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The workshop introduced students to the basic knowledge they need to read ancient Christian inscriptions from Egypt Whether painted on stone, Ostraca or manuscript colophons. It will survey the different epigraphic genres and standard forms, in both Greek and Coptic languages. Students will learn to read inscriptions by studying important publications and practicing transcriptions from slides. Students will also be learn using basic XML "markup" of inscriptions; to prepare them for entry in electronic -including web-based- databases.


Ils sont nés dans une contrée méditerranéenne et sont partis vivre dans une autre. Arrachés à leur terre comme Ulysse, chassés comme Énée, révoltés comme Rimbaud, expatriés comme Robinson Crusoé, ils incarnent toutes les nuances de l’exil et des émotions qui l’accompagnent : mal du pays et douleur du retour, ivresse de l’inconnu et perte des repères, conquête de la liberté et quête intérieure… A la frontière de l’exil, il y a aussi ceux qui ne regrettent pas le pays qu’ils ont quitté, et ceux qui se sentent étranger dans la patrie qu’ils n’ont pas quittée. C’est là l’histoire aux multiples visages des écrivains réunis à l’occasion de la quatrième édition d’Écrire la Méditerranée : leur histoire personnelle, leur histoire familiale, à coup sûr leur histoire littéraire. L’exil qui est au cœur de ces rencontres est un bateau de papier couvert d’écritures qui dit adieu au port et s’en va vers le large. Ibrahim Abdel Meguid (Égypte), Vassilis Alexakis (Grèce, France), Maram Al-Masri (Syrie), Isabelle Alonso (France), Mohamed El Dahshan (Égypte), Louis Gardel (France), Golo (France), Nedim Gursel (Turquie), Minna Sif (France) et Bahaa Taher (Égypte) dialogueront et échangeront en français et en arabe avec le public, aux côtés du dramaturge et metteur en scène libano-québécois Wajdi Mouawad, invité d’honneur de l’édition. Initié en 2010, Écrire la Méditerranée est un événement proposé par l'Institut français d’Égypte à Alexandrie, la Bibliotheca Alexandrina et le Centre Méditerranéen de Littérature, avec le soutien de la Fondation Anna Lindh, du Sofitel, de l'association Gudran, du Centre d’Études Alexandrines et de l'Ahram Hebdo, et la contribution de l'université d'Alexandrie, de l'université Senghor et du Lycée français d'Alexandrie.











Discussion seminar Your Right to Access to Knowledge


The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is organizing its Sixth International Biennial Conference, BioVisionAlexandria 2012, 22-25 April 2012, in Alexandria, Egypt. Currently the world, especially developing countries, is undergoing radical changes. Entire countries are being changed, visions of a better tomorrow are being shaped, and societies are transformed. The theme of the upcoming BioVisionAlexandria Conference is "New Life Sciences: Linking Science to Society" which aims at addressing the role science can play in achieving a fair, equal and just society, not just through scientific research but also policy adjustment. A vision for achieving health as a state of well-being, not just combating disease, is imperative especially for developing countries. Furthermore, human activities have taken a tremendous toll on the environment and have destroyed many elements of nature. Consequently, the impact this has on the quality of human life needs serious attention. Similarly, food and agriculture, especially with countries struggling to meet the first Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme hunger and poverty by the year 2015. Special emphasis will also be placed on those marginalized within society and what can the new life sciences do about that. At the conference, we aim at gathering representatives and leaders in science, industry and society to identify and set the priorities needed to rebuild society and discuss how the policies of scientific research need to be revolutionized towards serving society, especially the less fortunate, and to transform the lives of those who truly need it. In general, to help society reach its full potential. BioVisionAlexandria 2012 website: www.bibalex.org/bva2012





Following three successful international symposia on The History of Printing and Publishing in the Languages and Countries of the Middle East, held at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz (2002) and at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris (2005), and Universität Leipzig Germany (2008), we are now convening the fourth meeting on the same themes. This will take place in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 27-29 September 2011. This Symposium, however, will not be confined to printing in Arabic and Muslim languages, but will, as before, cover a range of Middle Eastern languages and scripts. Themes • Historical Themes 1. Special session on the history of printing in Armenia, on the occasion of the selection of Yerevan as World Capital of Book for 2012. 2. History of printing in Middle East languages in Middle East and East Asia. 3. History of printing in Middle East languages in Europe. 4. History of printing in Middle East languages in Africa. 5. History of printing in Middle East languages in South and North America. 6. The role of printing in cultural continuity 7. History of printing techniques and forms 8. Heritage printing museums 9. Publications of minorities and foreign communities. • Technical Themes 1. Digital printing fonts (heritage fonts/modern fonts) 2. Multi-printing (techniques of modern printing in the Middle East languages) 3. Virtual printing museums.














The United Nations’ declaration of 2008 as an international year devoted to linguistic diversity confirms the importance and the worldwide relevance of linguistic diversity and is an iindicative of a growing level of global awareness. Linguamón-House of Languages was invited to participate in the 1st Global Seminar on Linguistic Diversity, Globalisation and Development organized by UNESCO and the UN’s Department of Public Information to bring the International Year of Languages (IYL) 2008 to an end. During the Seminar, Linguamón-House of Languages and the Roberto Marinho Foundation expressed their willingness and determination to continue the task initiated at the IYL and announced the continuation of this series of Seminars. In December 2009, Linguamón-House of Languages and the Roberto Marinho Foundation organized the 2nd Global Seminar on Linguistic Diversity, Globalisation and Development in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the support of UNESC0 and the UN’s Department of Public Information. The seminar was devoted to the importance of media, broadcasting and new technologies for linguistic diversity. The 3rd Global Seminar jointly organized by Linguamón-House of Languages, the Roberto Marinho, Foundation, UNESCO, the UN’s Department of Public Information and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina represents the continuation of this series and will take place on the 28 & 29 November 2010 at the Bibliotheca Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt.


The Coptic Studies Conference Life in Egypt during the Coptic Period Towns and Villages, Laymen and Clergy, Bishops and Dioceses This conference is the first of its kind to be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Its main themes deal with life in ancient Egypt during the Coptic period. The conference will also discuss the different aspects of the Egyptian society and history. Conference Themes
1.History and Archeology in Egypt in the Byzantine Period
2.History and Archeology in Egypt in the Coptic Period
3.Minor Art in Coptic Egypt
4.Coptic Language, Architecture
5.Restoration (wood, metal work, textile, etc)
6.Coptic Icons and Murals
7.Touristic Sites Development
8.Environment, Architecture
9.Comparative Studies between Ancient Egyptian and Coptic Eras.



Interact with Today’s World (ITW) is a series of conferences organized by IEEE Alexandria Student Branch, with the aim to deliver the required up-to-date technical and non-technical knowledge to Egypt’s brightest engineering students and fresh graduates.

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