ResetDOC in collaboration with Beit Al Hikma, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is organizing the 2022 Carthage Seminars and Summer School. This year’s theme will address the issues relating to the difficulties faced by Middle Eastern and North African countries in establishing social change. More than a decade has passed since the Jasmine Revolution and many MENA countries are still struggling to successfully implement economic and social reform. The added struggles imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the recent invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin have exacerbated the external conditions needed to guarantee stability and economic growth in the region. The Seminars and Summer School will attempt to look at the current challenges and analyze what future obstacles, such as Climate Change, may get in the way of development and try and determine what the path forward may be.
- ResetDOC in collaboration with the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is organizing the 2022 Venice Seminars and Summer School. This year’s theme will address the issues relating to the need to protect the most vulnerable in society against the ravages of Covid-19, climate change and recent financial crises and rising inflation. This precarious context signals the powerful return of the state. After decades of globalization and the ascendancy of markets, multinationals and civil society, national governments have reemerged as critical actors. The state is seen as the last recourse against extreme income inequality and against challenges to individual freedoms emanating from cultural-religious realms.
- This conference, organized in collaboration with the University of Florida. will look at whether populism has run its course or whether it’s just waiting on the sidelines for the opportune conditions for its return. The electoral defeat of Donald Trump and his removal as President of the US, as well as the weakening of support for several other populist governments and movements, may well mark a change in the direction of political dynamics globally. However, nothing is yet irrevocably decided.
- Can there be common ground when political narratives and basic truths collide, replacing rationality? With polarized rhetoric on the rise, can democratic degeneration still be reversed? What once seemed like a distant challenge now threatens the stability of our centuries-old institutions. Where political dialogue becomes impracticable, deliberative democracy is imperiled. A concerted effort is needed to guide public discussion and conquer the temptation to retreat or abstain. Through a day-long international conference jointly organized with the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, we aim to define an agenda to craft solutions for overcoming the biggest threats to our public discourse.
- Join us online for a momentous virtial roundtable on Friday 11 March at 12pm EST / 6pm CET – With José Casanova, Craig Calhoun, Sean Golden, Andrea Graziosi, Shada Islam, Marlene Laruelle, Mikhail Minakov
- A dark air of impending war hangs once again over Eastern Europe. As Russia amasses thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border and brings its demands for NATO “security guarantees” to a new level, there is fear that the situation on the ground may escalate at any time into open military confrontation. This panel, featuring world-renowned experts on post-Soviet geopolitics, will seek to unpack those very underlying conditions, and find out if and how there is any room to be had for political compromise.
- Relationships among national and international institutions and religious organizations and communities color politics, governance expectations, and daily life in much of the world. The upheavals of the COVID-19 crisis have cast new light on perennial issues of ethics and belief fundamental for institutions and processes of governance. As we move into an unsettling post-COVID-19 era, global religious and interfaith networks aspire to revitalized roles in advancing global agendas. Many questions will arise along the path, including how religious ideals are framed and how contested questions—theological, philosophical, and practical—are to be addressed.
- The 2021 Carthage Seminars and Summer School will explore the theme of cultural pluralism in the Media, both traditional and digital, with particular attention paid to information technologies and how news spreads. What are the principal sources of information in the Arab and Muslim World? Who finances them, who owns them, who controls them culturally? Who is in the position to guarantee or impede freedom of speech and the plurality of public discourse? The courses and workshops will explore the status of pluralism in the Arab and Muslim world and the communities the world over.
- An online workshop devoted to Islam and Pluralism that will gather prominent scholars of Islam from the perspective of theology, philosophy and law. The focus of the discussion will be: the status of salvation and truth in Islam, the legal status of the Other, and the current tensions/intersections between legal and theological status of the Other.
- In this round table, speakers will discuss how misinformation among citizens is becoming an increasingly serious problem for all societies, due to the spreading effects of social networks, which can amplify the circulation of falsehoods. In addition, cable news networks promoting misinformation and “alternative facts” have found a foothold in the United States and are starting to spread across the Atlantic.