Events

Events

The MEM Freethinking Platform organises a vast array of events, during the year, in order to advance public understanding of main challenges in the MEM region.

The first in the new lecture series, entitled News on the Middle East Mediterranean region and promoted by the Middle East Mediterranean Freethinking Platform in the Spring semester, will be held on 20 February 2020. The lecture coincides with the launch of the course held by professor Gilles Kepel,back after the publication of Uscire dal caos. Le crisi nel Mediterraneo e nel Medio Oriente (Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2019), the Italian translation of his latest book. The focus will be on the latest developments and upheavals in the region and its geopolitical power shifts, constantly redefined. Professor Gilles Kepel will hold a conversation with professor Michele Bernardini, of the University of Naples L’Orientale, an expert of Iran and Turkey, and with professor Salim Dacache, rector of Université Saint-Joseph de Beirut, who will bring a first-hand account of the current situation in Lebanon. The talk will be in Italian. 

Salim Daccache, a Lebanese Jesuit, is the delegate of the Province of the Middle East to his general Congregation. After studying at the Saint Joseph University he was awarded a doctorate at the Sorbonne. He teaches philosophy and theology at the Saint Joseph University where he is dean of the Faculty of Religious Sciences. He also directs the Jesuit publishing house of Beirut. Since 2009 he has been director of the Centre de documentation et de recherches arabes chrétiennes of Beirut; he is director ad interim of the Institut de Lettres Orientales. From August 2012, Fr. Daccache is the Saint Joseph University rector.

Michele Bernardini is full professor of Persian language and literature and history of Iran and the Ottoman Empire at the University of Naples “l'Orientale”, where he directed the Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies until 2019. He is co-director, with Juergen Paul, of the Eurasia Studies journal. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Series Catalogorum and of the Istituto per l'Oriente C.A. Nallino in Rome. In 2015, he organised the International Conference of Turkish Art. His interests focus on the interactions between Turkish and Persian populations on the Iranian Plateau, in Anatolia and in Central Asia. He specialised in the figure of Tamerlane and in the Turkish-Iranian Medieval world.

February 2020

  • Thursday, 20 February, 18:30, Auditorium, Università della Svizzera italiana
    Prof. Gilles Kepel (Università della Svizzera italiana), Prof. Michele Bernardini (Università di Napoli l’Orientale), Prof. Salim Dacache (Université Saint-Joseph di Beirut), News on the Middle East Mediterranean region

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  • Past Events​

    Past Events

    2019

    • Thursday, 21 February, room A-11, Red Building, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel (Università della Svizzera italiana), Sortir du Chaos: les crises en Méditerranée et au Moyen-Orient
    • Thursday, 28 February, room A-11, Red Building, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Carla Del Ponte, I crimini in Siria e la mia lotta per la verità – Presentation of the book by Carla Del Ponte
    • Thursday, 7 March, room A-11, Red Building, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel (Università della Svizzera italiana), Sortir du Chaos: le baril et le coran
    • Thursday, 14 March, auditorium, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Yves Ubelmann (Iconem), Déstruction, conservation, transmission du patrimoine dans la région MEM
    • Thursday, 28 March, room A-11, Red Building, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel (Università della Svizzera italiana), Sortir du Chaos: des "Printemps arabes" au "Califat jihadiste"
    • Thursday, 11 April, room A-11, Red Building, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel (Università della Svizzera italiana), Sortir du Chaos: après Daesh entre désagrégation et recomposition
    • Thursday, 18 April, room A-11, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Camille Schmoll (Université Paris 7), Méditerranée: frontières à la dérive
    • Thursday, 9 May, room A-11, Red Building, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Hela Ouardi (Université de Tunis), La naissance du premier califat de l’Islam: une tragédie moderne
    • Thursday, 23 May, room A-11, Red Building, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel (Università della Svizzera italiana), Sortir du Chaos: l’enjeu planétaire de la bataille du Levant

    2018

    • Thursday, February 22, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel, The Dynamics of the Arab Upheavals of the 2010s: North Africa
    • Thursday, March 8, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel, The Dynamics of the Arab Upheavals: the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf
    • Thursday, March 15, Red building - room A-11, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Silvia Naef (Università di Ginevra), L'immagine nell'Islam: dal Corano ai conflitti attuali
    • Thursday, March 22, Red Building – room A11, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Alessandro Ferrari (Università dell'Insubria), La libertà religiosa tra le due sponde del Mediterraneo: per un percorso comune
    • Thursday, April 12, Red building - room A-11, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel, The Dynamics of the Arab Upheavals: The Levant
    • Thursday, April 19, Red Building – room A11, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Martino Diez (Università Cattolica di Milano), Gli ulema sunniti: crisi e rinnovamento
    • Thursday, May 3, Red Building – room A21, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel, From the Arab-Israeli Conflict to the Sunni-Shia Confrontation: the Great Powers Game
    • Friday, May 4, Red Building – room A24, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel, From the ISIS «Caliphate» to the Jihad in the West: the European Challenge
    • Monday, May 14, Red building - room A-11, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Riccardo Bocco (Graduate Institute Geneva), La questione dei rifugiati palestinesi in Medio Oriente
    • Thursday, May 17, Red building - room A-11, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Amb. Cosimo Risi, La Russia di Putin in Medio Oriente e nel Golfo

    2017

    • Thursday, October 19, Università della Svizzera italiana 
      Prof. Gilles Kepel, The First Phase of Jihad: from Afghanistan to Algeria (1979-1997)
    • Thursday, November 23, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel, The Second Phase of Jihad: the Al Qaeda Era (1998-2005)
    • Wednesday, December 13, Fondazione Corriere della Sera, Milano
      Lorenzo Cremonesi incontra Gilles Kepel, Dopo la caduta dell’Isis. Nuove linee di frattura in Medio Oriente
    • Thursday, December 14, Università della Svizzera italiana
      Prof. Gilles Kepel, The Third Phase of Jihad: the Ideological Underpinnings and Implementation (2005- ...)
    • Friday, December 15, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Lugano
      Hela Ouardi incontra Gilles Kepel, La mort du Prophète de l'Islam: histoire d'un crime originel?