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Mellon Supports CAORC Planning Workshop on Arts and Humanities in the Maghrib

This September, thanks to an Officer’s Planning Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CAORC will host the three-day workshop, “Exploring and Strengthening the Arts and Humanities in the Maghrib,” in Tangier, Morocco.

The meeting, scheduled for September 25–27 at the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM), will bring together leading scholars, humanists, and public intellectuals from across the Maghrib to identify shared concerns, priorities, and opportunities in different fields of the arts and humanities, including:

  • Language, Culture, and Architecture

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Traditional and Contemporary Literature

  • History and Historiography

The ultimate goal of the workshop is to collectively explore existing needs and challenges and how these impediments can be overcome through institutional collaboration, cross-border exchange, skills development, and knowledge sharing. Through these discussions, CAORC will produce a summary report of the meeting’s findings and provide recommendations for strengthening institutional capacities in the arts and humanities within the Maghrib.

The workshop will be organized by CAORC, in collaboration with the three CAORC member institutions of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)—the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM), the Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT), and the Centre d’Études Maghrébines en Algérie (CEMA).

In addition, the meeting will feature special guest discussants from the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), two scholarly networking and capacity-building organizations with proven track records in the region.

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