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April 11 & 12, 2019
Writing and Geopolitics in the Contemporary Arab and Mediterranean World

USEK – Kaslik (April 11-12, 2019)
INALCO – Paris (November 2020)
UIT – Kenitra (March 2022)

(Symposium Languages: Arabic, French, English)

Organizing institutions:
  • Inalco (France)
  • USEK (Lebanon)
  • UIT (Morocco)

Preparatory Committee:
  • Nicole Chalhoub
  • Joseph Chraim
  • Sobhi Boustani
  • Rima Sleiman
  • Hafida al-Amrani
  • Hanane Bendahmane

While writing is an age-old practice that has fascinated humanity, geopolitics seen as the “study of power relations in a space of any scale, including a local scale”, is now crucial in the language and the media landscape. It remains, as some suggest, an inconvenience that can lead in some cases to suspicion in scholarly circles.
Hence, the challenge here is to join these two concepts within the framework of a symposium themed on:

Writing and Geopolitics in the Contemporary Arab and Mediterranean World

It goes without saying that since the beginning of the twenty-first century, the contemporary Arab world and the Mediterranean world, in general, are witnessing social and political changes that implicitly or explicitly inform writing in all forms, and even determine the role of writers and intellectuals. New trends are emerging under regimes that, despite the so-called “Arab Revolution”, are becoming more and more totalitarian. A new human geography defines the demographic landscape in these societies: (population displacement, immigration, emergence of minorities...). Researchers who would like to participate in this symposium will work together on elucidating the following question: To what extent could geopolitics, in its broadest sense and in all its historical, literary, media, and theatrical dimensions, among others, constitute the framework, the content or the purpose of writing in a modern world – Arab-Mediterranean in this case – in turmoil?

The Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – USEK (Lebanon), the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales – Inalco (France) and the Université Ibn Tofaïl (Morocco) are ideal partners in this project (...). USEK, through the Laboratory of Mediterranean Languages and Cultures (LCM), will be hosting the first meeting in April 2019; Inalco through Centre de Recherches Moyen-Orient Méditerranée (CERMOM) will host the second meeting in November 2020, and the Université Ibn Tofaïl through the LLS in March 2022.

Areas of research are various and multiple:
  • Geopolitical problems and the media (journalism, audio-visual media...)
  • Geopolitical evolution and new communication technology
  • Geopolitical evolution and new artistic trends (cinema, theater, songs ...)
  • Geopolitics and contemporary literary production (novel, poetry, short story, theatrical writing, and literature across genres)
  • Writing and minorities
  • Writing and immigration
  • Literary prizes and creation
  • Literary awards and translation
  • Linguistic issues related to geopolitical developments
  • Popular literature and oral literature
  • Geopolitics of the Arab and Mediterranean world and history writing
  • Writing, identity and violence

Proposals for the first conference held on April 11-12, 2018 should be sent by e-mail to the following contacts before December 1, 2018:

Sobhi Boustani:
Joseph Chraim:

Abstracts (300 words) should include the participant’s name, institution, email and postal addresses.

Notifications will be communicated before December 31, 2018.
Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
Tel.: (+961) 9 600 000
Fax : (+961) 9 600 100
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