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New edition of Aula Árabe Universitaria

The annual series of conferences organized with the cooperation of university programs in Madrid and Cordoba will begin on September 27, 2021.

For this third edition, Aula Árabe Universitaria 3 (AAU3) has continued to grow and is once again being held in person, though in a hybrid format. It will feature 17 conferences organized with the cooperation of undergraduate and graduate university programs (Masters degree and PhD programs) in the Autonomous Region of Madrid (UAM, UCM, Nebrija University, UC3M, Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus and the URJC) and Cordoba (Loyola University) throughout the academic year of 2021-22.

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.

This year, 25 university programs are taking part (22 from Madrid and 3 from Cordoba), with 9 from the UCM, 7 from the UAM, 2 from the UC3M and UCO, and one each from the URJC, Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus, Nebrija University and Loyola de Andalucía. Of these, 15 are MA programs, 9 are bachelor’s degree programs and 1 is a PhD program.

This new edition also consolidates the twinning with the Aula Mediterrània program of the IEMed, with the exchange of speakers and the holding of conferences jointly in both programs, taking advantage of the online format.

Aula Árabe Universitaria (AAU) is an inter-university cooperation program organized by Casa Árabe in collaboration with the universities of Madrid and Cordoba. It consists of an annual series of conferences designed for students based on proposals made for speakers and topics by the associated university programs in accordance with their curricular needs and interests. The conferences are held at Casa Árabe’s facilities, normally at the usual time for evening lectures (6:00 p.m.), and as such they are open to the general public, with simultaneous translation when necessary.

Their purpose is to promote knowledge about the Arab and Islamic world, as well as complementing and enriching the training provided in the various associated university programs through a multidisciplinary perspective, offering students the chance to make contact with important international speakers and experts in different fields and subjects related to the Arab world.

Students will be able to register and receive a “Passport to the Arab World” in order to get information, enroll and make a record of their attendance at the conferences. Those students who have attended over 50% of the conferences are awarded with an Aula Árabe Universitaria certificate.

New edition of Aula Árabe Universitaria
  • Reimagining the Arabs: literature and social contracts 

    September 27, 20216:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) 6:00 p.m. In order to attend this event in person, you must sign up in advance.
    Register using this form
    In English, with simultaneous translation into Spanish.
    On Monday, September 27, Casa Árabe is bringing back its program Aula Árabe Universitaria, in a third edition planned for the academic year of 2021/22. This will also be the official opening session of the UAM’s Master’s Degree program in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies. The event will be held in a hybrid format, with one of the speakers participating remotely.
    Trapped amid tradition and post-modernity, contemporary Arab identity has been misinterpreted and misrepresented. The political landscape of all societies has undergone profound change in recent decades, and the Middle East and North Africa region has not been spared from the world’s transformations either. Despite the promise of events in 2011, the momentum for progress in governance and freedom has broken down violently, and political stagnation has been revived. The elusive nature of globalization, coupled with the unstructured environment of political life, has arguably given way to “liquid times” (Zygmunt Bauman), exacerbated by an emerging “age of anger” (Pankaj Mishra). As a result, many are crying out for a rethinking of the concepts and cognitive frameworks used to narrate the individual human experience and humankind’s joint history.
     
    How can Arab societies re-imagine themselves and take ownership of their histories? Novelist Fadia Faqir explored the limits of patriarchy and the voices of women writers, while Amro Ali has been reflecting on karama (dignity) and the social contract in his latest essay. Casa Árabe, with the cooperation of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), is organizing this round table discussion, which at the same time will serve as the official opening session of this new edition of Aula Árabe Universitaria (third edition) and the Master’s degree program in Arab and Islamic Studies at the UAM. Taking part will be Nieves Paradela, a professor of Arab Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Thomas Volk, director of the regional program “Dialogue with the Southern Mediterranean” of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s International Relations Coordinator.  
     
    Fadia Faqir authored Nisanit, Pillar of Salt, My Name is Salma / The Cry of the Dove and Willow Trees Don’t Weep. Her work has been translated into fifteen languages and published in 19 countries. The foreword to her fourth novel, At the Midnight Kitchen, was published in Weber Studies, and won its fiction award in 2009. Her short story “Under the Cypress Tree” was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize in 2010. She was the director of the Master’s degree program in Gender Studies - Arab World at Durham University’s Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies until 2004. Her academic writings focus on gender, democracy and Islam, as well as violence against women. She is a writing fellow at Durham University’s St Aidan’s College, where she teaches creative writing. She is also one of the founders of The Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship, initiator of the Alta’ir Exchange between Durham and Jordan, and a trustee of the Durham Palestine Educational Trust.

    Amro Ali is a researcher with the Forum transregionale Studien (EUME) and the Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies at the Free University of Berlin, as well as a member of the Young Arab-German Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Prior to that, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the American University in Cairo (AUC), an Associate of the Sydney Democracy Network, and a Visiting Fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (Berlin Center for Social Sciences, WZB). He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, an MA in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies and an MA in Diplomacy from the Australian National University. His fields of research include Arab public spheres, Mediterranean Studies, contemporary Alexandria, intellectual history, cities, citizenship, exile, technological modernity, sociological philosophy and political philosophy, with a focus on Hannah Arendt, Václav Havel and Byung-Chul Han.

  • Geopolitics and Climate Diplomacy in the Mediterranean Region: From Climate Conflict to Cooperation

    Geopolitics and Climate Diplomacy in the Mediterranean Region: From Climate Conflict to Cooperation

    October 05, 20216:00 p.m.
    MADRID / ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel. 6:00 p.m. Prior registration required.
    In English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.
    Second conference of the Aula Árabe Universitaria 3 program, by Jürgen Scheffran, Professor of Geography at the University of Hamburg. It will be on Tuesday, October 5 in our Auditorium in Madrid.
    The Mediterranean region, connecting South Europe, North Africa and Western Asia, is a complex crisis landscape and hotspot of geopolitical conflicts which can spillover into neighbouring regions. Increasingly, the region is exposed to climate change which is a multiplier of risks, interwoven with the region’s geopolitical dimensions, including natural disasters, water and food shortages, energy transformation, human migration, conflict and cooperation. Climate risks are expected to diminish human livelihood security for a growing population and interact with other pre-existing challenges to regional stability. Cooperation across the Mediterranean is difficult, given the wide disparities and divisions of the area. There is growing concern and awareness of climate-related common security challenges, to be addressed in climate diplomacy initiatives and activities, for instance water and energy partnerships, networks for information exchange and regional governance.
    These issues will be addressed at the conference "Geopolitics and the climate diplomacy in the Mediterranean region: from conflict to cooperation," to be given by Jürgen Scheffran, a professor of Geography at the University of Hamburg and Chairman of the Climate Change and Security Research Group (CLISEC) at that university.

    Casa Árabe has organized this second conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria 3 (AAU3) program with the cooperation of the Master’s degree program “EU and the Mediterranean: Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Basis,” taught at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM).
    The meeting will be introduced and moderated by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economic Coordinator, and Ruth Ferrero Turrión, a professor of Political Science at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM).

    Students who attend the conference online will be able to register their attendance through Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel chat. By doing so, they can earn their Aula Árabe certificate, which requires them to attend at least half of the conferences in the series. Students who wish to attend in person must register by following this link.

    Jürgen Scheffran is Professor of Geography at University of Hamburg and chair of the Research Group Climate Change and Security in the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability and the Climate Excellence Cluster CLICCS. After his PhD in physics, he worked in interdisciplinary research groups in environmental science and peace and conflict research at the universities of Marburg, Darmstadt, Paris and Illinois, as well as the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. In addition to networking activities, he was involved in projects for the United Nations, the Office of Technology Assessment and in the expert commission on  forced migration of the German government. Main research interests are: Climate security, environmental migration and resource conflicts; water-food-energy nexus and urban-rural relations; sustainability, complex systems and models; technology assessment, arms control and international security.

    Master’s degree program on the “EU and the Mediterranean: Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Basis” (UCM)
    This program is the result of a process of integration among academic networks dealing with European and Mediterranean issues. Its objective is to train professionals with a specific outlook who are able to promote integration between Europe, and the southern and eastern Mediterranean. Its highest priority lines of work are: furthering European construction and the operation of its institutions, developing legal and economic infrastructures, development cooperation, European socioeconomic culture, EU policies and, above all else, its Euro-Mediterranean outreach.

    Aula Árabe Universitaria
    Aula Árabe is a yearly inter-university program organized by Casa Árabe with the cooperation of the universities in the Autonomous Region of Madrid. Its purpose is to promote knowledge about the Arab world and complement the education provided in university programs from a multidisciplinary perspective, offering students contact with relevant speakers and experts in the international arena in various disciplines related with the Arab world. The program mission is also to promote inter-university cooperation. Each university program is assigned a lecture in the conference series, which is open to students of the other associated programs, and to the general public, as well. Those students who have attended over half of the conferences are awarded with an Aula Árabe Universitaria certificate. Attendance is taken both in the event room when the activity is held in person, and through the online platform chat when the event is held in a virtual format.

Sept. 7, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - AAU3.1 Opening conference
Re-imagining the Arabs: Literature and social contracts   
Fadia Faqir and Amro Ali
With the cooperation of the UAM Master’s degree program in the Master’s Degree in Contemporary Arab and Islamic Studies

October 5, 2021 - AAU3.2
The Geopolitical Impact of Climate Change in the Mediterranean: Conflict and migrations    
Jürgen Scheffran
With the cooperation of the UCM  Master’s degree program on the “European Union and the Mediterranean: Historical, Cultural, Political, Economic and Social Basis”

October 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - AAU3.3
Studies on the Qur’an
John Tolan
With the cooperation of the UAM bachelor’s degree program in History and the UAM Mater's degree program in "Medieval Iberian Word: Hispania, al-Andalus and Sepharad"

November 4, 2021 -  AAU3.4
Orientalism and Anthropology   
María Cardeira
With the cooperation of the UAM bachelor’s degree program in Social and Cultural Anthropology

November 17, 2021 - AAU3.5
Oil Development Strategies in the Arab World
Aurelia Mañé
With the cooperation of the UCM Master’s degree program in International Economics and Development

November 18, 2021 - AAU3.6
State, Oil and War in the Making of Iraq
Nida Alahmad    
With the cooperation of the UAM bachelor’s degree program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

November 25, 2021 - AAU3.7
Being a Journalist in the Middle East
Adrián Mac Liman
With the cooperation of the URJC Master’s degree program in International Journalism
Further information coming soon.