Night of Ideas 2020: “Being alive: Staying human… or becoming more than human?
About “La nuit des idées”
“La nuit des idées” (The night of ideas) is an international event initiated in France in 2015. This worldwide event takes place each year on the last Thursday of January. It aims at promoting the exchange of ideas and debates. The idea is to organize lectures, conferences, debates, exhibitions, concerts, etc open to a wide audience in a casual atmosphere. Every year there is a common theme: this year it is “Being alive”.
About Msheireb museums
Msheireb Museums celebrate the history of four historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha. Msheireb Museums are an integral aspect of the inner city’s regeneration of the old commercial centre with its traditional community-based lifestyle. The creation of these museums and the restoration of a heritage house, into museums forms a vital part of the Msheireb Downtown Doha development.
About the conference organized in Qatar
“Being alive”: ecological balance and humanity’s relationship with the world is at the heart of the 2020 Night of Ideas. The theme invites to a discussion around the various issues raised by scientific research, technological progress, the relationship between humans and machines and biodiversity in the face of technology.
The French Institute of Qatar would like to highlight the new challenges and hopes offered by science and biotechnology, but also the risks and ethical impact of such progress.
The panelists are coming from different backgrounds (philosophy, genetics, design industries, etc.):
• Dr. Amal Mohammed Al-Malki, Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hamad bin Khalifa University (moderator)
• Guillian Graves, designer and teacher at ENSCI (French national superior school of industrial creation)
• Dr. Khalid Fakhro, Director- Precision Medicine Program, Laboratory of Genomic medicine, Sidra Hospital Doha
• Dr. Marc Owen Jones (PhD), Assistant Professor in Middle East Studies and Digital Humanities, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar
• Mr. Patrick Walsh, Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy, Carnegie-Mellon University, Qatar
Free and open to all. The presentations will be followed by a debate with the audience.