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“Aula Árabe” 

From September 23, 2019 until June 30, 20207:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.

“Aula Árabe” is a new annual program held in conjunction with several universities, organized by Casa Árabe with the cooperation of Madrid’s public universities. The first conference, open to the general public, will take place on Monday, September 30.

Aula Árabe will involve the organization of various conferences by Casa Árabe at its Madrid headquarters throughout the academic year, as proposed by the associated bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, with contents which will be adapted to their curriculum and thematic needs.

The objective  is to promote knowledge about the Arab world and to complement the education given in the member university programs from a multidisciplinary perspective, offering students the chance to come in contact with relevant speakers and experts at the international level in different fields and areas related with the Arab world.

Aula Árabe is being launched as a pilot program for the academic year of 2019-20, with one conference per month assigned to each of the associated programs which have submitted proposals. The conferences will be held at Casa Árabe’s installations during the regular evening conference schedule (at 7:00 p.m.) and are open to the general public. As a result, simultaneous translation will be provided.

Joining this pilot edition of the program or having shown an interest are twenty different bachelor’s, Master’s and special degree programs, nine of which are already playing an active role (by submitting speaker proposals). Of these, nine programs have come from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), seven from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), three from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) and one from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).
“Aula Árabe” 
  • “Give Me a Like”: Arab society and technology 

    September 30, 20197:00 p.m.
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In Arabic, with simultaneous translation.
    Zohor Gourram, a novelist, literary critic and professor at the Université Mohammed V in Rabat, is giving this conference in Madrid on September 30, the first in the conference series program “Aula Árabe (“Arab Lectures”).”
    The event will be presented by Pedro Martínez-Avial, the General Director of Casa Árabe, and Gonzalo Fernández Parrilla, a professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).

    This is the first conference in a new series titled “Aula Árabe” and the Master’s degree program in Arab and Islamic Studies at the UAM. Professor Zohor Gourram will examine Arab society’s relationship with new technologies and explain how technological developments are influencing thought and creating new forms of participation and political, social and artistic expression. Has a new society arisen which is capable of taking part in the fourth  digital revolution with epistemological awareness? Can we now speak of a new Arab reality which transcends the limitations on its development thanks to the technological era? These are just a few of the questions which the conference speaker will attempt to answer, placing a special emphasis on how new technologies affect youths and women.

    Conference information sheet 

    Zohor Gourram
    A novelist, critic and scholar, Zohor Gourram is a professor at the Université Mohammed V in Rabat. She was recently bestowed with the Silver Medal awarded to Arab Women for Change (2019), as well as the Katara Prize for literary critics (2016), in addition to others.

    Responsible for scientific and cultural projects, and a member of the jury for many different Arab literary awards, including the Arabic Booker Prize, the Sheikh Zayed Award, Al Owais (UAE), the Katara Prize (Doha), the national awards bestowed by Morocco’s Ministry of Culture and the Digital Literature Award, she was a founder of the Union of Arab Writers and director of the magazine Digital Connections, overseeing fictional writing and discourse analysis workshops. She has had numerous novels and essays published. The most notable of her essays include: Enlightened Thought in the Futurology of Mahdi Elmandjra (2018), Towards a Consciousness of Fiction (2017), From the Autobiographical Self to Self-Fiction (2013), Digital Literature (2013), The Formation of the Arab Novel (2012), Approaching Arab and Moroccan Feminist Discourse (2009), Feminine/Feminist Arab Prose: Approaching concept and discourse (2004) and The Hospitality of Censorship (2001). Her most notable novels include Body and City and Ghaitha Picks Up the Moon.

    Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies (MEAIC)
    The Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies (MEAIC) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid trains specialists who are thus able to deal with the complexity of the Arab and Islamic world through interdisciplinary knowledge of its culture, politics and societies.

    The MEAIC is distinguished for offering the possibility to access knowledge about Arab and Islamic realities from inside the worlds of intellectual production where its primary role-players do their work, both Arabs and Muslims who live in their countries of origin and the Arab diasporas in Europe and the Americas. To achieve this, it works with a series of professors from both the UAM itself, as well as the CSIC, UCM, UNED, UGR, UAB and UCLM. With a notable emphasis on the world of research, the education provided in the MEAIC nonetheless makes it possible for students to joing the working world in such fields as cooperation, international relations, journalism and business, becoming specialists qualified on this geo-strategic region thanks to its varied program of professional internships.