“Thinking the Mediterranean”

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“Thinking the Mediterranean” is a cycle of seven lectures which will start in May 2006 and continue till September 2007 organized by the Alexandrian and Mediterranean Research center (AlexMed) at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. The event aims at organizing vibrant discussions focused on the Mediterranean legacy and its strength as a melting pot zone of exchanges and cultural interaction.

The lectures will cover a number of vital issues including: the Mediterranean - a strategic question; the Mediterranean among cultures; cities of the Mediterranean, the Mediterranean - a religious space etc.

In order to foster high quality discussion, the lectures will host prominent scholars and writers of the region. In this context, AlexMed aims at reviving the Alexandrian natural role for dialogue among cultures through the city’s spirit of diversity, tolerance and cooperation in the Mediterranean.

The first lecture, 9 May 2006, will be presented by Dr. Christian Bromberger, ethnologist from the University of Provence (France) and Dr. Mohamed Tozy, political anthropologist from the University of Hassan Ain Chock, Casablanca. The discussion will focus on “The Mediterranean among Cultures”, highlighting the Mediterranean as a system of complementary differences and a game of mirrors’ identity (on costumes, behavior, convictions) - the diversity of cultural dimensions as a homogenous multicultural, multi-ethnic space that is the Mediterranean.

AlexMed is a research center, affiliate to the BA, aiming for the preservation and management of Alexandria’s tangible and intangible heritage and it is a partner of the Ramses II network, which is funded by the European Commission. The network is organizing a new research field in Mediterranean Studies, giving a better understanding of why the Mediterranean area has become a major zone of tension, and analyzing the EU-Mediterranean partnership policy.

Click here for the full lecture (in French) by Dr. Christian Bromberger.

Click here for the full lecture (in French) by Dr. Mohamed Tozy.


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