Tag: Maghrebi Cinema

Stirling PhD student success

Excellent news from our former French at Stirling PhD student, Jamal Bahmad, who graduated last year. Jamal went straight into a post as a Research Fellow at the University of Marburg after completing his PhD and from there has now taken up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Leeds, working on ‘Beyond the Arab Spring: Youth, Social Change and the Politics of Realism in Contemporary Maghrebi Cinema.’

As if all that wasn’t good news enough, we’ve also just heard that his PhD thesis (Casablanca belongs to Us: globalisation, everyday life and postcolonial subjectivity in Moroccan cinema since the 1990s), supervised by Prof. David Murphy, was the joint winner of the 2015 BRISMES Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic. For the judging panel, Jamal’s analysis ‘is underpinned by a lively engagement with social theory that provides the basis for a fine-grained and richly sourced body of cinematographic evidence. This results in one of the richest and most deep-rooted interpretations of the currents of power, resistance and self-understanding in Morocco that are presently available. A real tour de force.’

Congratulations, Jamal, and we look forward to reporting on further successes over the coming months and years!

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Symposium on Maghrebi Cinema

Our former PhD student (and current Teaching Assistant!) Stefanie van de Peer is organising a one-day symposium at the Edinburgh Filmhouse on Saturday 17 May as part of the annual Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. Proposals for contributions to the symposium (‘Ceci n’est pas une Révolution: Filming Movements in the Maghreb’) are sought and the deadline is 21 March. The full Call for Papers follows below. As well as a day of discussions about film in the Maghreb, the event will also include screenings of new and classic films from the region.

CFP:

1‐Day Symposium, 17 May 2014, Film Guild Cinema, Filmhouse, Edinburgh

9:00am – 4:00pm

The cinema of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) was born out of the struggles for independence from France, something that is most evident in film production between the sixties and the eighties. In the last three decades, a pre‐occupation with the anti‐colonial struggle has given way to issues of class, gender, economic deprivation and the roots of Islamic fundamentalism. Since 2011, the Wave of Revolutions and anti-government campaigns sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, ostensibly started in the Maghreb, inspires films on the historical roots, immediate causes and the people behind the Revolutions.

This one‐day symposium wishes to look beyond the media frenzy, beyond the emphasis on the so‐called ‘Arab Spring’ in order to look more closely at the historical Waves of Revolution that have dominated postcolonial filmmaking in the Maghreb since independence.

This symposium aims to address issues of style and themes, of the political impulse in Maghrebi cinema, and of the relationship Maghrebi filmmakers have with their ex‐coloniser. The symposium is organised by Dr Stefanie Van de Peer (University of Stirling), as part of the Middle Eastern Film Festival (MEFF) in Edinburgh and with the collaboration of the Edinburgh Film Guild. MEFF’s retrospective of Maghrebi films aspires to move away from the relegation of Maghrebi films to French screens, in order to project these films onto British screens, critically tracing the development of the cinema of the Maghreb and the influence of its ex‐colonial power.

This Symposium will bring together scholars from around the UK focusing on the Maghreb for a day of dialogue, topped off with the screening of some of the best new and classic films from the Maghreb. Proposals for contributions to the symposium are now invited.  Please send your 300‐word abstract for a 20‐minute paper to Stefanie Van de Peer at stefanie.vandepeer@stir.ac.uk, accompanied by a 100‐word bio, by Friday 21 March 2014.