The Night of Ideas 2021, 24 hours to feel "closer" [ar] [fr]

The sixth edition of the Night of Ideas, coordinated by the Institut Français, coordinated by the Institut français, will be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2021 on the topic “Close(r)”. It will be reinforced in its digital dimension with the creation of “24 hours of night and ideas”.

See you on January 28th 2021

Since 2016, year of its founding at the initiative of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Institut Français, every last Thursday of the month of January, philosophers, writers, researchers, intellectuals, students, whistleblowers, artists, politicians and more, are invited to gather in France and the world around a common topic.

On January 28th 2021, more than 200 Nights of Ideas are expected internationally where local voices will explore the “Close(r)” thematic.

The theme “Close(r)” has been chosen to question the transformation of our relationship to space and mobility, the new forms of solidarity that the crisis in our economic and social models calls for, and the place of digital technology in our societies.

“Close(r)” also invites us to question the evolution of contemporary sociality and, more than ever, our relationship to each other.

While the Covid - 19 pandemic is limiting international gatherings and people’s mobility, the Institut français offers everyone the opportunity to live an unprecedented experience, 24 hours of Night and Ideas, on Facebook, YouTube, and on

Thus, for 24 hours, the upcoming Night of Ideas will be an opportunity to feel “closer” than ever, to strengthen global connections, to interact with other audiences and to celebrate a thinking without borders.

See you on January 28th for 24 hours of nonstop live action!

In the UAE : Making Social Spaces

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Youth Hub, a series of events coordinated by the French Institute with the collaboration of NYUAD, the roundtable “Making social spaces” brings together scholars and practitioners to discuss urban planning, public spaces, social and cultural practices in Abu Dhabi.

How is social space created at the intersection between architectural design and users’ practices? In which spaces and through which modalities do people come together and “make” space in a city as diverse as Abu Dhabi? How are these processes approached by various disciplines, from architecture and urban design to the social sciences and the arts?


Pradeep Sharma, Director of Arts, Culture & Heritage, Salama Foundation
Alamira Reem Bani Hashim, Author, “Planning Abu Dhabi: An Urban History” (Routledge, 2018)
Adina Hempel, Associate Professor of Interior Design, Zayed University
Ji Young Kim, Event Specialist, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, NYUAD Alumna

In conversation with Laure Assaf, Assistant Professor of Arab Crossroads Studies and Anthropology, New York University Abu Dhabi

Time: 6:30pm (UAE time)

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publié le 25/01/2021

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