Carthage Seminars on Cultural Pluralism and Political Liberties
The Third Annual Reset Dialogues Seminars on Pluralism in North Africa
International Conference and Summer School ONLINE
29 June – 03 July, 2020
Reset Dialogues on Civilizations | Reset Dialogues US | The Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters, and Arts (Beit al-Hikma)
With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
The challenge of cultural and political pluralism has become a common area for improvement within both established and developing democracies. The debate about critical issues, ranging from electoral pluralism to the role of religion in public life, traverses the Mediterranean and will continue beyond the Covid-19 crisis. This year, Reset Dialogues will assemble a broad range of scholars and researchers in the virtual home of Beit al Hikma in Carthage, Tunisia. The Tunisian experience illustrates the complexity of the compromise between tradition and modernity, confessional rigor and openness to religious and political pluralism. Taking advantage of the serious economic stagnation across the region, the forces of authoritarianism, radicalism and militancy stand poised to fill any power vacuums that occur.
The Carthage Seminars, following previous editions of the Casablanca Seminars in 2018 and 2019, will again create a forum for in-depth and critical analysis of the relations between religion, history and political dynamics in European and Mediterranean societies. Participants will engage in a thorough review of legal and constitutional perspectives. The program will bring together top-tier academics from the Middle East and North Africa, the US, and Europe, alongside young scholars and international pool of young professionals and opinion leaders from the fields of education, journalism, and social media who have the abilities and potential to reach and engage with a wide public, to discuss vibrant issues of regional and world-scale importance. The working languages of the Seminars are Arabic and English, with simultaneous translation.