our events

Babel initiative is more than happy to invite you to its last event : the Colloque. Babelians will present their research projects and academic findings. After a year of hard work, both projects members and the Babel board are ready to share our andalusian journey with you. Save the date for 8th of April to learn more about Spain, eat more Spanish food and enjoy Spanish music!

We will post a detailed program very soon, we hope to see you all there.

Babel initiative a l'honneur de vous inviter à son dernier événement de l'année : le Colloque. Les Babeliens présenteront leurs projets de recherche et leurs conclusions académiques. Après une année de travail, les équipes de recherche et les membres du board sont prêts à partager notre périple andalou avec vous. Le 8 avril, venez en apprendre plus sur l'Espagne, manger de la nourriture espagnole et écouter de la musique espagnole!

Nous posterons très bientôt un programme détaillé de l'événement, nous espérons tous vous y voir.

THE CULTURAL WEEK (01/23/17 - 01/29/17)


Created in 2012, the Cultural Week is one of the main highlights of Babel Initiative. It aims to promote the culture of a chosen country in the Mediterranean or Middle East during a week of the academic year. The cultural week takes place several weeks before Babel Initiative’s trip to the country of choice so that the students obtain a first impression of the country they are about to travel to. Likewise, the cultural week aims to present the culture of the country to the rest of students of Science Po Paris and the community of Menton. Ultimately, it seeks to foster intercultural understanding between the countries of the Mediterranean and Middle East region.


The theme of this year’s Cultural Week is “Andalusia: inside out”. We hope to present the South of Spain by bringing together both domestic and foreign perceptions about Andalucía, and learn about this Mediterranean region not only from a Western perspective but also through Middle Eastern point of view. This year’s Cultural Week will take place from the 23rd to the 29th of January. During that week, we will host exceptional speakers from fields such as politics, science and art in our campus to fully deliver the Andalusian culture to Menton.









Cultural Week Description
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On the 28 of November 2016, Babel initiative will welcome its first guest of the academic year : Gustavo de Arìstegui. The former Ambassador of Spain and Spanish deputy will give a conference about the history of Al Andalus, the territories under islamic rule between 711 and 1492, from the beginning of the Muslim conquest to the fall of Grenade and the end of the Reconquista.

The main purpose of the conference is to rely on the historical example of Al Andalus to demonstrate its relevance to understanding current religious and ethnic issues that Europe faces. This first event of the year takes place in the Great Amphitheater at Sciences Po Paris Campus de Menton. The conference is open to everyone.


Who is Gustavo de Arìstegui?

Ambassador de Arístegui is a former member of Spain’s Parliament and served as Spanish Ambassador to India from April 2012 to January 2016.  He also served in concurrent Ambassadorship to Bhutan, The Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, where he boosted political, economic and cultural ties. Gustavo has worked in challenging locations around the globe, including Libya and Iraq. In 2000, Gustavo ran as a member of the People’s Party (PP, Center-right) for a seat in the Spanish Parliament to represent the Province of Guipuzcoa. Gustavo served two consecutive terms in Parliament for a total of 12 years. In Parliament, he served as the leader of the Majority for Foreign Affairs for four years, then leader of the Minority for Foreign Affairs for another eight years. During his 12 years in Parliament Gustavo was active as a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and a member of its Human Rights Committee. Subsequently a member of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly and of its prestigious Defense Committee, Gustavo has held numerous meetings with the Ministries of Defense of NATO allies and of other likeminded allies, visited their Armed Forces and bases and had in-depth geopolitical discussions with governments, parliamentarians, and think tanks. As a career diplomat, Gustavo served in the Africa and Middle East Division as Deputy Head of Middle East Affairs during the first Gulf War (1990-91).  He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Spanish Embassy to Libya from 1991-1993, where he was Charge D’Affaires (Acting Ambassador) for well over a year.  From 1993-1996, Gustavo served as Deputy Chief of Mission of the Spanish Embassy to Jordan.  During that tenure he was also in charge of the Spanish Embassy in Iraq. In May 1996 he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Spanish Ministry of Security and Home Affairs, a position he held for four years prior to his tenure in Parliament. A frequent commentator in leading Spanish and international press, Gustavo’s writing has been featured in outlets including: The Washington Post, Jordan Times, Daily Star Beirut, Reforma of Mexico, the New Indian Express in India to ABC, El Pais and La Razon in Spain. He has also written scholarly articles in specialized magazines such as Foreign Policy, International Trade and Economy of Spain, and has been a regular commentator on various Spanish television news shows, Latin American channels and international networks like CNN, BBC, TF1 and France 2 among many others. He has authored four books on Terrorism, Jihadism, Radicalism and The Arab Springs. Gustavo has been a professor of Diplomatic Law at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas; Geopolitics at the San Pablo CEU University Madrid and IE Madrid, ranked a top 10 Business School in the World. He has received several Spanish and Foreign Decorations and Honors, among which the 2002 Raoul Wallenberg Award for his fight against racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism. Gustavo is a fluent speaker of Spanish, English, French and German, with basic competencies in Arabic and Italian. He studied Law at Universidad Pontificia Comillas, one of Spain’s most prestigious universities.


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06500 Menton France