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“Patterns of Resistance” Conference Celebrating Assia Djebar

October 15, 201510:00 am - 6:00 pm



Assia-DjebarColumbia’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.



October 15, 2015
10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Columbia Maison Francaise