Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - SHSS Graduate Handbook

Spring 2016

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

Spring 2016

April 13, 2016 6:00 pm AUI Library, Zero Decibel Room

OLD TEXTS, NEW PRACTICES: WOMEN AND ISLAMIC REFORM IN MODERN MOROCCO

Speaker: Dr. Etty Terem, Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies and History from Harvard University

She currently teaches Middle Eastern History at Rhodes College, USA. Her research has focused on the history of nineteenth and twentieth centuries Morocco, modernity and historical change, Islamic law and society, and Islamic reform. Her present project continues the study of Islamic reform in the context of colonial Morocco (1912-1956).

She is the author of Old Texts, New Practices: Islamic Reform in Modern Morocco (Stanford University Press, 2014).


 

March 23, 2016 4:40 pm Building 7, Auditorium
VISIONS OF MASCULINITY IN CLERAMBAULT’S PERIOD IN MOROCCO 

Speaker: Dr. Maureen G. Shanahan, professor of art history at James Madison University

She has published numerous articles on avant-garde art and questions of gender, race and nationality. Her co-edited collection, Simón Bolívar: Travels and Transformations of a Cultural Icon, will be in print in June with University Press of Florida and her monograph, The Colorist Doctor: Fernand Léger and the Aesthetics of Trauma, is under advanced review. Her new project on the photographer and psychiatrist Gaëtan Gatian de Clérambault and representations of the colonial subject has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Clark Art Institute and the Fulbright Foundation. 


 

CONFERENCES

March 30-31, 2016 Building 7, Auditorium

GENDER, MIGRATION AND REFUGEES IN NORTH AFRICA: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE SOUTH

See full program here

See video here


 

BOOK LAUNCHES

February 29, 2016 6:00 pm AUI Library, Zero Decibel Room

BOOK LAUNCH: WOMEN AND POWER IN POSTCONFLICT AFRICA (CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2015)

Speaker: Dr. Aili Mari Tripp, Professor of Political Science and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (HCC Scholar-in-Residence)


February 10, 2016 6:00 pm AUI Library, Zero Decibel Room

BOOK LAUNCH: MODERNIZING PATRIARCHY- THE POLITICS OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN MOROCCO (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS, 2015)

Speaker: Dr. Katja Žvan-Elliott (AUI)

A conversation with the author and Dr. Michael Willis, Middle East Center, St Antony's College, Oxford University, UK.

 

 

Spring 2017

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

 

April 24, 2017 4:40 pm AUI Library, Zero Decibel Room

BURIED AND FORGOTTEN: FINDING TRACES OF VICHY’S WAR ON POLITICAL ‘UNDESIRABLES’

Speaker: Dr. Susan Gilson Miller

Dr. Miller is one of the foremost historians of modern North Africa and the Mediterranean with a special interest in urban studies, minority studies, and most recently, in humanitarian relief and human rights. She has taught at Wellesley College, Brandeis University, and from 1990 until 2008, at Harvard University, where she headed the Program in North African Studies. She now teaches at the University of California, Davis, where her teaching straddles the fields of Middle Eastern Studies, Mediterranean Studies, and Jewish Studies. 


 

April 5, 2017 7:40 pm Building 8, Room 101 

WOMEN IN THE INFORMAL ECONOMY – ENTREPENEURSHIP OR EMPOWERMENT TRAP?

Speaker: Max Gallien, HCC emerging scholar-in-residence

Mr. Gallien is a PhD student in International Development at the London School of Economics (LSE) with an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, UK.


 

March 22, 2017 6:00 pm AUI Library, Zero Decibel Room

THE MOROCCAN 2016 LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS: NEW LESSONS ON THE LONG-TERM AIMS OF GENDER QUOTAS

Speaker: Dr. Hanane Darhour

Associate Professor of English, Gender and Politics in the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate, Ibn Zohr University, Morocco. She is the author of the book Implementation of Electoral Gender Quotas: Evidence from the 2002 Moroccan Elections and several articles. In 2013 she was a consultant and Morocco national researcher with the London School of Economic and Political Science on a project commissioned by Oxfam, “Report on Women’s Rights and Political Participation in Morocco after the Arab Spring: Mapping of existing and new emerging political and social forces.” 


 

February 20, 2017 4:40 pm AUI Library, Zero Decibel Room

FROM EAST TO WEST: WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIP IN THE PREMODERN ISLAMIC WORLD

Speakers: Dr. Rosemary Admiral and Dr. Asma Sayeed

Dr. Admiral received her PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Her dissertation research investigated how women engaged with Islamic law in Marinid Morocco. She is currently an AIMS fellow, researching learned women in premodern North Africa.

Dr. Sayeed is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and the director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of California-Los Angeles. Her main areas of interest are Muslim social history, the history of Islamic education, and women and gender in Islam. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 2005 from the Department of Near Eastern Studies. She is the author of Women and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge in Islam (Cambridge University Press, 2014). She is currently an AIMS fellow, researching Islamic Studies in Moroccan higher education.


 

February 14, 2017 6:30 pm AUI Library, Zero Decibel Room

A SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY EVENT WITH RENOWNED MOROCCAN POET TOURIA MAJDOULINE

Speaker: Touria Majdouline

“One cannot approach modern Moroccan poetry without mentioning Touria Majdouline.  She has succeeded in carving out a poetic space entirely her own in the cultural scene of Morocco.  The peculiarity of her poetry resides in its unpretentious style, which thrives on simple but skillful representations of reality.  Her tone is quiet and discreet, but hides a remarkable bravery and boldness underneath.” – Poetry International Rotterdam


 

CONFERENCES

Annual International Symposium March 2-4, 2017

CROSSING BOUNDARIES: YOUTH, MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMEN

See full program here

 

 

 

Fall 2017

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

 

October 11, 2017 | 6:00pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

DONOR RECOGNITION EVENT OF DR. SUSAN SCHAEFER DAVIS

Speaker: Dr. Susan Schaefer Davis

Dr. Susan Schaefer Davis donated 580 scholarly titles from her personal collection to AUI’s Mohammed VI Library. This special research collection is one of the largest English language, rare book donations that the library has received. The texts are interdisciplinary in approach and particularly focus on women’s experiences in Morocco, drawing on over 50 years of Dr. Schaefer Davis’s career working with and engaging women in the region. Dr. Schaefer Davis also contributed to the development of the Women’s Engagement Network at AUI’s Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment.

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October 16, 2017 | 6:00pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

BOOK LAUNCH | WOMEN JUDGES IN THE MUSLIM WORLD: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF DISCOURSE AND PRACTICE (BRILL, 2017)

Speaker: Dr. Nadia Sonneveld (HCC Scholar in Residence 2014-2015)

Dr. Nadia Sonneveld’s newest book, Women Judges in the Muslim World: A Comparative Study of Discourse and Practice, incorporates research that she conducted as the HCC Scholar in Residence in 2014-2015. Dr. Sonneveld is an expert in Muslim family law and, in 2012, authored Khul’ Divorce in Egypt: Public Debates, Judicial Practice, and Everyday Life. Dr. Sonneveld is currently a researcher on gender and law in the Muslim world at the Centre for Migration Law at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.  

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October 27, 2017 | 10:00am | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

GUEST LECTURE | WOMEN’S RIGHTS: CONTRASTING THE MAGRIB AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Speaker: Dr. Aili Tripp (HCC Scholar in Residence 2015-2016)

Dr. Tripp’s research interrogates the impact of women’s rights development in shaping political participation. She is particularly interested in the higher rates of representation among women in the MENA region, exploring the impact of the quota system, diffusion of rights, and unified legal systems.

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November 16, 2017 | 6:00pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

GUEST LECTURE | SECURITY IN NUMBERS: THE IMPACT OF GENDER QUOTAS ON THE REPORTING OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Speaker: Dr. Bozena Welborne, Smith College (HCC Scholar in Residence, Fall 2017)

Dr. Bozena Welborne's research interrogates the relationship between the increase of women's political representation and an uptick in reporting sexual violence in the region, which is particularly significant in Morocco. As the current HCC Scholar in Residence, the findings of Dr. Welborne -- who teaches at Smith College -- draw heavily on her fieldwork in morocco.  

 

 

Spring 2018

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

 

Wednesday, February 28 | 6:10pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

SLOW VIOLENCE & SURVIVAL ECONOMIES: MIGRANT DESTITUTION AND AUTONOMY IN FES

Speakers: Leslie Wyrtzen (Clark University, MA, USA) & Rev. Karen Thomas Smith (Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco)

Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen is a PhD candidate in Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on the political geographies of borders and the geopolitics of race and gender. She is on a Fulbright-Hays fellowship in Morocco for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Reverend Karen ThomasSmithis AUI’s University Chaplain. In addition to leading workshop services and interfaith initiatives, Rev. Smith has an extensive background working with displaced populations in Morocco and West Africa.


Thursday, March 29 | 6:10pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘WOMEN AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN NORTH AFRICA’ (CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2018)

Speakers: Stephanie Willman Bordat & Saida Kouzzi (MRA Women in Rabat, Morocco)

“Our talk will examine local NGO efforts to promote social change around women’s rights in Morocco and Tunisia, focusing on law reform mobilization and advocacy campaigns. We describe and analyze the specific domain of change related to relationships outcomes, referring to changes in current hierarchical power relationships among people and institutions based on gender, age, socio-economic status, education, ethnicity, and geography, to be consistent with human rights principles.  We draw on our 18+ years of grassroots-level work with local NGOs mobilizing and advocating for violence against women laws. We highlight how the process of law reform efforts can create social change outside of and regardless of any resulting changes in the laws themselves.”


Wednesday, April 4 | 6:10pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

  1. ‘MOROCCO AT THE CROSSROADS: THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, GENDER, AND REFUGEE STATUS’ | Speaker: Dr. Karla McKanders (Vanderbilt University, TN, USA), HCC Scholar in Residence (Spring 2018)
  2. ‘WOMEN & SOCIAL CHANGE IN NORTH AFRICA: WHAT COUNTS AS REVOLUTIONARY?’ | Speaker: Dr. Nadia Sonneveld (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands), HCC Scholar in Residence (2015)

Karla McKanders is a Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School where directs the Immigration Practice Clinic and teaches Refugee Law and Policy and Immigration Law. Her scholarship focuses on immigration federalism and critiques of national and international systems for processing refugees. Prior to entering into teaching, she clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. McKanders received her law degree from Duke University and her undergraduate degree from Spelman College.

Nadia Sonneveld has an academic background in anthropology, Arabic, and law. Her research focuses on gender and law in Muslim-majority countries, specifically Egypt and Morocco. She is the author of Khul' Divorce in Egypt: Public Debates, Judicial Practices and Everyday Life (2012), and has co-authored Women Judges in the Muslim World: A Comparative Study of Discourse and Practice (with M. Lindbekk, 2017), and Women and Social Change in North Africa: What Counts as Revolutionary? (with D. Gray, 2018).


Monday, April 16 | 6:00pm | Auditorium in Building 8B 

‘THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CAMPS: EYEWITNESS REPORT’

Speaker: Mr. Richard Reoch, AUI’s Visiting Professor

Richard Reoch, AUI’s Visiting Professor of Mindfulness, was part of a high-level inter-faith delegation of Muslims, Christians, Jews and Buddhists that just visited the camps. He gave us eyewitness testimony from his recent trip and opened up discussion to AUI community members on how we can respond to this humanitarian crisis.


Thursday, April 19 | 6:10pmMohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

LOCATING ARAB FEMINISM IN THE AGE OF POST-FEMINISM

Keynote speaker: Dr. Marnia Lazreg (Hunter College, NY, USA)

* address for the Graduate Student Workshop 2018, jointly funded by AUI, Oxford University (UK) and the British Council

Marnia Lazreg is a professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center (CUNY). She is a graduate of the University of Algiers from which she received a Baccalaureate in Mathematics and Philosophy, as well as a licence-ès-Lettres in English.  She also received an MA and a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. She carried out research and published in the areas of human rights, social class inequality, cultural movements, and gender in the Middle East and North Africa.  Her books include, Foucault’s Orient:  The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan (Berghahn 2017); Torture and the Twilight of Empire:  From Algiers to Baghdad (Princeton, 2008), which  was issued in paperback in 2017; and Questioning the Veil:  Open Letters to Muslim Women (Princeton, 2010). She is also working on a second edition of her widely used text, The Eloquence of Silence: Algerian Women in Question.


Wednesday, April 18 - Saturday, April 21 | Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

New Perspectives on North Africa, Graduate Student Workshop 2018.

Primary organizer: Dr. Katja Žvan-Elliott (AUI)

Al Akhawayn University’s Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment, its School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford University’s Middle East Centre, and the British Council welcome some of the brightest emerging scholars focused on North Africa. The 3-day workshop will involve a team of established North African experts working closely with a selected group of about 15 graduate students from Morocco, Europe, and the U.S. PhD and MA students will receive feedback to improve their regional research.

The Program

 

Spring 2019

 The lecture series is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)

 

Wednesday, February 28 | 6:10pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

SLOW VIOLENCE & SURVIVAL ECONOMIES: MIGRANT DESTITUTION AND AUTONOMY IN FES

Speakers: Leslie Wyrtzen (Clark University, MA, USA) & Rev. Karen Thomas Smith (Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco)

Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen is a PhD candidate in Geography at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her research focuses on the political geographies of borders and the geopolitics of race and gender. She is on a Fulbright-Hays fellowship in Morocco for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Reverend Karen Thomas Smithis AUI’s University Chaplain. In addition to leading workshop services and interfaith initiatives, Rev. Smith has an extensive background working with displaced populations in Morocco and West Africa.


 


Thursday, March 29 | 6:10pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘WOMEN AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN NORTH AFRICA’ (CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2018)

Speakers: Stephanie Willman Bordat & Saida Kouzzi (MRA Women in Rabat, Morocco)

“Our talk will examine local NGO efforts to promote social change around women’s rights in Morocco and Tunisia, focusing on law reform mobilization and advocacy campaigns. We describe and analyze the specific domain of change related to relationships outcomes, referring to changes in current hierarchical power relationships among people and institutions based on gender, age, socio-economic status, education, ethnicity, and geography, to be consistent with human rights principles.  We draw on our 18+ years of grassroots-level work with local NGOs mobilizing and advocating for violence against women laws. We highlight how the process of law reform efforts can create social change outside of and regardless of any resulting changes in the laws themselves.”


 Wednesday, April 4 | 6:10pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room 

MOROCCO AT THE CROSSROADS: THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, GENDER, AND REFUGEE STATUS
Speaker: Dr. Karla McKanders (Vanderbilt University, TN, USA), HCC Scholar in Residence (Spring 2018)

WOMEN & SOCIAL CHANGE IN NORTH AFRICA: WHAT COUNTS AS REVOLUTIONARY?
Speaker: Dr. Nadia Sonneveld (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands), HCC Scholar in Residence (2015)

Karla McKanders is a Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School where directs the Immigration Practice Clinic and teaches Refugee Law and Policy and Immigration Law. Her scholarship focuses on immigration federalism and critiques of national and international systems for processing refugees. Prior to entering into teaching she clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. McKanders received her law degree from Duke University and her undergraduate degree from Spelman College.

Nadia Sonneveld has an academic background in anthropology, Arabic, and law. Her research focuses on gender and law in Muslim-majority countries, specifically Egypt and Morocco. She is the author of Khul' Divorce in Egypt: Public Debates, Judicial Practices and Everyday Life (2012), and has co-authored Women Judges in the Muslim World: A Comparative Study of Discourse and Practice (with M. Lindbekk, 2017), and Women and Social Change in North Africa: What Counts as Revolutionary? (with D. Gray, 2018).


Monday, April 16 | 6:00pm | Auditorium in Building 8B

THE ROHINGYA REFUGEE CAMPS: EYEWITNESS REPORT
Speaker: Mr. Richard Reoch, AUI’s Visiting Professor

Richard Reoch, AUI’s Visiting Professor of Mindfulness, was part of a high-level inter-faith delegation of Muslims, Christians, Jews and Buddhists that just visited the camps. He gave us eyewitness testimony from his recent trip and opened up discussion to AUI community members on how we can respond to this humanitarian crisis.


 Wednesday, April 18 - Saturday, April 21 | Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

New Perspectives on North Africa, Graduate Student Workshop 2018.

Primary organizer: Dr. Katja Žvan-Elliott (AUI)

Al Akhawayn University’s Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment, its School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford University’s Middle East Centre, and the British Council welcome some of the brightest emerging scholars focused on North Africa. The 3-day workshop will involve a team of established North African experts working closely with a selected group of about 15 graduate students from Morocco, Europe, and the U.S. PhD and MA students will receive feedback to improve their regional research.


 Thursday, April 19 | 6:10pm | Mohammed VI Library at AUI, Zero Decibel Room

LOCATING ARAB FEMINISM IN THE AGE OF POST-FEMINISM

Keynote speaker: Dr. Marnia Lazreg (Hunter College, NY, USA)

* address for the Graduate Student Workshop 2018, jointly funded by AUI, Oxford University (UK) and the British Council

Marnia Lazreg is professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center (CUNY). She is a graduate of the University of Algiers from which she received a Baccalaureate in Mathematics and Philosophy, as well as a licence-ès-Lettres in English.  She also received an MA and a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. She carried out research and published in the areas of human rights, social class inequality, cultural movements, and gender in the Middle East and North Africa.  Her books include, Foucault’s Orient:  The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan (Berghahn 2017); Torture and the Twilight of Empire:  From Algiers to Baghdad (Princeton, 2008), which  was issued in paperback in 2017; and Questioning the Veil:  Open Letters to Muslim Women (Princeton, 2010). She is also working on a second edition of her widely used text, The Eloquence of Silence: Algerian Women in Question.