MEDirections Roundtable | Arendt, Fanon and Political Violence in Islam | with Patrycja Sasnal

When: October 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121 50133 Firenze FI Italy

Abstract | Dr. Patrycja Sasnal will present her new book ‘Arendt, Fanon and Political Violence in Islam’. The book looks at contemporary political violence, in the form of jihadism, through the lens of a philosophical polemic between Hannah Arendt and Frantz Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable | Deconstructing the Abu Dhabi declaration: Actors, ideas and interests

When: June 5, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Mansarda Seminar Room, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

 In February 2019, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This document was not only the outcome of Read More …

Workshop | The call for change in Algeria: Understanding domestic and regional transformations

When: June 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

  How can we understand the ongoing political contestation and protest movement in Algeria? What will its domestic and regional impact be? This workshop will bring together Algerian academics, researchers and journalists with international specialists to analyse the domestic and Read More …

MEDirections Roundtable | Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The SDG16 on peace, justice and accountable institutions

When: May 30, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Mansarda Seminar Room, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

  Although the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the UN in 2015, made reference to democracy only once, its implementation is based on the principle of accountability, with explicit reference to the role of parliaments. One of the Read More …

MEDirections Autumn School 2019 | Natural Resources and Geopolitics in the MENA: Disruptions, Transformations and Pathways 

When: October 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am – October 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Where: Badia Fiesolana, Via dei Roccettini 9, I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) – Italy

  Focus | Natural resources have historically played a prominent role in the economies, political economy and international relations of MENA countries. They are also central to the trade and investment strategies of the region’s local and multinational companies. How do geopolitical Read More …

Iran’s Cognitive Context of Strategic Thinking – Presentation by Abdolrasool Divsallar

When: April 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Mansarda Seminar Room, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

  Dr. Abdolrasool Divsallar, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Middle East Strategic Studies (CMESS) in Tehran, Iran, will present on the main elements informing the Islamic Republic’s strategic thoughts by introducing a model called ‘Iran’s Cognitive Context of Strategic Thinking’. Read More …

Where We Belong: Film screening and panel discussion on the future of minorities in post-ISIS Iraq

When: May 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Seminar Room Mansarda, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 121, 50133 Firenze FI, Italy

  It has been nearly two years since Iraqi forces regained control of the Nineveh Plains, ousting ISIS and allowing residents to move back to their old houses after years in exile. But reconstruction doesn’t come easily, especially for those Read More …

Workshop | Fieldwork research challenged: constraints, needs and opportunities

When: May 7, 2019 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia, Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121, 50133 Firenze FI Italy

Scholars are increasingly aware that fieldwork research in conflict-prone, politically unstable or authoritarian areas can pose specific risks and challenges, and that new regulations and restrictions have emerged to respond to higher risks. As a result, research agendas in the Read More …