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Aula Árabe Universitaria 5

From September 27, 2023 until April 23, 2024Check dates and times for each activity.
MADRID / CORDOBA / ONLINE
Casa Árabe’s headquarters in both cities (at Calle Alcalá, 62 in Madrid and Calle Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9 in Cordoba). Check dates and times for each activity. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.

Casa Árabe is presenting yet another edition in the series of conferences organized with the cooperation of the university programs in Madrid, Cordoba and Alcalá de Henares, to be held from September 27, 2023 to April 23, 2024.

The conferences will deal with a wide range of subjects involving the Arab and Islamic world, from ancient history to the modern day, allowing students to get a closer look at the Arab world along with top-level experts, including topics and speakers selected by the associated university programs in accordance with their curricular needs and interests.

As if it were a trip to the Arab world, students receive a passport, the ”Passport to the Arab World,” a personalized document given to them the first time they attend one of the conferences in the series (available via download here), The passport contains the program for the series, and they receive stamps for attending each conference when they enter each event.

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

At the end of the series and as proof of the experience acquired along the journey, students from the universities in the Autonomous Region of Madrid and in Segovia must show that they have attended over 50% of the conferences (6) in person in order to request the Aula Árabe Universitaria certificate. In order to acquire this certification, students from the University of Cordoba and associated Aula Mediterránea programs must demonstrate their online attendance by using the chat box on Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel, where the conferences will be broadcast live. 

This year, we will continue to be sistered with the program Aula Mediterrània by IEMed, which began three 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.

Aula Árabe Universitaria (AAU) is an inter-university cooperation program organized by Casa Árabe in collaboration with undergraduate and graduate university programs (Master’s degrees and doctorates) from universities in the Autonomous Region of Madrid (UAH, UAM, UCM, UC3M, Universidad Nebrija, Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus, Universidad San Dámaso and URJC), Cordoba (Universidad Loyola and UCO), Toledo (Universidad de Castilla La Mancha) and Segovia (IE University). This year, 28 university programs from the 11 partner universities are participating, with 13 conferences in Madrid and 3 in Cordoba.

Its purpose is to promote 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 conferences (7:00 p.m., with some exceptions) and are open to the general public, with simultaneous translation when necessary. The conferences are also broadcast live on Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel.

Aula Árabe Universitaria 5
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  • Archiving an Impossible Revolution: visual testimonies, digital memory-making and Syrian resilience

    Archiving an Impossible Revolution: visual testimonies, digital memory-making and Syrian resilience

    September 27, 20237:30 p.m.
    MADRID / ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel. 7:30 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation.
    On Wednesday 27 September, a new course of Aula Árabe Universitaria begins with this lecture by Miriyam Aouragh, Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster.
    May 2023, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was welcomed back to his seat on the Arab League. On one of the news photos, we see a dozen leaders pose for a portrait in Jeddah (KSA) capturing the formal acceptance of Bashar al-Assad. 

    How do we interpret the come-back of a smiling Assad receiving a warm welcome twelve years after he was thrown out of the Arab League due to his severe suppression of mass pro-democracy protests? 

    It was not the first time a sense of demise surfaced, Assad’s troops (convoyed by the Russian military) entering Der’a in the summer of 2018 as Free Syrian Army (FSA) members surrendered across rebel-held regions. The moment an official regime flag was raised in the birthplace of the Syrian uprising, was jarring. Ghouta and Aleppo had already been crushed into submission following unprecedented bombing campaigns 18 months prior. The Guardian, Al Jazeera, BBC and many more news headings heralded a full-circle storyline. 

    Without irony, Bashar al-Assad tells the Arab League “I hope that it marks the beginning of a new phase of Arab action for solidarity among us, for peace in our region, development and prosperity instead of war and destruction.” Those smiles, kisses and handshakes covered the press photos were illustrative, yet remembering the uprising it raises the question: What was it all for? In fact, at this circular moment, exactly one decade after the start of the uprising, a somewhat pressing feeling returned, was there really a revolution? 

    To help make sense of this almost existential query, three themes come together in this presentation: how we remember major events; the way capitalist infrastructures turn political events into spectacles; the particularities of visual content that enable a space for meaningful political reverberation. 

    Borrowing from what Haj Saleh (2017) termed the Impossible Revolution, and through the Al Sha’b Suri Aref Tarikh [ASSAT-the Syrian people know their way] collective as an empirical case study, I wish to challenge the prevalent outlooks that reduce a Syrian people’s uprising to “Arab Winter”, “conflict in Syria”, “imperial proxy war”, or “Islamism”.  I will demonstrate the ways in which a particular triangulation across, time, place and tool has revealed a unique assembly. Al Sha’b Suri Aref Tarikh is the epitome of aesthetics, technology and revolutionary creativity during one of the most extraordinary and these complex political phenomena of the 21st century in West Asia. 

    Dr. Miriyam Aouragh 
    Dr. Miriyam Aouragh grew up in Amsterdam as a second generation Dutch-Moroccan and has a background in cultural anthropology and non-Western sociology (Vrije Universiteit Amsterrdam). Aouragh (Reader) is a researcher at CAMRI. She has studied the implications of the internet as it was first introduced (“Web 1.0”) in Palestine (PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2000-2008) to understand in particular the significance of techno-­social evolutions by analysing how a "new" technology coincided with the outbreak of a mass uprising (Second Intifada 2000-2005). Aouragh subsequently (Rubicon NWO Grant) focused on the political role of new digital tools and spaces, such as how these earlier developments evolved to so-called "Web 2.0" as manifested through blogging and social networking (“Web 2.0”). Her ethnographies were conducted among grassroots activism in Lebanon and Palestine (Oxford Internet Institute, 2009-2011).

    Aouragh set-up a critical research project Leverhulme Grant (UoW, 2013-2016) to study the Arab (Counter-)Revolutions, in which she relates critical theory with online-offline dialects. In 2017 she joined the Westminster School of Media and Communication.

    Apart from 4 books: Palestine Online (IB Tauris 2011), (with Hamza Hamouchene) The Arab Spring a decade on about Revolution, Counter-Revolution and the transformation of a region (TNI 2022), Mediating the Makhzan about the (r)evolutionary dynamics in Morocco (forthcoming 2023) and (with Paula Chakravartty) Infrastructures of Empire (2024). Miriyam Aouragh has written numerous chapters and articles.
  • Filming and Narrating Iraq: Challenges and experiences
    Photo: Suhail Dabbach in the film “Mosul” (JOSE HARO/NETFLIX - © 2020 Netflix, Inc)

    Filming and Narrating Iraq: Challenges and experiences

    October 25, 20237:00 p.m.
    IN MADRID AND ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel. 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation during the event.
    CANCELLED. For reasons beyond Casa Árabe's control, this conference is cancelled. We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    Second conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria 5 event series, given by actor Suhail Dabbach the star of such films as Mosul (USA, 2019), who will discuss the challenges he faces as an actor and refugee in Hollywood. The event will be taking place on Wednesday, October 25.
    Dabbach will talk about why it is essential to debate the obstacles facing refugee role-players from Iraq. Contrary to expectations, opportunities abroad are often difficult to find and marked by major challenges and risks. As in many other situations, these performers are torn between the heartbreaking dilemma of having to choose between pursuing their most cherished dreams or accepting the responsibility of providing for their families. Balancing aspirations with family obligations in a foreign country is a complex and demanding task, thus highlighting the arduous path these people must follow to bring their passions to life and ensure the well-being of their loved ones.

    Organized with the cooperation of the UC3M Audiovisual Communication Degree, it will include participation by Alejandra Val Cubero, a professor of Audiovisual Communication from that university. It will be moderated by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator.

    Suhail Dabbach  
    Suhail Dabbach earned his degree in Fine Arts from the University of Baghdad, where he specialized in acting within the Department of Performing Arts. However, he was unable to practice his profession at the time because of the difficulties and instability that arose as a result of the first Gulf War and the ensuing economic blockade endured by Iraq.  

    In 2007, his life took an amazing turn when he was selected by the American director Brian de Palma to take on a small but significant role in the film Redacted (USA, 2007), which marked his debut into the world of film. He later had the privilege of getting cast by American director Kathryn Bigelow for a role in the film The Hurt Locker (USA, 2009), which was given nine Oscar nominations and six Academy Awards, including the highly coveted awards for Best Film and Best Director. In late 2008, he moved to the United States as a refugee with his family. His career in the film industry has continued since then, spanning several projects and collaborations, including Mosul(USA, 2019) and Cherry (USA, 2022).
  • Elections and political participation by women in Arab countries

    November 02, 20237:00 p.m.
    MADRID / ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel. 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    Third session in the Aula Árabe Universitaria 5 series, to be held in Madrid on Thursday, November 2. It will consist of a round table with two political leaders from Jordan and Morocco, organized with the cooperation of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and the Arab Leadership Academy for Women (UNDP).
    Participating in the event will be Abeer Dababneh, commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Jordan, and Hanaa Belkhair, member of the Chamber of Councilors of Morocco’s Parliament. 

    Through a dialogue with the participants, we will be analyzing the role played by women in these countries’ political affairs, the changes in women’s participation in electoral processes in recent years, and the challenges faced by various initiatives seeking the political mobilization of women in the region. 

    Organized with the cooperation of the University Degree Program in Political Science and Public Management at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, it will include contributions by Isabel Bazaga Fernández, a professor of Political Science and Administration and the coordinator of this degree program, who will be in charge of articulating and energizing the debate with the speakers. It will be moderated by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator. You can watch it live on Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel.

    The speakers form part of a delegation coming to Madrid to contribute to the Arab Leadership Academy for Women (ALAW), part of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Electoral Support Project, from October 30 to November 3, 2023. ALAW is an initiative intended for promoting inter-generational leadership, self-development and collaboration for the advancement of women’s political participation in Arab countries. In partnership with UN-DAE (Electoral Support Division), ALAW’s goal is to contribute to peace and development by encouraging active participation in decision-making by women.

    ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

    Abeer Dababneh 
    Abeer Dababneh is a member of Jordan’s Independent Electoral Commission. With a PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Leicester (UK) and a law degree from the University of Jordan (UJ), she is currently a professor at the University of Jordan (UJ) School of Law, where she has also served as the director of the Center for Women’s Studies since 2013. 

    Hanaa Belkhair 
    Hanaa Benkhair is a member of Moroccan Parliament’s Chamber of Councilors, representing the General Union of Moroccan Workers (UGTM). Benkhair also forms part of the Pan-African Parliament, an African Union body that advocates for democracy, human rights and governance in Africa. It also holds the Women’s Rights Conference, focusing on women’s empowerment and inclusiveness in governance.
  • The environmental legacy of the U.S.-led war against Iraq.

    The environmental legacy of the U.S.-led war against Iraq.

    November 21, 20237:00 p.m.
    MADRID / ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel. 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation.
    On Tuesday, November 21, the fourth session in the Aula Árabe Universitaria event series will be taking place in Madrid, given by Iraqi political activist Haifa Zangana. You can watch it live on our YouTube channel.
    Coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of Iraq’s invasion in 2003, and forming part of the Environmental Event Days organized by Casa Árabe to mark the holding of COP-28 in the United Arab Emirates, this fourth conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria event series is being presented by Haifa Zangana, the Iraqi writer, painter and political activist. 

    Climate change, which includes rising temperatures, a lack of rain, desertification, the drying of farmlands, forest fires, floods and air pollution, has been recognized worldwide as a global threat to the environment, requiring both immediate and strategic solutions. However, the effects of war, occupation and neo-colonial policies which thrive upon highly polluting extractive industries, the exhaustion of natural resources and the dumping of metals produced by modern ammunition, depleted uranium and white phosphorus remain a mere footnote in governments’ and international organizations’ projects and environmental initiatives, as is the case in Iraq and Gaza. 

    In her talk, Haifa Zangana will be highlighting the responsibility held by the US-led war on Iraq, without setting aside America’s major role in the current war on Gaza, environmental degradation, damage to people’s health, and the major life-threatening impact this is all having. Furthermore, she will be analyzing the ways in which official Iraqi policy, or rather the lack thereof, has chosen to ignore the root cause of the disaster and, as a result, has cut off all initiatives to establish environmental justice. 

    Organized with the cooperation of the Master’s degree in International Relations and African Studies at the UAM, the bachelor’s degree program in International Relations at the UCM and the University Master’s degree program in International Journalism at the URJC. The session will be introduced by Marta Íñiguez de Heredia, a professor of Politics and International Relations at the UAM. An initial commentary on and reaction to the presentation by Zangana will be given by Isaías Barreñada, a professor of International Relations and the coordinator of the degree and dual degree programs in International Relations at the UCM, and Amal Abu-Warda, a professor of International Political Communication by Geographic Areas in the URJC Master’s degree program. For Casa Árabe, the session will be moderated by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator. 

    Haifa Zangana 
    Haifa Zangana is a Kurdish-Iraqi novelist, political activist and artist. A co-founder of Tadhamun: Iraqi Women Solidarity, she is also a founding member of the International Association for Contemporary Iraq Studies (IACIS). She is currently working with Tunisian women who have been jailed as political prisoners within the justice process occurring in the transition and writes a weekly column for the newspaper Al-Quds al-Arabi. In the early seventies, she was a prisoner of Saddam Hussein’s regime due to her activism in the Iraqi Communist Party. After graduating in Pharmacology at the University of Baghdad in 1974, she worked for the Red Crescent in Syria. From 1977 to 1986, she devoted her career mainly to art, having taken part in nine group exhibitions and two solo exhibitions (in Iceland in 1982 and in London in 1988). She has advised the Brussels Tribunal and several United Nations agencies. Among these, she was a consultant to the UNDP for drafting the report “Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World” (2005) and a consultant to ESCWA (the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia). She has been a contributor to various media and written press outlets, including al-Quds, along with The Guardian, Red Pepper and al-Ahram Weekly. She has written novels and short stories, as well as books on current affairs and women’s political participation in Iraq, Palestine and Tunisia. Her recent works include Packaged Lives: Ten Stories and a Novella (Syracuse University Press, 2021), the editing of Party for Thaera; Palestinian Women Writing Life (in Arabic, 2017), a collection of short stories by Palestinian women prisoners; The Torturer in the Mirror, with Ramsey Clark (Seven Stories, 2010); Dreaming of Baghdad (The Feminist Press, 2009), and Women on a Journey: Between Baghdad and London (University of Texas Press, 2007), about political repression, violence, and exile.
  • Restructuring of society and military in post-Islamic Sudan

    Restructuring of society and military in post-Islamic Sudan

    From December 04, 2023 until December 05, 2023Madrid: Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. Cordoba: Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m.
    MADRID / CORDOBA / ONLINE
    Casa Árabe's auditoriums at both of its headquarters (in Madrid at Calle Alcalá, 62, and in Cordoba at Samuel de los Santos Gener, 9), as well as Casa Árabe's YouTube channel. Madrid: Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:00 p.m. Cordoba: Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In Spanish and French, with simultaneous translation.
    On December 4 and 5 in Madrid and Cordoba, we will be hosting the fifth conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria series, to be given by Roland Marchal, a sociologist at the CNRS and researcher at CERI.
    Coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the 2019 coup d'état in Sudan and the country's fall into a third civil war, as of April this year, this fifth conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria event series is being presented by Roland Marchal, a sociologist at the CNRS and researcher at the CERI (Center for International Studies at Sciences Po). 

    During his conference, Roland Marchal will discuss the country's social and military restructuring after the fall of the Islamic government of Omar al-Bashir in the Sudanese Revolution of 2018-2019, starting with the mark left behind on society, economy and running of the Sudanese state as a result of the coup d'état in June 1989 and subsequent conflicts thereafter. 

    According to Marchal, beyond its ideological commitments, those in power, both Islamist and military-based at the same time, without truly being one or the other, then profoundly transformed the foundations of the Sudanese economy, all coupled with the effects of oil revenue produced as of 1999 and South Sudan's independence in 2011. 

    The population's militarization, initiated in 1989, led to catastrophic repercussions in the form of war in South Sudan and later conflict in Darfur, along with the establishment of militias forming the army in the 2010s. 

    Omar al-Bashir's overthrow in 2019, despite the originality of the social movement which put an end to the dictatorship, was not the product of a revolution but rather a transition in which the armed forces sought to safeguard their positions of power and wealth within the state, even if it meant sidelining their former allies. 

    The war that broke out in April 2023 is thus both a power struggle pitting two segments of the State's forces against each other, and at the same time an attempt to restore an alliance between the financial world and military aristocracy, while also firing the flames of social and regional tensions which contributed to the fall of the Islamic military regime. 

    According to Marchal, this war, which is lasting longer than those involved originally anticipated, highlights the existence of a wide range of scenarios for the country's future, in a system increasingly polarized by regional and international competitiveness. 

    MADRID, December 4, 7:00 p.m. 
    Organized with the cooperation of the Master's degree program on the "European Union and the Mediterranean: Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Basis (UCM) and the UAM bachelor's degree program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics; participating in representation of both programs will be Alfonso Casani, a UCM Political Science professor, who will be introducing the event, and Ángel Rodríguez García-Brazales, coordinator of the aforementioned bachelor's degree program and director of the Master's degree in Economic Intelligence and Geopolitics at the UAM, who will be providing an initial reaction and remarks on the conference. For Casa Árabe, the session will be moderated by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe's Training and Economics Coordinator.

    CORDOBA, December 5, 6:00 p.m. 
    Organized with the cooperation of the bachelor's degree in International Relations at Loyola University. Also taking part will be María Ángeles Alaminos Hervás, a professor of International Relations at that university. The session will be moderated by Javier Rosón, Casa Árabe's coordinator in Cordoba. 


    Roland Marchal 
    Roland Marchal is a sociologist with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and has worked as a researcher at the Sciences Po (CERI) Center for International Studies since 1997. He has also been editor-in-chief of the French academic journal Politique Africaine. 

    He holds degrees in Mathematics and Social Sciences from the University of Strasbourg, the École des Hautes Études Supérieures en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the University of Paris-VI.

    Much of his research has focused on analyzing civil wars in Sub-Saharan Africa, their relationship with state formation and the relationship between economics and conflict. He is also one of the most internationally renowned specialists on the Horn of Africa, Chad, the Central African Republic and Mali. He recently co-founded the East Africa Observatory, a research program coordinated by CEDEJ-Khartoum and the CERI.

    His most highly acknowledged works include Les Chemins de la guerre et de la paix: Fins de conflit en Afrique orientale et australe (The Paths of War and Peace: Ends of conflict in Eastern and Southern Africa, Karthala, 1997), and the seminal work which he co-edited with Pierre Hassner, Guerres et sociétés. Etats et violence après la Guerre froide (Wars and Societies: States and violence after the Cold War, Karthala, 2003). 

    Marchal was detained in Iran from June 2019 to March 2020, while on his way to visit his colleague Fariba Adelkhah, another anthropologist and researcher at Science Po.
  • Spatialized Islamophobia in London and Paris: At an urban and infra-urban scale

    Spatialized Islamophobia in London and Paris: At an urban and infra-urban scale

    December 12, 20237:00 p.m.
    MADRID / ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel. 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In English with simultaneous translation.
    On Tuesday, December 12, Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Madrid will be hosting the sixth conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria 5 series, given by Kawtar Najib from the University of Liverpool. You can watch the session live on YouTube (in Spanish).
    In recent years, Europe has experienced a notable increase in Islamophobia, in part related to the rise of nationalist parties in several countries throughout the continent. Within this context, Kawtar Najib, a professor and researcher in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool, will be giving a conference titled “Spatialized Islamophobia at the urban and infra-urban scale in London and Paris,” the sixth conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria series. 

    Though studies on Islamophobia have been completed in recent decades, few focus on its spatial dimension. Islamophobia is mainly studied in social science disciplines other than Geography and usually deal with systemic racism against Muslims. 

    Kawtar Najib’s research contributes to existing definitions by arguing that Islamophobia also constitutes a spatialized process which occurs on several interrelated scales, thus forming a “glocal” process that ranges from global Islamophobia (through international representations and policies) to a more small-scale Islamophobia (within the family, for example). Her research shows how spatialized Islamophobia can be found everywhere, but contours, effects, intensity and way of working change, depending on the scale studied. 

    In her talk, Najib will highlight the spatial and multi-scale nature of Islamophobia and analyze the cases of two major European capitals, Paris and London, arguing that Islamophobia also forms a spatialized process which occurs at several interrelated spatial scales: globe, nation, city, neighborhood and body (as well as mind). 

    Organized with the cooperation of the UAM bachelor’s degree program in Social and Cultural Anthropology, it will include participation by Virtudes Téllez Delgado, coordinator of that degree program and a professor with the Department of Social Anthropology and Philosophical Thought (UAM), and Daniel Gil-Benumeya, a professor of Linguistics and Oriental Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), both of whom are members of UCM’s Islam in Europe Analysis Group (GRAIS). For Casa Árabe, the session will be moderated by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator. 

    Kawtar Najib 
    Kawtar Najib is a professor of Human Geography at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on the social and urban geographies of inequality and discrimination, using quantitative and qualitative methods. Furthermore, Najib also explores issues of social and spatial justice more broadly: urban exclusion, austerity, racism and sexism. She has been the main researcher in the SAMA Project (Spaces of Anti-Muslim Acts, funded by the European Commission), which highlights the impact of Islamophobic discrimination on space and people. She authored the book “Spatialized Islamophobia” (published in 2021 by Routledge), which has led to greater acknowledgment of “Geography” and “Space” in studies on Islamophobia.
  • Translation and interpreting in diplomacy and consular affairs

    Translation and interpreting in diplomacy and consular affairs

    January 25, 20247:00 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.
    Seventh lecture in the Aula Árabe Universitaria 5 event series, given by Abdelali Oamroni, an Arabic translator and interpreter. It will be taking place in Madrid on Thursday, January 25.
    Translation and diplomacy are both activities with a long-standing tradition. They are as old as the very existence of human groups. Both came about as a result of interaction and contact between societies. They have evolved and developed throughout history, becoming two firmly established, essential practices in international relations. 

    Spain maintains diplomatic relations with several Arab countries where it has embassies and consulates which serve as a tool for its activities abroad. Seventeen Arab countries, in addition to the Arab League, have diplomatic and consular representations in Spain. 

    During this talk, Abdelali Oamroni, holder of a PhD in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Malaga, will be shedding light on the written and oral translation activities carried out at these foreign missions as part of their interaction with the host country’s institutions. In doing so, we will be focusing on the figure of the translator and interpreter working in this field, in which exercising this profession entails a high degree of responsibility and sensitivity. It is not only a matter of translating words, but also of understanding the nuances and possessing in-depth knowledge about the cultural and political contexts involved in the sending and receiving countries so as to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations. 

    Among other aspects, we will be taking a look at the most common ways in which translators and interpreters are recruited, the requirements and qualifications they must meet, the official professional category in which they work, their fields of activity and the tasks entrusted to them. In this sense, we will be closely examining diplomatic and consular correspondence, and we will be providing a practical approach to the translation of this type of documents in Spanish-Arab bilateral relations. To do so, we will be using the most commonplace documents (the Verbal Memorandum, the Signed Note, the Collective Memorandum, the Personal Letter, Pro-Memorandum, Memorandum, etc.) as references to describe the structure and relevant features of these communications in Spanish and Arabic from the vantage point of the translation profession, emphasizing the formality of style (forms of address, greetings, formal closing messages, etc.). 

    Organized with the cooperation of the Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication, Interpreting and Translation of the Public Services (TISP) at the University of Alcalá de Henares, and the bachelor’s degree programs in Translation and Communication & those of International Relations and Communications and Translation, Interpreting and Multilingual Communication, at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. Taking part in the session will be Carmen Pena, director of the UAH Master’s degree, which will introduce the speaker, along with the topic covered within the framework of that study program, and Mohana Sultan, a professor of Translation, Interpreting and Multilingual Communication at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, who will be giving an initial commentary/reaction to the presentation. Moderated by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator.

    The conference will be taking place at Casa Árabe’s auditorium in Madrid. 

    Abdelali Oamroni 
    Abdelali Oamroni holds a PhD in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Malaga (2014), a University Master’s Degree in International Cooperation and Development Policies from the same University (2020), a Master’s Degree in Professional Translation (Arabic-Spanish-French) from the King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier, ESRFT (2005), a Diploma of Advanced Studies and Research Proficiency in Specialized Translation and Interpreting from the University of Malaga (2007), a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature, specializing in Linguistics, from the Mohamed V University of Rabat (2003) and a bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpreting (through official equivalency certification) from the Spanish Ministry of Education, after passing aptitude tests at the University of Granada (2010). He has been a MAEC-AECID scholarship recipient (2007-2011) and was granted a merit scholarship at the Toledo School of Translators (2005). 

    He has taken specialization courses in translation and interpreting and has taken part as a researching member in European and Spanish national research projects. He has been a visiting professor at ESRFT and a professor of Arabic language at the Al Babtain Chair of Arabic Studies, at the University of Malaga and at the Language Center existing at that the same University. 

    He is a sworn translator and interpreter (Arabic-Spanish) appointed by the Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Morocco and is a member of the Association des Traducteurs Agréés près les Juridictions (ATAJ). Since 2009, he has been collaborating with different international, national and local institutions (UNDP, Casa Árabe, Autonomous Regional Government of Andalusia, the Fundación Tres Culturas, the Cervantes Institute in Tangier, Malaga’s City Council, the Urban Environment Observatory, in addition to others) as a translator and interpreter. He has worked as a translator and interpreter at congresses, and bilateral and multilateral meetings, as well as in development cooperation projects.
  • Yemen: Military quagmire, humanitarian tragedy, political stalemate

    Yemen: Military quagmire, humanitarian tragedy, political stalemate

    February 06, 20247:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe's YouTube channel. 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In English with simultaneous translation.
    On Tuesday, 6 February, the eighth lecture in the Arab University Lecture Series 5 will be given by Adlene Mohammedi, scientific director of AESMA (a Paris-based centre for strategic studies) and professor at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University.
    The war in Gaza has given the Houthis the opportunity to emerge fully as a regional player, by attempting to attack Israel directly or what they consider to be Israeli interests in the Red Sea. In response, Washington and London, along with some allied countries, decided to attack Houthi positions, while indicating a desire for “de-escalation.” 

    The resurgence of tension in the Red Sea, set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is an opportunity for us to look back at the situation in Yemen over the last ten years: from the Houthis’ takeover of Sanaa to the current negotiations to end the war. The truce is still in effect, and negotiations between the Saudis and the Houthis have taken place. 

    Throughout the conference, Professor Mohammedi will discuss how all the signs are that this war, which has been going on for almost ten years, is about to come to an end And neither Riyadh nor Abu Dhabi seem to want to continue the war against the Houthis indefinitely. However, questions remain about the content of the political solution and the country’s territorial future Without a lasting solution, the war could be replaced by a frozen conflict. 

    Organized with the cooperation of the Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus Master’s degree in Political Science and Public Affairs. Taking part in the session will be Barah Mikail, director of the program on Political Science and International Relations at that university, with moderation by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator. 

    The conference will be taking place at Casa Árabe’s auditorium in Madrid, though you can also watch it live online through our YouTube channel, in Spanish

    Adlene Mohammedi 
    Adlene Mohammedi is the scientific director of AESMA (Analysis Ethics Security Management Assessment, a risk management and strategic studies consulting firm based in Paris), and a professor of geopolitics at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University. He coordinated and wrote two studies on Yemen over the last three years, mainly on the Muslim Brotherhood in that country and on the Houthi movement. 

    With a PhD from the Sorbonne University, after completing his doctoral thesis on Russian foreign policy towards the Arab world, he holds a degree in Geopolitics, History and International Law from the Sorbonne University. Since 2018, he has been coordinating various studies and observatories on the Arab world (Gulf, Yemen, Middle East and North Africa) for different public entities through AESMA, where he has been in charge of research since 2021. He also writes regularly about the Arab world for various media. 
  • Artificial Inteligencie, social media and radicalisation

    Artificial Inteligencie, social media and radicalisation

    February 15, 20247:00 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.
    On Thursday, February 15, the ninth conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria 5 series will be given in Madrid by Salma Jamoussi, a researcher and associate professor at the University of Sfax.
    Social media are a reflection of our society today. In them we find communities and organizations, as well as relationships between users and the media. Social media are, in short, a place for sharing in which users can express themselves and voice their opinions and feelings. Because of this sharing of information, artificial intelligence has come closer than ever to humans. Researchers and scientists are able to capture human emotions, understand complex psychological processes and monitor them, and understand how collective and individual opinions are formed. At present, artificial intelligence algorithms can help us detect, analyze and predict opinions, emotions, intentions and behaviors. 

    However, social networks may also be used for other purposes. They are considered a powerful weapon for propaganda, which many extremists have already used to spread their ideologies, mostly among young people and teenagers. Artificial intelligence also plays an important role in dealing with this, as well, by profiling extremist users, tracking their radicalization processes, detecting the existence of their communities and studying the nature of the conversations they take part in. These are some of the areas of greatest interest to researchers today. 

    This conference by Salma Jamoussi, an associate professor at the University of Sfax and a specialist in artificial intelligence, data science and machine learning, will attempt to cast some light on this field of work and highlight the important contribution made by artificial intelligence to fight extremism, radicalization and violence. 

    Organized in conjunction with the Master' degree Erasmus Mundus EUROSUD-South European Studies, the Master’s degree in Democracy and Governance and the UAM Master’s degree program in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies, with the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree in Political Science (UCM) and the bachelor’s degree programs in Cybersecurity Engineering and International Relations (URJC).

    It will include participation by Ana Planet, a professor of Arab and Islamic Studies and Vice Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), who will be presenting the speaker and the session, as part of the Master’s degree programs at that university, Carola García Calvo, a lecturer on the subject of International Terrorism in the bachelor’s degree program in International Relations at the URJC and Senior Analyst at the Violent Radicalization and Global Terrorism Program at the Real Instituto Elcano, and José Luis Ledesma, coordinator of the UCM-Sciences Po Toulouse Dual International Degree, who will be both providing an initial reaction to/commentary on the lecture, in representation of the UCM and URJC degree programs, before the debate is opened up to the students and public. Moderating the session will be Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator.

    The conference will be taking place at Casa Árabe’s auditorium in Madrid, though you can also watched it live (in Spanish) on our YouTube channel.

    Salma Jamoussi
    Salma Jamoussi is a researcher and associate professor at the University of Sfax, Tunisia. With a PhD from the University of Lorraine, France, she is a specialist in artificial intelligence, data science and machine learning. After her engineering studies, she specialized in the field of artificial intelligence at the National School of Computer Sciences in Tunis. She is also a member of the MIRACL research laboratory (Multimedia, Information Systems and Advanced Computing Laboratory). 

    One of her current areas of interest is Natural Language Processing (NLP), which she intends to apply to the detection of behavior patterns and emotions. One of her intentions is to use this tool to detect mental health issues, in order to determine customized forms of intervention. At a personal level, one aspect she considers to be important is inclusiveness of more women in the fields of research and technology.  
  • “The Good Father”: family and immigration through comics
    Image: Nadia Hafid

    “The Good Father”: family and immigration through comics

    February 22, 20246:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s channel on YouTube. 6:30 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capa
    In Spanish.
    Tenth lecture in the Aula Árabe Universitaria 5 event series, to be given by Nadia Hafid, an illustrator and comic book author. It will be taking place in Madrid on Thursday, February 22, and you can watch it live by going to our YouTube channel. 
    “El buen padre” (“The Good Father”) was the debut work by cartoonist Nadia Hafid and was published by the Sapristi publishing firm in 2020. It is an autobiographical comic which discusses the figure of the father, absence, uprooting and the realities of Moroccan immigration in Spain during the 1990s. It is a family portrait which delves into the complexities of the gaps, losses and identities built around these figures but which have become blurred and have left certain wounds behind.

    In the work “The Good Father,” the reader delves deep into the history of this family through childhood memories, turning the work into a piece portraying an intimate and family-based remembrance. It is a story told using fragments from life that make up an introspective story in the search for the reconstruction of those broken family ties.

    Organized with the cooperation of the Nebrija University Degree in Applied Modern Languages, Esteban López Medina, director of the degree program, will be taking part in representation of the university, and will be introducing the speaker and talk within the framework of these studies. Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator, will be moderating the talk.

    Nadia Hafid
    Born in Tarrasa, but of Moroccan descent, Nadia Hafid is an illustrator and comic artist who graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. Her work, which combines illustration and comics to perfection, has been featured on the covers of the “Babelia” insert of El País newspaper on multiple occasions, and could also be seen in international media such as The New York Times, The Economist, The New Yorker and The Washington Post, as well as others.

    With her work “The Good Father,” published in 2020, she won the award for “Best Emerging Author” bestowed by the Comic Critics Association, and it was included on the list of the one hundred best national comics by Rockdelux. With one of her most recent works, “Chacales,” she received in 2022 the “Ojo Crítico” award given by RNE.
    Discover her work on Instagram
  • Feminists without Knowing? A Reading of literary texts by Egyptian Male Authors

    March 04, 20247:00 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 and English with simultaneous interpreter.
    El lunes 4 de marzo tendrá lugar en Madrid la undécima conferencia del ciclo Aula Árabe Universitaria 5, a cargo de Sahar El Mougy, novelista y profesora en la Universidad de El Cairo.
    Is feminist writing the playground of women writers only? Does every feminist text belong to a writer who identifies as such? And is gender the sole determinant here? Is there a need to expand the critical lens of feminism to include an examination of literature written by men?

    Such questions, as basic as they might seem, inspire a reading of selected Egyptian fiction works written by male authors. The talk will touch upon the cultural context of the texts discussed, the interaction between the text and the Egyptian reader(s), and the intentionality/ non-intentionality of addressing feminist issues in writing.

    Sahar El Mougy
    Sahar El Mougy is an Egyptian novelist and academic. She is currently a professor in English Literature and American Studies in Cairo University. Her novel, which always departs from feminist perspective, often articulates the conflict between Western values and colliding Middle Eastern traditions and identities. Her academic interests include Psychoanalytic literary criticism, trauma studies, memory studies, performativity and feminism, and she is involved in storytelling and performance.  

    She is author of two collections of short stories ( Sayedat Almanam, The Lady of the Dream, 1998 and Aliha Saghira, Small Gods, 2003) and three novels ( Daria, 1999; Nuun; 2007 and Mesk Eltall, The Musk of the Hill, 2017). These two last ones have been awarded, respectively, with the Cafavy Prize in 2007 and the Literary Sawiris Award of best novel of the year in 2018. 
Session 1 - Sept. 27, 2023 (7:30 p.m.)
Miriyam Aouragh, Archiving an Impossible Revolution: Visual testimonies, digital memory making and Syrian resilience
With the cooperation of the Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab and Islamic World Studies (UAM) and the Inter-university Master’s degree in Contemporary Studies on the Arab World and Muslim Communities: Social Mediation and Conflict Management (UCM).

Session 2 - Oct. 25, 2023
Suhail Dabbach, Filming and Narrating Iraq: Challenges and Experiences
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in Audiovisual Communication (UC3M)

Session 3 - Nov. 2, 2023
Several speakers, Elections and Women’s Political Participation in Arab Countries
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in Political Science and Public Management (URJC)

Session 4 - Nov. 21, 2023
Haifa Zangana, The environmental legacy of the US-led war against Iraq.
In collaboration with the Master’s degree in International Relations and African Studies (UAM), the bachelor’s degree in International Relations (UCM) and the Master’s degree in International Journalism (URJC).of International Relations (UCM) and the Master’s degree in International Journalism (URJC).

Session 5 - Dec. 4, 2023
Roland Marchal, Restructuring of society and military in post-Islamic Sudan
With the cooperation of the Master’s degree in European Union and the Mediterranean: Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Basis (UCM) and the bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (UAM).

Session 6 - Dec. 12, 2023
Kawtar Najib, Spatialized Islamophobia on an Urban and Infra-urban Scale in London and Paris.
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UAM).

Session 7 - Jan. 25, 2024
Abdelali Oamroni, Translation and Interpreting in the Consular and Diplomatic Arena
With the cooperation of the Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication, Interpretation and Translation in Public Services (UAH) and the Degree in Translation and Communication & International Relations and Communication and the bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpretation and Multilingual Communication (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas).

Session 8 - Feb. 6, 2024
Adlene Mohammedi, Yemen: Military quagmire, humanitarian tragedy, political stalemate
With the cooperation of the Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus Master’s degree in Political Science and Public Affairs

Session 9 - Feb. 15, 2024
Salma Jamoussi, AI, Social Networks, and Radicalization
With the cooperation of the Master’s degree in Democracy and Government (UAM), the Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies (UAM), the bachelor’s degree in Politics (UCM) and the bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity Engineering and bachelor’s degree in International Relations (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos).

Session 10 - Feb. 22, 2024
Nadia Hafid, "The Good Father": family and immigration through comics
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree in Applied Modern Languages (Universidad Nebrija)

Session 11 - Mar. 4, 2024
Sahar El Mougy, Feminists without knowing it! A reading of fiction written by Egyptian authors.
With the cooperation of the course “Feminism, Literature and Business” at the School of Arts and Humanities (IE University).

Session 12 - Apr. 18, 2024
Glaire Anderson, Immersive Worldbuilding for Medieval Islamic Art & History
With the cooperation of the Master’s Degree in The Medieval Iberian World: Hispania, Al-Andalus and Sepharad, and the bachelor’s degree in History (UAM)

Session 13 - Apr. 23, 2024
Bishara Ebeid, The Use of the Qur’anic ext among Medieval Christian Arabic Authors
With the cooperation of the Master’s degree in Christian and Classical Literature (Universidad San Dámaso)
Session 1 (COR) - Dec. 5, 2023 (6:00 p.m.)
Roland Marchal, Sudan 2019-23: from revolutionary hopes to civil wars
with the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree in International Relations Degree, Loyola University

Session 2 (COR) - Mar. 3, 2023 (to be confirmed)
Director / screenwriter, Arab cinema
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in Film and Culture (UCO)

Session 3 (COR) - April 17, 2023
Glaire Anderson, Immersive worldbuilding for medieval Islamic art & history
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree in Art History (UCO
List of university programs (numbered in the order in which applications were submitted)

1 Bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UAM)
2 Master’s degree in International Relations and African Studies (UAM)
3 Master’s degree in Contemporary Arab and Islamic World Studies (UAM)
4 Master’s degree in Democracy and Government (UAM)
5 Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication, Interpretation and Translation in Public Services (UAH)
6 Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (UCM)
7 Master’s degree in Contemporary Studies on the Arab World and Muslim Communities: Social Mediation and Conflict Management (UCM)
8 Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Management (URJC)
9 Master’s degree in International Journalism (URJC)
10 Course Feminism, Literature and Business (Faculty of Arts and Humanities) (IE University)
11 Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communication (UC3M)
12 Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Communication & International Relations and Communication (Universidad de Comillas)
13 Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpretation and Multilingual Communication (Universidad de Comillas)
14 Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (Loyola University)
15 Bachelor’s degree in Applied Modern Languages (Universidad Nebrija)
16 Bachelor’s degree in Art History (UCO)
17 Master’s degree in Christian and Classical Literature (Universidad San Dámaso)
18 Master’s degree in Political Science and Public Affairs (Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus)
19 Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (UAM)
20 Master’s degree in the Medieval Iberian World: Hispania, Al-Andalus and Sefarad (UAM)
21 Bachelor’s degree in History (UAM)
22 Bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Culture (UCO)
23 Bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity Engineering (URJC)
24 Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (URJC)
25 Master’s degree in European Union and the Mediterranean: Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Basis (UCM)
26 Bachelor’s degree in Politics (UCM)
27 Bachelor's degree in International Studies (UCLM)