Khalil Andrea

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

The racialization of Muslims is a product of colonial-era ethnographic and social scientific discourses about North Africans under the imperial State that imbricated national identity formation and the construction of class differences along racial lines. Contextualizing and historicizing these discursive epistemologies, so-called theories of ‘knowledge’ about Muslims, can help us arrest the reproduction of these two elements, nation and class, in their exclusionary or partially exclusionary forms, as vectors of the racialization of Muslims in France. The debate about whether the modern nation can be described in terms of ‘State racism’ or ‘institutional racism’ is alive and well. In either case, examining racializing discourses in our post-imperial era opens space for the possibility of institutional permeability concerning Muslims in France, allowing access to these semi-exclusionary structures of housing, employment, education, social advancement, citizenship, etc.

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Andrea Khalil is a 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 Program in Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate Center (CUNY). She has conducted  research in several Mediterranean countries: France, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, and Libya. Her experience in Tunisia is extensive, with many research trips there including being a Fulbright Scholar (2012-2013) and as Director of Le Centre d'Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis. She is the Editor of The Journal of North African Studies.