The Merian Center for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) was founded in April 2020 as an international center for interdisciplinary research and academic exchange.
It is hosted by the University of Tunis/Tunisia and plans to develop branches in Casablanca/Morocco and Beirut/Lebanon. MECAM is the joint project initiated by a consortium of renowned Tunisian and German research institutions.
It is coordinated by Philipps-Universität Marburg and Université de Tunis and supported by Universität Leipzig, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg/Germany, Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin/Germany, Institut Tunisien des Études Stratégiques (ITES) in Tunis/Tunisia, and Université de Sfax/Tunisia.
The MECAM Papers
The MECAM Papers series offers concise and well-founded analyses of the social, cultural, and political realities of the contemporary Maghreb covering the period since approximately 2011. MECAM Papers is an online series anchored in MECAM’s core theme that seeks to explore the link between multidimensional disparity and the possibilities for constructing and negotiating future models in today’s Maghreb societies. Interdisciplinary, cross-regional, and intergenerational, MECAM’s research revolves around a central theme: “Imagining Futures – Coping with Disparities.” The MECAM Papers series reaches out to a broader, interested audience, including the media, political foundations, NGOs, academia, artists, practitioners, and members of the business community, allowing authors to engage with a readership beyond expert circles by engaging in exchange with different audiences.
In cooperation with the editor of the series — Dr. Thomas Richter — the Specialized Inforamtion Service ensures, on the one hand, clear visibility through cataloguing and, on the other hand, secure long-term availability of the editions published in three languages (English, French & Arabic) through storage in its subject repository MENAdoc.