The stakes of a metaphor made concrete: bonds and ruptures
With M’hani Alaoui, Rita El Khayat, Nadia Sabri, and Marko Tocilovac
22 January 2019, at 7 pm
Curator Nadia Sabri offers a new perspective on the theme addressed in the exhibition Of links and exiles during a round table which brings together Moroccan and French intellectuals.
Psychiatrist and writer Rita El Khayat, anthropologists M’hani Alaoui and Marko Tocilovac tackle issues of bonds and exile alongside Nadia Sabri. What role do bonds play in our contemporary societies? How can we define rupture, between metaphor and reality (border lines, social rifts, exile)? Are contemporary artists a driving force of new proposals?
M’hani Alaoui is a Casablanca-based writer, essayist and anthropologist. She has received her PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University, and is currently a professor of sociology and anthropology at the Casablanca School of Architecture. Her first novel, Dreams of Maryam Tair, received the Independent Publisher Book Award and the Indiefab Award.
A writer, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Rita El Khayat is holds a doctorate in anthropology of the Arab world from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). She is also a journalist and has written several articles and books on the condition of women in the Arab-Islamic world. She now dedicates herself to the practice of psychiatry, psychoanalysis and writing, all the while teaching knowledge anthropology (in the Philosophy department) at the University of Chieti, in Italy.
Nadia Sabri lives in Rabat where she teaches at Mohammed V University, and also works as a curator and researcher in several countries. She has built projects around societal issues over the course of the last fifteen years. In 2015, she founded Exils, paradigme fertile, a multidisciplinary platform for reflection and creation around the issue of exile as a creative and evolutionary paradigm.
Marko Tocilovac is an anthropologist and specialist on borders. A post-doctoral researcher and scientific member of the Casa de Velázquez, he holds a doctorate from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). His thinking on the political construction of contemporary borders is centred around issues relating to the State, transnational flows, and non-state players. He is currently working on Spain’s southern border.
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