Convening 4 July 2022 Carthage, Tunisia
Carthage Seminars 2022 – The Challenge of Social Change in Arab Countries

Carthage Summer School – July 4-8, 2022 // Click here for details on how to apply. 

Carthage Seminars – July 7-8, 2022 // Sign up here to attend. 

The Carthage Seminars and Summer School will be held at the Beit Al Hikma, the Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts in Carthage, Tunis.


The Challenge of Social Change in Arab Countries

The difficulties of political transition are apparent across the globe. Social protests in the Arab world have inspired hope and optimism and reminded internal and external observers and scholars of persistent realities that challenge democratization. The divide between secular and religious wings of the political sphere has receded from the forefront, whereas the crosscutting need for welfare, prosperity, efficiency in public services and a more dynamic and free social life is transcending old political cleavages. The Jasmine revolution of December 2010 that began in Tunisia and ignited reform movements across the region is remarkable in contemporary socio-political history. It fueled new research across philosophy, theology, legal theory, politics and the history of ideas, and beyond. However, the last decade has been marked by turmoil and backlash. The Covid-19 global pandemic added immense challenges at the socio-political and economic levels. And the invasion of Ukraine undertaken by Russian President Vladimir Putin has provoked a major crisis with immense global economic consequences and worsening living conditions in the Middle East and North Africa, where people have returned to the streets to demand the change promised by the earlier social protests.

The 2022 Carthage Seminars aim first to further study social, cultural, religious and political diversity in the Arab world by listening to local scholars and their evaluation of the transformations in the region, and by involving international scholars that have been studying the area for decades. The Seminars aim, second, to bring together an important number of young scholars, researchers, professionals, teachers, young journalists, media activists, from the region and from outside. Finally, the Seminars aim to engage in profound philosophical, theological, legal, and cultural discussions with the participants during the Summer School classes and workshops over the current issues that concern the changing Arab societies, focusing on pluralism in culture and religion, political liberties and freedoms of expression, human rights discourses, global political and environmental challenges, and the role of the social media and the digital world, the youth, and civil society in these historical moments.

2022 Speakers and Faculty *

Wahid Abdelmajid, Asma Asfaruddin, Lisa Anderson* Joseph Bahout, Faouzi Bedoui*, Mahmoud Ben Romdhane, Giancarlo Bosetti, Amel Boubekeur, Hmida Ennaifer*, Georges Fahmi, Amel Grami, Sharan Grewal, Mohammed Haddad, Sari Hanafi, Mohammed Hashas, Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab, Jonathan Laurence, Mohammed Masbah, Hazem Saghuiyyeh*.

* List is subject to change.


The 2022 Carthage Seminars and Summer School are being organized in collaboration with:

The Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH, Paris), 

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon),

The Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis (CEMAT, Tunis)

Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Tunis).


The Carthage Seminars are free and open to all.

–> To sign up for to the Seminars, please click here

–> To learn more on the Summer School, please click here.


You can request a certificate of attendance for the Seminars upon their conclusion by writing to In order to receive this certificate attendance is mandatory for all sessions.



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