Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM): Imagining Futures Dealing with Disparity

  • The "Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb" (MECAM), founded in 2020, is a platform for regional and international scientific exchange in Tunisia based on the central theme "Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity". The centre is located at the renowned Université de Tunis in the Tunisian capital. Its research work focuses on the effects of multidimensional disparity on models, visions and ideas about political, social, economic, and cultural futures.
    BMBF, 2020-2023


    Dr. Alyssa Miller

    Research Fellow


    Dr. André Bank

    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Senior Research Fellow / Redaktion GIGA Focus Nahost


    The research programme of the Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb encompasses the five thematic clusters "Inequality & Mobility", "Memory & Justice", "Aesthetics & Cultural Practice", "Resources & Sustainability", "Identities & Beliefs" (the latter one under GIGA's coordination) as well as two transversal axes "Comparative Historical and Regional Perspectives" and "Digital Methods".

    Beitrag zu internationaler Forschung

    MECAM's contributes to international research excellence in a number of ways: First, it strengthens the perception of the Maghreb as a geopolitical interface of different world regions, among them Africa, Europe, and the Middle East (Mashriq). Second and related, it thereby aims to overcome the often-held, limited perspective of the Maghreb as a "triple periphery". This is done, third, by connecting with a long tradition of Maghrebi theorizing in different fields. Fourth, MECAM substantially enhances German scholarly engagement with the Maghreb. Fifth and more generally, it contributes to tackling persisting asymmetries in knowledge production.

    Forschungsdesign und Methoden

    The Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) considers itself an interdisciplinary, interregional and intergenerational research platform on the Maghreb, the Middle East and beyond. Under the guiding theme "Imagining Futures - Dealing with Disparity", MECAM examines the complex processes of (re-)negotiating future models of society ('imagining futures’) in the region about a decade after the beginning of the "Arab Spring", all within the context of unequal starting conditions ('disparity').

    The German Institute for Global and Area Studies is a partner within the MECAM consortium, along with the University of Marburg, the University of Leipzig and the Forum Transregional Studies in Berlin. In addition to the Université de Tunis, the regional partners are the University of Sfax and the Institut Tunisien des Études Stratégiques (ITES) in Tunisia, as well as other partners from Morocco and Lebanon.

    Kooperation | 20.04.2020

    Neues Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in Tunis

    Das GIGA beteiligt sich am Aufbau eines Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) in der Hauptstadt Tunesiens. Das geistes- und sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungszentrum soll sich der Untersuchung gesellschaftlicher Wandlungsprozesse widmen, die sich infolge der Arabischen Protestbewegungen von 2011 ergeben haben.

    Pressemitteilung | 30.03.2020

    Zukunftsperspektiven im Angesicht von Ungleichheiten erforschen

    Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) an der Universität Tunis


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