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CRGW Colloquium: Nevine El Nossery

February 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Nevine El Nossery

“The ‘mal d’archives’ and Tunisian Women Revolutionary Art”

Friday, February 16
3401 Sterling Hall
Nevine El Nossery
Associate Professor of Francophone Studies
Departments of French and Italian and African Cultural Studies
Director of the Middle East Studies Program
Great Lakes Representative for Women in French
University of Wisconsin – Madison
In the wake of major events that have shaken the Middle East and North  Africa since the Arab Springs, politically engaged women artists have increasingly come to characterize a key new direction in art production, among other epistemic incentives. This presentation tackles, without oversimplifying the socio-cultural complexities that have shaped the Arab world for decades before its Uprisings, some compelling questions on how do women artists address, engage with and negotiate specific political issues through art, and most importantly, how politicized forms of creativity is an act of ‘archiving defiance’. I will mainly focus on Tunisian polyvalent artist Héla Ammar who explores art as a receptacle for defiant counter-archive, questioning concepts such as authenticity, authority, and historicity, and opening up horizons for civic imaginations to emerge within a network of social relations that are not precluded by the diktats of politics or institutions.


February 16, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Center for Research on Gender & Women


3401 Sterling Hall
475 N. Charter Street
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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