Khalil Andrea

Professor, The City University of New York - Titulaire de la chaire Germaine Tillon
Période de résidence: 
Dec 2021 - Jun 2022
Projet de recherche: 
French Islam: Racializing Discourses and Institutions
Résumé du projet: 

This project draws on literary analysis, contemporary social sciences, and first hand interviews to examine racial discourses about Muslims in France. With the strength of historical context we see how Muslims have been racialized, through discourses, institutions, and a history of colonial domination. I aim to contextualize discourses, so-called theories of ‘knowledge’ about Muslims. This historical context can allow us to articulate Islam in France beyond this reductionist and racial framework and understand its imbrication with institutional and national exclusions of Muslim communities. Through an analysis of the current institutions and discourses to which French Muslims are subjected one can hope to shift institutional dynamics relating to these demographics.


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I am a Full Professor at the City University of New York in the Department of Comparative Literature at Queens College (CUNY) and in the Doctoral Program in French and the Masters Program in Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center (CUNY). I have been a researcher or student in several Mediterranean countries: France (University of Aix-Marseilles and Paris), Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, and Libya. My experience in Tunisia is extensive, with many research trips there including being a Fulbright Scholar in Tunisia (2012-2013) and the Director of Le Centre d'Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis (2001-2002). I spent a year in Morocco researching and writing my doctoral thesis on the concept of space in North African Literature (1997-1998). I was raised in New York City and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Massachusetts USA at Smith College (BA) and Harvard University (MA and PhD). I converted to Islam in 1999 while in Cairo, Egypt where I had my first teaching appointment after earning my PhD. I was on a one year teaching appointment (1999-2000) at The American University in Cairo. I also maintain my Protestant faith which had a profound influence on my youth. Both my late father and paternal grandfather were professors of literature.




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