To expand and understand the principle of mobility by bringing together people able to think mobility in its widest sense (cultural mobility operators, philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, policy makers...), report about what mobility means and what are its consequences in a social and economical context.

Symposium exploring "mobility around the Mediterranean"

A Mediterranean city par excellence, Jordan hosted on the 1st and 2nd of June 2011 the first symposium “exploring mobility around the Mediterranean“, organized by the Arab Education Forum – Safar Fund and Roberto Cimetta Fund. This Symposium, which is a cornerstone in the Istikshaf project, aims to expand on and develop a renewed understanding of contemporary mobility by bringing together people able to think mobility in its widest sense. With a special focus on artistic mobility, this Symposium is an attempt to respond to the evident shortage in literature on mobility as a tool for learning, dialogue, and artistic exchange and as a new-old paradigm around the Mediterranean basin. 

Over the period of two days, more than 35 academics, specialists and practitioners from 18 Arab and European countries: Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, France, Turkey, Denmark,  Austria, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands, The Gulf, and Great Britain, shed light on issues ranging from current research on mobility, challenges to artistic mobility, travel literature, artists’ experiences, policies on mobility, and the role of cities in promoting artistic mobility. Key mobility operators from the Mediterranean region will also be present at the Symposium to share their perspectives and learn from other experiences.

This Symposium was supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation, in addition to private donations.
Istikshaf program is a cooperation initiative led by The Arab Education Forum-Safar fund and The Roberto Cimetta Fund, in cooperation with The Arab Theatre Training Center, Al Balad Theater, Studio EmadEddin, I-act, and Dramatiska Institutet (Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts), which aims to develop a platform for artistic mobility around the Mediterranean through a mapping of mobility operators; supporting research and knowledge building around this topic; mobilization of mobility alumni; and providing a forum for mobility operators to exchange experiences and share knowledge and resources. 

 Call for papers  Arabic English , French

Symposium Booklet, English - Arabic - Français

Symposium exploring mobility- Program: English Arabic 

About Safar

A large number of groups and individuals cooperate on a regular basis to develop, execute and evaluate Safar.


Support Safar

Support one or more travel grants for young social entrepreneurs from your country or countries of relevance to your area of work.


تابعوا سفر

Safar Videos on Youtube

Safar : Youth Mobility Fund on Facebook