Studies aims to help make sense of the changing conceptions of art and of the relationship between different branches and products of art on the one hand, and the individual who constantly encounters them, on the other.
The Center for Turkish Studies (TAM)
TAM’s mission is to study and understand the existing repertoire of knowledge and cultural legacy of Turkey’s history and geography from a scientific perspective and with a sound methodology, thereby helping to understand the present conditions of Turkey and transmit this repertoire to next generations. Within this framework, TAM’s primary goals include encouraging and organizing studies on Turkey from different disciplinary perspectives, as well as monitoring and publishing such studies in different forms. Therefore, all kinds of Turkish studies, from sociology and history to literature and philosophy, constitute the Center’s areas of interest. To reach these goals, TAM has identified three basic activity areas, including reviewing, producing and publishing researches on Turkey, which are also essential steps in a scientific endeavor. This way TAM aims to contribute to the enhancement and improvement of studies on Turkey, through different mechanisms, including symposia, seminars, workshops, courses, and reading groups. In addition to these academic activities and events, TAM also publishes the Turkish Studies Review (TALID), a peer-reviewed bi-annual journal that aims to both present an inventory of existing studies on Turkey in every social scientific and humanities discipline, and provide new directions and support for potential studies by critically reviewing the existing ones. Furthermore, TAM sponsors different forms of publication on Turkey, including monographs, editions and translations, and accepts research and project proposals from researchers in the Turkish studies area.