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Essay Film Festival: Conversation on the work of Assia Djebar

Venue: Online

Join us for a live conversation with about Assia Djebar’s work as a filmmaker and writer, between Maya Boutaghou (University of Virginia) and Wen-chin Ouyang (SOAS, London)

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We will be showing The Zerda and the Songs of Forgetting which can be viewed anytime between 25 March and 3 April available here:


Wen-chin Ouyang, FBA, is Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London. She is the author of Literary Criticism in Medieval Arabic-Islamic Culture: The Making of a Tradition (1997), Poetics of Love in the Arabic Novel (2012) and Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel (2013). She has published widely on The Thousand and One Nights. She has been working towards Arabic-Chinese comparative cultural and literary studies, including Silk Road Studies.

Maya Boutaghou is Associate Professor of French and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Ernest Renan, Qu'est-ce qu'une nation? (Honoré Champion, 2020) and Occidentalismes, romans historiques postcoloniaux et identités nationales au XIXe siècle (Honoré Champion, 2016). Her work examines, in a comparative perspective, the creolisation at work in representations, languages and landscapes, and the gap between a creolised cultural reality and an imposed hegemonic sense of identity. She recently published her first novel, Voyage d’Alger (Aframed Éditions, 2019), a tribute to her city.

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