The Amazigh (Berber) Dimension in North-African Political and Cultural Life

05.11.2015 - 05.11.2015

Tapahtuman kuvaus

Anna Lindh Foundation Network in Finland, Afous-Afous Association, the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, University of Helsinki and TAPRI Mediterranean Studies Project are happy to invite you into a seminar on:

The Amazigh (Berber) Dimension in North-African Political and Cultural Life

Thursday November 5 at 10.15-15.00
University of Helsinki, Yliopistonkatu 3, 6. floor, Hall P673

North Africa is one of the essential components of the Mediterranean world and, both geographically as well as culturally, very closed to Europe. Recent evolution in the area highlights also its high political importance. It seems that in the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’ the Amazigh dimension of North Africa remains rather unknown for larger European public.

The oldest population in North Africa is known by the name Amazighs from Siwa oasis in western Egypt to the Atlantic, and from the Mediterranean coast to the land of Tuaregs in the south of Sahara. The Greek name Berbers has been used until the second half of 20th century.

Come and learn about the Amazigh people and their role in the current developments in North Africa!


10.00-10.15 Coffee

10.15 Welcome Words by Anu Leinonen (Anna Lindh Foundation Finnish Network) & Hannu Juusola (University of Helsinki)

10.30    Introduction to Amazigh/Berber Dimension – Yesterday and Tomorrow, Prof. Tuomo Melasuo, TAPRI, University of Tampere

11.00-11.15 Intervention by Prof. Djilali Hadj-Smaha, Director of CRASC (Centre de recherche en anthropologie sociale et culturelle), Oran, Algeria

11.15-11.30 Comments by Karim Maiche, Doctoral Fellow, TAPRI, University of Tampere

11.30-12.45 Lunch break

12.45-13.15 Tamazight culture before and after the Arab invasion (the final title to be confirmed) Sana Elmansouri, Libyan journalist and Amazigh activist, Tripoli, Libya

13.15-13.45 The Tuareg struggle in Mali (the final title to be confirmed) Mossa Ag Attaher, Former Spokesman of MNLA Tuareg movement in Mali, Kidal, Mali

13.45-14.00 Coffee

14.00-15.00 Panel discussion


Hamza Amarouche, Translator into Tamazight & Communication Assistant at Caisa
Hanna Yikona, Association Afous-Afous
Djilali Hadj-Smaha
Sana Elmansouri
Mossa Ag Attaher


Find the updated program on the website:

Please register yourself to the event by mail to Suvi Laakso, suvi.laakso(at) latest 4.11.

Notice that the following day, Friday 6.11. we will have a colloquium on The Role and Signification of Social Sciences in North Africa at Tapri, University of Tampere. You are welcome to join this event as well.


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