Democratic governance and social mobilization program in matters of cultural diversity, scientific knowledge and environmental sustainability

Duration: 2010

Budget: €160,000

The program consists in the organization of the World Congress on the Middle East and North Africa WOCMES in Barcelona with more than 2,400 participants belonging to 40 different disciplines. The Congress comprises more than 500 sessions, presentations and panels based on the contributions of more than 2,000 academics from around the world, considerably strengthening the exchange of information on the latest advances in the field of studies on the Arab world, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa region.

The Congress is an open to all civil society actors: university students and representatives of entities and associations of citizenship, professional groups and the business world. The Congress favors the participation of the academic sector as disseminators of knowledge, primary bridge between institutions and civil society and creators of proposals for solutions to existing challenges within society that can be transferred to political decision-makers.

The broad academic program is aimed at making specific knowledge in multiple disciplines available to different agents of civil society from the North and South with the ultimate aim of improving their capacity for political advocacy for the progressive construction of a space of peace, stability, shared prosperity and dialogue between cultures in the Mediterranean.

The eminently multidisciplinary nature of the Congress allows its impact to reach various academic and professional sectors. Thus, the disciplines discussed during the congress are: anthropology, archeology, architecture, art, library science, political science, communication and information society, demography, law, economics, economic and social development, education, Egyptology, environmental studies, ethnology, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, Islamic studies, language and literature, linguistics, museology, musicology, philology, philosophy, sociology, theology and urbanism. In addition to promoting the processes of generation, appropriation and use of scientific knowledge, the Congress gives great prominence to artistic and cultural manifestations with eight historical, photographic, sculptural and pictorial exhibitions, from Spain, France, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Australia; a film show with about twenty films from France, Iran, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Morocco; two theatre productions; a book fair with the participation of twenty publishers, press, NGOs and other entities from various countries; as well as a concert program.