Columbia’s Maison Francaise presents a conference to honor the work of Assia Djebar.
The death of the Algerian writer and filmmaker Assia Djebar in February 2015 represents the loss of a major voice of world literature and one of the last great literary representatives of the age of decolonization. For half a century, Djebar explored her country’s past and present in novels, essays and films that combine poignant lyricism with theoretical sophistication. Counter-narratives to official nationalism, her works highlight the experiences of Algerian women before, during and after colonialism. In this one-day conference, an international group of leading scholars including, Madeleine Dobie, Amr Kamal (CUNY), André Benhaim (Princeton), Erin Twohig (Georgetown University), Catherine Rioux-Miklovich (Université de Clermont-Ferrand – CELIS ; Institut d’histoire du temps présent – CNRS, Paris),Kamal Salhi (Leeds), Réda Bensmaïa (Brown), Moneera al-Ghadeer (Columbia), Gayatri Spivak and Souleymane Bachir Diagne, reflect on Djebar’s poetics, politics and legacies.