15 October 2021

Thinking With | Ariella Aïsha Azoulay | Algeria: The Jews are still there, in every bracelet

OCT 15 | 18:00 - 20:00 CET | CONVERSATION | Zoom Online 

As part of the Inward Outward symposium, we have invited Prof. Ariella Aïsha Azoulay to provide a keynote lecture as part of our Thinking With conversation series. In this keynote lecture and conversation with Wayne Modest, which takes the form of both an experimental reflection on in-progress work on her most recent work on Algeria,  Ariella Aïsha Azoulay honors what in Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (Verso, 2020), she describes as "a mode of being with others differently," through "rehearsals in nonimperial political thinking and archival practice" (10).

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This is the registration link for the entire conference, so just tune in at the time of Azoulay's conversation. Scroll down to bottom and click on each session to see details about the program of the entire conference. 

More specifically, Azoulay engages the  "double disappearance of the Jews from Africa and from the French colonisation of North Africa" "engaging with the traces of the disapperance" through "jewelry pieces and other metal works."  Her talk and conversation follows on her recent open letter in the Boston Review to historian Benjamin Stora, thinking through a kinship among Jews and Muslims in the Maghreb, "[o]ur ancestors in the Maghreb [who] were directly victimized by colonial violence, even as they gradually accepted the bargains imposed on them through" the multiple exiles force upon them by "imperial crimes" and their afterlives. 

Image: Wrist ring, Kabylen, Algeria. RV-2668-2979. 

Bio | Ariella Aïsha Azoulay

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay (born 1962) is Professor of Modern Culture and Media and the Department of Comparative Literature, Brown University. Her books include: Potential History – Unlearning Imperialism (Verso, 2019); Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography (Verso, 2012); The Civil Contract of Photography (Zone Books, 2008); Civil Imagination: A Political Ontology of Photography (Verso, 2012); From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950 (Pluto Press, 2011); co-author with Adi Ophir of The One State Condition: Occupation and Democracy between the Sea and the River (Stanford University Press, 2012).

Her potential histories, archives and curatorial work have been shown in different places: 

  • Errata (Tapiès Foundation, 2019, HKW, Berlin, 2020)
  • Enough! The Natural Violence of New World Order (F/Stop Photography Festival, Leipzig, 2016)
  • Act of State 1967-2007 (Centre Pompidou, 2016, Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa Fotografico, 2020)
  • "The Natural History of Rape" (Pembroke Hall, Brown University, 2015)
  • The Body Politic [in Really Useful Knowledge, curated by What, How & for Whom / WHW] (Reina Sofia, Madrid)
  • When The Body Politic Ceases To Be An Idea, Exhibition Room - Manifesta Journal Around Curatorial Practices No 16 Potential History (2012, Stuk / Artefact, Louven)
  • Untaken Photographs (2010, Igor Zabel Award, The Moderna Galerija, Lubliana; Zochrot, Tel Aviv)
  • Architecture of Destruction (Zochrot, Tel Aviv)
  • Everything Could Be Seen (Um El Fahem Gallery of Art).

Among her film essays: 

  • Un-documented: Undoing Imperial Plunder (2019)
  • Civil Alliances, Palestine, 47-48 (2012)
  • I Also Dwell Among Your Own People: Conversations with Azmi Bishara (2004)
  • The Food Chain (2004).



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