Europe and the Arab World are changing, and perceptions of the "other" are creating new identities in the Mediterranean bounded by imagined or real frontiers.
Otherness, fear and creation of identity are concepts that offer interactional dynamics evolving in the era of globalization. Otherness in the Mediterranean is built on cultural, religious, political, economic or gendered images, inherited from a past dominated by colonial history, liberation movements, immigration, the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, 9/11, jihadism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Arab revolutions. In a globalized world, the events that shook the Mediterranean have a direct impact on European and Arab populations: while Syrian war interrogates the European identity, the European policy has direct consequences for the people of Arab world. Fears, and violence across the Mediterranean, generate isolationism, and fabricate new images of the "other". How do these fears affect on “self” and the representation of the “other”? How these new identities are perceived, represented and interpreted? What is the role of history in their creation? What new citizenships and affiliations emerge in an era where time is accelerated and space is reduced?
EMU 2015 proposes to study these phenomena with the aim to deconstruct the process of building fear and otherness and to question the emergence of representations creating new identities. Because EMU is interdisciplinary it will address the issue of fear, otherness and identity in multiple perspectives: history, philosophy, sociology, communication, political science and international relations, art and culture, etc.
EMU 2015 is organised by the Peace and Citizenship Bernheim Chair (ULB), in partnership with the MuCEM (Marseille), in collaboration with partner universities, and with the financial support of the Emile Bernheim Foundation.
- Be a student in a European or Arab university
- Preferably Master, but other students might be accepted if very interested in the topic
- Good knowledge of French and English
- Send back the application form by March 31
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