Monday, 15 April, 2024
9 AM

Conference at GUST

Global Citizenship in the Arabian Gulf and Beyond

Global Citizenship is the umbrella term for social, political, environmental, and economic actions of globally minded individuals and communities on a worldwide scale. It has gained popularity as one of the United Nation’s goals for human dignity, empowerment, and for positive change in societies. Global Citizenship attempts to cross over between different groups of people, surpassing separatist categories that continue to exclude people within societies. Global Citizenship aims to create more ethical, tolerant, diverse, and inclusive youth cultures, gender equity, and disability inclusion.

  • What does it mean to be a global citizen today in Kuwait, in the Gulf, and beyond, and how can it be achieved?
  • Equity and human rights
  • Social justice
  • Cosmopolitanism now and in the past
  • Migration and Global Citizenship
  • Civic Education in the Middle East and elsewhere
  • How was global citizenship conceived in the past?
  • What are the roots of exclusion and how are these phenomena manifest in Gulf societies and other societies?
  • How can policy-makers, educators, and researchers contribute to the creation and empowerment of global citizens in Kuwait and elsewhere?
  • Climate change and environment

Start date

April 14-15, 2024

The conference is in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by UNESCO within the framework of “SDG4 on Global Citizenship Education” and “UNESCO for the Gulf States and Yemen” the goal is to empower Students through Global Citizenship Education

The conference is hybrid. Zoom link:

Passcode: 073904


April 14


19:30 - Dinner at the Ayam Zaman in the Holiday Inn Salmiya

April 15

GUST, Auditorium W6-200

9:00 - Welcome by Dr Kamaludin Dingle, Director of the Graduate Studies and Research Office

Thorsten Botz-Bornstein (GUST): “Global Citizenship and Cosmopolitanism”

10:00 - Huda Alazmi (Kuwait University): “Exploring the Critical-Soft Approach of Citizenship in Education”

Coffee Break 11:00-11:15

11:15 - Massimiliano Tarozzi (University of Bologna): “Bridging Cultures, Building Futures: Global Citizenship Education in Arab-European Higher Education Partnerships”

12:15 - Nesma Elsakaan (University of Palermo): “Bidoons and Black People in Arabic Novels” [CANCELLED]

13:00 - Hussein Al Sharoufi (GUST): "Understanding Hate Speech on Facebook: A Pragmemic Approach in Arabic, English, and Romanian Comments"

LUNCH 13: 30- 14:30

14:30 - Cristina Navarro (GUST): “Media Narratives on Social Inequality in Kuwait: An Exploration”

15:00 - Khalaf Marhoun AlAbri (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman): “Transforming Education in the Arab Gulf States: A Holistic Approach to Global Citizenship Promotion”

16:00 - A Global Citizenship Debate staged by the GUST Debate Club

17:00 - Maria Dos-Santos (School of Communication and Media Studies Lisbon) and Manuel Mota (Polytechnic University of Lisbon): “European Citizens’ Worries and Self-Responsibility towards Climate Change: A Gender Analysis.”

18:00 - Angela M. Gonzalez Echeverry (GUST): “Gender Imaginary: A Close Reading of the Global Citizen through Cultural Narratives”

The conference takes place at the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) in Kuwait and is organized by the GUST Global Studies Center.

There is no registration fee.

The conference is hybrid and a zoom link will be published here.