The Institut’s objectives include the study of various aspects of Mesopotamian civilizations, ranging from history to archaeology, from philosophy to art history, and from literature to Semitic languages. The Institut Mésopotamie aims to contribute to the dissemination and development of knowledge of Mesopotamian studies in the world, and to act as a platform for research to strengthen international academic cooperation.
Institut Mésopotamie conducts the following activities in line with its mission and vision
- To support and foster the development of education and studies in the fields of Mesopotamian languages, history, archaeology, religion and beliefs, and the history of art and architecture, aimed at documenting and preserving the mosaic of Mesopotamian cultural heritage;
- To support the education of students, post-graduate, and doctoral studies specializing in the above-mentioned fields;
- To specifically promote the development and education of the Syriac, Aramaic, and Hebrew languages – as well as other languages spoken in the region – which form the basis of expertise in Mesopotamian research fields;
- To organize seminars on subjects such as Semitic languages, Mesopotamian mythology, history of religions, archaeology, and art history. And, to initiate and support various projects involving associated research, documentation, conservation, application, and development;
- To partner and cooperate with universities, educational institutions, and NGOs worldwide for the realization of such projects;
- To ensure that these projects are announced through workshops, seminars and various publications;
- To encourage academic exchange and collaboration among post-doctoral researchers and university faculty members worldwide, and connecting field experts by organizing national and international conferences;
- To inform the public about Mesopotamian civilizations through events for a broader audience such as exhibitions, popular speech series, internet, and social media;
- To promote studies that examine Mesopotamian culture in the context of neighboring cultures, and to support the interdisciplinary studies that will research its ties and influence on world civilizations;
- To create an archive unit that includes all studies on Mesopotamian cultures, until today, along with a publishing house to print and publish the aforementioned archive and documents, but also study papers and books carried out by the institute (books, brochures, magazines, etc.).