Università della Svizzera italiana > Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Summer Summit (Switzerland)

The Middle East Mediterranean (MEM) Summer Summit was launched by Università della Svizzera Italiana in 2018. Every year it hosts more than 100 young change-makers from over 30 different countries along with around 100 speakers and distinguished guests.

The Summit – designed as an intellectual and social exchange across borders, cultures and languages – is composed of two parts: an eight-day Seminar (20-28 August 2020) and a two-day Forum (29-30 August 2020). The emphasis is on the need and ambition to pursue an incisive analysis and reflection on the complex challenges facing the extended Middle East Mediterranean region. The Seminar will have three separate streams, one of which is ‘Middle East Mediterranean Region: Cultural Narratives’, exploring the emergence of new expressions in the figurative arts, cinema, and literature, and the concern for cultural heritage.

The main objectives of the Summit are:

  • To offer a safe space for dialogue between young change-makers from the Middle East Mediterranean region where to lay out a vision for common future of the region, by starting from the present.

  • To build a common ground and intergenerational exchange between young people and decision-makers, public and private institutions, non-profit organisations, social enterprises.

  • To develop novel approaches to tackle persisting critical issues.

  • To act as a breeding ground for developing cross border and multilateral project proposals.

  • To initiate collaboration and start networks among several actors in the region.

Applications are welcomed from candidates aged between 25 and 35, from the Middle East Mediterranean region and Europe and/or with a proven interest in the region and engagement in the society. Applications are welcomed from candidates with diverse working backgrounds – including artists.

The MEM Summer Summit offers a limited number of partial and full grants. Full grants cover travel, accommodation and tuition fees. Priority will be given to covering the expenses of citizens from low-income countries or with proven financial needs.

Deadline: 15 March 2020

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