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Evenings with an Author: Coline Houssais
5 December 2018 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
Paris, City of Lights, is also one of the capitals of Arab culture. Far from being a recent phenomenon based on post-war worker migration from former French colonies, the relationship between Paris intellectuals from North Africa and the Middle East is grounded in a history dating back to the late medieval period. In turn a beacon of enlightenment, a safe haven, and the symbol of colonial oppression, the streets of Paris carry the memory of this peculiar heritage. Going back and forth between past and present, arts and politics, micro-history and international politics, this talk will take you through a virtual walk of Paris that you have never seen before.
Coline Houssais is a researcher, curator and writer, specialising in Arab contemporary cultures and societies. A graduate from Sciences Po and the London School of Economics, Coline currently teaches History of Arab Politics and Culture in Europe, as well as Music and Politics in Contemporary MENA at Sciences Po. In addition to regular contributions in Wahed, a French-Arabic magazine on culture and current affairs, Coline is currently writing her first book on Arab music. She is also the creator of “The Lovebirds of Baghdad,” a live video and storytelling performance about Iraqi Jewish music, and released her TEDx talk entitled “This is not a veil” on the history of female headwear in France.