Convened by Samia Henni, Albert Hirschman Chair 2021/22, the Institute for Advanced Study of Aix Marseille University (IMERA)


11 May 2022             

6-8 p.m. CET

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Amal Alhaag, Curator, Senior Research and Public Programmer at the Research Center for Material Culture, Leiden; Curatorial and Research Fellow at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar

Brahim El Guabli, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature Williams College, Williamstown



Amal Alhaag is an Amsterdam-based curator, researcher and co-founder of several initiatives, including Metro54, a platform for experimental sonic, dialogic and visual culture and the Side Room: a room for eccentric practices and people together with artist Maria Guggenbichler (2013-2016). Alhaag develops ongoing experimental and collaborative research practice, public programs and projects on global spatial politics, archives, colonialism, counter-culture, oral histories and popular culture. Her projects and collaborations with people, initiatives and institutions invite, stage, question and play with ‘uncomfortable’ issues that riddle, rewrite, remix, share and compose narratives in impermanent settings. Alhaag is currently part of the curatorial team of the quadrennial sonsbeek2020-2024 in Arnhem, Netherlands; senior research & public programmer at the Research Center for Material Culture, Netherlands and curatorial and research fellow at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar.




Brahim El Guabli is an Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature at Williams College. His research covers areas of language politics, human rights, transitional justice, political violence, archive creation, memory studies, Amazigh/Berber literatures, and environmental humanities. His journal articles have appeared in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial StudiesThe Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary InquiryThe Yearbook of Comparative LiteratureArab Studies Journal, and the Journal of North African Studies, among others. He also authored a number of book chapters on memory, joint authorship practices in Morocco, and the return of Jews in literature and film. He is the co-editor of a two-volume special issue of The Journal of North African Studies Journalentitled “Violence and the politics of aesthetics: A postcolonial maghreb without borders” as well as the forthcoming anthology Lamalif: A Critical Anthology of Societal Debates in Morocco During the “Years of Lead” (Liverpool University Press). El Guabli’s first book manuscript is entitled Other-Archives: Jews, Berbers, and Political Prisoners Rewrite the Post-1956 Moroccan Nation. Drawing on new materials in Arabic, Berber, French, and Moroccan colloquial Arabic (Darija), he makes a novel argument about the connections between cultural production, history writing and citizenship in post-1999 Morocco. El Guabli’s second book project is tentatively entitled Saharan Imaginations, From Mild to Wild: Rethinking a Misunderstood Place. The latter is a study of how a host of authors have imagined, (mis)represented, and engaged with the Sahara since the 18th century.