Conference of the Maghreb Studies Association | L’Association des Études du Maghreb (24-25 June 2013)

Colonial Heritage in the Middle East and the Maghreb: the Shaping of Hopes and Perspectives
Mansfield College, Oxford: 24-25 June 2013

The aim of the conference is to examine how European colonialism and great power rivalry in the Middle East and North Africa have shaped the perspectives of the peoples in these countries and their hopes for their future. Besides the European powers that established their colonial hegemony in these countries, the conference will also deal with the influence of countries, such as the Unites States of America and Germany, which extended their influence through diplomacy, financial and military aid, and education. The chronological framework of the conference extends from the mid-eighteenth century, when the political leaders of the countries of the Middle East and North Africa became aware of the Europeans’ economic and military ascendancy, through the building of European colonial empires in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, to the collapse at first of the Western European colonial empires towards the middle of the twentieth century and then of the Soviet ‘empire’ late in this century.

Language: The conference will be in English or French.

Registration deadline: 15 June 2013.

Speakers include:

  • Jamil Abun-Nasr, Bayreuth: Hostility to Muslims in Europe: Causes and Modes of Expression
  • Nigar Gozalova, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences: The role of British Military Experts in the Formation of the Qajar Troops in the First Quarter of the 19th Century
  • Ahmed Farouk, l’Institut Méditerranéen, Paris: Activités des Consulats britanniques au Maroc durant la périoda dite de pacification
  • Michael B. Bishku, Georgia Regents University Augusta: The Transformation of the South Caucasus Region: From Soviet Republics to Independent States
  • Abdelwahab Hechiche, University of South Florida: The Axis Paris-London-Washington and the Mediterranean: From Suez to Benghazi via Tunis: 1956-2012
  • Rami Ginat, Bar Ilan University: Egypt, and the Unity of the Nile Valley: A Territorial Nationalism or a Colonialism?
  • Angela Hernandez, Université de Murcia (Espagne): Le Rôle des Consuls dans la Construction des Réalités Politiques au Maghreb: les Consuls Espagnols de Mogador au XIX Siècle
  • Allan Christelow, Idaho State University: Algeria’s Transition from the Imperial Era to the Global Era (1939-1946) as Seen Through Illustrated Magazines for Soldiers
  • Sam Chrribi, Emory University: The Moroccan Economy and the Politics of Development Since the Decolonization: the US, the EU (Euromed), the GCC and the AMU
  • Michael Gunter, Tennessee Technological University: The Civil War in Syria: Colonial Heritage and Failed Nation-State Building in the Middle East
  • Yehudit Ronen, Bar Ilan University: Conflicting national identities in colonial and post-colonial Morocco: Between Arab nationalism and Jewish Zionism
  • Mehmet S. Tosun, University of Nevada, Reno: Centralized Government Structure in the Middle East and North Africa Region from a Historical Perspective
  • Rachid Agrour, Institut Royal de la Culture Amazigh (Rabat): La période trouble de l’indépendance dans le Sud marocain. Le cas du capitaine Moureau et de l’Armée de Libération (1956-1957)
  • Noureddine Sghaier, University of Sharjah, UAE: Rivalités européennes dans l’Océan indien et le Golfe Arabe au XVIIIème siècle Lecture croisée en guise de la présence française
  • M.A. Sibel Aydin, University of Bayreuth: Complex Development of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: From Anti-Colonial Movement to Global Jihadist Preaching
  • Habiba Boumlik, City University of New York: Muslim and European Encounters Through travel Writing: 17th-19th Centuries
  • Khalid Ben-Srhir, Mohamed V University, Rabat: Rivalités européennes au Maroc précolonial: La mission de Charles Euan-Smith à Fez en 1892
  • David Beamish, School of Oriental and African Studies, LondonProducing ‘Authentic’ Perspective: The Writings of Ismail Hamid
  • Nina Salouâ Studer: “Will There Be Any Long Term Effects?” The Power of Psychiatry in French Colonial North Africa
  • Malgorzata Osas, University of Warsaw: The approach of Algerian authorities to urban colonial fabric on the example of the city of Algiers
  • Ylenia Rocchini, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy: De l’usage du droit musulman à l’époque coloniale: la répudiation algérienne face aux interventions législatives et aux pratiques judiciaires françaises
  • Ann McDougall, University of AlbertaAbolition as Politics in 21st Century Mauritania: colonial policy, Islamic law and contemporary slavery in the fate of democracy

Due to the limited seating available, those interested in attending the conference must register before 15 June 2013. The conference registration form is available for download or printing by clicking here for a PDF form or here for a MS Word form.

There will be strictly no admission without prior registration.

No Registrations can be made at the conference.



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