KUWAIT: The cultural panel in the Department of Philosophy at the College of Arts at Kuwait University launched a conference on the topic “Citizenry in the Arab World”, in cooperation with the French Center for Research in the Arabian Peninsula at the southern building of the college in Sabah Al-Salem University City. The event is scheduled to last for two days. The Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dr Abdulmohsen Al-Madaaj stressed that holding these conferences contributes to consolidating the concept of citizenship among the Arab peoples, in addition to opening scientific and academic horizons that serve the community.
“The issue of citizenry is a scientific topic worthy of research, as it did not receive sufficient attention. It is one of the basic pillars of any living society. It is the social link and the political fabric of individuals and society alike,” Al-Madaaj said. The Senior Counselor at the French Embassy Fanny Fonquerone and representative of the Ambassador of France to Kuwait Claire Le Flecher expressed her happiness over the conference, which was organized by the Department of Philosophy at Kuwait University and the French Research Center in the Arabian Peninsula.
“This two-day conference brings together more than a dozen academics from different continents.” “During these two days, discussions will take place on the issue of citizenry in its individual and collective manifestations, as well as its political and legal practices, hoping that these discussions will allow for the promotion of common knowledge and thus open new horizons for research and partnership between the two countries,” she said.
“The conference was organized in the spirit of active cooperation between France and Kuwait. France constantly shows its friendship with Kuwait through its diplomatic activity and the scope of its cooperation. The friendship between the two countries is old; it began in the seventeenth century and has grown strongly since then. It is a friendship that has extended for more than two centuries,” Fonquerone said.
She indicated that the conference came after the International Symposium on Archeology in the Arabian Peninsula, which was held last month, and shows the usual research cooperation between the countries. “Cultural and scientific cooperation yields results from exchanges such as this conference, stressing that the relations developed at the conference enhance and develop academic and scientific cooperation between the two countries and more, hoping that this conference will be fruitful for all.”
The Head of the Philosophy Department Dr Muhammad Al-Wuhaib, said that studying scientific concepts and academic ideas is one of the most important foundations at the university. “It serves the individual and develops society, in addition to encouraging research and careful studies.” “The conference attracts a distinguished group of academics to enrich the topics of the conference over a period of two days to discuss one of the most contemporary and important topics, which is the concept of citizenry,” he clarified.
It is worth noting that the conference also deals with the study of theoretical dimensions and practical aspects of what must be supported, consolidated, changed, or developed with regard to the reality of citizenship in the Arab world. —Agencies