To strengthen the debate and interactions among professors, researchers and students and to enhance visibility for our studies, GIS MOMM held its first Congress on 7-9 July 2015 in Paris.
It was opened by an inaugural presentation during the evening of 6 July 2015.
The GIS MOMM Congress:
- aimed to encourage young researchers, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers
- gave visibility to associations of scholars and students
- brought together researchers from various horizons in order to overcome the inevitable fragmentation of research teams
- aimed to reduce the subdivisions inherited from the colonial and post-colonial periods and between ‘Muslim West’ and ‘Muslim East’
- allowed the sharing of research fields by specialists in different social and human sciences
- was intended to respond to challenges raised by current upheavals in the Maghreb and the Middle East, developed the history of Islam, and studied civil society mobilizations
Half-day and fully-day sessions presented research in progress, thus encouraging debates among researchers.
At this Congress, we sought to mobilize the French and Francophone academic community through exchanges between specialists in different historical periods (medieval and contemporary history), disciplines (e.g. historians and political scientists) and geographical areas and countries (Turkey, Iran, Arab world, Indonesia, etc.).
Round Tables and Transversal Meetings
Through the organization of three round tables, we initiated discussions between researchers and other experts on the Muslim world including:
- Specialist journalists in the Middle East;
- Librarians specializing in Oriental Studies; and,
- Directors of Parisian institutes focusing on Islamic and Middle East Studies: Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM), Institut de Recherche et d’Etudes Méditerranée et Moyen-Orient (IREMMO), Institut des Cultures d’Islam (ICI), and Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA).
Transversal meetings were attended by all congress participants and interested members of the public:
- An inaugural presentation by Hamit Bozarslan, a well-known expert on violence in the Middle East and the Kurdish situation; and,
- A session with publishers and a book fair on Middle East and Muslim Studies.