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A series of workshops designed to build capacity among the younger generation of university academics in the Arab World, Iran and Turkey was launched in 2011 by the Middle East and North Africa Panel (MENAP) of the British Academy. The initiative recognises that scholars in the region tend to have difficulty accessing information on the latest developments in the field. Capacity building at this level aims to create an environment where Arab, Turkish and Iranian colleagues are able to strengthen their research profile and publish in international outlets. The workshops further enhance the level of debate, crossing boundaries between different groups. The first two workshops were held in Amman in September 2011 and September 2013.

This video was made during the 2013 workshop and offers an overview of the initiative.

Date(s): 2-4 September 2013

Venue: The British Institute, Amman, Jordan

This was the second installment in the British Academy sponsored series of capacity-building workshops which started in 2011, focused on training researchers in the Arab World, Iran and Turkey in the area of translation studies. For a full report on the 2011 workshop, click here. For information on the British Council sponsored symposium which followed on from the workshop, click here.


Date(s): 5-7 September 2011 (Note: This workshop has been rescheduled due to recent events in Egypt and seveal other countries in the region; the original dates were 21-23 February)

Venue: Amman, Jordan

The teaching staff for the 2011 Amman Workshop include Professor Mona Baker (University of Manchester, UK), Professor Myriam Salama-Carr (University of Salford, UK), and Dr. Şebnem Susam-Sarajeva (University of Edinburgh, UK). Delegates include participants from Palestine (Jerusalem and Gaza), Egypt, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Turkey.

For a report on the event, with photographs, click here


Egypt: Sherif Hasan Ismail, Soheir Mahfouz
Iran: Katayoon Afzali, Mehrmoosh Fakharzadeh
Iraq: Mushtaq Abdullah Jameel, Khalid Ismail Ali
Jordan: Amer Al-Adwan, Abdullah Shunnaq, Jehan Zitawi, Linah Ababneh, Muhammad Al-Diri
Lebanon: Hoda Moucannas
Oman: Saad Hatem Hasan
Palestine: Mahmoud Al-Hirthani (Gaza), Rana AlSaleh (Jerusalem), Mohammed Lafi (Gaza)
Syria: Rima Al-Hakim, Maha Al Saloom
Turkey: Sevda Ayluçtarhan, Kerem Demirtas
Yemen: Ahmed Alabbasi, Hussein Al-bahji