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Tuesday, November 30 2021 - 05:41
Leading contemporary philosophers gather in Saudi Arabia for the first time at Riyadh Philosophy Conference
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-  Renowned international philosophical institutions and universities to take 
part in first of its kind event in the Kingdom.  
·  Over 50 leading contemporary philosophical thinkers from more than 15 
countries will participate in an inter-cultural dialogue to explore philosophy 
across an array of subjects under a theme of 'unpredictability'. 
·  The three-day conference will feature workshops, interactive plenary 
sessions, a philosophy café, innovative hi-tech installations exploring 
philosophy, a reading village, and a children's zone. 

Leading contemporary philosophical thinkers will gather in Riyadh for a first 
of its kind philosophy conference at King Fahad National Library. The three-day 
event between the 8-10 December, will bring renowned international and regional 
thinkers and institutions together for the first time in Saudi Arabia, to 
discuss the most pressing contemporary philosophical debates under the theme: 

The Ministry of Culture and its Literature, Publishing, and Translation 
Commission, is organizing the conference to establish the Kingdom as a center 
for philosophical dialogue in the region, encouraging the advancement of 
scientific and academic research around philosophy, as well as encouraging 
interest in philosophy and its relevance to all our lives.

On the announcement of the conference, Mohamed Hassan Alwan, CEO of the 
Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission said: "Our mission is to 
promote philosophy across a wide range of thinkers and bring critical 
philosophical debates to Saudi Arabia for the first time, promoting 
inter-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogues. We also want to introduce 
philosophy to members of the public who might not have had exposure to it 
before and promote philosophical thinking, its methods and tools, and how it 
can be used to empower the youth."

The Riyadh Philosophy Conference program will cover an array of interactive 
plenary sessions and workshops, tackling contemporary issues of the day that 
highlight how philosophy can help us understand the world we live in. Sessions 
will cover, The Human Condition: Unpredictable Encounters, and several 
discussions are focussed on the impact of COVID-19, including, Beyond the 
Global Pandemic: Responding Ethically to the Unprecedented. 

Leading philosophical thinkers from universities across the globe will be 
participating, including the University of Pretoria; Harvard University; The 
University of Turin; SOAS; Cairo University, King Saud University and many 

The Riyadh Philosophy Conference will see over 1,500 guests per day, ranging 
from academics and students to cultural leaders and publishers. In addition to 
the curated plenary sessions, the event will also feature exhibitor stands 
hosted by local and international partners, and a number of experiential 
activations including a reading village, and children's zone designed to instil 
the value of philosophical thought amongst the next generation.  
The event will be open to the public and will feature a variety of accessible 
lectures exploring relevant topics that will demonstrate the significance of 
philosophy in today's world and show its ability to help answer key 
contemporary questions facing humanity. 

As one of the 100+ cultural events taking place across Saudi Arabia this 
Winter, the Riyadh Philosophy Conference forms part of the country's rapid 
cultural transformation that is nurturing creativity and supporting the growth 
of vibrant creative industries.

About the Riyadh Philosophy Conference
- Riyadh Philosophy Conference website [ ]
- Social media: #RPC #Philosophy #SaudiArabia 
About the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission: 
- Founded in 2020, the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission is 
leading the development of the sector in the Kingdom. 
- The Commission aims to enrich the Kingdom's literary content and develop its 
literary ecosystem to make it more competitive and sustainable. It also works 
on employing innovative technologies to digitally transform the sector and 
forge partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, both 
locally and internationally. 
- Find the Literature, Publishing and Translation Commission on social media: 
Twitter: @MOCLiterature [  ] (Arabic) | 
Instagram @literature_moc [  ] (Arabic) | 
About the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Culture:
- The Ministry of Culture is leading a cultural transformation to develop a 
rich ecosystem that nurtures creativity, unlocks the economic potential of the 
sector and unleashes new and inspiring forms of expression. 
- As part of these efforts, the Ministry of Culture is seeking to bolster the 
presence of Saudi heritage and culture at events across the Kingdom, enabling 
participants to engage with the Kingdom's rich and diverse history and preserve 
Saudi heritage for generations to come.  
- Find the Ministry of Culture on social media: Twitter @MOCSaudi [  ] (Arabic); @MOCSaudi_En [  ] (English) | Instagram @mocsaudi [ ]  

Source: Ministry of Culture Saudi Arabia