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The Maghrib Workshop: “Sovereignty, Crisis, and Narratives of Belonging Part II”

March 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm  |  Humanities 1, Room 210

The Maghrib Workshop:

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The Maghrib Workshop: “Sovereignty, Crisis, and Narratives of Belonging Part II” Program: 

UCSC Humanities 1, Room 210

8:30 – Transportation from Hotel to Humanities 1 by carpool.
9:00 – Coffee and Introduction
9:15 – Samia Errazouki (UC Davis, History) “Morocco’s Bloody ‘Golden Age’: Race, Slavery, and Capitalism in the 16th Century African Atlantic”
10:30 – Olivia C. Harrison (USC, French and Italian and Comparative Literature) “Palestine and the Migrant Question”
11:45 – Thomas Serres (UCSC, Politics) “Of Democracies in Algeria: Elections and Popular Agonism (2011-2019)”
1:00 – Lunch

2:00 – Rachel Colwell (UC Berkeley, Music and Literature) “Tunis al-Maḥrūsa: Tunis the Well-Protected” in “al-Makān: Listening for Place”3:15 – Break
3:30 – Jessica Marglin (USC, Religion) “Rights, Nationality, and Belonging in a Transnational Context: Léon Elmilik and the Jews of Tunisia, 1861-1881”
4:45 – Concluding Remarks
6:00 – Dinner at Cowell Provost’s House

Speaker Bios:

Olivia C HarrisonOlivia C. Harrison: “Palestine and the Migrant Question”

Olivia C. Harrison is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Decolonization (Stanford 2016) and co-editor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford 2016). Her manuscript-in-progress, Banlieue Palestine: Indigenous Critique in Postcolonial France, charts the emergence of the Palestinian question in France, from the anti-racist movements of the late 1960s to contemporary art and activism. She is currently researching the recuperation of minority discourses by the French far and alt right for a book tentatively titled The White Minority.

Professor Harrison will be presenting the last chapter of her current book manuscript, Banlieue Palestine: Indigenous Critique in Postcolonial France, which examines the central importance of the Palestinian question in French politics, society, and culture. It is a testament to the pervasiveness of (post)colonial discourses on migration that the trope of the migrant as stranger-foreigner is ubiquitous even in anti-xenophobic discourses about the migrant “crisis.” What she call instead the migrant question – the production of a dehistoricized discourse of crisis about the “invasion” of France by colonial subjects-turned-foreigners – is a through line in representations of Palestine in postcolonial France, from Mohamed arfad valiztek to Genet’s unpublished film script, Sakinna Boukhedenna’s Journal: Nationalité “Immigré(e)”, Mohamed Rouabhi’s El menfi / L’exilé, and the street art of the “Palestine generation.” Already a key concern in the early 1970s when anti-racist activists began invoking Palestine as rallying cry, the migrant question has taken on even more urgency in recent years. This chapter is devoted to Palestine and the migrant question.


March 23, 2019
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Humanities 1, Room 210
1156 high st
Santa cruz, CA 95060 United States
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