Amazigh Cinema at Large: Challenges and Hopes

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Call for Papers
July 16, 2018 to July 22, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, Film and Film History, Humanities, Indigenous Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Open Panel for the Fifth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES-5)

Seville, Spain, 16-22 July 2018

Panel Title:

Amazigh Cinema at Large: Challenges and Hopes

Amazigh/Berber identity is made of a diverse cultural and linguistic heritage covering area from the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean to Siwa Oasis in Egypt, and encompassing sub-Saharan Africa and the vast European and American diaspora. Transnational in nature, yet profoundly marked by local and national boundaries, languages, and histories, Amazigh narratives in film present a compelling, contemporary approach to the human condition that the poet Nabil Fares deftly describes as “the universal –or the local without the walls.”

This panel seeks to engage a discussion of cultural production across the Amazigh space and encourage a diversity of perspectives and theoretical lenses. The aim of the panel is also to analyze Amazigh transnational identities as they are reflected in film, and to develop an overview of Amazigh cinema by identifying the elements that constitute an Amazigh film.

The panel seeks participants who wish to examine:

  • The essence of the Amazigh film
  • National and international Amazigh festivals
  • Formal and informal networks of distribution
  • Diasporic filmmakers and audiences
  • Promoting (trans)national cinema

The deadline for the submission of paper abstracts to the panel organizer: April 19, 2018

Submit your proposal to:

Habiba Boumlik, Associate Professor, City University of New York,

Panel Members:

Lucy McNair, Associate Professor, City University of New York,

Yahya Laayouni, Associate Professor, Bloomsburg University,

Soubeika Bahri, Ph.D Candidate, CUNY Graduate Center,



Contact Info: 

Habiba Boumlik

CUNY LaGuardia Community College

31-10 Thomson Avenue

Long Island City, NY 11101, USA


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