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Interdisciplinary Research Seminar

From Tuesday April 2, 2019 at 8:30, to Wednesday April 3, 2019 at 13:30
Institute of Catalan Studies. Carrer del Carme, 47, 08001 Barcelona

This research seminar takes place as a complement to the series of lectures Aula Mediterrània 2018-2019. It brings together experts and the latest research on various topics related to the Mediterranean.

Some of the topics to be adressed are Religion and Violent Radicalisation; Access to water: from conflict to cooperation in the Mediterranean?; Securitization of identities and regional conflicts in the Middle East; The origin of protests in the Rif (2016 – 2018).

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

8:30 - 9:00 am. Registration

9:00 - 9:30 am. Welcome remarks

9:30 - 11:15. Parallel Sessions

  • Session 1. From exceptionalism to normalization: the radical transformation of the Republic of Turkey.
    Chair: Olivia Glombitza, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology, UAB.

"Turkish Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Radical Transformation or Fine-Tuning?" by Eduard Soler, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB; Affiliated Faculty, IBEI.

  • Session 2. Mediterranean migration within the Global Agenda: perspectives, dynamics and policies.

11:15 - 11:45 am. Coffee Break

11:15 am - 1:30 pm. Parallel Sessions

  • Session 3. Yallah nataallam al-arabiya! The teaching of Arabic as a foreign language (TAFL) in the 21st century: new paradigms and teaching methodologies.
  • Session 4. The multiple faces and challenges for the education of children in post conflict in the MENA region.

1:30 - 2:30 pm. Lunch Break

2:30 - 4:15 pm. Parallel Sessions

  • Session 5. Access to water: from conflict to cooperation in the Mediterranean?
  • Session 6. Religion and Violent Radicalisation: Challenges and Limits

4:15 - 6:00 pm. Parallel Sessions

"Identity and war in Syria" by Lurdes Vidal, Director of the Arab and Mediterranean World Department, IEMed; Affiliated Faculty, IBEI.

"Sectarian militias? The cases of Iraq and Yemen" by Ranj Alaaldin, Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution, Doha.

"Islam, Nationalism and Identity politics: The case of Turkey" by Umut Ozkirimli, Visiting Researcher at CIDOB and Professor of Political Science at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University.

  • Session 8. The Mediterranean in the modern era: space of nexus and conflict.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

9:00 - 10:45 am. Parallel Sessions

  • Session 9. The Mediterranean and its communicative, cultural and symbolic intersections.
  • Session 10. Sustainable development policies in Africa and the Middle East as a tool to prevent "Mare Mortum" crises: the strategy of the European Union

10:45 - 11:15 am. Coffee Break

11:15 am - 1:30 pm. Parallel Sessions

  • Session 11. Open Mic
  • Session 12. The origin of protests in the Rif (2016 - 2018)