SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Karima Laachir

MA, PhD (Leeds); PGCHE (Birmingham)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publications

Overview

Karima Laachir
Near and Middle East Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Senior Lecturer in Literary & Cultural Studies

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Member

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)

Member

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Member

Name:
Dr Karima Laachir
Email address:
Telephone:
+44(0) 20 7898 4336
Address:
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
365
Academic Support Hours:
On Research Leave in 2017/18

Biography

Karima Laachir was trained as a cultural and literary critic. Her research area focuses on cultural studies in the Middle East and North Africa region or the intersection between culture and politics (cultural politics). She has worked extensively on diasporic cultural production with a particular focus on the Franco-Maghrebian community in France and their literary and cinematic production. She works on comparative literature (Arabophone, Francophone and Anglophone) and she is interested in a multilingual approach to postcolonial studies.

Karima has held visiting fellowships at EHESS in Paris (2007-8) and at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (CAIS) at the Australian National University (2011-12).

Currently she is working on connected multi-lingual literary histories of modern and contemporary Arabic literature with a particular focus on the Maghreb region; she is the Maghreb Lead of the ERC funded project “Multilingual Locals and Significant Geographies: For a New Approach to World Literature”.  As part of this project, she is preparing a Monograph on Postcolonial Moroccan Novel in Arabic and French: A Reading Together (contracted with Edinburgh University Press).  Karima's research interests include Cultural studies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Arabic popular culture, Maghrebi literature and culture, Comparative Literature (Arabophone, Francophone and Anglophone); Arab diaspora and cultural politics. She welcomes potential PhD students in any of these subjects.

PhD Supervision Completed so far
  • Bruno Levasseur (2009) Essai de lecture démocratique des représentations culturelles et politiques des grands ensembles français": une «archive» de la Cité des Quatre-Mille à La Courneuve (1962-2002).
  • Chloe Gill-Khan (2012) Postcolonial European governance in question: a comparative case of British and French diasporic literary expressions.
  • Cristina Moreno Almeida (2015) Critical reflections on rap music in contemporary Morocco: urban youth culture between and beyond state's co-optation and dissent.
  • Natalie Abou Shakra (2015) Popular Dissident Music in the Context of Authoritarianism in Modern and Contemporary Egypt: A Case Study of the Nubian Egyptian Artist Mohammad Munir.
  • Nathaneal Mannone (2016) Managing Dissent: Censorship, Patronage, and 'Breathing Space' in Contemporary Tunisian Cultural Production.
  • Irene Fernandez Ramos (2017) Performing immobility: the individual-collective body and the representation of confined subjectivities in contemporary Palestinian theatre.
  • Cleo Geraldine Jay (2017) Performing change? Contemporary performance practices in Morocco.

Teaching

Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Charis Bredin, Creaturely Encounters: Animals in the Libyan literary imaginary
  • Cleo Jay, Moroccan Theatre in the Post-Lead Years: Performing Identity, Politics and Society
  • Cristina Moreno Almeida, Popular youth culture in Contemporary Morocco and the re-imagining of the nation: a case study of hip-hop
  • Hanna Ali, 'Afrabia': Identity, Islam & Geography in Eastern African Writings in the Diaspora
  • Irene Fernandez Ramos, Performing immobility: Space, the individual-collective body and the narratives of oppression in Contemporary Palestinian Theatre
  • July Blalack, 'Instantaneous Travel: Transregional Consciousness in two Sufi Resistance Figures from the Maghreb'
  • Lauren Pyott, Representing Conflict / Conflicts of Representation: The Politics of Production and Consumption of Syrian Visual Art post-2011
  • Nathanael Mannone, Managing Dissent: Censorship, Patronage, and 'Breathing Space' in Contemporary Tunisian Cultural Production
  • Rasha Chatta, Marginality and Individuation: A Theoretical Approach to Abla Farhoud and Arab Migrant Literature
  • Sefik Huseyin, The Ottomanist Discourse of Istanbul’s Space in Contemporary Literature and Art: from the 1980S to the Present

Research

Cultural studies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Arabic popular culture, Maghrebi literature and culture, Comparative Literature (Arabophone, Francophone and Anglophone); Arab diaspora and cultural politics. 

Publications

Articles

Laachir, Karima and Marzagora, Sara and Orsini, Francesca (2018) 'Multilingual locals and significant geographies: For a ground-up and located approach to world literature'. Modern Languages Open, (1) 19, pp 1-8.

Laachir, Karima and Marzagora, Sara and Orsini, Francesca (2018) 'Significant Geographies: in lieu of world literature'. Journal of World Literature, (3) 3, pp 290-310.

Orsini, Francesca and Marzagora, Sara and Laachir, Karima (2018) 'Multilingual locals and literary circulation before colonialism'. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. [Forthcoming]

Laachir, Karima (2016) 'Editorial [Special Issue: The Aesthetics and Politics of Contemporary Cultural Production in Morocco]'. The Journal of North African Studies, (21) 1, pp 7-11.

Laachir, Karima (2016) 'The aesthetics and politics of ‘reading together’ Moroccan novels in Arabic and French'. Journal of North African Studies, (21) 1, pp 22-36.

Laachir, Karima (2013) 'Editorial: Contemporary Moroccan Cultural Production: Between Dissent and Co-optation'. Journal of African Cultural Studies, (25) 3, pp 257-260.

Laachir, Karima (2013) 'Reflection on Co-optation and Defeat in the Contemporary Moroccan Novel in Arabic: Mohammed Achaari's The Arch and The Butterfly (2011)'. Journal of African Cultural Studies, (25) 3, pp 292-305.

Laachir, Karima (2011) 'Sectarian Strife and ‘National Unity’ in Egyptian Films: a Case Study of Hassan and Morqos'. Comparative Study of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, (31) 1, pp 217-226.

Laachir, Karima (2008) 'French Muslims and the Politics of Laicité'. The Maghreb Review, (33) 1, pp 21-35.

Laachir, Karima (2007) 'Tassadit Imache’s Une Fille sans Histoire, ‘une Fille de l'histoire’'. Forum for Modern Language Studies, (43) 3, pp 277-289.

Laachir, Karima (2007) 'France's 'Ethnic' Minorities and the Question of Exclusion'. Mediterranean Politics, (12) 1, pp 99-105.

Laachir, Karima (2006) 'French Muslim Youth and the Banlieues of Rage'. The Journal of Youth and Policy 92, pp 59-68.

Laachir, Karima (2005) 'The Interplay Between History/Memory/Space in Tassadit Imache's Presque un Frère and Le Dromadaire de Bonaparte'. Modern and Contemporary France, (13) 4, pp 449-464.

Edited Books or Journals

Laachir, Karima, (ed.), (2016) Journal of North African Studies - Special Issue: The Aesthetics and Politics of Contemporary Cultural Production in Morocco, Vol. 21 (1). London: Routledge.

Laachir, Karima, (ed.), (2013) Journal of African Cultural Studies. Special issue: Contemporary Moroccan Cultural Production: Between Dissent and Co-optation, Vol 25, (3). Abingdon: Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group.

Laachir, Karima and Talajooy, Saeed, (eds.), (2013) Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Cultures: Literature, Cinema and Music. London; New York: Routledge. (Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures).

Book Chapters

Laachir, Karima (2016) 'State-Civil Society Dynamics in Morocco and Algeria: A Case of Divide and Rule?'. Weak State, Strong Societies: Power and Authority in the New World Order. London, New York: I.B. Tauris, pp 85-106.

Laachir, Karima (2015) 'Beyond Language Determinism: Multilingual Literary Traditions in Morocco'. In: Kondo, Nabuaki, (ed.), Asia and Africa Across Disciplinary and National Lines. Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, pp 25-31.

Laachir, Karima (2013) '"Managed Reforms and Deferred Democratic Rule in Morocco and Algeria"'. In: Saikal, Amin and Acharya, Amitav, (eds.), Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia. London: IB Tauris.

Laachir, Karima (2013) 'Saudi Women Novelists and the Quest for Freedom: Raja Alem’s The Doves’ Necklace'. In: Laachir, Karima and Talajooy, Saeed Reza, (eds.), Resistance in Contemporary Middle Eastern Cultures: Literature, Cinema and Music. London; New York: Routledge.

Laachir, Karima (2009) 'Social Class'. In: Albertazzi, Daniele and Cobley, Paul, (eds.), The Media: An Introduction. London: Pearson.

Laachir, Karima (2007) 'Hospitality and the Limitations of the National'. In: Germann Molz, Jennie and Gibson, Sarah, (eds.), Mobilizing Hospitality: The Ethics of Social Relations in a Mobile World. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing.

Laachir, Karima (2007) 'North African Diaspora in France and Colonial Legacies'. In: Hewitt, Nick and Geary, Dick, (eds.), Diasporas: Movements and Cultures. Nottingham: Critical, Cultural and Communication Press.

Laachir, Karima (2005) 'African Diaspora in France'. Electronic Proceeding of an International Conference on "Black European Studies". Mainz: University of Mainz.

Laachir, Karima (2002) 'Crossing the 'Threshold of Intolerance': Contemporary French Society'. In: Herbrechter, Stefan, (ed.), Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinarity and Translation. Amesterdam: Rodopi.

Book Reviews

Laachir, Karima (2002) 'Reveiw of Paul Gilroy, 'Between Camps: Nations, Cultures and the Allure of Race''. Parallax, (8) 3, pp 104-108.

Other

Laachir, Karima (2015) 'Activism and 'Liberal' Authoritarianism' The Middle East in London; Special Issue on North Africa, 11.

Laachir, Karima (2012) 'Managed Reforms and Deferred Democratic Rule in Morocco and Algeria' CAIS Bulletin, 19.

 

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