Women Issues: Towards New Islamic Reasoning (10 and 11 March 2014)
The Conference aims at achieving a more profound vision of women issues by moving from partial approaches to holistic outlooks that examine conceptual fundaments and reconsider these fundaments from different perspectives; proposing contemporary visions of ijtihad (Islamic reasoning) that stem from an Islamic ground that encompasses a rich variety of visions related to Fiqh and Shariah that were not reduced or minimized into specific views; asserting the links and bridges between Shariah-based ijtihad/ reasoning carried out by forthright Islamic scholars, and women-based ijtihad carried out by women researchers, concerning equality between genders based on an Islamic understanding; attempting to develop the tools and methods of feminist Islamic research; launching the Alexandria Declaration on Women Rights to become an all-inclusive frame for the rights of contemporary Muslim women that stems from an Islamic ground; and establishing a network of researchers interested in exploring women issues from an Islamic vision.
BioVisionAlexandrie (BVA) 2014 (7 to 9 April 2014)
The BA Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP) holds its Seventh International Biennial Conference, BioVisionAlexandria (BVA) 2014, from 7 to 9 April 2014 with the theme “New Life Sciences: The Next Decade”. The aim is taking a journey into the next decade exploring new scientific frontiers and conversing fundamental changes in life science and next generation technologies, all needed to face our global hurdles and threats.
Augmented Reality: 3D Video Mapping Show on Ancient Alexandria
A 2-day video mapping show; 3D projection combined with sound and lighting effects, on Ancient Alexandria projected on the wall of the BA Conference Center building. The theme of the projection is the history of Alexandria from its establishment till the end of the Classical Period, with special focus on the main attractions sites of the city and its historical milestones. Augmented Reality means overlaying virtual digital elements on reality. It refers to the innovative multimedia techniques that make reality interact with digital constructions and reconstructions, thus modifying, enhancing and enriching the perceived world. It includes interactive projections, lighting techniques, virtual architecture and communication and audiovisual instruments. Its applications are numerous, ranging from overlapping virtual components onto reality (geo-localization and referencing, logical and physical mapping) to simulation of virtual reality elements and artistic applications through performances, video projections and installations. The event is part of the International Augmented Med (I AM) project, an international cooperation project involving 14 partner organizations from 7 Mediterranean countries, namely: Italy, Spain, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia and Lebanon.