2014 Dialogue in the Med: exploring identity through networks

The role of culture in bringing communities together is crucial in times of conflict. This conference explored the ways in which cultural dialogue, artist mobility and cultural exchange can promote intercultural dialogue through culture and the arts in the Euro-Med context, particularly in light of the Arab Spring and the resulting crises across the region.

Main Speakers

  • Mostafa Hassani Idrissi Resized

    Mostafa Hassani Idrissi

    History Professor, University Mohammed V Souissi, Morocco.

    Méditerranée, une histoire à partager Une contribution aux relations culturelles en Méditerranée
  • Henry Frendo Resized

    Henry Frendo

    Former Chairman of the Council of Europe’s Euromed Group; History Professor & Director Institute of Maltese Studies, University of Malta

    Euromed Unifiers and Dividers: What Prospects?
  • Khadija El Bennaoui

    Khadija El Bennaoui

    Researcher, activist, dancer

    Dancing with resilience
  • Christine Merkel

    Christine Merkel

    Head, Division of Culture, German Commission for UNESCO

    Quo Vadis: Cultural Cooperation in the Mediterranean spaces in troubled times.
  • Karel Bartak

    Karel Bartak

    Head, Creative Europe Coordination Unit within the DG for Education and Culture, European Commission

    European Capitals of Culture – in the run up to Valletta 2018
  • Carlo Testini

    Carlo Testini

    Member of ARCI National Direction

    Sharing Cultures
  • Ferdinand Richard  L3 Cf842

    Ferdinand Richard

    Director, Roberto Cimetta Fund

    Mobility, a tool for local development?
  • Nadia Von Maltzahn

    Nadia von Maltzahn

    Researcher, Orient-Institut Beirut

    Cultural exchange within and across the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Enric Olivé

    Enric Olivé Serret

    Professor, Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Catalonia

    Universities and Academics: the Principal Agents of Social, Cultural, Scientific and Economic Relations in the Mediterranean
  • Roger Tropeano

    Roger Tropèano

    Chairman of Les Rencontres, the Association of European Cities and Regions for Culture

    ‘Les Rencontres’ and the Cities of the Mediterranean Open to the Culture on Both Sides
  • Giacomo Sferlazzo

    Giacomo Sferlazzo

    Activist, poet, musician, artist

    Mediterraneans as poetic mystery, unreconcilable with the economic and political project of Europe
  • Hatto Fischer

    Hatto Fischer


    Europe in future - is there a cultural synthesis in the making?
  • George Cassar Passport Photo Small

    George Cassar

    Sociologist, University of Malta

    A multicultural, multivariate city – Valletta and its many faces
  • Anna Steinkamp

    Anna Steinkamp

    Programme Specialist, German Commission for UNESCO

    The role of international networks of cultural cooperation and its contribution to the 2005 UNESCO Convention
  • France Irmann Resized

    France Irrmann

    Espaceculture, Marseille

    Between Neo-Colonialism and Globalisation: What Role Can One Still Play in Developing Cultural and Artistic Expression in the Mediterranean?
  • Jason Dittmer

    Jason Dittmer

    Reader in Human Geography, University College London

    Affect, network building, and Maltese public diplomacy

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