Middle East Studies

Abdelmajid Hannoum | The Invention of the Maghreb

The Invention of the Maghreb Event Poster

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer 


The Invention of the Maghreb: A Lecture by Abdelmajid Hannoum, Professor of Anthropology, University of Kansas

Respondent: Brian Meeks, Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University

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About the Speaker
Abdelmajid Hannoum, Ph.Ds (Sorbonne, Princeton University), is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas. He is the editor of Practicing Sufism: Sufi Politics and Performance in Africa (2016), and author of Secular Narrations and Transdisciplinary Knowledge (2023), The Invention of the Maghreb: Between Africa and the Middle East (2021), Living Tangier: Migration, Race, and Illegality in a Moroccan City (2020), Violent Modernity: France in Algeria (2010) and Colonial Histories, Postcolonial Memories: The Legend of the Kahina, a North African Heroine (2001). He was a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Study at Harvard, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, a Senior Fulbright Fellow, and a Senior Fellow at the Aga Khan Center in London.

About the Respondent 
Brian Meeks is a Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and served as Chair from 2015 to 2021. He previously served as Professor of Social and Political Change and Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He has also taught at Michigan State University, Florida International University, and the Anton de Kom University of Suriname and served as a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, Stanford University, and Brown University. He has published twelve books and edited collections, including After the Postcolonial Caribbean: Memory, Imagination, Hope, Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and TheoryCaribbean Revolutions, and Revolutionary Theory: an Assessment of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Grenada, Narratives of Resistance: Jamaica, Trinidad, the Caribbean, and Envisioning Caribbean Futures: Jamaican Perspectives. His novel Paint the Town Red was published in 2003 and his volume of poems The Coup Clock Clicks was published in 2018.