The “Mahmoud Darwish Chair” was created by the Federation Wallonia-Brussels in 2016 at the initiative of its Minister-President, Mr Rudy Demotte. The aim of the Chair is to perpetuate the work and thought of a major poet of the 20th century considered to be one of the greatest contemporary Arab authors. His work – around twenty volumes of poetry and seven of prose, including numerous articles and interviews – has been translated into around forty languages. The Federation Wallonia-Brussels has created the “Mahmoud Darwish Chair” in order to reaffirm its cooperative relations with Palestine and its desire to promote universal values and to set off “in conquest of spiritual territories” – territories which are sadly being ruined by those who propagate hatred and fanaticism. The “Mahmoud Darwish Chair” is also involved in the promotion of the contemporary cultures of North Africa and the Middle East, as initiated by Wallonia-Brussels International and the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. Its goal is to encourage the creation of Chairs within French-speaking universities; Chairs which will be dedicated to this part of the world which is where the largest diaspora resulting from immigration to Brussels and Wallonia hails from. At the crossroads between academic and cultural environments, the Chair will offer: – colloquiums and other academic activities, it will encourage the drafting of graduate dissertations, theses, translations, journal issues, etc., in order to foster a dynamic in student and research environments; – to organise cultural events targeting a broader public; – to give the seal of approval to quality initiatives which are in the spirit of Darwish’s thought and the objectives of the Chair. Finally, the role of the Chair will also be to inform academic and community environments about the different focuses of the project. The activities organised by the Mahmoud Darwish Chair are coordinated by a Support Committee made up of Arabic and French-speaking experts and representatives of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. With the operational support of the de facto Consortium BOZAR, ULB, UCL. To be informed of our activities, click here. For a complete presentation (pdf), click here.