Letter of thanks

May 30, 2009
From Khalid Amine (Ph. D)
Senior Lecturer of Performance Studies
President of the International Centre for Performance Studies (NGO)
Tangier, Morocco

Dear Distinguished Guests of PT 09,
I am writing to you on behalf of the organizing committee of the fifth international conference “Performing Tangier: Critiquing postcoloniality, Performing Cultural Diversity” that took place in the city of Tangier May 20-21-22-23-24, 2009, so as to thank you warmly for your valuable contribution in the success of this year’s event. The two concurrent conferences were hosted by the city of Tangier as an emerging economic powerhouse of the new Morocco and involved many institutions and scholars from all over the world including Keynote speakers from Germany, Morocco, England, USA, and Spain...
This international forum represents a site-specific investigation in its persistence upon intervention in space-making in Tangier. The ever-intensifying political rhetoric of our era often makes it seem as if there are unbridgeable chasms between cultures and civilizations that no amount of good intention can surmount. However, our international annual encounter, which brings together hundreds of celebrated artists, writers, and academics from across the globe in a spirit of mutual respect, understanding, and collaboration, offers a glimmer of hope during a dark time marked by the dissemination of horrorism rather than mutual understanding and respect. Over five years, this ambitious project has attracted some of the world’s most celebrated writers, scholars, and cultural ambassadors…
It is a forum that aims at bridging the gap of difference and connecting cultures, as well as reaching across the divide to the other (the not I). The setting of Tangier as a cross-roads city makes a perfect home for new cross-cultural encounters that celebrate and honor our essential humanity.
Once again, thanks ever so much for your valuable contribution in the success of this year’s event, and we look forward to collaborating with you in upcoming projects.

Khalid Amine (Ph. D)
Senior Lecturer of Performance Studies at the Faculty of Letters, Tetouan, Morocco
Coordinator of Performance Research Group at Abdelmalek Essaadi University
President of ICPS, Rue Mahathma Ghandi, Residence Aya, n° 50, Tanger.
Tel: 0664596791/Fax: 0539330466/ email: khamine55@gmail.com