The Mediterranean Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) is organising the Second Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting which will take place from March 21 - 25, 2001 in Florence and will bring together about 170 scholars from the Mediterranean area, Europe, and elsewhere.
Goals of the Meeting
First, to bring together scholars from the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Europe elsewhere whose studies focus on the MENA and on the relationships between the MENA and Europe.
Second, to enable in-depth discussions of high standard original research papers on central topics. Third, to encourage the publication and dissemination of papers in the form of working papers of the Mediterranean Programme, of thematic issues of journals, and/or edited volumes.
Structure of the Meeting
The core structure of the Meeting is workshops in which between ten and twelve participants and two workshop directors discuss original research. The total estimated number of participants is approximately 160.
The members of each workshop meet in four or five sessions for a total of approximately thirteen to sixteen hours in which they discuss papers, general topics, ways to publish the papers and how to continue collaborative efforts. Another important part of the Meeting is the Third Mediterranean Programme Lecture.