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USI promotes a new study platform of analysis and discussion on the Middle East Mediterranean, with the aim of encouraging a critical and shared look on the events that are changing the region and the face of Europe.
The Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform, this is how it will be called, will be directed by renowned political expert and French orientalist Gilles Kepel, who will propose the 10 public lectures “Inside the MEM”. The encounters will target USI students – with a choice of adding the lectures to their study curricula – researcher and anyone interested in the topic.
This multi-generational innovative format will help developing a free debate on the main political, cultural and social challenges of the region, starting from the Arab Springs till the current crisis.
The encounters, held in English by Prof. Kepel, will begin on September 21st and will explore the region historical context, from the post-colonial age, to the decline of nationalisms, to the affirmation of Islam. Careful attention will be given to the conflict between global powers in the complex game of regional politics, to the impact that oil and gas fluctuations have on the stability of the regions, to the effect of migration and the presence of Jihad members in Europe. Additional training at the conferences will be proposed as a seminar by PhD Federica Frediani, Manager of the MEM Platform Educational Program.
The platform will also organise in 2018 events involving academics, intellectuals, artists, politicians, economists, media representatives and non-governmental organisations, taking advantage of Lugano’s privileged location as a neutral place connecting Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
Below, the lecture programme that will be held in the Auditorium on Lugano Campus every Thursday, late afternoon. On September 22nd and May 4th only, the lectures will be held on Friday morning.
Entry is free (registration required).
For more information on the programme of the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform or to register, please refer to MEM@usi.ch