TOMidEast Summer School: «Understanding the Middle East»

In the frame of the TOMidEast initiatives, the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society of the University of Turin, is pleased to announce the first edition of the Summer School “Understanding the Middle East”, from June 30 to July 4, 2014, dedicated this year to the issue of Political Change and Continuity. The detailed programme of the Summer School is available on the event’s website, with constantly updated information on the organization of the School, faculty and staff, registration procedures, and key dates and deadlines. Applications are accepted starting from March 15, 2014.

Why the TOMidEast Summer School

The Middle East is a region that plays a key role for the comprehension of the current international interests, global changes and tendencies that since 2001 have been shaping international politics. At the same time it is also a strongly controversial area, whose interpretations have been distorted and biased by an often inaccurate media coverage and information spreading.

The outbreak of the so called ‘Arab Spring’ has brought again the Middle East to the attention of the international arena without, however, that the extent of the ongoing transformations was properly analyzed and disseminated. That is why a deep analysis and understanding of the core issues of this complex region is fundamental today.

Structured in one week of lectures of worldly known specialists of the area, this Summer School, the first in Italy and Europe specifically focused on the Middle East, will give a select group of participants the methodological and analytical tools to dig into the dynamics of such complex reality, in the frame of the international context.

The Scientific Committee

  • Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, London;
  • Francesco Cavatorta, University of Laval, Quebec City;
  • Rosita Di Peri, University of Turin (Summer School coordinator);
  • Raymond Hinnebusch, St. Andrews University, St. Andrews;
  • Fadia Kiwan, St. Joseph University, Beirut;
  • Ilter Turan, Bilgi University, Istanbul.

For all additional information on the Summer School, TOMidEast secretary Mrs. Violetta Ubertalli can be reached via email, or by writing at the following address:

c/o Department of Cultures, Politics and Societies
Lungo Dora Siena 100
10153 Torino – Italy.

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