The Cyprus Research Centre (C.R.C.) was established in 1962 to conduct research into the history and civilisation of Cyprus, and to have the conclusions of the relevant research published on a systematic basis. Research programs relevant to the fundamental disciplines of the culture of Cyprus, namely its history, folklore, language, literature, ethnography and social sciences are initiated and implemented at the C.R.C., as well as those concerning related disciplines, according to the country’s requirements at any given time and within a broader regional context.
For realising the above aims, the C.R.C. employs both permanent research staff and outside scholars on a contractual basis, both within Cyprus and abroad, to undertake and bring to completion short and long term research projects. It promotes co-operation in the field of scholarship with universities, research centres and other academic institutions both within and outside Cyprus, and members of its permanent research staff take part in academic conferences related to their field of specialization, as well as undertaking research missions overseas. The C.R.C. also organises conferences and seminars in Cyprus and abroad in co-operation with other academic institutions.
From 1965 until present, the C.R.C. has published a number of important works covering a broad range of academic subjects, including scholarly monographs, editions of documents and historical source materials, translations of historical sources, reprints, conference proceedings and an annual academic journal. Since its foundation it has published over 110 scholarly works in book form, 34 Annual Reviews and a digital disk of traditional Cypriot ballads. The above publications consist of works undertaken by the permanent research staff and the outside collaborators of the C.R.C. in either Greek or in the major European languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish).
The results of its research are published in its Annual Review, the Epeteris, and as books in the following series:
- Texts and Studies in the History of Cyprus,
- Publications of the Cyprus Research Centre,
- Epeteris (Annual Review) of the Cyprus Research Centre,
- Conference Proceedings of the Cyprus Research Centre,
- Publications of the Social Research Centre,
- Digital disks,
- Collected Studies.
These publications can be purchased either from the offices of the Cyprus Research Centre or from major bookshops.
Library and Data Bases
The C.R.C. has a specialised library for the furtherance of its research programs, containing over 20.000 volumes, mainly specialized encyclopaedias, academic journals, monographs, publications of archival material and other reference works, covering the history and civilisation not only of Cyprus but also that of Greece, Europe and the Middle East in general. The classification on computer of the volumes in this library is presently at an advanced stage.
The C.R.C. also houses important archival collections of primary source material, consisting of manuscripts, photocopies and photographic copies (offsets) of historical source material and documents, microfilms and cassettes. These have been classified by subject to various archives, such as the Historical Archive, the War Veterans’ Archive, the Folklore Archive and the Oral Tradition Archive. The planning of a Unitary Data Base for the last three archival collections has recently been completed, while the continuation and conclusion of the whole project through the conversion of the archival materials to an electronic, digital and virtual library form is in process.
For further information:
Cyprus Research Centre website: www.moec.gov.cy/kee/index.html