Marie-Pierre Ulloa, “The Maghrebi Diaspora’s Embrace of America: Negotiating North-African & Francophone identities in the U.S.”

Posted on March 31st, 2013 by Med Studies Staff in Events

June 3, 2013, 3:30 pm, Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Mall, map)

Marie-Pierre Ulloa (Stanford University), “The Maghrebi Diaspora’s Embrace of America: Negotiating North-African & Francophone identities in the U.S.”

Focusing on the Maghrebi Diaspora located in the Bay Area/Silicon Valley, this presentation will explore conflicting and coexisting identities and the ways in which the Maghrebi migrants of first and second generations embrace their multiple identities. Through an analysis of the life history narratives of a group of ten first and second generations Maghrebi Californians, this research project aims to provide a more inclusive and complex perspective on the unique interplay between Francophone, North African and American identities, and also to better understand the integration mechanisms as well as the ease and difficulty encountered by the Maghrebi communities in California.

Marie-Pierre Ulloa is Associate Director for Academic Programming and Student Outreach for Stanford’s Taube Center for Jewish Studies. She also teaches Francophone and North African Cinema and Literature at the Department of French. She received her M.A. in History and Political Science and her Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in History from Sciences Po in Paris. She is the author of Francis Jeanson, A Dissident Intellectual from the French Resistance to the Algerian War (Stanford University Press, 2008). Her research interests include French colonialism in the Maghreb, decolonization and politics of memory, history of immigration and diaspora, history and culture of Sephardic Jews, Francophone world, North-African history, and oral history.

[Co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies]

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