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Colloquium Discussion: Taïeb Berrada, Lehigh | MLL

Feb 7, 2018
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM

On-Campus - Williams Hall
31 Williams Drive
Bethlehem PA 18015

Sheila Stank

Modern Languages & Literatures first Colloquium Discussion for 2018 is presented by Taieb Berrada, entitled  "Migrant Necropolitics at the Table: the 'Civilized' Cannibalism in Mahi Binebine's Cannibales." 

In his novel Cannibales, the Francophone author Mahi Binebine revisits the century-old colonialist representation of the encounter between the “civilized” Europeans and the “cannibals" by reformulating it into the postcolonial context of illegal immigration from Morocco to Europe in the 1990s. It is the supposedly "civilized" European who becomes the exocannibal who eats the flesh of the clandestine migrant but in a “civilized manner” and in a “capitalist” way. The dreams of Europe reveal a postcolonial ambivalence and anxiety linked to a “necropolitical” exploitation of the North African migrant’s body, which becomes not only consumable but also disposable like any commodity

Bio: Taïeb Berrada is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Lehigh University. His research focuses on Francophone North African Literatures and Cultures. He is the author of "La figure de l'intrus: représentations postcoloniales maghrébines" [The figure of the Intruder: Postcolonial Maghrebi Representations], (L'Harmattan, 2016).

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