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Studies on the Contemporary Arab World in Spain: Present and future

From October 19, 2017 until November 22, 2017Check schedules.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) Check schedules. You must sign up in advance
Register by clicking on this link. Certificates will be given out to those students who request one upon registering, if they have attended the event.

To celebrate its tenth anniversary of activities, Casa Árabe has organized this event of a multidisciplinary nature to analyze the developments and status of contemporary Arab studies in Spain. You may sign up from now until November 19.

The goal of this series of events, organized with the cooperation of various universities, centers and research networks, is to rely on the most important research groups and projects that are actively working on Arab topics in Spain in order to attempt to group together a relatively representative number of them, covering a wide range of subjects, schools and centers, to be able to offer as thorough as possible an image of the current status of Arab and Islamic Studies in the country, the different problems which faced by this discipline and the prospects for development in the future.

The seminar will begin with an opening conference devoted to performing an analysis of what the history of Arabism has consisted of in Spain and the current status of studies on the contemporary Arab world in this country. The first round table discussion will analyze Arab studies on the Iberian Peninsula within the framework of what are known as Peripheral Orientalisms, those sites of thought and production of knowledge about the Arab and Islamic world existing at the sidelines of traditional centers where Orientalism is produced. At the subsequent round table discussions, numbers 2 through 5, organized by disciplines and fields of knowledge, the objective is to answer a series of common questions: (1) The development of studies on the Arab world in each discipline; (2) Perception and inclusion of these studies within each field of knowledge; (3) Connection and influence of the development of these studies in other fields/disciplines; (4) Changes in the agenda and lines of study and research; (5) Problems encountered and future needs.

The final round table discussion will examine the implications, difficulties and challenges, both personal and professional, caused at the present time by specializing in the field of Arab and Islamic Studies in Spain, with the participation of young researchers who are spending or have spent their academic and research career inside and outside of Spain.

After the seminar, to round off the event, on the dates of November 23-24, the Twentieth Annual Congress of the Forum for Research on the Arab and Muslim World (FIMAM) will be held, presenting the research projects now in their initial, intermediate or final stages, in order to debate over and become more familiar with the different work being carried out in relation with the Arab and Muslim world on the Iberian Peninsula.

Seminar schedule (tentative)
Studies on the Contemporary Arab World in Spain: Present and future
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 

7:00 p.m. Opening
    Pedro Martínez-Avial, General Director of Casa Árabe   

7:15 p.m. Opening conference
    Studies on the contemporary Arab world in Spain
    Bernabé López García, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
    Ana Planet Contreras, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

9:00 a.m.     Registration

9:30 a.m.     Round table discussion 1:
Peripheral Orientalisms: The case of Spain and Portugal
Moderated by: Laura Mijares Molina, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Maria Cardeira da Silva, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Carlos Cañete, ILC-CCHS, CSIC
Eloy Martín Corrales, Universidad Pompeu Fabra (to be confirmed)
10:45 a.m.    Round table discussion 2:
Language, translation and contemporary culture
Moderated by: Gonzalo Fernández Parrilla, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Victoria Aguilar Sebastián, University of Murcia
Mónica Rius Piniés, University of Barcelona
Mª Ángeles Vicente Sánchez, University of Zaragoza

12:00 p.m.    Coffee break
12:30 p.m.    Round table discussion 3:
Contemporary Arab-Islamic ideologies and thought
Moderated by: Luz Gómez García, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Juan Antonio Macías Amoretti, University of Granada
Rafael Ortega Rodrigo, Euro-Arab Foundation of Higher Studies
Waleed Saleh Alkhalifa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
1:45 p.m.    Round table discussion 4:
Political Science and International Relations
Moderated by: Isaías Barreñada Bajo, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Laura Feliu Martínez and Ferran Izquierdo Brichs, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
Mª Angustias Parejo Fernández, University of Granada
Ignacio Álvarez-Ossorio Alvariño, University of Alicante

3:00 p.m.     Break

4:30 p.m.    Presentation of Wocmes 2018
Emilio González Ferrín, scientific coordinator, Wocmes 2018

5:00 p.m.    Round table discussion 5:
Anthropology, Sociology and Economics
Moderated by: Ángeles Ramírez Fernández, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Alberto López Bargados, University of Barcelona
Thierry Desrues, IESA – CSIC
Aurèlia Mañé Estrada, University of Barcelona

6:15 p.m.    Round table discussion 6:
Researching the Arab world in Spain and the diaspora
Moderated by: Miguel Hernando de Larramendi Martínez, University of Castilla-La Mancha
Ángela Suárez Collado, University of Salamanca
Laura Ruiz de Elvira, IRD, CEPED
Alfonso Casani Herranz, International Mediterranean Studies Workshop
Laura Galián Hernández, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

*Certificates will be provided to those students who request one upon registering, once attendance has been verified