Iran, how to make peace with this regional power?
A Lecture with Thierry Kellner, Yann Richard & Mohammad-Reza Djalili, moderated by Gaïdz Minassian
13 December 2018
Three specialists on Iran enlightened us on current issues.
Does the withdrawal of the United States’ signature from the multilateral agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme reshuffle the cards in the Middle East? A new source of destabilization is looming and heralds further tensions in a region that is not lacking in the seeds of violence and social pathologies. What are the options on the table?
Lebanese literary evenings
With Soraya Amrani, Hoda Barakat, Roda Fawaz, Alexandre Najjar and Marwan Zoueini
20 and 21 November 2018
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence, the Boghossian Foundation honoured Lebanese literature and received Hoda Barakat and Alexandre Najjar during two evenings that mixed poetry, contemporary literature and music. During the first evening, Alexander Najjar, Khalil Gibran’s biographer, immersed us in the work of the Lebanese poet. Marwan Zoueini inaugurated the evening with a composition dedicated to the poet, played on the oud. Roda Fawaz declaimed excerpts from his work. The next evening, Hoda Barakat, in conversation with Soraya Amrani, enlightened us on the vivacity of the rich and abundant Lebanese literary scene.
The ‘returnees’ from Syria and Iraq: between threat and challenge of reintegration
A Lecture with Thomas Renard, moderated by Thomas Gadisseux
7 November 2018
Who are these ‘returnees’ from Syria and Iraq who fought alongside jihadist forces? How are they followed on their return? How do they reintegrate? Do they pose a threat? Thomas Renard, Senior Researcher at the Egmont Institute, shared his expertise on these sensitive and difficult questions with Thomas Gadisseux, political journalist at RTBF.
What future for the Palestinians?
A Lecture by Henry Laurens, moderated by Gaïdz Minassian
25 October 2018
At a time when the peace process with Israel seems blocked, when the Israeli government has adopted a controversial law on the “nation-state of the Jewish people”, when the United States is multiplying measures against the Palestinians (transfer of their embassy in Jerusalem and cutting off food supplies to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees), where is the Palestinian question in this political-diplomatic fog? Historian Henry Laurens, holder of the “Contemporary History of the Arab World” chair at the Collège de France, addressed this thorny question at the Boghossian Foundation.
L’Espoir à l’arraché
A Literary Evening with Abdellatif Laâbi in conversation with Soraya Amrani
3 October 2018
The Boghossian Foundation organizes evenings devoted to the literatures of the Arab World in co-production with Les midis de la Poésie and La Charge du Rhinocéros.
The pre-eminent Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi inaugurated the cycle and, with L’Espoir à l’arraché, he is waging a new battle against this “reign of barbarism” that he has never ceased to defend since his first book, written in the mid-sixties.
The cultural history of Arab immigration to Europe
A Lecture by Coline Houssais
18 September 2018
The Arab world continues to be the object of fantasies in Europe as an “other” that is both homogeneous and mysterious. Yet these two regions have influenced each other over the centuries, to the point where they appear to be constitutive of their respective identities.
From the first cafés of the Renaissance to the orientalist architecture of the 19th century and the emergence of a Euro-Arab music scene, culture is a living witness to continuous exchanges that are much older and more complex than we might think.
Journalism, Politics and Culture
A Lecture with Léa Salamé, moderated by Martin Buxant
15 June 2018
During an evening at the Boghossian Foundation, the journalist Léa Salamé spoke with Martin Buxant, a political journalist with L’Echo and RTL, about his career and the links between journalism, politics and culture in contemporary society.
Father Hamel, Martyr of the Republic
A Lecture and film screening by Alfred de Montesquiou
11 June 2018
A national drama, but also a closed-door event in a peaceful provincial town: the assassination of Father Jacques Hamel remains an attack completely out of the ordinary on the scale of French society. The documentary by Alfred de Montesquiou, a leading reporter for Paris Match, sets out to show how the actors in the drama understand the attack of 26 July 2016 and its consequences.