Maghrib in Past & Present | Podcasts

Maghrib in Past & Present | Podcasts

Maghrib in Past & Present | Podcasts is a forum in which artists, writers, and scholars from North Africa, the United States, and beyond can present their ongoing and innovative research on and cultural activities in the Maghrib. The podcasts are based on lectures or performances before live audiences across the Maghrib. Aiming to project the scientific and cultural dynamism of research in and on North Africa into the classroom, we too hope to reach a wider audience across the globe.


March 30, 2023 23 min

Episode 158: Simulation and Simulacra in the Tripoli Trade Fairs

In this podcast, Stephanie Malia Hom, Associate Professor of Transnational Italian Studies at the University of California - Santa Barbara, discusses her work on colonial Libya. She applies Jean Baudrillard's ideas of simulacra and simulation to make sense of the way that Italian authorities constructed the Tripoli Trade Fairs (1927-1939...

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Episode 157: Beit El Bennani, l’histoire d’une archive familiale en Tunisie

Dans ce podcast, Mohamed Bennani, propriétaire de Beit El Bennani, une bibliothèque privée à Tunis, parle de l’histoire de sa collection, construite depuis cinq générations et qui abrite des livres rares, des correspondances et d’autres vestiges offerts par des familles.

À travers cet entretien, ...

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Episode 156: Comment disséminer les leçons algériennes ? Nils Anderson et la naissance du "Tiers-mondisme" 1957-1969

Dans ce podcast, Pr. Todd Shepard, historien à l'Université Johns Hopkins présente une conférence intitulée : Comment disséminer les leçons algériennes ? Nils Anderson et la naissance du ‘ Tiers-mondisme’ 1957-1969. À l'époque de la décolonisation, un nouv...

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Episode 155: Les modèles théoriques des sciences sociales à l’épreuve du terrain

Il ne peut y avoir de doute que Pierre Bourdieu, qui reste parmi les sociologues français les mieux connus dans le monde entier, a forgé ses concepts théoriques principaux en Algérie, pendant la guerre de libération. Des travaux récents, appuyés sur les travaux de Bourdieu et surtout sur les...

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الحلقة 154: حماية التراث الليبي من خلال تقوية الرابط  بين المجتع و تاريخه

في هذا البودكاست، يتحدث خليفة البشباش ،باحث في تاريخ ليبيا، عن المجلة الإلكترونية والمطبوعة  History of Libya التي اسسها والتي تعد بمثابة مشروع تاريخي توثيقي وثقافي، يشرف عليه مجموعة من الشباب اللذين يقومون بجمع المعلومات حول التراث والتاريخ الليبي و عرضها بطريقة مبسطة و ميسرة للقا...

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Episode 153: Rencontre avec Ahmed Mahiou autour de son ouvrage: Au fil du temps et des événements, Mémoires.

Dans ce podcast, Pr. Ahmed Mahiou, ancien doyen de la Faculté de Droit d’Alger, ancien directeur de l’IREMAM, ancien président de la Commission pour le Droit international, et ancien juge ad hoc à la Cour internationale de Justice, présente son dernier ouvrage Au ...

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Episode 152: Making Space(s) for Arts and Culture in Libya

In this episode, Hadia Gana, founder of Bayt Ali Gana, and Faraj Alsileeni, Cultural Manager at Tanarout Organization for Libyan Creativity, share their experiences opening community spaces for art and culture in Libya. Providing two generations of perspective, the speakers find commonalities in their trials and successes. While budget remains...

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Episode 151: En hommage à feu Rachid Sidi Boumedine (Décédé le 07 novembre 2022): Céramiques d'Alger, toute une histoire

Dans ce podcast, feu Rachid Sidi Boumedine, sociologue et urbaniste à l'Université d'Alger a présenté son dernier ouvrage intitulé Céramiques d'Alger, toute une histoire.

« Le travail de Rachid Sidi Boumedine vient après ...

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Episode 150: A Critical Analysis of Heritage Preservation in Libya

In this podcast, AIMS Cultural Heritage Fellow Reem Furjani discusses her research in the Old City of Tripoli, the field of critical heritage studies and her work bridging scholarly research and practice. Cultural heritage studies is a burgeoning academic field that seeks to contribute and expand classic ...

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Episode 149: Roman Dougga (Thougga)

Heritage Preservation in an Antique City

Dougga (Thugga) is one the best-preserved Roman towns in North Africa and it is just an hour and a half away from the capital Tunis in the governorate of Jendouba. Because of its excellent preservation and its position as a popular tourist attraction, Dougga serves as...

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Episode 148: Cultural Preservation in the Medina of Tunis: A Conversation with Leila Ben Gacem

In this podcast, Leila Ben Gacem discusses her projects in the Tunis medina working to preserve physical spaces as well as support, promote and protect local artisans. Her work includes but is not limited to Dar Ben Gacem guest house, Mdiniti (the medina’s first economic intere...

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Episode 147: A History of Franco-Muslim Education in Morocco and in Northwest Afric

Between the 1850s and 1950s, colonial schools called médersas combined elements of French and Islamic educational traditions. First created in Algeria in 1850, the schools spread to the West African colonies of Senegal, French Soudan (today Mali), and Mauritania. The place of Morocco in t...

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September 29, 2022 13 min
Episode 146: The Worlds of Safia Farhat


In this podcast, the visual artist Slim Gomri speaks about his role in preserving the artistic legacy of Tunisian fibre artist Safia Farhat (1924-2004). Having worked for a number of years at the Abdallah and Safia Farhat Foundation in Radès, near Tunis, Gomri has been involved in the programming of both the Centre des arts vivan...

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September 22, 2022 16 min

Episode 145: Landscape and Identity in Medieval Morocco 

In this podcast, Dr. Abbey Stockstill asks the question why does Marrakesh look the way that it does? The 'Red City' is the topic of her forthcoming book, in which she discusses the medieval city’s relationship with its founding dynasties, the local landscape, and Berber politics in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. As the notion of what it me...

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June 2, 2022 31 min

Episode 144: Contemporary Art in Tunisia

As part of the AIMS Contemporary Art Fellowship, Ignacio Villalón conducted research into the contemporary art scene in Tunisia, exploring private and public cultural institutions, sources of funding, questions of language, and ongoing challenges. This project culminated in a report, written for academic and non-academic audiences...

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Episode 143: The "Lush Garden" of Andalusian Music


In this podcast, Dr. Carl Davila explores the Andalusian music tradition of Morocco, known as al-ala, through the written song collections, such as the famous Kunnash al-Ha'ik. By examining the literary record, embodied in around 40 handwritten manuscripts found in libraries across Europe and North Africa, we can come to understand the evolution of...

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Episode 142: Entretien avec Farah Khelil au sujet de son projet Effet de Serre

Dans ce podcast, Farah Khelil parle de l’inspiration et du raisonnement derrière le projet Effet de Serre et revient sur la dualité et la tension entre tradition et modernité à travers une analogie botanique originale. D’une part, ce projet évoque le palmier, arbre symbolique de la tradition c...

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Episode 141: Thoughts on State-Building, Decolonization, Gender, and Tunisia: Insights from the Global 1960s

In this conversation, Amy Kallander reflects on how the work of Tunisian scholars on trade unions, feminism, and patriarchy informed her approach to thinking critically about state-building in the first decades after independence. Placing ideas about gender and wo...

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Episode 140: Modern Art and Architecture in Morocco in the Aftershock of the 1960 Agadir Earthquake

On February 29, 1960, an earthquake leveled much of the southern Moroccan coastal city of Agadir. Over the next decade, a new Agadir would be built in an avant-garde brutalist architectural style, representing a concrete example of Morocco’s newly independent future. And yet, this future is hau...

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Episode 139: From Palestine to North Africa and Back: Transnational Solidarity in the Arts in the 1970s

The International Art Exhibition for Palestine opened in Beirut in 1978 with nearly 200 artists from 30 countries. For over a decade, Rasha Salti and Kristine Khouri led a research project to uncover the history of this and other art collections/museums built in solida...

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