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Algeria, France: How memory works?

University of Oxford   |   28–29 May 2018 European Studies Centre (St Antony’s College) & Maison Française d’Oxford PRESENTATION The workshop will shed new light on the individual and collective processes of the memorialisation of the Algerian War of Independence (1954–62), in contemporary Algeria and France. Building on the conference I convened last year with James McDougall and Natalya Vince (The Algerian War of Independence: Global and Local Histories), the workshop draws the attention to the aftermath of the war, and more specifically to the memories and the representations of the conflict and beyond, moving towards a wider comprehension of the Algerian-French (un)relation. Far from the authoritarian synthesis so often presented as the ‘collective memory’, the workshop aims to root memories in a precisely located framework and then looks at how they are worked through in individual and local life-histories and representations. Aiming to avoid the trap of the endless ‘memory wars’ that still infect Algerian and French public debate, the workshop shifts focus from what memory (and identity) is, to how it works. In so doing, particular attention is devoted to the local/global scales: this enables a detailed analysis of a multi-layered memory framework in contrast to the nation-state’s one-dimensional pattern, displaying the possible coexistence—not hierarchically […]

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Hats and Hijabs in Algeria and Turkey: Episode 341

This episode explores debates about aesthetics, headwear, and dress in interwar Algeria and Turkey. Why did hats and hijabs generate so much debate among Algerian thinkers, both men and women? How did expectations about what men would wear on their heads carry different political connotations than similar debates about women’s head coverings? This episode takes up the role of dress and comportment in shaping Algerian conversations about colonialism, feminism, and Islamic reform, as well as the importance of a “Turkish model” in interwar Algerian debates. Listen more Podcast originally published on Ottoman History Podcast

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