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“Aula Árabe” 

From September 23, 2019 until June 30, 20207:00 p.m.
MADRID
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.
    MADRID
    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.
  • “Algeria in Transition Towards a Second Republic”

    “Algeria in Transition Towards a Second Republic”

    November 13, 20197:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In Spanish.
    The second session of our program “Aula Árabe Universitaria,” organized by Casa Árabe and the publishing firm Icària, is taking place on the occasion of this book’s presentation.  It will be held in Madrid on Wednesday, November 13.
    The event will include speeches by Miguel Hernando de Larramendi, a professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Aurèlia Mañé Estrada, a professor of Political Economics at the University of Barcelona, and Laurence Thieux, a professor of International Relations at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Presented by: Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s Coordinator of International Relations.

    For most Spaniards, Algeria remains that great unknown country on the southern shore of the Mediterranean, despite its geographic proximity. Some people intrigued by the situation in Algeria and those who would like to learn more about the key historical features of the current crisis may do so through the authors of this recently published book. To gain a better understanding of revolutionary Algeria in the sixties and to observe phenomena like the role played by Islamism in the nineties from a different perspective, some vital information must be known. These points of reference will also make it possible to understand the popular Algerian movement known as “Hirak,” which has managed to achieve the resignation of President Bouteflika, opening the way towards a Second Algerian Republic.

    The meeting will be the second conference in the program titled  Aula Árabe Universitaria 2019-20, which forms part of the Master’s degree program in International Economics and Development at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Aula Árabe Universitaria is a new annual inter-university program organized by Casa Árabe with the cooperation of Madrid’s public universities (UAM, UCM, UC3M and URJC), with the goal of furthering knowledge about the Arab world and complementing the training given in the associated university programs from a multidisciplinary perspective.

    Event information sheet
  • Water diplomacy in the Mediterranean
    Image: UpM

    Water diplomacy in the Mediterranean

    November 21, 20197:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In Spanish.
    Third conference in the series Aula Árabe Universitaria, given by Isidro González, the Assistant Vice-Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UpM) for Water, the Environment and the Blue Economy.
    The opening of this session will be presented by Pedro Martínez-Avial, the General Director of Casa Árabe, and Cristina García Fernández, coordinator of the Master’s degree program on the EU and Mediterranean at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM).
    Of all regions around the world, the Mediterranean is the second most affected by climate change, according to a report presented by the group of climate change and environment experts of the Mediterranean (MedECC) at the meeting held by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the UpM on October 10.

    The conference, organized with the cooperation of the Master’s degree on the EU and Mediterranean at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), will be analyzing the impact this will have on water resources in the region and the role of the Water Agenda which is being developed by the UpM as a promoter of water diplomacy in the Mediterranean and a facilitator of water Infrastructure financing in the area. In particular, they will examine the case of the desalinization plant project in Gaza, one of the most important being facilitated by the UpM, in an area where more than 95% of the water is not potable and aquifers are polluted. Within the framework of other initiatives, including the AECID’s MASAR Water Program, they will also be analyzing the relationship between water stress and security due to the security-related consequences in the form of potential conflicts that may be spurred by water shortages.

    Isidro González Alfonso
    A career diplomat from Spain who has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation for the last eighteen years, holding positions such as counsel and main advisor to many cabinets of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Madrid, more recently he has been an advisor to the Embassy of Spain in Rabat. He was also a member of the Spanish team of the OSCE presidency in 2007, of Spain’s Permanent Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, in Vienna; Assistant Mission Chief at the Embassy of Spain in Nicosia, and Assistant Consul General at Spain’s Consulate General in Jerusalem. González Afonso has lengthy experience in the Mediterranean region, with a special focus on regional integration and negotiations for conflict management and resolution.

    The Master’s degree program on the EU and Mediterranean (UCM)
    This program is the result of a process to integrate academic networks which are working on both European and Mediterranean topics. Its objective is to train professionals with a specific outlook who are able to promote integration between Europe, and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. Its highest priority lines of work are: furthering European construction and the operation of its institutions, developing legal and economic Infrastructures, development cooperation, the European socioeconomic culture, EU policies and, above all else, its Euro-Mediterranean outreach.
    Further information on the Master's degree program

    The Aula Árabe Universitaria Master’s degree program
    This is a new annual program held in conjunction with several universities, organized by Casa Árabe with the cooperation of Madrid’s public universities (UAM, UCM, UC3M and URJC). 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 and Muslim world. Aula Árabe will include 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.
  • Perspectives of the Scene in Sudan

    December 10, 20197:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation.
    Within the framework of Aula Árabe Universitaria, Casa Árabe has organized this conference in Madrid on Tuesday, December 10. It will be given by Nagi Idris, director of the London Centre of International Law Practice.
    At the conference, Nagi Idris will be accompanied by Amal Abuwarda Pérez, a professor and researcher on International Security at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, and Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s International Relations Coordinator.

    In April of 2019, President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown after thirty years of authoritarian government in Sudan. After months of peaceful civil protests, the Sudanese military, forced the leader to stand down from his position. Less than four months later, the military and civil leaders headed by Abdalla Hamdok, an economist with decades of experience at the UN, managed to form a transitional government. The transition may continue this positive development, provided that there is a will within the Sudanese security apparatus to hand power over the civilian leaders. Likewise, stabilizing the country and improving its economic situation will also depend upon the support of external role-players. At this fourth conference in the series Aula Árabe Universitaria, Professor Nagi Idris, director of the London Centre of International Law Practice, will be analyzing the prospects and potential scenarios existing in Sudan’s process of political transition. Organized with the cooperation of the Master’s degree in International Journalism at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

    Nagi Idris, director of the London Centre of International Law Practice, is an international lawyer and member of the International Bar Association, with over 19 years of experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Khartoum and possesses diplomas from the International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the Chartered Institute of Linguists and possesses the Islamic Finance Qualification awarded by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. He formerly worked as a legal consultant at Peter Dovey & Co Solicitors, where he provided consultation on subjects involving international contracts and international Infrastructure development. One of his particular interests is International Law and conflict resolution in different arenas (borders, international investments and international energy law). He is a member of the Society of International Economic Law and the Human Rights Institute, and of the committees on Arbitration, Petroleum and Gas Law, Water Rights, War Crimes and the Regional Arab Forum of the International Bar Association. He is also a member of the Sudanese Bar Union.

    Amal Abuwarda Pérez is a lawyer and political scientist with a PhD in International Relations from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is a professor and researcher on International Security, the Arab world and the Islamic world, with a Master’s degree in International Journalism from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, as well as a University Master’s degree in International Relations and Communication from the Universidad Camilo José Cela.