Symposium “Cultural Morocco, where?” … Points of light and very discouraging
Organized by the Mohammed Abed Al Jabri Foundation for Thought and Culture
Monday – 24 Ramadan 1443 Hijri – 25 April 2022 AD Number Nr. [
Rabat: “Middle East”
Participants in the symposium “Cultural Morocco, where?” For the importance of culture and its close connection with development.
As much as there was talk of “points of light”, from the government of consensual rotation led by the late politician Abd al-Rahman al-Yousifi to the present day about the cultural situation, the participants registered, in this cultural meeting, which was organized , the day before yesterday, from a distance, “very discouraging and negative to be treated”.
Participants in the symposium organized by the Mohamed Abed Al-Jabri Foundation for Thought and Culture with the theme “Morocco, where to …” stressed the need for a cultural development project, emphasizing the construction of a promising horizon for Moroccan culture. requires a diagnosis of past and present pitfalls and errors.
Poet Mourad Kadri, head of the Moroccan House of Poetry and a contributor to the organization, said in his presentation of the symposium, “the importance of culture and its close relationship with development, which is a” civilized act that affects life of individuals and groups in its economic, social, political and cultural dimensions ”.
Al-Qadri said that the symposium emphasizes the need for comprehensive development, “which highlights the necessity of economic, social and political development, without excluding cultural development, arguing that the cultural dimension is no less important than other dimensions.”
Al-Qadri raised a number of essential questions and ideas about resolving and linking culture to development, arguing that the culture we need today is “the culture that triumphs over freedom of expression and freedom of creativity, as well as law. to embrace opinions, and so on. ”
He then asked: “How can the participation of individuals and groups be expanded and the right to access to culture be guaranteed by expanding the network of cultural spaces and increasing opportunities for support? And how can we contribute, in the light of this cultural Morocco, which we seek to create a cultural economy, the localization of creative industries and the development of laws that protect intellectual property rights? ”
Poet Malika Al-Asmy, member of the Executive Office of the Mohammed Abed Al-Jabri Foundation for Thought and Culture, said that talking about culture in Morocco requires a set of necessary ramifications in order to understand the present and what it will offer. . for the future. She stressed that the importance of culture for any nation requires that it penetrate into different sectors; Note that this is not the case in Morocco.
Malikah Al-Asmy spoke of three indicators, including that the concept of culture, today, has shrunk to the point that it has been reduced to some external forms of expression away from its deeper concept. She asked: “Does it mean culture, only folklore, architecture, writing, composition, cinema and traditional production? Can culture accept the separation of creative values from each other, or their separation from their optimal reference values? Does culture mean embalming certain elements, or vice versa, leaving them to decompose, transform and form out of control?
Malikah Al-Asimi stressed that culture means the advancement of educational, religious and social institutions in their role in shaping citizens in a way that qualifies them to understand life, the world and the public and private environment, to assimilate its conditions, its issues. , problems, needs and requirements, interact with them and be creative in them.
Poet and novelist Hassan Najmi noted that the question “Where to cultural Morocco?” It calls for talking about Moroccan cultural history and its accumulation in time and geography, and consequently a fertile collective memory, in its relationship to individual and collective identity, and to socio-cultural reality as a whole.
Najmi further said that talking about cultural Morocco has at least two dimensions: talking about the cultural field with its complexity, spaces and dimensions on the one hand and about cultural policies on the other.
Najmi added that the issue of “cultural Morocco to what extent.” Central and fundamental, noting that the analysis should touch on cultural change and economic and social transformations, and understand the factors behind these various changes, and then the necessary and indispensable mechanisms for thinking about the future of culture Moroccan and the conditions for its modernization, democratization of cultural space and construction of a cultural development project.
He added, “We have a complex, complex, multicultural field that is open to the world and history.”
Najmi stressed that “culture must be present in the development container, in the process, in the decisions and in the measures that can be taken to shape the future”. He added, “The result came as we feared: there is no cultural dimension to the new model of development. A model set out the tasks of creating and drafting a committee of francophones and technicians, most of whom have nothing to do with the cultural field, cultural sector, cultural experience, cultural management, cultural sector, linguistic reality, and identity-level tensions, field level religious and its management, which really requires us to think, at the state and society level, setting up a new model of cultural development.
Najmi concluded by talking about Fadlin in “building a national cultural model with a strategic vision that sees culture as an area for investment in people, identity, education and science.”
Hamroush: a complex topic
Poet and cultural activist Abdel-Din Hamroush kicked off the symposium question, emphasizing that it deals with a complex topic, which makes the discussion about general culture, as the questions are numerous and the axes are numerous.
Hamroush expanded his approaches to the topic, talking about culture, identity, language, popular culture, culture and values, cultural industries, media, culture, publishing and distribution, and culture in relation to globalization, regional and international contexts, culture and normalization. , culture and civil society, as well as cultural engineering, culture and the private sector.
After emphasizing that the issue of culture could be approached from multiple and diverse perspectives, Hamroush suggested a structure for his intervention divided into four approaches: culture in every sense and cultural management in terms of official dimension, cultural actor and values.