Paris, Beirut, Bamako
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Paris, Beirut, Bamako
Local and Global Perspectives on Recent Terror Attacks
An informal conversation in the aftermath of the November attacks, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo assault last year. The global media has characterized 2015 as a “year of terror” in France. Beginning with the terror attacks launched in Paris in January 2015 against the satirical review Charlie Hebdo as well as a kosher establishment, and a black policewoman, the end of the year saw even more deadly attacks in Paris against a rock concert, sports arena, and restaurants in November 2015. Less well covered by the global media have been a series of relentless attacks in Middle Eastern and African countries that have claimed a far higher number of victims. Among the countries worst affected by terrorism in 2015 were Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Mali. The panelists will speak to the case of three cities: Paris, Beirut, and Bamako. How are they dealing with the insecurity and anguish of global terror attacks? How are the neighborhoods hardest hit living with radicalism? How do the latest generations in cosmopolitan communities shaped by nationalism and post-colonial realities respond to catastrophic violence? Following the shocks of last year, will the global debate over freedom of expression, “states of exception,” and tolerance lead to societies that embrace global connections or shun them?
The informal conversation, moderated by Professors Helen Solterer and Omid Safi, will begin with remarks from Anne-Gaëlle Saliot (Assistant Professor of Twentieth Century French Literature & Film, Duke, Director of the EDUCO program in Paris), Zeina Halabi (Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature & Culture at UNC-Chapel Hill, and an expert on Beirut), and Amadou Fofana (Visiting Professor, Humanities Writ Large Initiative, Specialist in African Cinema, just returned from Senegal).
Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Co-sponsored by the Center for French & Francophone Studies, the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.
Anne-Gaëlle Saliot is is an Assistant Professor in French Studies at Duke University, and President of the Educo program in Paris for 15-16. Her research occupies the boundary between aesthetics and literature. She is the author of the book The Drowned Muse: Casting the Unknown Woman of the Seine Across…...Read More
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Zeina G. Halabi is Assistant Professor of Modern Arabic Literature and Culture at UNC-Chapel Hill. Halabi’s teaching and research interests revolve around questions of loss, mourning, and dissidence in Arabic literatures. She is currently working on a project pertaining to experimental literature and cinema in contemporary Beirut....Read More
Williamette University & Duke University
Dr. Amadou T. Fofana is Associate Professor of French at Willamette University and a Humanities Writ-Large 2015-2016 Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke University. He received a Licence es Lettres and a Maîtrise in English from Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal. He also received an MA in French Literature and…...Read More
Omid Safi is a specialist in classical Islam and contemporary Islamic thought, Safi’s research on American Muslims; Prophet Muhammad and the Qur’an; debates in contemporary Islam; and Sufism and Persian literature has been published in academic publications. His forthcoming books include “Makers of Modern Iran” and “Rumi: Sufi Saint, American Icon.” Safi has…...Read More
Helen Solterer's research focuses on pre-modern literature and culture, and its interplay with twentieth-century and contemporary thought. Her last book, Medieval Roles for Modern Times, investigates the politics and aesthetics of reviving the earliest drama during two World Wars. She is currently working on two books: “Timely Fictions” on the…...Read More