Seminar PO (Near & Middle East) : 2016-2017

Seminar on the Near and Middle East in the context of globalization,

developed by:

LLCP (laboratory of contemporary logic of philosophy), University Paris-8 /

MedFil Humanities Institute (France-Palestine) /

Academy of Mesopotamia – Qamishli (Syria) /

Porsech-Institut Tehran (Iran).

“New schools of thought of the politics, social, and education – The Near and the Middle East in the globalization»

We meet in an area of intersection between different approaches and researches, with a consistency of critical reflections and new inspirations that cross politics, social questions and education.

These meetings occurred between France and the Middle East, it aims to provide a context for exchange of research and an appropriate mutual training, to deliver a link that will allow the research and exchanges to develop, creating a network sites in different situations, in and outside of the university.

In the continuity of a first meeting in March-April 2015, which produced different educational activities concerning education sciences, philosophy, political sociology, gender studies, and Arts & Media, we are elaborating a research and training program for the academic year 2016-2017. A sort of a linked pooling project with the Research Institute of Humanities MedFil (France-Palestine), the Academy of Social Sciences of Mesopotamia Qamishli-Syria and the French university of Paris-8. This project aims to organize a regular seminar in the University of Paris 8 and outside the University, days of studies in spring of 2017, publication, translations, and training sessions.

The project has several dimensions:

  • Introducing the interdisciplinary methodologies to create open spaces for meeting and discussion, and to outline the integrity of practices in the fields of the research and its implementation.
  • Tracing of the figures of the research through the translation.
  • Extending for the research the necessary poetic sensibility through the dimensions of Arts & Media.
  • Giving the signification for the fact that the disciplines of interdisciplinary go through the indiscipline and insubordination that build the common points of our respective research as a collective research.
  • Construction of a network of different sites and situations where the spontaneity of the meeting is an initial element that is neither dependent nor necessarily induce institutional relations. This network of sites and situations is an open constellation, as is the city names in a map fragments, for example: Paris, Tehran, Istanbul, Kobanî, Beirut, Jerusalem, Haifa, Cairo, etc. These are the terms of relationships, which is open to the unexpected.
  • Drawing research project that starting point is in the movement of itinerant theories and practices.

Producing of a critical approach of the history of the space of Middle East shaped by Sykes-Picot and the conditions of the globalization in its social, political, economic, circumstances. This approach deals with the complex questions of the multiple affiliations, forms of extraterritoriality, the issue of borders, the new expressions of living together, theoretical productions of post-national propositions (“One Democratic State in Palestine”(ODS), “Democratic confederalism within a cantonal system in Turkey and in Syria”).


– THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER 2016: Thought as translation

Morad Farhadpour (Institut Porsech)

Bahar Majdzadeh (U.Paris 1)

Amir Kianpour (LLCP – U.Paris 8) and Zahra Pourazizi (EHESS)

Mansur Tayfuri (LLCP-U.Paris 8)

Oreste Scalzone


– THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2016: Cartographies of peoples without states

Sonia Dayan-Hezbrun (U.Paris 7 / MedFil Institute)

Naji El Khatib (MedFil Institute)

Eleonore Merza and Eitan Bronstein Aparicio (De-colonizer Laboratory)


– THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016: Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Violence -I

Nacira Guénif Souilamas (Experice-U.Paris 8)

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Naji El Khatib (MedFil Institute)

Asja Zaino (University of Paris 8)

Engin Sustam (BAK-University of Geneva)


– THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017: Decentralization

Rada Ivékovic (CIPH / Terra)

Orazio Irrera (LLCP-Paris 8)

Valentin Schaepelynck (Expertise-Paris 8)

Amir Kianpour (LLCP-U.Paris 8)

Beatrice Rettig (LLCP-U.Paris 8)


– THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2017: Thoughts of the Arab worlds

Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun (U.Paris 7 / MedFil)

Hamit Bozarslan (Director of Studies at EHESS)


– THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017: Exiles, Displaced, Refugees, and Political Prisoners

Ziad Medoukh (Al-Aqsa University)

Engin Sustam (University of Geneva)

Nicole Blondeau (Expertise-Paris 8)

Yasmina Kebbab (University of Paris 8)

Naji El Khatib (MedFil Institute)

Sarah Caunes (Labtop-Paris 8)

LLCP-Paris 8 / Expertise-U.Paris 8 / MedFil Institute / Akademiya Mezopotamya / Porsech Institute / De-Colonizer Laboratory


_ THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017: Narratives and Counter-Narratives of Violence-II

Ann Stoler (New School for Social Research, New York): Policy on Feelings

Nacira Guénif Souilamas (Experiment-Paris 8): Boundary body in hostile environment

Amir Kianpour (LLCP-U.Paris 8), Naji El Khatib (MedFil), Béatrice Rettig (LLCP-U.Paris 8)

Tal Dor (Experiment-Paris 8): Transformations of decolonial militancy in Palestine-Israel

Camille Fauroux, Beatrice Rettig, Magdalena Brand: “Our dreams have crossed the walls”


_ THURSDAY 1 JUNE 2017: Counter-maps

Meeting with Philippe Rekacewicz

Reading by Camille Fauroux, Cingi Kocadost, Clotilde Fauroux, Magdalena Brand, Türkan Yıldız

This seminar is open to the public. It was created to give a specific temporality to exchanges and research in the Middle East in the context of globalization.


Scientific team: Béatrice Rettig (LLCP-U.Paris 8), Naji El Khatib (Medil), Sonia Dayan-Hezbrun (U.Paris 7 / Medfil), Marina Nebbiolo di Castri (Medfil), Valentin Schaepelynck (LLCP-U.Paris 8), Engin Sustam(University of Geneva), Somayeh Rostampour (GTM-U.Paris 8), Hassan Koç (Academy of Mesopotamia in Qamishli), Mansur Tayfuri (LLCP-U.Paris 8), Hawjin Amin (University of Souleymanieh), Amir Kianpour / Institut Porsech), Morad Farhadpour (Institut Porsech).

LLCP-Paris 8 / MedFil Humanities Institute / Academy of Mesopotamia in Qamishli / Institut Porsech.


Seminar PO – Elements of reflection

BDS.Eyal Sivan.Armelle Laborie

Walter Benjamin in Palestine

Hamit Bozarslan


Joseph Daher.Naji El Khatib

pluriversalisme décolonial

Rada Iveković.Réfugiés

Sonia D-H femmes & révolutions arabes

Sonia D-H.Sociologie de la domination

Sonia Dayan-Hezbrun – L’Etat – De l’entreprise coloniale à la vision décoloniale

Sonia Dayan.Said secularisme

Subjectivation, traduction, justice cognitive

Syria women’s empowerment


Judith Butler

L’etat Entreprise colonial Sonia Dayan

Lyotard, Derrida, Said

‎The world will not be the same without Edward Said ‎

Said secularisme

Morad Farhadpour

Philippe Rekacewicz Réfugiés Pal

Philippe Rekacewicz

Ann Stoler:


Ann Laura Stoler.Duress

Duress Chapter1.Stoler




Asja Zaino

Asja Zaino

Bahar Majdzadeh

Cartographies des peuples sans États ‎

Contre Cartographies 1 Juin


Éléonore Merza et Eitan Bronstein Aparicio

Engin Sustam.violence d’ETAT en Turqie

Entre récit et contre-récit de la ‎violence ‎I

Entre récit et contre-récit de la violence II.Ann Stoler

Exilé-e-s, Déplacé-e-s, Régugié-e-s, et ‎Prisonniè-re-s

Hamit Bozarslan.Ibn Khaldoun

La Palestine.Décolonizer

Mansour Tayfuri on Kurdish exodus of 1979 in Mariwan

Morad Farhadpour . La pensée comme traduction

Morad Farhadpour.translation Thinking

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian ‎

Naji El Khatib droit au retour des réfugiés

Naji El Khatib.Sykes-Picot

Rada Iveković

Radiolive. Radio Paris- 8

Rojda Alaç

Sarah Caunes

Sonia Dayan-Herzbrun.Agir politique des femmes

Sorani Kurdish short stories Mansur Tayfuri‎


1916: Sykes-Picot agreement 



2016: a new Sykes-Picot agreement ?

M.O avant 1914 et en 1923

Quatres Etats

US King Crane Commission


Ethnic mosaique