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World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies. 16-20 July 2018

The Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation welcomes the Fifth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES).

WOCMES Seville 2018 will be held in the capital of Andalusia on 16-22 July 2018, serving as a meeting point to present, debate and share a wide range of information on the latest studies concerning the Middle East, encompassing diverse perspectives, from conflict analysis and resolution to migrations, water, the environment, culture, news media and studies on Al-Andalus.

Attendance at the Congress is thus a must for researchers, professors, students, media, professionals and other groups interested in studies concerning North Africa and the Middle East as well as other regions of the world involved in those areas. Nearly 3,000 participants from more than 70 countries are thus expected to attend what is considered the most prestigious event in its field.

In the wake of the four previous congresses – Mainz 2002 (Germany), Amman 2006 (Jordan), Barcelona 2010 (Spain) and Ankara 2014 (Turkey), WOCMES Seville 2018 will focus on the relationship between the three cultures and, given that it is the Foundation’s raison d’être, the Andalusí legacy and the roots of the city that will host this major international gathering.

Le WOCMES Séville 2018 se déroulera à Séville du 16 au 20 juillet 2018 et constituera un lieu de rencontre pour présenter, débattre et partager la richesse des informations sur les derniers développements des études sur le Moyen-Orient, en couvrant les perspectives les plus diverses, depuis l’analyse et la résolution de conflits jusqu’aux migrations, en passant par les thématiques liées à l’eau, l’environnement, la culture, les médias et les études sur Al-Andalus.

Ainsi, le Congrès est un rendez-vous incontournable pour les chercheurs, les enseignants, les étudiants, les médias, les professionnels ainsi que tout autre groupe de personnes intéressées par les études sur l’Afrique du Nord, sur le Moyen-Orient et sur d’autres régions du monde directement ou indirectement affectées par les affaires de ces régions. À cet effet, il est prévu de réunir 3.000 participants provenant de plus 70 pays et qui est considéré comme l’événement le plus prestigieux dans ce domaine.

Après les quatre éditions précédentes, Mainz 2002 (Allemagne), Amman 2006 (Jordanie), Barcelone 2010 (Espagne) et Ankara 2014 (Turquie), le WOCMES Séville 2018 mettra davantage l’accent sur les relations entre les trois cultures et aussi, bien entendu, en raison de l’essence même de la Fondation, à l’égard de l’héritage arabo-andalou et les racines de la ville qui accueille cette rencontre internationale aussi prestigieuse.


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