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Aula Árabe 3.17. Quo Vadis, Lebanon?

Published at 46 30,,, 22 2022
Next Tuesday, April 5, this conference will be held at Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Madrid and on our YouTube channel (in Spanish and English). It will be given by Karim Bitar, a researcher at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques and is taking part within the framework of the Aula Árabe Universitaria program. Going from bad to worse, Lebanon has been plunged into one crisis after another since 2020: from the financial sector, due to major depreciation by the Lebanese pound and hyperinflation, to the weakened humanitarian aid sector. Added to the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic was the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut, which killed 250 people and wiped out important port infrastructures. With the current war in Ukraine, the wheat imports on which the Lebanese depend to survive will most likely lead to a rise in hunger rates. Over half of the country has fallen below the poverty line, and 20% live in extreme poverty. The parliamentary elections to be held on May 15, 2022 are viewed as anopportunity to respond to the year 2019 protests, which demanded an end to ruleby the political elites who have run the country since the end of the civil war andsunk it into the current state of crisis. Despite the people’s protests, however, thereligious party-based regime has resisted yielding power and continues its fight toremain in place. Observers warn of high levels of corruption and manipulation in an atmosphere of chaos and illegitimacy, exacerbated by international pressures not to postpone the election. Within this context, the likelihood of a post-election debacle resulting in major difficulties is very high. This session of Aula Árabe Universitaria is being held with the cooperation of the Master’s degree program in Political Science and Public Affairs at Saint Louis University’s Madrid campus. The event will be presented by Barah Mikaïl, director of the Political Science and International Relations program at Saint Louis University, and moderated by Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s International Relations Coordinator. Karim Bitar is a researcher at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) in Paris and editor of the French monthly magazine L’ENA hors les murs. He is an associate member of the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP) and an associate researcher at the Institut Medea in Brussels. He is a professor of International Relations and History of Political Thought at several universities. He also frequently testifies before the Foreign Affairs Committees of the French and European Parliaments. He has authored various chapters and articles in Le Monde diplomatique, Libération, Le Monde, Informed Comment, Atlantico, La Vanguardia, An Nahar, L’Orient-Le Jour, etc., as well as editing and co-writing the collective book Regards sur la France, in which 30 personages from around the world analyze France’s strengths and weaknesses. Foto: Gregor Enste ( Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung en Flickr)


  • Día de la Ciencia 2022: "Desde las figuras de polvo a las Matemáticas en al-Ándalus"Show video

    Día de la Ciencia 2022: "Desde las figuras de polvo a las Matemáticas en al-Ándalus"

    El miércoles 9 de noviembre, acogemos en nuestra sede en Córdoba esta conferencia a cargo del matemático Rafael Pérez Gómez, en la que abordaremos el papel fundamental de las ciencias en al-Ándalus. Ṣā‘id al-Andalusī (1029-1070) dejó escrito en su obra Kitāb Ṭabaqātal-umam (‘Libro de las categorías de las naciones’) que, tras el periodo inicial de conquistas musulmanas en la península Ibérica: «el país se despreocupó de todas las ciencias, excepto del Derecho y la Lengua Árabe, hasta el día en el que el poder pasó definitivamente a manos de los Omeyas…». Cada día son más las aportaciones hechas desde la investigación sobre la evolución de las ciencias en al-Ándalus. Poco a poco van completándose los huecos que en su historia existen y facilitándose la identificación de quienes la protagonizaron. La creencia de que al-Ándalus actuó meramente como puente de la cultura árabe hacia Europa, se desvanece. Ahora sabemos de aportaciones originales andalusíes en Astronomía, Geometría y Álgebra que sirvieron a los Fibonacci, Escoto, Regiomontano, Ceva, Vieta… para desarrollar “sus” teorías. La aparente sencillez de herramientas astronómicas o de la arquitectura desarrollada en al-Ándalus explican el altísimo nivel de conocimiento alcanzado. De todo esto hablará el profesor Rafael Pérez Gómez en su conferencia, que celebramos con motivo del Día de la Ciencia y que será presentada por Javier Rosón, coordinador de Casa Árabe en Córdoba. Rafael Pérez Gómez Rafael Pérez Gómez es matemático y profesor colaborador extraordinario en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Granada. Es autor de varios libros, entre los que destacan Alhambra. Belleza abstracta (2019), editado por el Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife, en el que se analiza matemáticamente el monumento nazarí y Granada, la Nueva Jerusalén, última obra (inacabada) de Alonso Cano, editada por la Editorial de la Universidad de Granada. Además, Rafael Pérez Gómez a publicado más de 30 capítulos de libro, 10 prólogos, 37 artículos en revistas y 16 publicaciones como editor. Desde el 2000, ha impartido alrededor de 200 conferencias en España y extranjero siendo profesor invitado en Smith College de Massachussets, la Fundación Olimpiada Matemática Argentina y la School Of Engineering de Bogotá. Más información: https://www.casaarabe.es/eventos-arabes/show/desde-las-figuras-de-polvo-a-las-matematicas-en-al-andalus
    Published at 34 04,,, 22 2022
  • AAU 4.3 The Corporeal Life of Commerce at SeaShow video

    AAU 4.3 The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea

    On Monday, November 7th, Casa Árabe will present the conference "The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea", given by Laleh Khalili, professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London with the participation of Ángel Rodríguez García-Brazales, coordinator of the Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the UAM and director of the Master's Degree in Economic Intelligence and Geopolitics at the same university, Berta Álvarez-Miranda, lecturer in Sociology at the UCM, and Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe's Training and Economics coordinator, who will moderate the session. The conference is being held in collaboration with with the Bachelor in International Relations and the Master in European Union and the Mediterranean: historical, cultural, political, economic and social basis of the Complutense University Madrid and the Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of the Autonomous University of Madrid. It is the third session of the Aula Árabe Universitaria 4 program, which can be seen live on our YouTube channel. The everyday life of seafarers steaming across Arab seas and serving Arab ports today is shaped not only by their daily interactions with one another and with their officers (who are often of other nationalities), but also by the corporeal transformations they experience in their sensory relationship with the sea and the stars, the weather, and the technology around them. The body of the seafarer is the fulcrum upon which global and workplace asymmetries of power, long traditions and conventions of seafaring, and gendered and racialised subjectivities all conjoin in complex and unexpected ways. The conference will speak not only of wages stolen and hunger ships managed by rapacious and unregulated shipping companies or the affective power of loneliness and loss at sea, but also the ephemeral moments of joy and solidarity forged aboard ships, and of the pleasures of arrival at ports. In focusing on the corporeal life of commerce at sea, we’ll pay heed to exhortations of feminists and scholars of racial capitalism to centre the lives of those forgotten or dismissed at the conjuncture of capital accumulation and raced and gendered hierarchies. Laleh Khalili is a professor of international politics at Queen Mary University of London. In her first two books, Laleh has examined the representations and practices of violence. These two books are titled "Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: the Politics of National Commemoration" (Cambridge 2007) and "Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgency" (Stanford 2013). She has also co-edited a volume with Jillian Schwedler titled "Policing and Prisons in the Middle East: Formations of Coercion" (Hurst 2010) that also analyses the role of state violence in Middle Eastern politics. Her most recent book, "Sinews of War and Trade" (Verso 2020) examines the role of maritime infrastructures as conduits of movement of technologies, capital, people and cargo. She is currently working on a larger project about the lifeworlds of petroleum. The project will range across the decades and continents to examine how the production of and trade in oil and gas has transformed regimes of labour and property, international law, insurance and finance, and science and technology. Further information: https://en.casaarabe.es/event/the-corporeal-life-of-commerce-at-sea
    Published at 12 28,,, 22 2022
  • AAU 4.2 La cobertura de los conflictos de Oriente Medio en los medios españolesShow video

    AAU 4.2 La cobertura de los conflictos de Oriente Medio en los medios españoles

    El jueves 20 de octubre, Casa Árabe organiza un encuentro con las periodistas Lola Bañón (Universidad de Valencia) y Cristina Sánchez (RNE). Se trata de la segunda sesión de Aula Árabe Universitaria, emitida en directo en nuestro canal en Youtube. Oriente Medio es un territorio en continua disputa estratégica. Paradójicamente, a pesar de los intereses compartidos y la proximidad geográfica y cultural, los medios españoles han venido disminuyendo sus coberturas sobre la zona. Una de las razones ha sido la crisis económica que provocó la disminución de corresponsalías estables en la mayoría de los medios, a excepción de algunos públicos. Oriente Medio únicamente vuelve al foco con los ciclos de agudización de conflicto, en muchas ocasiones con las narraciones de periodistas freelance a los que sólo se les compra la crónica cuando tiene elementos de violencia y espectáculo. Lola Bañón, periodista y profesora de la Universidad de Valencia, nos hablará de como las consecuencias que se derivan de esto concluyen con un sesgo evidente en la representación de los países de la zona, una mirada parcial y descontextualizada que se traduce en la pervivencia del prejuicio hacia las poblaciones y en una alineación progresiva de los relatos sobre el mundo árabe no siempre con criterios periodísticos profesionales y sí con las líneas de la política exterior española y europea. Por su parte, Cristina Sánchez, periodista de RNE y corresponsal en la zona, nos contará desde su experiencia las dificultades logísticas y el coste económico que supone cubrir los conflictos en Oriente Medio sobre el terreno, en particular en Siria, Iraq y Gaza como ejemplos en primera persona. De aquí, la relación entre la difusión en medios de comunicación españoles y la presencia de periodistas desplegados, dado que sin inversión en profesionales sobre el terreno no hay coberturas. Tras esto, hablará de los distintos formatos audiovisuales con los que ha trabajado para abordar distintas temáticas en Oriente Medio, con el docuweb en formato podcast "Vivir Gaza" como ejemplo, y sobre la importancia de los testimonios personales para explicar el contexto. Se trata de la segunda sesión del programa Aula Árabe Universitaria 4, organizada en colaboración con el Máster Universitario de Periodismo Internacional de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), a cargo de Lola Bañón, periodista y profesora de la Universidad de Valencia, y Cristina Sánchez, periodista de RNE, y que contará con la participación de Amal Abu-Warda Pérez, profesora de dicho máster, que las presentará, y Olivia Orozco, coordinadora de Formación y Economía de Casa Árabe, que hará la moderación. Lola Bañón Doctora en Ciencias de la Comunicación, Lola Bañón es profesora en el Departamento de Teoría de los Lenguajes de la Facultad de Filología, Traducción y Comunicación de la Universidad de Valencia. Ha trabajado durante 25 años en la redacción de informativos de Radiotelevisión Valenciana y es autora de diversas publicaciones relacionadas con la comunicación y el mundo árabe. Participa sobre estos temas en diversos foros internacionales y es jurado del Festival Internacional de Documentales de la cadena Al Jazeera. Cristina Sánchez Cristina Sánchez Hernández es licenciada en Periodismo por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid y Máster en Comunicación y Conflictos Armados. Periodista de la Sección de Internacional de RNE desde 2007, ha sido enviada Especial en más de 20 países, cubriendo acontecimientos históricos como las elecciones presidenciales en Afganistán y Egipto, el terremoto de Haití, la Primavera Árabe en Túnez y Libia, las guerras en Gaza, Siria e Iraq, la Plaza Maydan en Ucrania, la llegada de personas refugiadas en Grecia, Hungría y Argelia, entre otros. Directora durante casi una década del espacio "Países en Conflicto" de Radio 5, fue corresponsal para Oriente Próximo con sede en Jerusalén durante 4 años (2017-2021). Ha recibido numerosos premios a lo largo de su carrera periodística, entre ellos el Premio Emilio Castelar de Comunicación 2014, el Premio Cirilo Rodríguez 2017 y el Premio Prensa Mujer Ameco 2019. Más información: https://www.casaarabe.es/eventos-arabes/show/la-cobertura-de-los-conflictos-de-oriente-medio-en-los-medios-espanoles
    Published at 54 13,,, 22 2022
  • Football Is a Girls’ Game: A meeting with three Arab women in footballShow video

    Football Is a Girls’ Game: A meeting with three Arab women in football

    Women’s football players Nouf Faleh Al Anzi (CD Leganés) and Yasmin Mrabet (FC Levante Las Planas) will be attending this meeting at Casa Árabe in Madrid on October 13, along with the former captain of the Palestinian national team Honey Thaljieh. The event will be moderated by journalist Lourdes García Campos. Sign up now to attend. Interest in women’s football has skyrocketed over the last two decades. The two most recent World Cups, held in Canada in 2015 and France in 2021, as well as the UEFA European Championship of 2022, were huge successes and raised women’s soccer to new levels. Casa Árabe, as part of the “Football for Hope” exhibition,” will be highlighting the role played by football in promoting social change by organizing this meeting with three Arab women football players. Nouf Faleh Al Anzi, a player on the national team from the Emirates and a midfielder for the Club Deportivo Leganés; Yasmin Mrabet, of the Levante Las Planas Football Club and Morocco’s national women’s team, and Honey Thaljieh, former captain of the Palestinian national team and now the Director of Corporate Communications at FIFA. The event will be moderated by Lourdes García Campos, an RTVE show host. Nouf Faleh Al Anzi is a midfielder on the senior women’s team of the Club Deportivo Leganés and a captain on the United Arab Emirates’ senior national team. At 25 years of age, she is one of the rising stars in Arab soccer. As well as playing an essential role in women’s soccer in her own country, Al Anzi is known for being the first Emirati woman to play the sport abroad professionally, having gone to Egypt in 2018 to play for the Wadi Degla team. Looking ahead to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Al Anzi appeared alongside players such as Karim Benzema in an Adidas campaign displayed at the Burj Khalifa to help launch “Al Rihla,” the official ball at this World Cup. Yasmin Mrabet is a member of the Levante Las Planas Football Club and Morocco’s national women’s team. The midfielder started playing for the Spanish national team, rising through the ranks to represent Spain at the 2018 UEFA U-19 Women’s Championship. She later changed her affiliation to Morocco and made her debut for the senior national team in 2021. On July 13, 2022, she scored the winning goal in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against Botswana, helping Morocco qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 for the first time in its history. In addition to C.D. Levante Las Planas, Mrabet has played for Madrid CFF and Rayo Vallecano. Honey Thaljieh is a former captain of the Palestinian women’s national soccer team and is now the Director of Corporate Communications for FIFA. Born in Bethlehem, she was already kicking a ball at the age of 7. In addition to social and family constraints, she had to experience the desperation created by the two Palestinian intifadas against the Israeli occupation first hand. Given this situation, Thaljieh saw football as a way to vent her frustration, thus finding a way to build a future with some semblance of hope. After retiring in 2009, she became the first woman from the Middle East to earn a Master’s degree from the International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) in Switzerland in 2012. Further information: https://en.casaarabe.es/event/football-is-a-girls’-game-a-meeting-with-three-arab-women-in-football
    Published at 32 10,,, 22 2022
  • AAU 4.1 Iraq nearly twenty years after its “liberation”Show video

    AAU 4.1 Iraq nearly twenty years after its “liberation”

    On September 26, our program Aula Árabe Universitaria will be back with this conference, at which Iraqi activist Haifa Zangana will explain the current situation in the country. We are just a few months away from the twentieth anniversary of the war in Iraq, launched by the US in March 2003, when it sent 160,000 soldiers with the support of the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland. According to the former president of the United States, George W. Bush, that invasion would lead to the “liberation of Iraq.” Two years later, during his speech at the Fort Bragg military base (you can watch the full speech in English by following this link), Bush argued that, as a pillar of his “war on terror,” eliminating terrorists who “know that as freedom takes root in Iraq, it will inspire millions throughout the Middle East to demand their freedom as well.” However, the reality in Iraq today is radically different, and the region, whose popular demands of 2011 have been silenced, is no better off politically, economically or socially. At this opening conference in the new Aula Árabe Universitaria 4 event series organized by Casa Árabe and held with the cooperation of the Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies (MEAIC) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, analyst Hayder al-Khoei will be examining current event in this key country in the stability of the Middle East, in terms of the American concept of democracy, in a nation mired in internal struggles, fighting between armed militias, with a failed government plagued by corruption, and the state’s sovereignty violated on a daily basis. The author will be accompanied by Nieves Paradela, tenured lecturer in the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe's International Relations Coordinator. Presented by Cristina Juarranz, Programming Coordinator and Assistant Director of Casa Árabe. Hayder al-Khoei is the head of external relations at the Al-Khoei Institute in Iraq, where his work focuses on intra- and inter-religious dialogue in the Middle East region. Prior to this, he was a member of the Middle East and North Africa programs at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the European Council on Foreign Relations, where his research focused on political and security-related developments in Iraq and Syria. He earned a Master’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and another Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the Islamic College of London. Further information: https://en.casaarabe.es/event/iraq-nearly-twenty-years-after-its-“liberation” Foto: Iraq (@USArmy en Flickr)
    Published at 10 20,,, 22 2022