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Talks that taste like tea

From March 04, 2019 until May 31, 2019Check dates and times.
MADRID
Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). Check dates and times. Free entry after registering.
In Spanish.

Casa Árabe and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Spain are organizing these events, the objective of which is to take part in dialogue,  in an informal atmosphere, about topics of mutual interest and  current events in both societies. 

It is common today to hear claims about what a close relationship Spain and Morocco’s societies have and how much they share in common, because of both their sociocultural affinities and their shared history. While this proximity is a tangible reality, there are many topics of mutual interest about which more in-depth and open knowledge would be desirable. Many times these topics arise in contexts that reach beyond what can be discussed at events of an academic nature. In this sense, we believe that interaction among individuals with cultural and professional backgrounds typical of each country will also serve as an excellent experience to produce knowledge and understanding.

With this goal in mind, our “Talks that taste like tea” are an attempt to bring together people who are interested in taking part in a dialogue, in a relaxed manner and in an informal atmosphere, to discuss topics of mutual interest and current events taking place in both societies. All of the sessions will be held in Spanish, and each will include the presence of two professional women, one Moroccan and one Spanish, as the hosts who will enliven the debates and talks, which we hope will always be pleasant, constructive and mutually enriching.

Courtesy of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, tea and Moroccan pastries will be served at the session.

In order to make the events more interactive, the talks will be held in a meeting hall of a smaller size (for no more than 25 participants), so it is essential to sign up in advance by writing to cultural@embajada-marruecos.es. Only the first 25 people to sign up will be able to attend.
Talks that taste like tea
  • Moroccan women of past and present 

    Moroccan women of past and present 

    From February 22, 2019 until March 04, 2019The talk will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). The talk will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. You must register in advance to attend. Maximum number of participants: 25.
    Please register by sending an e-mail message to cultural@embajada-marruecos.es. Only the first 25 people to sign up will be able to attend.
    In Spanish.
    Rajae El Khamsi and Josefina Bueno Alonso will be the guests at the talk to be held on Monday, March 4, the first of the “Talks that taste like tea” to be organized by Casa Árabe and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Spain.
    The “Talks that taste like tea” are an attempt to bring together people who are interested in taking part in a dialogue, in a relaxed manner and in an informal atmosphere, to discuss topics of mutual interest and current events taking place in Spain and Morocco’s societies.

    All of the talks will be attended by two professional women, one Moroccan and one Spanish, who will host the sessions and enliven the debates and talks, which we hope will always be pleasant, constructive and mutually enriching. In this case, those women will be Professor Rajae El Khamsi, of the Institute of Spanish-Portuguese Studies at Mohammed V University in Rabat, and Josefina Bueno Alonso, a professor of Philology at the University of Alicante. 

    Courtesy of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, tea and Moroccan pastries will be served at the session.

    Rajae El Khamsi is a researching professor at the Institute of Spanish-Portuguese Studies at Mohammed V University in Rabat. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Valencia (2013) and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Mohammed V University in Rabat (1999). Her doctoral thesis, titled “Identity and Gender: Approaching the feminist discourse in Morocco” was directed by Professor Inmaculada Serra Yoldi and earned the Sáenz de Descatllar Award (Spain, 2014). She is an expert on gender, migration, feminism and identity, and has had many articles published. Her latest publication, The Moroccan Diaspora and Its Contributions to Receiving Countries: Revealing a hidden value, coordinated with Professor Joan Lacomba of the University of Valencia, was published by the Institute of Spanish-Portuguese Studies in 2018.

    Josefina Bueno Alonso is a Spanish philologist who was born in France. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Letters at the University of Murcia. Since 1992, she has been a professor of Philology at the University of Alicante, where she also held the position of Vice-Rector for the University Extension program. Most notable among her research studies are those on the relations between intellectuals on both shores of the Mediterranean, as well as the role of the Spanish language as a language of literary creation on the African continent. She is the director of the African Library, within the Miguel de Cervantes Virtual Library. Moreover, she has completed studies on feminism and gender theory. From 2015 to the present, she has been the Director General of Universities for the Department of Education of the Autonomous Regional Government of the Valencian Region.
  • Journalism and Gender in Morocco and Spain: Crossing glances
    Photo: @Esther Vargas

    Journalism and Gender in Morocco and Spain: Crossing glances

    From March 28, 2019 until April 08, 20196:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). 6:30 p.m. Advanced registration required.
    Please register by sending an e-mail message to cultural@embajada-marruecos.es
    In Spanish.
    Casa Árabe and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Spain have organized a new session of their “Talks That Taste Like Tea” on March 8. It will feature journalists Zoubaida El Fathi and Trinidad Deiros. You may now sign up.
    Despite the profound changes which have occurred in Morocco and Spain in terms of participation by women in social development, the public portrayal of men and women in the media continues to bring up certain challenges. At this event, we will be examining the feminization of the profession in both countries and the dynamics surrounding this process. We will also be discussing the topic of gender as it relates to the changes which have occurred over time in the profession of journalism and in the media, when performing the task of providing information and in terms of the structures and corporations which possess influence and power at the heart of societies.
     
    The meeting will also deal with the existence of trends in recent years which have worked their way into the exercise of the entire profession of journalism, affecting the way information related with gender is handled, in terms of topics such as positive discrimination and the visibility of diversity.

    In order to promote greater interaction, the talks will be held in a meeting room with a small audience capacity (no more than 30 people) and therefore you must sign up in advance by writing to the e-mail address: cultural@embajada-marruecos.es. Only the first 30 people to sign up will be able to attend. The talk will be followed by a Moroccan tea ceremony with traditional pastries.

    Zoubaida El Fathi
    A Moroccan journalist, the editor-in-chief for the Spanish language version of the news program broadcast by Morocco’s number one television network, a space which is turning 30 this year, El Fathi won the award for civil merit bestowed by King Felipe VI. She has a degree from the Journalism School of Seville and is considered a Hispanist who staunchly defends the Spanish language in Moroccan society.

    Trinidad Deiros
    A journalist who specializes in international news with a special interest in the Arab world and Sub-Saharan Africa, for over seven years, Deiros was a North Africa correspondent for Cadena Cope, the EFE News Agency and El Mundo. Since 2014, she has worked and lived between Sub-Saharan Africa and Spain.
  • Women and Immigration

    Women and Immigration

    From May 06, 2019 until May 13, 20196:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). 6:30 p.m. You must register in advance to attend.
    Register by sending an e-mail message to cultural@embajada-marruecos.es
    In Spanish.
    As part of the event series titled “Talks That Taste Like Tea,” Casa Árabe and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Spain have organized a new session of these Spanish-Moroccan dialogues amongst women on Monday, May 13.
    A large percentage of the Moroccan women residing in Spain should be considered part of today’s migratory processes. However, such a broad-reaching statement as this may conceal considerable prejudices about the image of Moroccan women.

    Thus, we must ask ourselves whether different profiles of migrant women can be determined on the basis of their sector of work, or the reasons which lay behind their decision to move from Morocco to Spain. Likewise, it important to ascertain how the phenomenon of migration has changed over time, and what the current situation is, ten years after the beginning of the latest economic crisis, which has affected the employment of male migrants to a greater degree, thereby causing women to join the labor force at a higher rate. Within this context of social, economic and political transformations, we shall also analyze how the workers of Moroccan origin in our country are affected by Islamophobia and, above all, what is referred to as gender-based Islamophobia. Last of all, we will take a closer look at the perceptions of emigration held by the youngest population in Morocco, with a special emphasis on women.

    In order to make the events more interactive, the talks will be held in a meeting hall of a smaller size (with no more than 30 participants), so it is essential to sign up in advance by e-mail at cultural@embajada-marruecos.es. Only the first 30 people to sign up will be able to attend. After the talk, there will be a Moroccan tea ceremony with traditional sweets served.

    Conference information sheet

    Nisrine Hachlaf Bensaid
    A lawyer with a bachelor’s degree in Law and Journalism from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid,  she has been an analyst of doctrine at Spain’s Constitutional Court. An attorney responsible for Institutional Relations at the Spanish-Moroccan Forum of Legal Experts, she has also collaborated with the Center for Social Responsibility among Lawyers within the program CONOCE TUS LEYES (“Know Your Laws”). ICAM of Madrid. A lawyer providing legal guidance services for the Autonomous Region of Madrid in the fields of migration and victimhood, she is a legal advisor for the IBN BATTUTA Foundation for the defense of the migrant population in Spain.

    Ana I. Planet Contreras
    With a PhD in Philosophy, Planet specializes in Arab and Islamic Studies and has been a professor with the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid since October 2006. She was an advisor to the Directorate General of Religious Affairs (2004-2006). Since 1991, she has formed part of the International Mediterranean Studies Workshop (TEIM), a group which she currently co-directs. Her academic research and interests revolve around topics such as the sociology of contemporary Islam, Islam in Spain and Europe, Moroccan immigration in Spain and Spanish-Moroccan relations. In 2018, she published Observing Islam in Spain: Contemporary Politics and Social Dynamics, Leiden, Netherlands: Brill publishing firm.