Meet the writer Walid Feckry at the Alexandrian Heritage Days of the French Cultural Institute – Conferences – Al-Ahram Weekly


Writer Walid Feckry at the Alexandrian Heritage Days of the French Cultural Institute

American University in Cairo

Thursday 11 am-2pm (online event): “The blockade against Qatar: a blessing in disguise? »Online event features Alexis Antoniades, Director and Chair of International Economics, Georgetown University – Qatar, who will present his ongoing work on “The Blockade Against Qatar: A Blessing in Disguise? “. On June 5, 2017, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt severed diplomatic relations with Qatar and launched a blockade against the country. In his article, Antoniades provides the first in-depth examination of the impact of the blockade on Qatar’s economy and reviews the policy responses that followed. In particular, it examines how the policies that have since emerged have complemented or deviated from past policies and practices and assesses whether they have brought long-term benefits to the country – benefits that might not have been realized if the blockade had not taken place. Its examination reveals that the blockade did not lead to a change in political orientation, but that it altered the urgency and process by which policies were formulated and implemented, as well as their effectiveness. The link is

Al-Sheikh Rihan Street, next to Tahrir Square, Tahrir Campus, tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Garden scene

Tue 16, 5 pm-8pm: “Water scarcity: the convergence of water, food and climate security in Egypt and the MENA region”, a public conference by Marc Smith,

Director General of the International Institute for Water Management. Egypt is at a crossroads on the path of socio-economic development, with choices to be made in terms of planning, investment and water management and their alignment with agricultural and food policies. This conference examines the new paradigm shift in Egypt’s water landscape and how new policies affecting the water sector will shape future water, food and climate security.

French Cultural Institute

Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800

Media library

Fri 12, 10 am-11am: “Story time with Salma Mohsein” by the children’s teacher Salma mohsein. She takes us on a new storytelling hour.

Fri 12, 2 pm: “International Nuggets: Romans and Comics Reading Club”, under the theme of man’s relationships with others and his environment, a reading and a discussion around the two selected works What do the stars dream of and The panther’s speech through Lucie Salgueiro and Karidad Ragueh.

Italian cultural institute

Italy celebrated the 700e anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri. In addition, the Italian Institute continues to publish videos in Arabic with translations of Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece. The Divine Comedy bring the Arabic-speaking public closer to the work of the supreme poet. The videos are produced by Giabluca Barbadori, with the special participation of Achraf Farouk, Amir Salaheddine, Sherine hegazy, and Sara El Mokadem.


French Cultural Institute

30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/03 3918952

Wed 17, 8 pm: “Cycle of Historical Debates: Egypt and France of the Bonaparte Expedition: The example of the reign of Mehmet-Ali Pasha”, as part of Alexandria Heritage Days, celebrated by the Center d ‘Etudes Alexandrines (CEAlex), Egyptian writer and researcher in the field of history Walid Feckry will speak about this privileged link with France, as well as portraits of French people who have worked for the modernization of Egypt. Following the departure of the French in 1801, Egypt saw the emergence of emblematic figures in its history such as Mohamed Ali and Ibrahim Pasha. A great movement of openness and modernity appears then to align Egypt on the Western cultural and scientific level, without neglecting the deep cultural and religious roots of the country. Mohamed Ali, perceived as the heir of Napoleon’s ideas in the East, has always maintained relations with French sovereigns: Napoleon I and kings Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis-Philippe. He therefore decided to surround himself with an army of French scientists, the best specialists of the time in the most diverse fields (army, health, navy, agriculture, geography, architecture and Pharaonic heritage …).

* A print version of this article appears in the November 11, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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