Return of the Empires?
With Gabriel Martinez-Gros
Introduction by Gaïdz Minassian
Thursday 11 April 2019, at 7 pm


The Boghossian Foundation will welcome historian Gabriel Martinez-Gros, who, in conversation with journalist Gaïdz Minassian, will address the risk of the return of the imperial model. In this post-Cold War era, the logic of Nation-States has increasingly been called into question by local and global factors. Will the Nations be able to overcome these challenges, all the while preserving the grid of the States or will we have to consider other forms of political integrations, such as imperial domination, which has resurfaced here and there through authoritarian regimes of the past under the Empire?

A professor of medieval history, Gabriel Martinez-Gros teaches at the Paris Nanterre University (Paris X). He was the co-director of the Institut d’études de l’islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (Institute of Islamic Studies and Societies of the Muslim World) until 2002. As a history graduate, Martinez-Gros was inspired by Arabic historian Ibn Khaldoun’s ideas, and became a specialist on the study of the Empire. He is the author of the remarkable Brève Histoire des empires (Brief History of Empires) (2014, Seuil), and conceptualised this imperial idea around the principal of the centre at peace and the periphery at war. At a time when Nation-States are being challenged by a set of phenomenons and players, Gabriel Martinez-Gros is warning the decision makers and the international public opinion about the risks of seeing the imperial model re-emerge in the twenty-first century. He is the author of several works; his book L’Empire islamique (The Islamic Empire) (Passés Composés, Humensis) will soon be published. He often makes appearances in the media to shed light on today’s conflicts and the phenomenon of jihadism in the world.

Gaidz Minassian is journalist at Le Monde and teacher at Science Po, Paris.


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B – 1050 Brussels

Price: 12€
7€ for the members of the Circle of the Villa
4€ for students under 26

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