The cultural history of Arab immigration in Europe, 20th and 21st centuries
With Coline Houssais
Wednesday 8 May 2019, at 7 pm


The Arab world continues to be an object of fantasy in Europe as an « other » that is both homogeneous and mysterious. However, these two regions have mutually influenced each other over the centuries, to the point where they appear as constitutive of their respective identities.

After discussing the complexity of the Renaissance exchanges in the 19th century during her first conference, Coline Houssais will return to the Boghossian Foundation to address the second part of the cultural history of Arab immigration in Europe and clarify these issues in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Coline Houssais teaches the cultural history of Arab immigration in Europe as well as the relations between politics and music in the Arab world at Sciences Po. Founder of the Ustaza Agency, she is also in charge of culture at Wahed, the first magazine entirely in French and Arab published in France, for which she collaborates with regularly.Her latest productions include Les Rossignols de Bagdad (The Nightingales of Baghdad), a musical and video performance dedicated to the golden age of Iraqi music, Ceci n’est pas un voile (This is not a veil), a visual exploration of the history of the female head-gear in Europe and Mapping Arab Europe, a cartography of the links between Arab worlds and European capitals.Journalist, author, Coline Houssais is also a translator for the cinema.


Centre for art and dialogue between the cultures of the East and the West
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
B – 1050 Brussels

Price: 12€
7€ for the members of the Circle of the Villa
4€ for students under 26

In French

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