Launched in 2015, the series EPhESO: Euromediterranean Phenomena. An Economic and Social Observatory is an interdisciplinary series of Euro-Mediterranean studies, since 2021 an expression of the vision and research activities of the Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean of the National Research Council (CNR-ISMed).
The aim of the series is to illustrate the cultural, socio-economic and political dynamics affecting cooperation between the EU and the Mediterranean partner countries in order to contribute to the scientific debate and strengthen the dialogue between science, politics and society through the publication of studies and analyses on strategic issues for the Mediterranean region.
The published works are divided into four Sections: I) Euromediterranean Humanities; II) Institutions, Policies and Law; III) Cultures, Dialogues and Conflicts; IV) Business and Culture. Innovation and Development.
The Directors jointly draw up the programmatic choices of the Series. The Scientific Committee takes care of the evaluation process and makes proposals for publications. All papers intended for publication are subject to double-blind refereeing. Miscellaneous texts of an interdisciplinary nature must be submitted by an ad hoc Scientific Committee and judged by the Editors and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Series.
The Correspondents are university lecturers, heads of non-governmental organisations, journal editors, diplomats who share the cultural objectives of the Series, in the spirit of the Barcelona Process. They propose publications and cultural activities related to the Series. If lecturers, they may be asked to intervene in the evaluation process.
Linked to the series is the EPhESO Prize, awarded to personalities who have distinguished themselves for their cultural, political, diplomatic, social or economic contribution to the development of relations in the area. It is awarded by a jury composed of diplomats, university professors and managers from different countries. The Prize is organised in partnership with the Rete Italiana per il Dialogo Euro-Mediterraneo (RIDE-APS), an association of which Cisalpino, Istituto Editoriale Universitario-Monduzzi Editoriale and CNR-ISMed are members.
Section I. Euromediterranean Humanities
Nadine Abdalla (American University in Cairo -AUC), Gabriella Corona (CNR-ISMed), Marina Frunzio (Università di Urbino), Françoise Graziani (Université de Corse), Hiroshi Kato (University Itotsubashi, Mediterranean Studies Group, Tokyo), Vincenzo Mannino (Università Roma Tre), Antonio Palma (Università di Napoli Federico II), Giovanni Roncari (Vescovo di Pitigliano, Sovana e Orbetello), Myriam Swennen Ruthenberg (Florida Atlantic University).
Section II. Institutions, policies, rights
Antonio Blanc Altemir (University of Lerida), Antonio Cantaro (Università di Urbino), Anna Maria Medici (Università di Urbino), Roger Albinyana (Director of the Mediterranean Regional Policies and Human Development – IEMed).
Section III. Cultures, dialogues, conflicts
Maria Donzelli (Presidente Associazione Peripli), Valeria Talbot (Senior Research Fellow and Co-Head of ISPI's Middle East and North Africa Centre), Vaios Vaiopoulos (Ionian University, Corfù).
Section IV. Enterprise and culture. Innovation and development
Giorgio Calcagnini (Rettore Università di Urbino), Adel Hamaizia (Chatham House), Karim Moustaghfir (University Al Akhawayn, Ifrane), Giuseppe Pirlo (Università di Bari), Mario Raffa (Università di Napoli Federico II).
Athanasia Andriopoulou (University of Copenhagen), Mario Boffo (Premio EPhESO), Marco Lombardo (Comune di Bologna), Liana Lomiento (Università di Urbino), Grammenos Mastrojeni (Deputy Secretary General at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean), Felice Mercogliano (Università di Camerino), Enrico Molinaro (Segretario Generale RIDE-APS, Rete Italiana per il Dialogo Euromediterraneo), Marco Monari (Diocesi di Pitigliano).