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Campus Visit of LGBT Moroccan Writer Abdellah Taia

September 28, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by Film Studies; European Studies Center; French and Italian; Humanities Center; Global Studies Center; Religious Studies; Dietrich School Undergraduate Studies; Provost's Year of the Humanities.

Moroccan/Francophone writer Abdellah Taia will visit campus for four days to discuss his novels and his recent film (Salvation Army) with the campus community. His oeuvre [including 11 books, two of which are translated in English with one on its way] is ground-breaking as it discusses same-sex sexuality in an Islamic context, dealing with North African/European relations as well. The Moroccan press has written that he is "the first Moroccan to have the courage to publicly assert his difference." Taïa’s novels have “outed” him as “the only gay man” in a country where homosexuality remains a crime. 

 For more information on Taia and his work, see this article in the NYTimeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/world/middleeast/abdellah-taia-makes-his-directorial-debut.html; and this piece in The Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/arab-film-gay-protagonist_n_3868321.html

If you know French, join us Monday, Sept. 28, from 12:00-1:30 for a roundtable, “La Langue et l'identité dans le monde francophone,” moderated by Jeanette Jouili (Religious Studies). Panelists include Abdellah Taïa, Nadia Fadil (Leuven), and Denis Provencher (UMBC). 

4217 Posvar Hall. Hosted by European Studies.

 

The full campus visit is organized by Prof. Todd Reeser. Contact him with questions: reeser@pitt.edu.

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