Convening 28 June 2021 Online (Zoom)
The Carthage Seminars: Pluralism in Arab and Muslim Societies
Current Trends in the Arts, Culture and Media Under Duress


Carthage Summer School // June 28th – July 2nd, 2021 
Carthage Conference // June 30th –  July 1st, 2021


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The challenge of cultural and political pluralism has become a common area in need of improvement for both established and developing democracies. Reset Dialogues will convene a broad range of scholars, researchers and professionals in the virtual home of Beit al-Hikma in Carthage, Tunisia this Summer. After previous successful editions held in Casablanca (2018 and 2019) and Carthage (2020, online), we will create a forum for in-depth and critical analysis on “Current Trends in the Arts, Culture and Media under Duress” in two parts.

The Summer School’s courses and workshops will explore the status of pluralism in the Arab and Muslim world and the communities the world over — from Beirut to Santiago to Detroit and beyond — as it is lived and experienced in the arts and humanities.

The Seminars 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 following sub-themes will emerge during the Summer School and International Conference: the growing hegemony of the Turkish cultural and political model in the MENA region; the influence of the Gulf countries on cultural trends in North Africa and the Arab diasporas in both hemispheres; contemporary Islam and its reflections in contemporary Arab culture (television, music, storytelling and cinema); artistic-literary production in Arab / Muslim communities; the impact of living in democratic, pluralist societies vis-a-vis environments with fewer freedoms, on creative production among the Arab diasporas.

Working languages of the Seminars & Summer School: Arabic and English, with simultaneous translation.


2021 Speakers and Faculty:

Randa Aboubakr, Mayada Adil, Mustafa Akyol, Lisa Anderson, Giancarlo Bosetti, Amel Boubekeur, Joshua Carney, Jocelyne Cesari, Francesca Corrao, Tarek El-Ariss, Atef Elshaer, Omar Fassatoui Abdel Aziz Hali, Shady Hamadi, Mohammed Hashas, Ismail Khalidi, Zyed Krichen, Jonathan Laurence, Peter Limbrick Moez Mrabet, Teresa Pepe, Bahia Shehab, Zeineb Toujani, Hala Wertani, Federica Zoja.


2021 Advisory Board: 

Lisa Anderson (Columbia University), Giancarlo Bosetti (ResetDOC), Abdelmajid Charfi (Tunisian Academy for Sciences, Letters, and Arts “Beit al-Hikma”), Jonathan Laurence (Boston College), Federica Zoja (ResetDOC, Avvenire).


Participation in the Conference is free and open to all upon registration.

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