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Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Sami Everett

BA Hons European Politics (RHUL, London, IEP, Strasbourg) 1996-2000. MA Near and Middle East Studies with Arabic (SOAS) 2006-2007. PhD Politics and International Relations (SOAS) 2009-2014.


Sami Everett
Department of Politics and International Studies

Teaching Fellow

Centre for Jewish Studies


Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Centre for Ottoman Studies


Dr Sami Everett
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SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings


Dr Everett is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Diaspora and Migration and Teaching Fellow in State and Transformation in the Middle East. He specialises in transnationalism, affective politics and the complexity of identification with particular regard to Algeria, France and Morocco. His research, based on an interdisciplinary approach including the use of oral histories, ethnographic practices and cultural studies, analyses the commonalities in migratory trajectories and their interpretation inter-generationally by North African Jews and Muslims in Paris.

He holds a PhD and a Masters degree from SOAS and has previously taught General Diplomatic Studies and Practice at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy.

PhD Publications

  • Everett, Sami. Forthcoming 2014. ‘Testing diversity,’ in Jadmag - Special Edition: The afterlives of the Algerian revolution.
  • Everett, Sami. Forthcoming 2016. Edited volume entitled: Algeria: Nation and Transnationalism 1988-2013. Chapter entry: "The many (im)possibilities of contemporary Algerian Judaïtés"

PhD Conferences

  • Nov 2013. Sussex University, Middle East and North Africa afternoon Seminar.
    Paper presented: Algerian-Jewish music.
    Chair: Dr. Martin Evans
  • Oct 2013 Maghreb Academic Network (UK University network)
    Paper presented: Contemporary Developments in Ethnic and Religious Minorities in North Africa with a Focus on Jewish Studies in Algeria and Morocco
    Chair: Dr Charis Boutieri
  • Oct 2013. Middle East Studies Association (US): Perspectives from Year 1 of the Revolution: Algerian discourses of the past in the present (panel organiser).
    Paper presented: Testing Diversity, researching the invisible: The Jew, the Israelite, and the margins of Algerian national identity.
    Chair: Dr. James McDougall
  • Apr 2013. Sciences Po Paris: Attitudinal change towards Jews and Muslims in France in a comparative perspective.
    Paper presented: “ Selling and Speaking: a glimpse into the everyday of North African Judeo-Muslim relations in northern Paris”
    Chair: Dr. Nonna Mayer
  • Feb 2013. Francophone Studies seminar Portsmouth University
    Paper presented: Oral history techniques: Studying Mzabi Jews
    Chair: Dr. Natalya Vince
  • Jun 2012. Centre Jaques Berque Fez (Morocco): Les enjeux du religieux dans une société en transition.
    Paper presented: Moroccan-Jewish double-diasporicity: a pilgrimage-ethnography to the Hiloula of Rabbi Amran Ben Diwan (Morocco).
    Chair: Dr. Karima Dirèche
  • May 2012. Association for the study of ethnicity and nationalism at the London School of Economics.
    Paper presented: Moroccan Jews post-2011: between Hammer and Anvil?
  • Mar 2012. Doctoral Spring School (funded on a competitive basis) Istanbul.
    Presentation of fieldwork findings
  • Mar 2011. Doctoral Spring School (funded on a competitive basis) Rabat.  
    Overview of thesis project
  • Feb 2011. International Praxis Conference on Memory & Co-Existence, Istanbul
    Paper presented: Algerian Jewish Belonging


He is a member of the London International Development Centre (LIDC), the SOAS and INALCO doctoral and research associations and the London Middle East Institute (LMEI).


Samuel Sami Everett’s doctoral research, Maghrebinicité 1981 – 2012: affective belonging from the margins of North African Jewish experience in île-de-France, was a political ethnography of the marginal social and cultural practices associated with Jewish identification to northern Africa and the inter-generational relation to this feeling of belonging. Ile-de-France (Fr. greater Paris) between 1981 and 2012 was the cité, or urban backdrop, in which he researched contemporary Jewish maghrebinicité – the portmanteau term that melds Maghreb and cité to encapsulate this complex sentiment. He argues that Maghrebi Jewish consciousness, regarding Algeria in particular, has become progressively more diffuse due to the strengthening of French and Israeli historical and cultural influences. Nevertheless, North Africa maintains experiential significance as a reference to which the Jewish interlocutors in his study feel an affinity. Maghrebinicité is thus both sub-consciously and culturally present and politically absent from the way in which many Jewish people of North African origin in Paris imagine themselves today. The thesis unravels this ambivalence through a politics of the everyday in terms of institutional, media and public intellectual discourse; the passing down of culinary and musical cultures and memories, zones of Judeo-Muslim sociability, complicity and ambiguity and journeys of Return. The space maghrebinicité occupies is the site for the construction of a Maghrebi affective public which goes beyond religious cleavages and political dissonances.

Minorities; North Africa; Algerian history and politics; Postcolonial and diaspora theory; post-structuralism; the politics of multiculturalism; migration; notions of community; cultural resistance; affective politics.