Society of Cypriot Studies
Year of Establishment
SOCIETY OF CYPRIOT STUDIES CYPRUS FOLK ART MUSEUM POB 21436 1508 NICOSIA
Type of Organization
NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Mission and Objectives
The basic objectives of the Society are the collection, preservation, study and publication a) of the historical material related to all periods of Cyprus History; b) of the linguistic material referring to the history and evolution of the Cypriot dialect; c) of the folklore material from all periods of Cyprus history and d) the collection of works of Cypriot folk art and their preservation, study and promotion.
Field(s) of Activity
the main activities of the Society are: The annual publication of a scientific newsletter entitled “Cypriot Studies”. To date 68 volumes have been put in circulation. In this newsletter are published studies referring to the history, archaeology, folklore, language, art, education of Cyprus, and other related subjects. In 1946 it was awarded a prize by the Athens Academy. A series of independent publications referring to aspects of Cyprus culture. Twelve of these have been published so far. By way of indication we may refer to: Angeliki Pieridou, Cypriot Folk Art, 1980; Andreas and Judith Stylianou, 1971; Eleni Papademetriou, Ethnographics of the Karpass, 1992; Margarita Demetriou, Shadow Theatre, 2004. The founding of the Museum of Folk Art (1937). Here are displayed weaving, lace work, wood carvings, and silverwork, basket-weaving and other artefacts from the island’s folk art. The Museum is housed on the ground floor of the old residence of the Archbishopric which was offered to the Society for this purpose by Archbishop Makarios II (1947-1950), of blessed memory. Most actively involved in the formation and enrichment of the Folk Art Museum were Adiamantios Diamantis of blessed memory and the folklorist Eleni Papademetriou. The stocking of the library with books, mainly of Cyprological subject matter, as well as with a number of manuscripts. The organisation of an International Cyprological Conference, of which three have been held to date (1969, 1982 and 1996) and whose minutes have been published. In 2008 it is expected that the fourth Cyprological Conference will be take place on the 29 April. The organisation of scientific lectures and announcements concerning subjects related to Cyprus and her culture.
history, archaeology, folk, art,
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