World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

Barcelona, July 19th - 24th 2010

Award ceremony

The Ceremony of the WOCMES Award for Outstanding Contributions to Middle Eastern Studies 2010 will take place at the Barcelona Palau de la Música Catalana on Tuesday July 20th at 8.30 pm. Situated in the heart of Barcelona, the emblematic Palau de la Música Catalana stands as a monument to Catalan Art Nouveau. Opened in 1908, the auditorium designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

All WOCMES participants are invited to attend this great academic and cultural event in an exceptional surrounding. Doors open at 8 pm. Please show your badge to enter.

WOCMES Barcelona 2010 Laureates
The 2010 WOCMES Award recognises the achievements of two distinguished scholars for their outstanding contributions to the field of Middle Eastern Studies. This year, WOCMES has chosen to honor the work of professors Josef van Ess and Roger Owen. Previous award winners, chosen by the International Advisory Council of WOCMES, include Edward Said in 2002 and André Raymond in 2006.

Josef van Ess, Emeritus Professor of Islamic Studies and Semitic Languages at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Van Ess is the world´s foremost scholar on classical Kalam, the Islamic theology that was the precursor to and foundation of modern Islam. His publications focus on the history of the Islamic world, Islamic theology and philosophy, especially the formative period of the 8th to 10th centuries, the age of Mongol conquest (13th-14th centuries) and Islamic mysticism.

Roger Owen, A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern History at Harvard University, United States. Owen is a leading historian of our time for his work on social, economic and political histories of the Arab world and Egypt in particular. Owen is also engaged in contemporary issues in the Middle East, and his position on crucial questions in the region is highly valued by media outlets and fellow academics. Owen’s forthcoming books include a work on the politics of succession in the Presidential monarchies of the modern Arab world and another on the Middle East and the first wave of modern globalization, 1870-1930

Musical Performance:

The ceremony will be accompanied by a musical performance by Folkincats, an innovative, inspired and modern look at traditional, popular Catalan music. The event will provide a repertoire of rhythmic, harmonic and melodic levels accompanied with lyrics camouflaged within the sounds of their four instruments (bass and guitar as a rhythmic base, violin and saxophone as melodic instruments).