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Andrea Khalil


New Texts Out Now: Andrea Khalil, Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya

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Andrea Khalil, Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya. London: Routledge, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book?             Andrea Khalil (AK): In the fall of 2010, I was researching a book on the 5 October 1988 riots in Algeria. I was in France and Algeria from July-December 2010 looking for documents, archives, photos, testimonies, and literature about the riots. The ...

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New Texts Out Now: Andrea Khalil, Women, Gender, and the Arab Spring

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Andrea Khalil, editor, Women, Gender, and the Arab Spring, special issue of The Journal of North African Studies 19.2 (2014). Forthcoming as a book with Routledge. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this special issue?  Andrea Khalil (AK): During my fieldwork in Tunisia (2011-13) working on a book, I was sensitized to the profound problems that women in Tunisia were facing since the Revolution, and more generally, the urgency to address gender issues and ...

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On Algerian Civil Society and the Prohibition of Assembly

[Members of SOS disparus march in Algiers. Image by Hassan Ferhati.]

Despite the fact that its laws allow the assembly of people on the streets and squares of Algeria, the public space remains firmly blocked by the Algerian state. This closure is assured in two ways: firstly, through the restrictions placed by law on civil associations, and secondly, by the ways in which the police control crowds.  The most recent amendment to Algerian law on public assembly details the administrative process required to form a legal public protest. In ...

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Libyan Eastern Tribal Chiefs, Population, and Government (Part 1 of 2)

[Image from the 15 September meeting in Benghazi. Image by Andrea Khalil.]

On 15 September 2012, the tribal chiefs of Libya’s eastern region held a meeting to announce their solutions to the recent spate of violence, which culminated in the attack on the US consulate on 11 September. Although invitations were extended to government officials at this meeting, the tribes announced a clearly critical stance vis-a-vis the government’s weak politics, at times condemning its performance and thus affirming a new capacity to criticize the Libyan state. At ...

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Andrea Khalil is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and French at Queens College and The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Tunisia in 2012-2013. She is the author of The Arab Avant-Garde: Experiments in North African Art and Literature (2003), Crowds and Politics in North Africa: Tunisia, Algeria and Libya (2014), and editor of North African Cinema in a Global Context: Through the Lens of Diaspora (2008). She is also the guest editor of Women, Gender and the Arab Spring, a special issue of The Journal of North African Studies published in the spring of 2014. The special issue will be published as a book in November.