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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 18 conferences organized with the cooperation of undergraduate and graduate university programs (Masters degree and PhD programs) in the Autonomous Region of Madrid (UAH, UAM, UCM, Nebrija University, UC3M, Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus and the URJC) and Cordoba (Loyola University and University of Cordoba) 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 UAH, 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.

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, fostering dialogue between disciplines, and offering students, professors and researchers of these programmes the chance to make contact with important international speakers and experts in different fields and subjects related to the Arab world.

Students who have attended over 50% of the conferences (9) will be awarded with an Aula Árabe Universitaria certificate. In order to receive the certiticate, they must subscribe to Casa Árabe's newsletter, indicating "Aula Árabe Universitaria" as the subject of interest. In this way, they will receive timely announcements and updates on the different AAU conferences. 

Attendance will be registered through the "Passport to the Arab World", a personalised document which will be stamped at the entrance to each conference and which can be collected at Casa Árabe's headquarters in Madrid. Those students who follow the lectures online will have to register their attendance through the chat on Casa Árabe's YouTube channel, from where they are broadcast.

The hybrid format has made it possible to extend the twinning with IEMed's Aula Mediterrània, which began last year. Students from both programmes can attend the respective lectures online, which will also count for certification purposes, in addition to those that are organised jointly, thanks to the exchange of speakers between the two programmes.


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

    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 and on Youtube.
    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.

  • Readings of the Qur’an in Latin Europe (twelfth-sixteenth centuries)

    Readings of the Qur’an in Latin Europe (twelfth-sixteenth centuries)

    October 27, 20216:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) 6:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached. Mask use is required at all times.

    In Spanish.
    Third conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria program, given by historian John Tolan, from the University of Nantes. It will be taking place on Wednesday, October 27 at our auditorium in Madrid and on our YouTube channel.
    In 1143, Robert de Ketton was given a request by Abbot Peter de Cluny to complete the first translation of the Qur’an into the Latin. This translation, which exists in the form of 24 manuscripts, was one of the main ways in which European readers gained access to the Muslim holy book. Many of those who read it, including Pedro de Cluny himself, did so in order to refute it, because in their mind it was the foundational text for a heretical creed. However, many read the Qur’an for other reasons, which were not always hostile.

    In 1543, four centuries after Robert completed his translation, Theodor Bibliander published it in Basel, along with a collection of other texts about Islam and a preface by Martin Luther. For the Protestant writers Bibliander and Luther, the Qur’an may have been a useful tool in the fight against the Catholic Church, a way to demonstrate that, as Luther claimed, “the Pope’s devil is bigger than the Turks’.” Catholic writers quickly developed counterarguments, combing through the Qur’an to find similarities between its “heresies” and those unfurled by Luther or Calvin. The Latin Qur’an, as we shall see, already formed part of Europe’s intellectual and cultural experience in the twelfth to sixteenth centuries, and the interests and uses given to it by European readers were complex and varied.

    Casa Árabe has organized this conference on “Readings of the Qur’an in Latin Europe (twelfth-sixteenth centuries)” to be given by John Tolan, a professor of History at the University of Nantes and a member of Barcelona’s Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts and Academia Europæa, with the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in History and the Master’s degree program on “The Medieval Iberian World: Hispania, Al-Andalus and Sefarad” at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Moderating the session will be Santiago Palacios Ontalva, a professor of Medieval History from that university. The event will be presented by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator

    Throughout the conference, Prof. Tolan will also be presenting The European Qur’an: The Latin Qur’an, 1143–1500: Translation, Transition, Interpretation (De Gruyter, 2021), a collective work which he has published along with Cándida Ferrero Hernández (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona). It will be coming out on the upcoming date of October 25, as a result of the project “EuQu: The European Qur’an” (2019-2025), coordinated with Mercedes García-Arenal (CSIC), Roberto Tottoli (University of Naples, L’Orientale) and Jan Loop (University of Kent).  

    John Tolan is a professor of History at the University of Nantes and a member of Academia Europæa. He has a PhD in History from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in History from the same university and graduate studies at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris (HDR), as well as a bachelor’s degree in Classical Languages from Yale University. He has received various awards and distinctions, including two fellowships from the European Research Council (ERC) and the Diane Potier-Boès Award bestowed by the Académie Française. He has authored several books and articles, including: Los Sarracenos: el islam en el imaginario europeo en la Edad Media (The Saracens: Islam in the European imaginary in the Middle Ages, 2007), Sons of Ishmael: Muslims through European Eyes in the Middle Ages (2008), Saint Francis and the Sultan: The Curious History of a Christian-Muslim Encounter (2009) and Faces of Muhammad: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today (2019: translated into the Spanish by Rafael Peinado as “Mahoma el Europeo: Percepciones occidentales del Profeta del Islam desde la Edad Media a nuestro días”, to be published in 2022 by the University of Extremadura’s Publishing House).

    Bachelor’s Degree in History (UAM)
    The bachelor’s degree in History aims to educate individuals with a high level of cultural knowledge, possessing a wide range of skills, who can analyze and interpret the social realities of the past and present, remaining open to other cultures.
    Further information by following this link.

    Master’s degree program on “The Medieval Iberian World: Hispania, Al-Andalus and Sefarad”
    The University Master’s degree program on “The Medieval Iberian World: Hispania, Al-Andalus and Sefarad” is an innovative offering promoted by the University of Malaga and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, with the goal of attempting to provide more in-depth knowledge and teach further research methods on the medieval Iberian world.
    Further information here.

    EuQu: The European Qur’an
    Further information on the ERC Synergy project  “EuQu: The European Qur’an”
     
  • Ethnographies of Charity: Muslim men and women volunteering in Portugal
    Photo: Raquel Carvalheira, Lisbon, 2018.

    Ethnographies of Charity: Muslim men and women volunteering in Portugal

    November 04, 20216:00 p.m.
    MADRID / ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel. 6:00 p.m. Free entrance until the event’s capacity is reached. Mask use is required at all times.
    In Spanish.
    On Thursday, November 4, Casa Árabe’s headquarters in Madrid will be hosting the fourth session in the Aula Árabe Universitaria series, to be be given by anthropologist Raquel Carvalheira (CRIA - NOVA FCSH). The event can be watched live on our YouTube channel.
    The conference will provide reflection on the importance of analyzing the engagement of Muslim people in social and civic spheres within European contexts not restricted to their status as members of the Muslim community or their religious identity.

    Through an ethnographic example, that of a civil association run by a Muslim woman in Portugal, we will attempt to understand giving and volunteering as acts which help build a multi-faceted sense of belonging. Islamic tradition is invoked in relation with the duties of citizenship using a mainly emotional sort of language. Charity is thus seen as a discursive act through which Muslim and non-Muslim volunteers justify joint activities, forcing us to question approaches which prioritize collective action by Muslims in public representations of their religious identity.

    Casa Árabe has organized this conference on “Ethnographies of Charity: Muslim men and women volunteering in Portugal,” given by Raquel Carvalheira, a professor of Anthropology at the Universidad Nova de Lisboa, with the cooperation of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) bachelor’s degree program in Anthropology. The event will be moderated by Ángeles Ramírez Fernández, coordinator of that degree program and the director of the Department of Social Anthropology and Philosophical Thought (UAM). Presented by: Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator

    Raquel Carvalheira is an anthropologist and researcher at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa’s Center for Research in Anthropology (CRIA - NOVA FCSH). Her work has focused on Arab and Muslim realities, which have been essential to her academic career, initially in Mauritania and Morocco, and more recently in Portugal. Her thought on these subjects is motivated by gender relations, family, collective action and charity. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in a research project on Islam in Portugal, as well as a researcher at the Center for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), and a visiting professor at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa’s Department of Anthropology. Her publications in Spanish include “La diáspora marroquí en Portugal” (“The Moroccan Diaspora in Portugal”), in Rajae El Khamsi and Joan Lacomba (coord.), “La diáspora marroquí y sus aportes a los países de recepción” (“The Moroccan Diaspora and Its Contributions to Receiving Countries, 2021) and, in English, “Changing Family Strategies in Contemporary Morocco: Women’s stories, persistent ideologies and matrimonial strategies,” Ethnologia Europæ, (2016). As a result of her PhD research, she published the book “Marrocos no Feminino: Conjugalidade e Familia” (Morocco in the Feminine: Conjugal life and family) in 2020. She is one of the directors of the collective documentary “Um Ramadão em Lisboa” (“Ramadan in Lisbon,” 2019, 66 minutes).

    Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UAM)
    The degree analyzes human diversity offering an “anthropological view” that seeks to originate new practices and interact with society. She approaches the most recent research on current high-social impact topics: international migration, inter-ethnic relations, development and cooperation, gender, health, audiovisuals, poverty and social exclusion.

    Further information about the bachelor’s degree program by following this link
  • Oil development strategies in the Arab world: the case of Algeria

    November 17, 202111:30 a.m.
    MADRID/ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel. 11:30 a.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached. Mask use is required at all times.
    In Spanish.
    Sixth conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria program, given by Aurelia Mañé, a professor of Economic Policy from the University of Barcelona. It will be held on November 17 at the Casa Árabe headquarters in Madrid, and on YouTube.
    The conference given by Aurelia Mañé, a professor of Economic Policy at the University of Barcelona (UB), attempts to explain what the development model of the so-called oil economies consisted of, while at the same time reflecting upon the context in which the New World Order came about in the 1970s.

    More specifically, after a brief historical overview of the world economic situation in the early 1970s, the main characteristics of the oil economies will be analyzed, then entering into debate over the reasons for their failure in terms of economic development. Part of this explanation will be illustrated by explaining the case of Algeria, a very important role-player in this initiative.

    Casa Árabe has organized this sixth conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria 3 (AAU3) series, with the cooperation of the Master’s degree program in International Economics and Development at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). The conference will be introduced by Juan M. Ramírez-Cendrero, a professor of Development Economics at that university. Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator, will moderate the talk.

    Aurelia Mañé Estrada 
    An associate professor at the University of Barcelona (UB) School of Economics and Business and an honorary researcher at the University of East Anglia School of History in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the Geopolitics and Energy Security Department at the Real Instituto Elcano, as well as a member of several university research groups. In the year of 2008, she created the Central Asia Observatory, and in addition to heading that project, she collaborated with Casa Asia on energy issues. She holds a PhD and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree in International Studies from the same university. Much of her research has revolved around the study of issues related to energy resources, focusing her work on the regions of Central Asia and Algeria. Among her latest publications are “El gran negocio mundial de la energía” (“The Big World Energy Business,” 2016), “Energy Interdependence: The Linkage of the Political Economy of Algeria’s Natural Gas With that of the Western Mediterranean Region, a Methodological Approach” with Roger Albinyana in the journal Revista UNISCI (2018), and she co-authored “Argelia en transición hacia una segunda república” (“Algeria in Transition Towards a Second Republic,” Icaria, 2019) with Laurence Thieux and Miguel Hernando de Larramendi.

    Master’s degree in International Economics and Development (UCM)
    The world economy has yet again become increasingly decisive in understanding an important part of today’s phenomena and troubles. Great international inequalities, the influence of transnational companies, volatility in financial markets, the changing role of some countries on the world stage, the challenges in development and the environment are some of the issues leading us to reach significant conclusions about various societies. All of this justifies the need to study and understand the many aspects and facets of the world economy. The educational process comprising the Master’s degree provides: solid theoretical and methodological foundations for economic analysis, the ability to design and develop research and other studies and specialized knowledge on central aspects in the different fields of world economics and development.
  • State, oil and war in the formation of Iraq

    November 18, 20216:00 p.m.
    MADRID / ONLINE
    Casa Árabe Auditorium in Madrid (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe's Youtube channel 6:00 p.m. Free entrance until the event’s capacity is reached. Mask use is required at all times.
    In English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.
    Taking place on November 18 at the Casa Árabe headquarters in Madrid is the seventh conference in the Aula Árabe Universitaria program, given by Professor Nida Alahmad (University of Edinburgh).
    Over the past few decades, three themes—the state, oil, and war—have shaped both Iraqi politics and Iraqi studies. These themes emerge from Iraq’s modern history and its representation in academia. Academic work on Iraq witnessed a number of shifts that can be traced to two interrelated factors: access to primary source material, and the political context of the time.

    This lecture will show how the state, oil, and war are interrelated themes rather than definitively bound categories that determine certain effects on Iraq’s political economy. They are markers in historical processes that, since the late nineteenth century, involved the formation of social relations often organized by conceptual categories such as class, sect, nation, and gender. These social relations have constantly informed and constituted one another within particular material and historical contexts. 

    Casa Árabe has organized this conference on “State, oil and war in the formation of Iraq,” given by Nida Alahmad, a professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, with the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in International Relations at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and the bachelor’s degree program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). The event will be presented by Isaías Barreñada, a professor and the coordinator of the UCM bachelor’s degree program in International Relations. The event will be moderated by Olivia Orozco, Casa Árabe’s Training and Economics Coordinator.

    Nida Alahmad
    Nida Alahmad is a professor of Middle East Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining this university, she was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Ghent University, a post-doctoral researcher at Georgetown University and a visiting researcher and associate at the European University Institute. She earned her PhD from the New School for Social Research (New York). Some of her most notable recent publications include the chapter titled State, Oil, and War in the Formation of Iraq, in A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Joel Beinin, Bassam Haddad and Sherene Seikaly (Stanford University Press, 2020). She is currently working on finalizing her book manuscript State Matters: The State, its significance, its matters, and its experts in the case of Iraq.

    Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (UCM)
    Research on the role-players, events and processes occurring within international society became detached from other social sciences after the end of World War I. For decades, the development of International Relations that took place in Western countries had no correspondence in Spain due to the isolationism that dominated Spanish foreign policy, the country’s incomplete economic development and the little scientific and cultural openness that characterized the Franco era. However, the establishment of democracy first and the membership in the European Community later achieved Spain’s full participation in an international stage that underwent an intense process of globalization. The bachelor’s degree in International Relations attempts to provide a structured, multidisciplinary and comprehensive higher education to the international specialists increasingly and urgently needed by Spanish society and the rest of Europe.

    Bachelor’s degree program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (UAM)
    This degree program promotes interdisciplinary thinking, viewed not as a series of isolated contents from a wide range of disciplines, but rather as the fostering of an atmosphere for authentic discussion, dialogue and integration of theoretical and empirical approaches which are necessarily complementary for both students and teachers. It provides a view of the social sciences from different perspectives, equipping students with the tools they need to analyze an increasingly global, complex and connected world. It is an inter-university degree with joint instruction by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the Universidad Pompeu Fabra.
  • Being a journalist in the Middle East
    Photo: Hispan TV

    Being a journalist in the Middle East

    November 25, 20216:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62) and Casa Árabe’s YouTube channel. 6:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached. Mask use is required during the entire event and throughout all our facilities.
    In Spanish.
    On the upcoming date of Thursday, November 25, Casa Árabe will be hosting the eighth conference in its Aula Árabe Universitaria program, to be given by Adrián Mac Liman. The conference will be held at our headquarters in Madrid and shown live on YouTube.
    Casa Árabe has organized this eighth session in the event series Aula Árabe Universitaria 3, to be given by Adrián Mac Liman, an international political analyst, writer and journalist, with the cooperation of the University Master’s degree program in International Journalism at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC). Introducing the event will be Irene Lozano, general director of Casa Árabe, and it will be moderated by  Amal Abuwarda Pérez, a professor in that Master’s degree program.

    In his presentation, Mac Liman will offer an overview of his extensive experiences covering the Middle East, beginning with the earliest meetings between Arab and Palestinian professionals at the United Nations in the 1970s, then continuing with the invasion of Cyprus in 1974, the fall of Iran’s Shah in 1979, the death of Sadat in 1981, the war in Lebanon in 1982, his work as a correspondent in Jerusalem, the first Intifada, etc., as well as his many encounters with political leaders and significant role-players in the region, including Yasser Arafat, Osama Bin Laden and Butros-Ghali. He will focus in on the way in which the journalist perceives events, as a party concerned with deciphering the language and mindset of others in order to reflect and translate their thoughts.

    Adrián Mac Liman is an international political analyst, writer and journalist with long-standing experience in the Middle East. A journalist from a very young age, he has worked for international media such as ANSA (Italy), AMEX (Mexico) and Gráfica (USA), and was the first correspondent for the newspaper El País, in the United States (USA). A regular contributor to the Madrid evening publication “Informaciones” and the magazine Cambio 16, he was a war correspondent in Cyprus (1974), witnessed the fall of the Shah of Iran (1978) and worked as a special envoy for the newspaper La Vanguardia during the invasion of Lebanon by Israeli troops in 1982. He lived in Jerusalem from 1987 to 1989 as a correspondent for the weekly publication “El Independiente.” After participating in preparations for the Euro-Mediterranean Conference of Barcelona (1995), he joined the Mediterranean Studies Group at the Sorbonne University in Paris as an expert advisor. From 1999 to 2001, he was an analyst and commentator on international politics for the newspaper Diario 16. At present, he contributes to the newspaper La Razón, the digital publications Canarias Ahora, the weekly La Clave and the Centro de Colaboraciones Solidarias (CCS) at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, which provides its weekly service to more than 800 Spanish-language publications. As an analyst, he participates in programs broadcast by the news network Canal 24 Horas (TVE), as well as news programs on Intereconomía TV, Radio Intereconomía and TV3 (Televisió de Catalunya). He has authored several books on the Middle East, including: Via Dolorosa: Palestina en el tercer milenio (Via Dolorosa: Palestine in the third millennium, Flor del Viento, 1999), Palestina: el volcán (Palestine: The volcano, Popular, 2001), El caos que viene: enemigo sin rostro, guerra sin nombre (The Chaos to Come: A faceless enemy, a nameless war, Popular, 2002), Turquía – un país entre dos mundos (Turkey: A country straddling two worlds), with Sara Núñez de Prado (Flor del Viento, 2004), and Breve historia de Turquía (Brief History of Turkey, Catarata, 2019).

    Master’s degree in International Journalism at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
    The purpose of the Master’s degree program in International Journalism is to meet the demand for new professional experts in International Journalism, who are educated to fit into a professional environment of content creation in the field of multimedia and online international relations. It deals with cross-cutting issues that the science of International Relations has studied somewhat late but in a detailed way from the vantage point of journalism: the field of international cultural relations, from the perspective of cultural diversity and interculturalism, and the commitment to human rights. It highlights the need for specialized training to meet the demand for new professionals in this sector, above all in innovative arenas such as Human Rights Journalism, International Solutions Journalism, International Data Journalism and Global Journalism.
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
Readings of the Qur’an in Latin Europe (twelfth-sixteenth centuries)
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, 6:00 p.m. -  AAU3.4
Ethnographies of Charity: Muslims and Volunteerism in Portugal     
Raquel Carvalheira
With the cooperation of the UAM bachelor’s degree program in Social and Cultural Anthropology

November 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - AAU3.5 Postponed
Lebanese cinema. A conversation with...
Nadine Labaki
With the cooperation of the UC3M Master's degree program in Cinema and Television 

November 17, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - AAU3.6
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, 6:00 p.m. - AAU3.7
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, 6:00 p.m. - AAU3.8
Being a Journalist in the Middle East
Adrián Mac Liman
With the cooperation of the URJC Master’s degree program in International Journalism

December 17, 2021 - AAU3.9
The Arabic language: identity and sociolinguistics
Reem Bassiouney
With the cooperation of the UAH Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication, Translation and Interpreting in Public Services

January 2, 2022 - AAU3.10 
The relations of Arab countries with the Horn of Africa
Elizabeth Dickinson
With the cooperation of the UAM Master’s degree in International Relations and African Studies

February 10, 2022 - AAU3.11 
The evolution of political Islam in the Middle East and North Africa
Stéphane Lacroix
With the cooperation of the UAM’s EUROSUD-South European Studies Master’s degree program

February 17, 2022 - AAU3.12 
Debates over prohibiting the niqab in Holland and its relationship with antiterrorism legislation
Annelies Moors
With the cooperation of the Master’s degree in Advanced Studies on Islam in Contemporary European Society

February 21, 2022 - AAU3.13 
Prejudice, stereotypes and communication in intercultural mediation
Ana Ruth Vidal Luengo
With the cooperation of Universidad Nebrija bachelor’s degree program in Modern Languages and the University of Alcalá de Henares’ Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication, Translation and Interpreting in Public Services

February 28, 2022 - AAU3.14 
Reporting from the diaspora in the era of Hirak: journalism and debate in France about Algeria and the Maghreb
Akram Belkaïd
With the cooperation of the UCM Master’s degree program in International Politics: Sector and Area Studies

March 14, 2022 - AAU3.15 
Being a female journalist working in and on the Middle East and North Africa
Zaina Eirhaim
With the cooperation of the UC3M dual bachelor’s degree program in Journalism and Humanities

March 22, 2022 - AAU3.16 
The founding of the Museum of Damascus
Morad Montazami
With the cooperation of the bachelor’s degree program in Art History and the Master’s degree in Spanish Art, UCM

April 5, 2022 - AAU3.17 
Quo vadis, Lebanon?
Karim Emile Bitar
With the cooperation of the Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus Master’s degree in Political Science and Public Affairs 

April 29, 2022 - AAU3.18 
Murchidat (religious guides for women): women’s Islam in Morocco
Hafsa Ahl Mobarak
With the cooperation of the Master’s degree in Religion Sciences and the PhD program in Religion Sciences, University Institute of Religion Sciences)