On the occasion of the Babelmed Editorial team meeting, our Website is organising at the Capitoline together with the City of Rome an International Seminar to think over the symbolic division too often proposed as "Islam and the West". 10 journalists of the Babelmed network will try to go "beyond stereotypes".
Disputes around the “caricature affair” and the outbursts of violence and misunderstandings that are still following this burning issue in Europe and the Middle-east reveal a symbolic media war taking place without, as it seems, public opinion’s willing.
Who emphasises these incidents? On which stereotypes are based these obsessions? Are the notions of “Islam” and “the West” relevant to understand the societies of the two shores of the Mediterranean and the relationships between them? How these notions are translated into the various Mediterranean cultural expressions? (cinema, literature, visual arts, etc…)
Babelmed’s journalists will discuss these themes together with the Roman public.
9.00 a.m – 11.00 a.m
Greetings by Walter Veltroni, Mayor of Rome
Nathalie Galesne and Catherine Cornet, Babelmed Editorial team (Rome)
Babelmed.net, 4 years of a Mediterranean journalistic network
Khaled Fouad Allam, editorialist La Repubblica (Italy)
Arab and Western medias: a war of images, a war of imaginaries?
Omayma Abdel-Latif, journalist Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt)
The representations of the West within Political Islam movements
Issandr Elamrani, journalist Cairo Magazine and political scientist (Egypt)
The new legitimacy of Egyptian Muslim Brothers
Hassan Daoud, Editor in chief of Nawafez, Al-Mustaqbal and novelist (Lebanon)
The Lebanese society, between openness and identity crisis
Yassin Temlali, free-lance journalist (Algeria)
Censorship and critical thinking in Algeria
Moderators: Marcelle Padovani, correspondent in Italy for Le Nouvel Observateur (France) and Michael Braun, journalist Tageszeitung (Germany)
11.00 a.m – 11.30 a-m
11.30 a.m -12.00 a.m
12.00 a.m – 13.30 p.m
Jalel El Gharbi, free-lance journalist and academics (Tunisia)
Representing Islam and the West in Literature
Fadwa Miadi, journalist Jeune Afrique (Morocco)
Islamic representations in visual arts
Hanan Kassab Hassan, free lance journalist and film director (Syria)
Islam and Women in Syrian society
Antonia Naim, free-lance journalist (France)
Islam and secularism in the new middle-eastern cinema
Mehmet Basutçu, journalist Radikal (Turkey)
The decline of the "White films", i.e, Islamists' films in Turkish cinema
Youssef Bazzi, journalist Al-Mustaqbal-Nawafez and writer (Lebanon)
Remembering the war, the duty of remembrance in Literature
Moderators: Giovanna Tanzarella, Fondation Seydoux pour le monde méditerranéen (France) and Nathalie Galesne, journalist www.babelmed.net (Italy)
13.30 pm – 14.00 p.m
The meeting is supported by the European Cultural Foundation, The Fondation René Seydoux, The Friederich Ebert Stfitung and the City of Rome.