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The Francophone Maghreb

Voertaal: Engels
About the module:
Why does French play a central role in the Maghreb? What is the historical background for Maghreb being one of the biggest French speaking area? What are the challenges of multilingualism today? This course will explore the links between language, identity, religion and post colonialism in the Maghreb. Part of this module is a five-day stay in Rabat, Morocco.  

The Maghreb countries (particularly Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) cannot be understood without a French/Francophone perspective. During this module you will gain insight into the multilingual challenges of the cultural and political life in the Maghreb. Part of this module is a five-day stay at NIMAR (the Dutch Institute in Rabat Morocco). 

The lectures will examine the historical and political aspects of the Francophonie in the Maghreb, the language policies and the relationships between language, identity and literary production.

Excursions and five-day stay at NIMAR, Rabat

Excursions to various sites of cultural interest and to social organisations in the surroundings of Rabat and Casablanca will part of the programme. The stay at NIMAR will be prepared by the series of lectures given in Leiden (conceptual and historical approaches in preparation of the interviews and visits in Morocco). The suggested/required reading will offer students a good overview of the current state of knowledge on the francophone past of Morocco and its multilingual challenges (case studies in Rabat and Casablanca).

Travel and accommodation are partly covered by the university in the form of a scholarship.

Docent: Karène Sanchez Summerer is Assistant Professor at Leiden University. She studied at Paris IV Sorbonne, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, INALCO (School of Oriental Studies) and at Leiden University (history, religious studies and oriental languages). Her research considers the European linguistic and cultural policies in the Arab world and their reception/ appropriation by the Arab population from the middle of the XIX th century onwards. She also works on Christian communities of Ottoman and British Palestine in a comparative perspective.

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