The Carthage Seminars: Pluralism in Arab and Muslim Societies
Conference Program (30 June – 1 July) 

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Day 1 –  Wednesday 30 June 2021

 

Opening

15:00-15:45 (Rome Time)

 

Abdelmajid Charfi – President, Beit al-Hikma; Professor, University of Tunis
Giancarlo Bosetti – Chair, Reset DOC
Jonathan Laurence – Director, Reset Dialogues US; Professor, Boston College
Federica Zoja – Journalist and Scientific Coordinator, Reset DOC

 

 

Panel 1 – How is Contemporary Islam reflected in Arab/Muslim Culture in the Great Mediterranean and beyond? 

15:45- 17:00

 

Mustafa Akyol, Is there an Islamic Case for Free Speech?

Jocelyne Cesari, Religious tolerance Versus Political toleration

Zeineb Toujani, Islamism in the Tunisian media after 2018: Analytical and critical reading

Chair: Mohammed Hashas, Reset DOC; Luiss University in Rome

 

Break 17:00-17:30 

 

Panel 2 – Changing Societal Norms and Freedom of Speech in the Arts: Cinema, Design, Theatre

17:30-18:45 

 

Peter Limbrick, New Networks for Arab Film and Video

Bahia Shehab, Art and Resistance

Ismail Khalidi, Thick as Thieves: Settler Colonial Delusions and the Policing of Palestine in Popular American Culture

Chair: Federica Zoja, Reset DOC

 

 

Panel 3 – Restrictions on cultural freedom and strategies of adaptation

18:45-20:00

 

Atef Elshaer, The poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and Adonis, between Freedom and Duress

Karima Laachir, Culture/arts and activism under authoritarian regimes in the MENA (TBD)

Omar Fassatoui, Acculturation of Rights and Freedoms in the Post Revolutionary Tunisia

Chair: Mohammed Hashas, Reset DOC; Luiss University in Rome

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Day 2, Thursday 01 July 2021

 

Panel 1 – No longer caught “between” Islam and the West? Cultural contributions to the construction of democracy

15:00-16:15

 

Shady Hamadi, The impact of living in democratic, pluralist societies vis-a-vis environments with fewer freedoms, on creative production among the Arab diasporas

Joshua Carney, Resur(e)recting a Spectacular Hero: Diriliş Ertuğrul, Necropolitics, and Popular Culture in Turkey

Moez Mrabet, Tunisian Theater from Dictatorship to Democracy

Chair: Azzurra Meringolo Scarfoglio, RAI

 

Panel 2 – Pluralism and freedom of expression in traditional and digital media: a method for dialogue in disguise?  

16:15-17:30

 

Tarek El-Ariss Digital Subjects: Performing Exposure on Arab Social Media

Teresa Pepe, Arabic Literature and the Web 2.0

Abdel Aziz Hali, The Alternative Media in Tunisia (Nawaat, Inkyfada, al-Qatiba)

Chair: Jonathan Laurence, Boston College; Reset US

 

Break 17:30-18:00 

 

Roundtable: Culture and the arts — the continuation of politics by other means?

18:45-19:45

 

Lisa Anderson, Mayada Adil, Mustafa Akyol, Amel Boubekeur, Zyed Krichen 
Chair: Giancarlo Bosetti, Reset DOC

 

Concluding remarks

19:45-20:00

 

Conference Venue

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The Seminars will be held in videoconference live on Zoom.
To receive the link for the webinars please register here.

The Seminars will also be streamed live on the Reset DOC’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/resetdoc

The program follows Central European Summer Time (GMT +02:00).