Dynamic Maghrebi Jewish-Muslim Interaction across the Performing Arts (1920-2020)

6 December 2018 - 7 December 2018

SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building

Further details about this conference will be made available in the near future. 

Please email conferences@crassh.cam.ac.uk if you would like to be kept informed about the event, or have any other questions. 



Sami Everett (University of Cambridge)



Arthur Asseraf (University of Cambridge) and 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 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.