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Armchair travel to Tunisia! We’ve compiled a list of recent articles that highlight Tunisia’s hidden gems and community of creatives, and a few panel discussions that interest us.

    ARTS + CULTURE


Shared heritage: Preserving Tunisia’s past for future generations
Presented by FRANCE 24, July 16, 2021
FRANCE 24 takes you to the World Heritage Site of Carthage in Tunisia for this special edition of The Debate, filmed in partnership with UNESCO. Participants are Nesrine NASR, Researcher at the National Heritage Institute of Tunis, Leila ben Gacem, consultant and founder of Blue Fish, and Karim HENDILI, Chief of Culture at the UNESCO Regional Office for Maghreb in Rabat. Moderator Stuart Norval, the panel discusses whether or not the preservation of heritage in Tunisia has improved since the 2011 revolution, which historical sites and treasures are under threat, and how the past needs to be preserved for future generations.

Tunisia: art as a mirror
Hosted by the British Museum, June 11, 2021
This panel brings together art historian Dr Ridha Moumni, artist Nidhal Chamekh, gallerist Selma Feriani and art patron Fatma Kilani. Together, they discuss their experiences and perspectives to illuminate both the challenges and the potential of art in Tunisia now.

From Food to Fashion, Tunis is Having a Cultural Renaissance by Sarah Khan
Condé Nast Traveler, March 2020 Issue
We were thrilled to provide introductions and suggestions to Ms. Khan in preparation for her trip there.

Why Tunis could be the new Rome, by Erin Clare Brown
BBC.com on 27 January, 2020
Read our interview with Erin Brown here.

Rafram Chaddad: Isolation
Apartamento, Issue 24

The New Rebels – Tunisia
Monocle, October 2018, Issue 117, Volume 12, p. 215-218.
Includes designers Anissa Aida and Made by Tinja, and social entrepreneur Leila ben Gacem.

Arts and Culture Panel: Adapting & Innovating in the Face of COVID-19
Hosted by Middle East Institute, April 9, 2020
Award-winning Tunisian artist and activist eL Seed, Oscar-nominated Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Hoor Al Qasimi, discuss the role of the region’s creative communities in the time of Covid-19. Moderated by Chase Robinson, the Dame Jillian Sackler Director, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis
Hosted by World Monuments Fund, April 19, 2020
WMF CEO Bénédicte de Montlaur discusses the impact of Covid-19 on cultural heritage sites, with Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum The Honourable Dr. Tristram Hunt, Fukuoka Prize winner and Pakistan’s first female architect Yasmeen Lari, and scholar and curator Barry Bergdoll.
Explore more in the doolesha section of our blog.

    INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS + POLITICAL SCIENCE


Maghrib in Past & Present | Podcasts is a forum in which artists, writers, and scholars from North Africa, the United States, and beyond present their ongoing and innovative research on and cultural activities in the Maghrib.

Nostalgia and Populisms in Contemporary Tunisia
Hosted by Stanford’s CDDRL, October 22, 2020
Nate Grubman, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, presents “Nostalgia and Populisms in Contemporary Tunisia” for the CDDRL Seminar Series. This talk focuses on 2019 elections in Tunisia, which he argues has broader implications for the development of party systems.

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