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Libya Today: Society, Politics and Space

International Conference with historical and socio-political contributions on statehood, territoriality, society and identity in Libya.

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This conference is organized by the Institute for Research on the contemporary Maghreb (IRMC) in cooperation with the KAS Regional Program South Mediterranean, the European Union, the French Embassy to Libya, The Institute Francaise, CNRS, UNDP, the National Library of Tunisia, ACTED, and TOTAL.


Thursday, 12 July 2018

09:30 Welcoming Remarks

  • Ms. Raja Ben Slama, Director of National Library of Tunisia
  • Ms. Oissila Saadia, Director of Institut de recherche sur le Maghreb contemporain
  • Her Excellency the Ambassador Brigitte Curmi, French Ambassador to Libya
  • Her Excellency the Ambassador Bettina Muscheidt, Ambassador of the European Union to Libya
  • Mr. Sultan Hajiyev, UNDP country director in Libya
  • Mr. Simon Engelkes, Project Coordinator at Regional Program South Mediterranean of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
  • Mr. Nabil S. Enattah, Dean of the University of Tripoli
10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Scientific introduction by Prof. Hassan Boubakri, University of Sousse/IRMC

11:20 Libya at Cross Roads: Demystifying the Crisis of Transition

Prof. Ali Abdullatif Ahmida, University of New England

12:30 Lunch

14:30 Panel 1: Libya during the XXth Century: Historical Perspectives

Chair: Dr. Nora Lafi, Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)

  • The Issue of Borders in Libya within the Politics of the Great Powers

    Prof. Mahmoud Edeek, University of Tripoli

  • Rethinking Nation-State Territoriality in the Egyptian-Libyan Borderland

    Prof. Matthew Ellis, Sarah Lawrence College

  • When the Border Between Historiography and Colonial Memory Weakens: Collective Memory between Identity Construction and Mythico-History

    Dr. Chiara Loschi, IRMC

16:00 Coffee break

14:30 Panel 2: A Changing Society

Chair: Prof. Oissila Saaidia, IRMC

  • Fragmentation: An Innate Feature of Libyan Society, or Social Transformation through Violent Conflict?

    Dr. Wolfram Lacher, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

  • Mobilizing Social Boundaries in Frontier Spaces: The Berber Issue in Zwāra and Jebel al-Nefūsa (1911-1923)

    Dr. Chiara Pagano, University Roma Tre

  • Tribes and Rebellion in Libya: Repositioning, Alliances and Revenge

    Prof. Moncef Ouennes, Director of Centre d’Études et de Recherche Économiques et Sociales

18:00 End of the conference day

Friday, 13 July 2018

09:00 Roundtable: Young Researchers on Libya


Prof. Hassan Boubakri, University of Sousse/ IRMC

Dr. Betty Rouland, IRMC


Hadil Dayri

Soraya Rahem

Thomas Rosenthal

Hajra Sebei

Ahmed Mohamed Ali Mohamed

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Panel 3: The Spaces of the State

Chair: Claudia Gazzini, International Crisis Group

  • Arabic Language and National Identity in Libya

    Prof. Anna Baldinetti,, University of Perugia

  • Heterarchy, Connectivity and Locality: The Renegotiation of the Post Colonial Order in Libya

    Dr. Thomas Hüsken, University of Bayreuth (Germany)

  • The Libyan Loose Federation: A Lesson Learned from the Time of Independence?

    Dr. Antonio Morone, University of Pavia

12:30 Lunch

14:30 Panel 4: Borders and Migration

Chair: Jalal Harchaoui, Institut Français de Géopolitique

  • State Crises,Migration Crisis: The Impact of the Libyan Crisis on Migration and Asylum in the Maghreb and its Neighbourhoods

    Dr. Hassan Boubakri, University of Sousse/IRMC

  • The EU in Libya: Border Externalisation and Foreign Policy Internalisation

    Dr. Luca Rainer, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa

    Dr. Luca Raineri, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa

  • Legal Strategies and Political Arrangements around the Fate of Foreign Nationals towards and within Libya

    Dr. Delphine Perrin, IRD-LPED

16:00 Final Roundtable: "Libyan Borders: Diverging Borders, Bridging Boundaries?


Prof. Kmar Bendana, University of Mannouba/IRMC

Rachid Khechana, Journalist, director of the Centre Maghrebin d’Etudes sur la Libye

17:30 End of the conference day

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