Pembroke Seminar research lecture: Houria Bouteldja and Samia Henni

February 6, 2019

Pembroke Seminar research lecture: Houria Bouteldja and Samia HenniPembroke Seminar research lecture: Houria Bouteldja and Samia Henni

Join the Pembroke Center at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 for an event featuring lectures by Houria Bouteldja and Samia Henni. Bouteldja and Henni will speak as part of the programming associated with the 2018-2019 Pembroke Seminar, "What Are Human Rights? Imperial Origins, Curatorial Practices and Non-Imperial Ground." Both scholars explore French imperialism's impact on Algeria.

Bouteldja, a French-Algerian political activist and writer focusing on anti-racism, anti-imperialism, and Islamophobia, will give a talk entitled "About White Innocence in General and French Innocence in Particular." Bouteldja argues that the discourse of the white European Left renders a concept of white innocence that implies that its counterpart, postcolonial subjects, are guilty. She will draw from her book "Whites, Jews and Us."

Henni, assistant professor of history of architecture and urban development at Cornell University, researches the history and theory of the built environment in relation to colonialim, displacement, gender, race and war. Her talk, "The Coloniality of Counterrevolution," will focus on three ways that the French military and government altered Algeria’s  infrastructure in its intention to maintain colonial rule: through mass population displacement, mass-housing programs, and a new fortified administrative town planned for the protection of French authorities during the last months of the Algerian revolution. Henni will elaborate on ideas from her book "Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria."

Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Pembroke Hall 305, 172 Meeting Street

Co-sponsored by the C.V. Starr Foundation Lectureship and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture.

Free and open to the public, wheelchair accessible.