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Resistance Cultures Festival – Day 1

About Resistance Cultures Festival – Day 1

2022 marks one hundred years of Irish independence and sixty years of Algerian independence.

Bringing together Algerian and Irish photographers, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, scholars and writers for the first time, this three-day festival will explore the common anti-colonial resistance histories across these two key moments in the global end of European Empires.

Exploring women’s histories, identities, violence, memory, futures, this unique cross-cultural conversation of rare screenings and performances accompanies the two live cine-concert of the Battle of Algiers by Asian Dub Foundation.

Speakers include Elaine Mokhtefi, Rabah Aissaoui, Steve Savale, Alan O’Leary, Nadja Makhlouf, Martin Evans, Sarah El-Hamed, Paul Torley, Hédia Yelles-Chaouche, Liz Finnigan, Djamel Mrah, Jane Ohlmeyer, Mairéad Ni Bhriain, Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain, Síobhra Aiken, Breandán de Gallaí, Pat Crowley, Aoife Connolly, Dónal Hassett, Belkacem Belmekki, Sarah Dunstan, Fearghal McGarry, Miriam Nyhan, Mary McAuliffe and Maurice Casey.

Doors 10:30am, event starts 11am.

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Empire: 11am – 12.30pm

Rabah Aissaoui, Sarah Dunstan, Mairéad Ni Bhriain, Jane Ohlmeyer, in conversation with Martin Evans where they will discuss the key place of both Algeria and Ireland within the history of global anti-colonialism in the twentieth century, exploring connections, commonalities, parallels across these two histories.

Rabah Aissaoui is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Leicester and is co-editor (with Claire Eldridge) of Algeria Revisited: History, Culture, Identity (Bloomsbury, 2017).

Sarah Dunstan is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Queen Mary University of London and is the author of Race, Rights and Reform: Black Activism in the French Empire and the United States from World War One to Cold War (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Mairéad Ni Bhriain is lecturer in French Studies at Mary Immaculate College, co-director of the Irish Centre for Transnational Studies, and the co-curator of the Resistance Cultures Festival.

Jane Ohlmeyer is Erasmus Smith’s Professor of History at Trinity College Dublin and a former Chair of the Irish Research Council. She is a leading expert on early modern Irish and British history and recently delivered the Ford lecture series at the University of Oxford on the theme of Ireland, Empire, and the Early Modern World.

Martin Evans is the author of Algeria: France’s Undeclared War (Oxford University Press, 2012) is and the co-curator of the Resistance Cultures Festival.

Migration: 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Maurice Casey and Hédia Yelles-Chaouche in conversation with Martin Evans where they will discuss how the history of Algerian and Irish migration and how it has been represented in museums.

Maurice Casey is a Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast. He served as Historian in Residence at the EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin where he curated the exhibitions ‘Out in the World: Ireland’s LGBTQ+ Diaspora’ and ‘Revolutionary Routes: Ireland in the Black Atlantic’

Hédia Yelles-Chaouche is curator at the National Museum of the History of Immigration in France.

Martin Evans is the author of Algeria: France’s Undeclared War (Oxford University Press, 2012) is and the co-curator of the Resistance Cultures Festival.

Battle of Algiers: 3pm-4pm

Alan O Leary and Steve Savale in conversation with Dónal Hassett on the global significance of the Pontecorvo film.

Alan O Leary is Associate Professor in Film and Media in Digital Contexts at Aarhus University and is author of The Battle of Algiers (Mimesis, 2019).

Steve Savale is a member of Asian Dub Foundation.

Dónal Hassett is a Lecturer in the French Department in University College Cork and is the author of Mobilising Memory: The Great War and the Language of Politics in Colonial Algeria, 1918-1939 (Oxford University Press in 2019).

This is supported by University of Sussex (UK), University of Oran 2 (Algeria), Southern Regional College, Newry, Irish Centre For Transnational Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Technological University Dublin, University College Cork, Algerian Embassy, Ireland.

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September 16, 2022 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


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