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 January 16, 2020 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Program of African Studies  | 620 Library Place

Graduate students are invited to gather for presentation, discussion and dinner.

Presenter: Raja Ben Hammed Dorval

Department/Program: French

Title of Presentation: Immigration and Nationalism: The Algerian Example of the North African Star

Abstract: How can the experience of immigration become an affirmation of national identities for the colonial and postcolonial subject? The Algerian immigrants in France in the 1930’s and 40’s gave the example of a politically engaged immigrant in both the politics of the guest-land and the homeland. While the French national state has set its identity through perpetual processes of othering and externalization, the North-African immigrants in this period managed with the collaboration of the French communist parties, to articulate new political identities that are marked by their multicultural nature. This paper argues that the Algerian nationalist organization, Étoile Nord-Africaine, founded in 1929 by Messali Hadj (1898-1974) is an outstanding example of organized struggle against the otherizing of the Arab Moslem immigrants in the Interwar period. While advocating for the social, economic and political rights of the Moslem workers and the French proletariat, the Algerians have turned immigration into a political site to denounce their status as French subjects and affirm their Arab, Berber and Muslim identities, while including other ethnicities and religions. Muslim here becomes a unifying yet multicultural (plural) category. In spite of the colonial and postcolonial alienation experienced by these immigrants, they managed to play an important role simultaneously in the independence of Algeria and the construction of modern France.

 January 30, 2020 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Program of African Studies  | 620 Library Place

This Thursday, AFRISEM, begins its series “Faculty-Student Dialogue." This week features Adia Benton.

Adia Benton, cultural and medical anthropologist, will be sharing her research and field experience in Sierra Leone Her talk will focus on her book-in-progress, The Fever Archive, which offers a glimpse of the racial, economic and political dynamics of public health responses to infectious disease outbreaks.

Adia is the author of HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone (Minnesota, 2015); her work has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, Current Anthropology, Critical African Studies and African Studies Review, as well as Al Jazeera, Dissent, and Foreign Affairs. This academic year, she leads the Health and Healing Cluster of the Program of African Studies. 

You can follow her on Twitter @Ethnography911

February 13, 2020 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Program of African Studies  | 620 Library Place

Graduate students are invited to gather for presentation, discussion and dinner.

Faculty-Student Dialogue featuring Will Reno, discussing his current research in West Africa on the politics of foreign military assistance / training programs. 

February 27, 2020 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Program of African Studies  | 620 Library Place

Graduate students are invited to gather for presentation, discussion and dinner.

Presenter: Esther Ginestet

Department/Program: History

Title of Presentation: TBA

March, 12 2020 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Program of African Studies  | 620 Library Place

Graduate students are invited to gather for presentation, discussion and dinner.

Faculty-Student Dialogue featuring Sera Young and Drew Marcantonio. A joint presentation focusing on the impacts of water insecurity and other human-driven environmental disruptions on human health outcomes. Both have research experience in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Sierra Leone.

March 28, 2020 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Program of African Studies  | 620 Library Place

Graduate students are invited to gather for presentation, discussion and dinner.

Presenter: Moussa Seck

Department/Program: French

Title of Presentation: TBA

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