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Program of Support to Young Researchers

June 15th, 2009 (Art Talks)

Hyperrealism
Art TalksHaving reached its peak shortly around 1970 before disappearing, hyperrealism appeared for long to be a mere realistic and reactionary movement. The talk evolves around showing how it used to be much more ambivalent and polymorphic and especially how it matched with the context of that time: not only regarding pop art but also the minimal or conceptual art. The talk stresses the representative double background (image of the image), literality and the seeming absurdity of the hyperrealistic project.

June 5th-6th, 2009 (Round Table)

Round TableCommunication and Acquisition in the Moroccan Educational System; proposed by the reaserch group: Communication in Language, Culture and Literature

Translation and Languages Dialogue: The Eastern Text between the Original and the Rendered; proposed by the reaserch group: The Eastern Literatures and Languages

May 26th, 2009

State of Translation in the Arab World and the Role of the Custodian

State of Translation in the Arab World and the Role of the Custodian
King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences – Casablanca organizes jointly with King Abdul-Aziz Public Library – Riyad on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 a debate conference on the state of translation in the Arab World on the occasion of the prize-giving ceremony of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud International Award for Translation, 2008.

May 21th, 2009

The Golden Age of Arab Sciences
King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences organizes in partnership with the "International Inner Wheel Club of Casablanca Mers Sulatan", on Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Foundation’s headquarters, a conference on "The Golden Age of Arab Sciences" delivered by Professor Ahmed Djebbar, PhD holder in Mathematics and in the History of Mathematics, emeritus Professor at Lille University and former Minister of National Education in Algeria. The meeting is moderated by Abdessalam Cheddadi, a researcher in History.

The Golden Age of Arab Sciences

May 13th, 2009 (Art Talks)

Rousseau devant le Déluge de PoussinRousseau in front of Poussin’s Deluge
The Deluge is, no wonder, Poussin’s last painting (1594-1665). One feels that the paintbrush trembles in the hand of the old painter. "What a fascinating trembling of time! People of genius usually announce their end by a masterpiece", claims Chateaubriand mesmerized, like many others before and after him, by the sublime darkness of this vision of the end of the world
Among the comments provoked by this painting, the lecture will focus mainly on that of J.- J. Rousseau. Although Rousseau asserts that he dislikes paintings, he admits that he was (like Proust’s Bergotte in front of  La Vue de Delft) deeply moved in in front of this one. Why? Why was he so interested in this Deluge? The lecturer will attempt to answer these questions through a rereading of some of Rousseau’s writings.

May 8th-9th, 2009 (Round Table)

Round tableReligious Minorities in the Mediterranean World (XIXth - XXth Centuries) proposed by the Group of Research and Studies on the Moroccan Judaism

Historians and Historical Culture during the Protectorate Period, proposed by the research group: Historiography and Memory

April 22th, 2009

Tribute Paid to Professor Abdesselam Cheddadi.
King abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation organizes in partnership with The National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco a meeting on the occasion of Abdessalam Cheddadi’s winning of both the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud International Award for Translation and King Fayçal International Award.

April 14th, 2009 (Art Talks)

Michelangelo's "Moses": The Sacred, Symptom of the Sublime, by Françoise Benomar.

The Conference deals with Michelangelo's "Moses", a sculpture to which Freud has devoted an analytic study.

 

April 11th, 2009

The research center of HEM, the Center of Social, Economic and Management Studies, organized at 9:00 a.m. at the headquarters of King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences a debate conference in order to introduce the findings of the study conducted between May, 2008 and January, 2009 entitled: The Middle Class, What is it?

Besides the presentation of the study’s outline by the main authors, a meeting with journalists, professionals, governmental executives, NGOs, economic actors and external observers allowed the opening of a debate on the statistics and analyses contained in the said study.

March 31st, 2009 (Art Talks)

Cézanne’s Doubt, by Catherine Fondimare

This talk sheds some light on Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s approach to Cézanne’s works of art. It is about the relation between creation and life, conception and invention, the real and its metabolization by the painter.

 

March 20th -21st 2009 (Round Table)

Didactics of Languages, proposed by the research group: Linguistic Theories and the Didactics of Languages.

 

 

March 17th, 2009 (Art Talks)

Picasso and Manet’s "The Lunch on the Grass", by Khalid Najab

This talk focuses on the diverse perspectives from which Picasso dealt with Manet’s painting, which caused a stir at that time, and on the insights these variations in the analysis of the same theme give to the said work.

March 6th - 7th, 2009

The Foundation hosted a workshop of BibMed Pole, a component of the network of excellence Ramses2 which is aiming at developing a field of studies on the Mediterranean.

 

March 3rd - 4th - 5th, 2009

The research group on the Andalusian manuscript of the School of Arts and Human Sciences, Ain Chok – Casablanca organized the second session of Primavera internacional del manuscrito Andalusi. Following last year experience, the colloquium brought together a number of outstanding researchers from Morocco and elsewhere who are closely interested in the Andalusian manuscripts. The organizers have chosen for this year the theme: Manuscritos andalusies y maghrebies: formas y contenidos: Manuscritos misticos. The proceedings of the fourth session took place at the headquarters of King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation.

 

February 20th - 21st, 2009

The Foundation’s headquarters hosted the 7th meeting of the Executive Board of the network Ramses2. The meeting was dedicated to the analysis of a number of subjects related to the work of the network and the follow-up of the progress of its projects. The Executive Board examined, inter alia, the following points:

• the balance sheet of 2008 and the working out of the annual report;
the study of the progress of the project of the "Critical Dictionary of the Mediterranean";
• the activity of the editorial pole;
the study of the means and tools of a sustainable integration of Ramses2.

February 6th - 7th, 2009 (Round Table)

Reading, Looking, proposed by three research groups: GRAL, GRLH and LIFFEC.

Toward New Approaches of the Study of the Andalusian Literature, proposed by the research group: The Andalusian Literature: Its Orientations and Great Human Experiences.

January 16th, 2009

History and Politics: Approaches and Subjects. The colloquium’s background briefing insisted on the contribution of the new approaches introduced to the field of historical studies in Europe and USA. The interaction of this field with political sciences, sociology, anthropology, psychology, linguistics and political geography allowed the renovation of the political issues in the historical analysis. Thus, historians have become interested in the analysis of power in all societies, elections and political parties, and political families ideas, memory and culture. The lectures attempted to adhere to this evolution by innovating in approaching the relation between history and politics namely in the Maghreb.

December 25th - 27th, 2008 (Round Table)

Migration, Globalization and Cultural Dynamics, proposed by the research group: Migration and Culture.

Oral Heritage and the Question of Migration and Nomadism, proposed by the research group: Oral Heritage and Popular Cultures

December 18th - 20th, 2008 (Round Table)

Agriculture and Agricultural Techniques in the Medieval Islamic World, proposed by the research group: History of Ideas and Techniques.

Medical Knowledge and the History of Diseases in the Maghreb, proposed by the research group: The Mediterranean and the Islamic World.

December 12th - 13th, 2008

Conflict or Dialogue of Civilizations: an Ill-Posed Alternative? was the theme of the international colloquium organized by King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

November 5th, 2008

Samuel Weber, Professor at Northwestern University, delivered a lecture entitled: The Single Trait: Guilt, Death and the Tragi-Comedy of Politics, at the Foundation’s headquarters. The lecturer put forward a philosophical reflection based on the idea that the political consists in subjecting the peculiar to the general. The author questioned a number of notions: monotheism, secularism, death as a sanction, freedom, the issue of the ethics that stem from the need felt by the individual to find the happy medium between individualism and faith.

October 30th -31st, 2008

The Hidden Theological Origins of the Political Thought in the Mediterranean Countries. Such was the theme of a closed seminar organized in partnership between King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation and Venezia University within the framework of Ramses2 program. This seminar, which came after another one organized previously in Venezia, tackled a series of questions such as the most constant aspects of freedom and consensus in the beginnings of the Christian political theology, the political philosophy and the approach of the political in the Islamic context, the religious archaeology of the "social contract", the relation between the Arab nationalism and religion, and the cultural memory.

October 23rd - 26th, 2008 (Round Table)

Philosophy and Society, proposed by the research group: Philosophy at the Service of Man.

Politics and Religion Today, proposed by the research group: Philosophy of the Political and the Moral Right.

Al Imam Al Jounaid: Civilizational and Religious Dialogue, proposed by the research group: Al Jounaid.

October 17th -18th, 2008

In collaboration with the International College of Philosophy, King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation organized an international colloquium entitled: Poverty and Wealth: Economic and Philosophical Perspectives.

 

October 10th - 11th, 2008

The Moroccan Psychoanalytic Society organized at the headquarters of King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation "The Psychoanalysis Day" on the occasion of Françoise Dolto’s centennial. The theme was: Françoise Dolto: Course  and Contributions.