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Aula Árabe Universitaria 4

From September 13, 2022 until April 18, 2023Check dates and times for each event.
MADRID, CóRDOBA AND ONLINE
Casa Árabe’s two headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62 in Madrid and Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9 in Cordoba). Check dates and times for each event. Check entry conditions for each activity.

On September 26, this yearly conference series organized in collaboration with university programs in the Autonomous Region of Madrid and in Cordoba will be returning. With 13 sessions in all, it will be lasting until April 18, 2023.

At this fourth edition and throughout the academic year of 2022-23, Aula Árabe Universitaria 4 (AAU4) will be hosting 13 conferences in Madrid and three in Cordoba, where students will get the chance to delve further into the Arab and Islamic world.

The conferences will deal with a wide range of subjects involving the Arab and Islamic world, from ancient history to the modern day, including topics and speakers selected by the associated university programs in accordance with their curricular needs and interests.

The lecture series has been organized with the cooperation of the undergraduate and graduate university programs (including Master’s programs and doctorates) given at the universities in the Autonomous Region of Madrid (UAH, UAM, UCM, UC3M, Universidad Nebrija, Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus and URJC), in Cordoba (Loyola University and UCO) and in Segovia (IE University).

This year 22 university programs are participating (18 from Madrid, 3 from Cordoba and one from Segovia): 7 from UAM, 6 from UCM, 2 from UCO and one each from the universities of Alcalá de Henares, UC3M, IE University, Loyola de Andalucía, Nebrija, URJC and Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus. Of these, 12 are MA programs, 9 are bachelor’s degree programs and 1 is a PhD program.

Aula Árabe Universitaria (AAU) is an inter-university cooperation program organized by Casa Árabe with the cooperation of universities in Madrid and Cordoba, with the goal of promoting knowledge about the Arab and Islamic world, as well as complementing and enriching the training given in the different associated university programs, encouraging dialogue between disciplines and offering students, faculty and researchers from these programs the chance to make contact with relevant international speakers and experts on different subjects and topics related to the Arab world.

The conferences will be held at Casa Árabe’s facilities, during the usual schedule for evening lectures (7:00 p.m.). They will be open to the general public with live translation when necessary. Students who have attended more than 50% of the conferences (6) will receive a certificate from Aula Árabe Universitaria.

In order to earn the certificate, they must sign up to receive the Casa Árabe Newsletter, indicating “Aula Árabe Universitaria” as one of their interests. By doing this, they will occasionally receive announcements and updates on the various AAU conferences.

Attendance at each conference is recorded with a stamp in the “Passport to the Arab World”, a personalized document given to them the first time they attend one of the conferences in the series. Those students who attend online will be able to have their attendance recorded through the chat space on Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel, where the conferences are shown.

This year, we will continue to be sistered with the program Aula Mediterrània, at the IEMed, a collaboration begun two years ago. Students from both programs can attend the respective conferences online, which will also be counted for certification purposes, in addition to those events organized jointly, thanks to the speaker exchange between the two programs.

Further information about AAU1 (2019-20), AAU2 (2020-21) and AAU3 (2021-22)
Aula Árabe Universitaria 4
  • Iraq nearly twenty years after its “liberation”

    September 26, 20227:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the venue’s capacity is reached.
    On September 26, our program Aula Árabe Universitaria will be back with this conference, at which analyst Hayder al-Khoei will explain the current situation in the country. The event can be watched live on our Youtube channel (in Spanish and in English).
    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 Carmen Rodríguez, 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.
  • Coverage of the Middle East conflicts in the Spanish media
    Photo: Cristina Sánchez

    Coverage of the Middle East conflicts in the Spanish media

    October 20, 20227:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entrance until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In Spanish.
    On Thursday, October 20, Casa Árabe has organized a meeting with journalists Lola Bañón (University of Valencia) and Cristina Sánchez (RNE). This is the second session in Aula Árabe Universitaria, which you can watch live on our YouTube channel (in Spanish).
    The Middle East is a territory enduring constant strategic disputes. Paradoxically, despite shared interests and their geographical and cultural proximity, the Spanish media have gradually been reducing coverage about the region. One of the reasons has been the economic crisis which led to a decrease in stable correspondents in most media, with the exception of some public networks. The Middle East only returns to the spotlight when conflict escalates, often with news items put out by freelance journalists whose articles are only purchased when they contain elements of violence and sensationalism.

    Lola Bañón, a journalist and professor at the University of Valencia, will be discussing how this results in an obvious bias in the way countries from the region are portrayed, through a partial, de-contextualized viewpiont that translates into persisting prejudice towards populations and a progressive alignment of stories about the Arab world, not always on the basis of professional journalistic criteria, but rather in line with Spanish and European foreign policy.

    As for Cristina Sánchez, a journalist at RNE and a correspondent in the region, using her experience she will be telling us about the logistical difficulties and the economic cost of covering conflicts in the Middle East on the ground, particularly in Syria, Iraq and Gaza, where she has worked in person. She will then discuss the relationship between information given in the Spanish media and the presence of journalists on assignment, because without investment in professionals in the field, coverage would be impossible. Afterwards, she will talk about the different audiovisual formats she has worked with in order to address different issues in the Middle East, with a “docuweb” in a podcast format titled “Living Gaza” as an example, as well as the importance of personal testimonials in explaining context.

    This is the second session in the program Aula Árabe Universitaria 4, organized with the cooperation of the University Master’s Degree program in International Journalism at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), given by Lola Bañón, a journalist and professor at the University of Valencia, and Cristina Sánchez, an RNE journalist, with the participation of Amal Abu-Warda Pérez, a professor in the Master’s degree program who will be introducing them, and Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator, who will be the event’s moderator.

    Lola Bañón, a PhD in Communication Sciences, is a professor with the Department of Language Theory at the University of Valencia’s School of Philology, Translation and Communication. For 25 years, she has worked in the newsroom at Radiotelevisión Valenciana and has authored several publications related to communication and the Arab world. Discussing these issues, she takes part in various international forums and is a jury member at the International Documentary Festival of the Al Jazeera network.

    Cristina Sánchez
    Cristina Sánchez Hernández holds a degree in Journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Masters degree in Communication and Armed Conflict. A journalist with the International Section at RNE since 2007, she has been a special envoy to over 20 countries, covering historical events such as the presidential elections in Afghanistan and Egypt, the earthquake in Haiti, the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Libya, the wars in Gaza, Syria and Iraq, the Maydan Square in Ukraine, the arrival of refugees in Greece, Hungary and Algeria, and others. Director of Radio 5’s “Countries in Conflict” program for nearly one decade, she was a Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem for four years (2017-2021). She has received numerous awards throughout her career in journalism, including the Emilio Castelar Communication Award of 2014, the Cirilo Rodríguez Award of 2017 and the Ameco Women’s Press Award of 2019. 
  • The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea
    @Khor Fakkan at sunset

    The Corporeal Life of Commerce at Sea

    November 07, 20227:00 p.m.
    MADRID / ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entrance until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In Spanish and English with simultaneous translation.
    Third lecture of the Aula Árabe Universitaria IV program, by Laleh Khalili, professor of international politics at Queen Mary University of London.
    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.
  • Muslim Fashions: from hiding beauty to managing it  

    Muslim Fashions: from hiding beauty to managing it  

    November 10, 20227:00 p.m.
    MADRID / ONLINE
    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.
    On Thursday, November 10, the fourth conference of the Aula Árabe Universitaria IV programme will take place at Casa Árabe in Madrid, given by Arzu Ünal, researcher in social anthropology at Kadir Has University (Istanbul).
    The conference, organized in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid's Social and Cultural Anthropology degree program, and within the framework of the Aula Árabe Universitaria 4 program, will be given by Arzu Ünal, researcher in social anthropology at Kadir Has University (Istanbul), and will include the participation of Virtudes Téllez, coordinator of the previously mentioned degree and professor at the Social Anthropology and Philosophical Thought Department (UAM), and Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe's International Relations Coordinator, who will moderate the event.

    The emergence of “Islamic fashion” as a concept and its increasing popularity has not only unsettled established truths of fashion theory, which locate fashion exclusively in the West. It has also opened new horizons in the literature, which has begun to pay equal attention to other items of Muslim women’s dress and their clothing practices in order to explore tensions between religion and fashion in the Middle East.  

    Arzu Ünal’s talk will show how fashioning a Muslim appearance does not necessarily imply a subversion of modern notions of femininity or, for that matter, a rejection of “inherited traditional Islam.” Modest and religiously inspired clothing brings together Islamic concerns and contemporary ideas of beauty. Her talk will address changing definition of modesty in veiling away from “hiding one’s beauty” toward a notion of “managing one’s beauty” based on her ethnographic work in the Netherlands.    

    Arzu Ünal is a social anthropologist. She obtained her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at University of Amsterdam in 2013. After a post-doctorate at that same University, she worked as a lecturer in the Cultural Studies Program at Sabancı University and the Department of Sociology at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She has published on Muslim fashions and material culture in Europe and family in Turkey.  Ünal’s main research areas are gender and sexuality studies, diaspora studies and Muslim material cultures. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the ERC-funded project titled “Stating National Abjection” at Kadir Has University (Istanbul). Her work examines islamically inspired theatrical performances in Turkey and its diasporic contexts. 
Participating university programs

1 Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (UCM)
2 Master’s degree program on the “European Union and the Mediterranean: Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Basis”, UCM
3 Master’s degree in “International Politics: Sector and Area Studies,” UCM
4 Master’s degree in “Advanced Studies on Islam in Contemporary European Society,” UCM
5 Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages, Universidad Nebrija
6 Bachelor’s degree program in Social and Cultural Anthropology, UAM
7 Master’s degree in “Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies,” UAM
8 Master’s degree in “Film and Television,” UC3M
9 Master’s degree in “International Journalism,” URJC
10 Master’s degree in “International Relations and African Studies,” UAM
11 Bachelor’s degree in “Film and Culture,” UCO
12 Bachelor’s degree in “History - Medieval Archeology,” UCO
13 Master’s degree in “Political Science and Public Affairs,” Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus
14 Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Loyola University
15 PhD program in “Science of Religions,” UCM
16 Master’s degree in “Science of Religions,” UCM
17 Master’s degree program on “The Medieval Iberian World: Hispania, Al-Andalus and Sefarad,” UAM
18 Master’s degree in “Intercultural Communication, Translation and Interpreting in Public Services,” UAH
19 Master’s degree in “EUROSUD - South European Studies,” UAM
20 Bachelor’s degree program in “Philosophy, Politics and Economics,” UAM
21 Bachelor’s Degree in History, UAM
22 Arts & Humanities (several degree programs), IE University
 
SESSIONS IN MADRID

Session 1 / Sept. 26, 2022
Hayder al-Khoei, Al-Khoei Institute
With the cooperation of the UAM Master’s degree program in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies

Session 2 / Oct. 20, 2022
Lola Bañón, University of Valencia
With the cooperation of the Master’s degree program in International Journalism at the URJC

Session 3 / Nov. 7, 2022
Laleh Khalili, Queen Mary University (London)
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in International Relations; the Master’s degree program on the European Union and the Mediterranean: historical, cultural, political, economic and social basis de la UCM and the bachelor’s degree program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the UAM

Session 4 / Nov. 10, 2022
Arzu Ünal, Boğaziçi University
With the cooperation of the UAM bachelor’s degree program in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Session 5 / Jan. 17, 2023
Interpretation or mediation in policing? When words turn foul
Mustapha Taibi, University of Western Sydney (Australia)
With the cooperation of the UAH Master’s degree program in Intercultural Communication, Translation and Interpreting in Public Services

Session 6 / Jan. 31, 2023
The Gulf States in world capitalism
Adam Hanieh, University of Exeter
With the cooperation of the Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus Master’s degree program in Political Science and Public Affairs

Session 7 / Feb. 7, 2023
The specific features of French Islamophobia in Western Europe
Marwan Mohammed
With the cooperation of the UCM Master’s degree in Advanced Studies on Islam in Contemporary European Society

Session 8 / Feb. 21, 2023
Decolonizing anthropological knowledge: a viewpoint from Morocco
Hassan Rachik, Université Hassan II, Casablanca
With the cooperation of the UAM Master’s degree program EUROSUD - South European Studies and the UCM Master’s degree in International Politics: Sector and Area Studies.

Session 9 / Feb. 28, 2023
Bringing the Arab culture closer to the second language student
Rowaida Solaiman Khalil, CLA - Casa Árabe
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in Applied Modern Languages at Nebrija University

Session 10 / Mar. 2, 2023
Arab women seen through film
Women film directors
With the cooperation of the UC3M Master’s degree in Film and Television

Session 11 / Mar. 7, 2023
Social change and Arab women’s identity in literature
Reem Bassiouney, American University in Cairo
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree programs at the IE University’s School of Arts and Humanities

Session 12 / Mar. 28, 2023
The Imamate within the European context: challenges and perspectives
Mustapha El-Mourabit, Conseil de la communauté marocaine à l’étranger (CCME)
With the cooperation of the UCM Master’s degree program in Religion Sciences

Session 13 / Apr. 17, 2023
Christians and other minorities in Al-Andalus
Cyrille Aillet, Université Lumière-Lyon II
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in History and the Master’s degree in “The Medieval Iberian World: Hispania, Al-Andalus and Sefarad,” at UAM
SESSIONS IN CORDOBA

Session 1 / Mar. 1, 2023
Arab women seen through film
Women film directors
With the cooperation of the UCO bachelor’s degree program in Film and Culture

Session 2 / March 14, 2023
The impact of Covid-19 on the Arab women: rebuilding their daily lives through the pandemic Emma Murphy, Durham University
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in International Relations, Loyola University

Session 3 / Apr. 18, 2023
Christians and other minorities in Al-Andalus
Cyrille Aillet, Université Lumière-Lyon II
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in “History - Medieval Archeology,” UCO