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MAHA MAROUAN -- RACE, RACE CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE TRANS-SAHARAN SLAVE TRADE IN MOROCCO

When Nov 01, 2017
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 216 Willard Building
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Until very recently, Morocco has succeeded in avoiding any public discussions about race, and more specifically, its ancestral ties to sub-Saharan Africa. The silencing that surrounds slavery, which lasted until early twentieth century, still haunts Moroccan public consciousness in ways that are tangible (color hierarchy) and non-tangible (customs, beliefs and culture). This talk
examines Morocco’s national discourse on race, a discourse that exists in an ambivalent space between forgetting and remembering. I am exploring repressed memories of slavery to show that the trans-Saharan slave trade continues to live in the Moroccan collective subconscious as deferred memories, perpetuating dangerous racial and social hierarchies and undermining any serious attempts to advance race consciousness.

Department of African American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
133 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802
Ph: 814-863-4243 | Fax: 814-863-3578