The Middle-East/North Africa Summer Institute in Amman and Paris project will establish a Columbia University Summer Institute in Middle East/North African Studies (MENA) as a collaborative effort between two Columbia Global Centers: the Global Center-Middle East (Amman) and the Global Center-Europe (Paris). This initiative will position Columbia as a leader in the study of the developing field of Middle East-North Africa.
Through workshops and seminars the Institute will build important channels of exchanges and interactions between the Global Center Middle East and the Global Center Europe and between these Centers and the New York campus.
This project builds on recent efforts in the Humanities and Social sciences to bring Middle East and North Africa Studies into a closer dialogue. It provides much-needed summer opportunities to learn both Modern standard Arabic (MSA) and Maghreb dialects (dirija) and to take courses in Middle East and North African history and culture. Drawing on the resources of Amman and Paris it allows students to hone their language skills while being exposed to the most recent developments in the scholarship on the Middle East and North Africa as well as to cultural products from the region (cinema, art, music, urban planning and architecture etc.).
The institute will benefit students from Columbia and other universities, provide research opportunities for faculty and encourage collaboration between Columbia faculty and research partners in France, Jordan and North Africa. Through workshops and seminars the Institute will provide a forum for faculty to present their research and interact with colleagues based in Europe, the Maghreb and the Middle East. By providing the structure for a regular set of visits and exchanges, it will build important channels of exchanges and interactions between the Global Center Middle East and the Global Center Europe and between these Centers and the New York campus.