Eastern Christianity
An assessment of the situation of the people and its heritage
Thursday 9 June 2016 at 7 pm

The Boghossian Foundation starts a monthly cycle of symposiums focusing on current affairs. Formulated by Louma Salamé, the cycle proves an opportunity to invite some leading personalities on the occasion of round tables, seminars, or literary meetings to re-think the place of inter-cultural dialogue in Brussels and Worldwide and, more generally, to better understand the relations between East and West.


Eastern Christianity

The objective of the first meeting consists in organising a round able on the topic of Eastern Christianity, by assessing the situation of the people and its heritage. Honorary rector of the UCL Bernard Coulie will facilitate this round table gathering speakers Bernard Heyberger, Nicolas Sarkis and Jean-François Colosimo. The speakers offer to answer questions on the position of Christians in multicultural cities across the Middle East, Iraq and Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.


The speakers

Bernard Coulie

Bernard Coulie (1959) is graduated in Classics and in Oriental Studies from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), where he got his PhD in Oriental Studies, before going abroad for two post-doc stays, at the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies (Harvard University) and at the University of Vienna.

He launched his career at the National Fund for Scientific Research of Belgium, and was appointed at the UCL, where he is ordinary professor. He teaches Armenian, Georgian and Byzantine studies, as well as the history and current relevance of European culture.

He has been the rector (vice-chancellor) of the UCL from 2004 to 2009.


Bernard Heyberger

Bernard Heyberger (1954) is a historian and director of studies at the EHESS and at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) in the Religious Sciences department (Paris).

His researches focus on Syria and Lebanon in the Ottoman period and more specifically on the history of Eastern Christians.

Amongst other works, he published Les Chrétiens au Proche-Orient, de la compassion à la compréhension (Christians in the Middle-East, from compassion to comprehension) – Payot, 2013. His latest book published with Jérôme Lentin and Paule Fahmé, is called Hanny Dyab, d’Alep à Paris (Hanny Dyab, from Aleppo to Paris). The peregrinations of a young Syrian in the era of Louis XIV, Actes Sud, 2015.


Jean-François Colosimo

President of the Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint-Serge (Orthodox Theology Institute), Director of the Éditions du Cerf’s Jean-François Colosimo (1960) has authored several documentary films and essays. At Fayard, he carries out a far-reaching inquest on God’s contemporary metamorphosis in politics. The last book published in 2014 by the author is entitled: “Les Hommes en trop – la malédiction des chrétiens d’Orient” (The Leftover Communities – the curse of Eastern Christians).


Nicolas Sarkis

Doctor in economic sciences (Université de Paris) Nicolas Sarkis (1935, a Greek Orthodox Christian with Syrian-Lebanese origins) has worked as a consultant specialising in oil since 1965 in various countries (Algeria, Iraq, Congo, Angola). He has written numerous articles and five books on the gas and oil industry, including “Le pétrole à l’heure arabe”, published by Editions Stock, Paris, and regularly organises seminars and conferences on European-Arab oil relations.

Informations pratiques

Centre for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
1050 Brussels

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Price: 12€
For the members of the Circle of the Villa: 7€
For the people under 26: 4€