WHAT IS PIEES?
PIEES is the short name for the Platform of International Eastern European Studies. PIEES is mainly aimed at the integration of social scientists of all Eastern European countries and mutual academic cooperation. The platform is based entirely on an academic basis. Initially, it can be said that Turkey-Ukraine-Poland-Crimean academicians have included mainly in the platform. The active contribution and participation of academicians from fields of history, geography, language, literature, philosophy, sociology, cultural anthropology, thegeology and the members of other social sciences are expected in the future.
Each logo has an intellectual background that reflects the institution it represents. PIEES logo is also a product of an idea that is suitable for purposes of establishment. The main idea of the Logo is that it represents an open bridge on both sides of the lines extending to all directions. For this reason, the bridge image was thought to be the symbol that best represents PIEES mind, idea and academic format. Piees, a science platform based in Eastern Europe, defines itself as the bridge between Asia and Europe and the crossroads of two continents. Just as Eastern Europe connects two continents, Piees aims to connect the two continents on the basis of ideas and science. The bridge, which is the dominant element of the logo, expresses the idea of being a bridge of science between countries or in a personal context.
THE FOUNDATIONERS AND ORGANISATION OF PIEES
PIEES was born from the need for a strong institutional structure of academic studies, congresses and conferences that have been held since the 1990s.It is a product of collective energy, goals and efforts which is far from being a personal initiative.The platform was born with common thoughts of Turkish and Ukrain historians who participated in symposiom called ‘’The Ottoman Empire, Ukraine and Crimea in Eastern European Geopolitics’’ on 16 October 2017-17 October 2017 at Kamianets-Podilskyiv the Ohienko National University in Ukraine. Historians who attended to the mentioned symposium from Turkey, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Öztürk, Prof. Dr. Azmi Özcan, Prof. Dr. Orhan Kılıç, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Inbası, Prof. Dr. Yücel Öztürk, Prof. Dr. Nuri Kavak, Assoc. Dr. Serkan Acar, Assoc. Dr. Hacer Topaktaş Üstüner; and from Ukraine, who organised the symposium,Prof. Dr. Ferhat Turanlı and Prof. Dr. Viacheslav Stanislavsky are founding members of PIEES.
THE STRUCTURE AND SCOPE OF PIEES
Since its inception, PIEES has clearly defined its work of area as open to all social sciences.The research field is limited to Eastern European countries. PIEES covers the activities of the academic community from Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Crimea, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina and other Balkan or Eastern European countires.The founders of PIEES and the scientific and advisory committees are largely composed of historians. However, at every stage thereafter, academicians from other social disciplines are also needed. In this context, proposals will be presented to the academicians who are considered to contribute to the development of the platform within the framework of their institutional objectives. All academicians who consider contributing to PIEES can apply directly to become a member of the platform. It is desired to develop in this direction.
Areas of activity of PIEES are conferences (KIEES) to be held at least once a year, journals (JIEES) which are considered to be issued twice a year, conferences, panels and workshops to be held in case of need and under appropriate conditions.
THE PURPOSES OF PIEES
The main aim of the PIEES is to create a cultural platform origined from the Balkan countries and social scientists from Eastern Europe. It is aimed to work on the history, culture, civilization, geography, population, economy and other fields of Eastern European geography and to create a common academic sharing area. By bringing together specialist, scientists and scientific institutions and organizations in this field; the importance is attached to the evaluation, development and determination of new targets.
However, to organize open congresses for all social sciences limited to the Eastern European area and to produce a journal of high academic quality and authenticity to be published once or twice a year will be among the most important activities of our platform. Another type of activity that can be used as a tool to implement our ideas about Eastern Europe will be conferences and panels and workshops involving narrow range of topics and participation. PIEES wants to keep the platform as wide as possible without deviating from its purpose. It will evaluate requests and offers for new member registration through a website that will be kept constantly dynamic.
WORKING METHOD AND ACADEMIC APPROACH OF PIEES
It is followed with concern that there are some complex and non-scientific studies we think originates from the academic incentive system of today. The goal of the platform is never to gain any financial income. Those who have such an expectation will be interrupted immediately. PIEES will not compromise from academic identity and understanding. A platform will not draw an image which real scientists approach to suspicion, and all kinds of precautions will be taken in this regard. It is expected that the founders and other members of the platform put science at the center of their work with volunteering. Participation in congresses and articles to be published in journal will be accepted after a serious academic review process. Qualification will be the basis. If the economic expectations are ahead of the scientific concerns, the goal will not be achieved. The founders of PIEES have decided to carry out all their activities with utmost concern and sensitivity, on the basis of volunteering and sacrifice, entirely the amateur spirit.
In Symposiums and other studies will not be charged extra fees except for normal fee.
PIEES is open to all kinds of criticisms of participants and their members during the working process and finds those criticisms important. In this context, PIEES is aims to improve and to renew itself with those criticisms.