Film Scholars Series: Dr. Hakim Abderrezak

Film Scholars Series: Dr. Hakim Abderrezak

Feb 21, 2024

Film Scholars Series:
Dr. Hakim Abderrezak,
Scholar of Mediterranean and Migration Studies, University of Minnesota

Sea and Sand: Burning Migrants and Refugees across The Mediterranean and the Sahara
February 21, 5pm
Tuttleman Learning Center, Rm 101
1809 N. 13th Street
Public Lecture and Conversation with Dr. Nora Alter

The growing number of deaths of migrants and refugees who attempt to cross over to Europe have led contemporary filmmakers to offer alternative narratives to the mainstream political treatment and media coverage of a global phenomenon.

In his talk, Abderrezak will argue that just like the Sahara Desert, the Mediterranean Sea is a site of burning, be it physical, conceptual, ideological, etc. He will discuss films produced in various countries, which propose original ways to rethink the current “migration crisis.” Following the lecture, Dr. Abderrezak will be in conversation with Dr. Nora Alter (Professor, Film and Media Arts).

Short Bio: Hakim Abderrezak is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Ex-Centric Migrations: Europe and the Maghreb in Mediterranean Cinema, Literature, and Music soon to be translated into Russian. Abderrezak co-edited an issue of Expressions maghrébines on literary works produced about North Africa in languages other than French and Arabic. He is currently completing a book project entitled “Burning the Sea: Clandestine Migration across the Mediterranean.

This event is part of the Arts Interdisciplinary Research (AIR) initiative. AIR is a holistic research center and forum for creative and scholarly research across the arts that includes cutting-edge colloquia, exploratory seminars, lecture demonstrations, launches of research publications and creative works, reading groups, faculty talks, and stand-alone conferences initiated by the faculty of the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts.

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