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Arthur Asseraf (University of Cambridge)
Sami Everett (University of Cambridge)
Rebekah Vince (University of Warwick)
This event will explore the dynamics of Jewish-Muslim interaction in the performing arts across the Maghreb and France from 1920 to 2020, through the production of creative enterprise, performance and content, and the ebb and flow of influences. Together participants will cover a wide range of genres, languages, and forms of expression, including theatre, film, music, stand-up, and street art. Emphasis will be placed on artistic cooperation, creative representation, intergenerational transmission, and dynamic interaction between Jews and Muslims on both sides of the Mediterranean.
The chronology for this event (1920-2020) and the nascent network that it brings together spans the interwar period; the Second World War; French republican emancipation of indigenous subjects; decolonisation and its demographic consequences in France; end of empire; nation-building in the Maghreb; the Nakba and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the rise of the right in France; and the so-called Arab Spring, bringing us right up to the present day and beyond. This transdisciplinary meeting will bring together younger and more senior scholars and scholar-practitioners researching and producing artistic representations across the genres of music, theatre, film, comedy, and art.
The aim of the event is to work towards an alternative to polarised narratives surrounding Jewish-Muslim relations in the Maghreb and France which tend to focus either on anti-Semitism and Islamophobia or on nostalgia and utopianism. While acknowledging the historical and contemporary tensions between Jews and Muslims, the material that we will explore places emphasis on transcultural creative production, taking a historical view of dynamic interaction between Jews and Muslims both sides of the Mediterranean. The event will explore (co-)production and (inter-)acting, as well as influence from elsewhere, whether acknowledged or unacknowledged, in Jewish and Muslim performance cultures across the Maghreb and France.
Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS), the Institute of Modern Languages Research, Université PSL, and the University of Cambridge's Faculty of History.
Day 1 - Wednesday 5 December
|17.30 - 18.30||
(Please note that this event is open to all and will be taking place in the Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College)
Day 2 - Thursday 6 December
|8.30 - 9.00||
|9.00 - 9.15||
Welcome and Opening
|9.15 - 10.45||
Session 1: Popular Music
Chair: Ruth Davis (University of Cambridge)
Chris Silver (McGill University)
'Fêtes du Ramadan: Muslim Holidays, Jewish Musicians, and Nightlife in Urban Algeria in the Twentieth Century'
Cristina Moreno Almeida (King’s College London)
‘"Are we all brothers?" Breaking down narratives of peaceful religious co-existence in Moroccan patriotic rap'
|10.45 - 11.15||
|11.15 - 12.45||
Session 2: Staging and Performance (bi-lingual session: English/French)
Chair: Arthur Asseraf (University of Cambridge)
Hadj Miliani (CRASC) and Mourad Yelles (INALCO)
'Theatre as Meeting Point Between Algerian Jews and Muslims'
Miléna Kartowski-Aïech (EHESS)
'Rediscovering the Lost Voice: Forbidden Memory and Political Song as a Bridge Between Morocco and Israel'
|12.45 - 13.45||
|13.45 - 15.15||
Session 3: Cinematic Representation (bi-lingual session: English/French)
Chair: Jean Khalfa (University of Cambridge)
Karima Dirèche (CNRS)
‘"Arab Jews" of Morocco and Israel: Culture, Polemic, Reception'
Jamal Bahmad (University of Exeter)
'In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Aliyah and Transnational Memory in Moroccan Cinema'
|15.15 - 15.45||
|15.45 - 16.45||
Jonathan Glasser (College of William & Mary)
'Indigeneity, Intimacy, and Music between Muslims and Jews in Algeria and France'
|16.45 - 17.45||
Day 3 - Friday 7 December
|10.00 - 10.30||
Arrival and Coffee
|10.30 - 12.00||
Session 4: Comedy and Satire
Chair: Warda Hadjab (EHESS)
Elisabeth Perego (Shepherd University)
'Drawing Blanks: Absent Depictions of Jewish Heritage and Muslim-Jewish Relations in Algerian Caricatures and Bandes Dessinées, 1967 through the 1980s'
Adi Bharat (University of Manchester)
'Shalom alikoum! Challenging the conflictual model of Jewish-Muslim relations in France through stand-up comedy'
|12.00 - 13.00||
|13.00 - 14.30||
Session 5: Visual Culture (bi-lingual session: English/French)
Chair: Rebekah Vince (University of Warwick)
Nadia Kiwan (University of Aberdeen)
'Kidnapping Culture: Transcultural Complexity and Creative Co-existence in the Work of Street Artist "Combo"’
Fanny Gillet (Geneva University)
'“Freedom with Unity?”: Political and Artistic Issues Around Intercommunal Solidarity in Tunisia and Algeria (1940-60)'