SAM Seminar & Roundtable: The Work of an Intellectual

When:22 Aug 2017, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building
Who:Fadma Ait Mous, Hassan II University, Casablanca
The work of an intellectual

A roundtable discussion including academics in comparative literature and Middle Eastern culture and politics. The discussion will include Dr Ait Mous, Lucia Sorbera (University of Sydney), Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (UNSW) and Laetitia Nanquette (UNSW). 

The roundtable will be chaired by A/Prof Bronwyn Winter (University of Sydney).

Contact Dr Laetitia Nanquette ( for a chapter of Dr Ait Mous’ book Le métier d’intellectuel.


A series of events with distinguished visitor Dr. Fadma Ait Mous, presented in collaboration with the Forced Migration Research Network, the Practical Justice Initiative, UNSW Grand Challenges and School of the Arts and Media.

Presented in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Languages.


Dr. Fadma Ait Mous, teaches in the Ain Chock Faculty of Letters and the Humanities (University Hassan II of Casablanca), and is Research Coordinator at the Moroccan Center of Social Sciences (CM2S) at the same university. She is also Associate Researcher at Centre de Recherche Economie, Société et Culture (Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie de Rabat (Université Mohamed VI Polytechnique).

She holds a PhD in political science from Hassan II University in Casablanca where she wrote her thesis on the emergence of Moroccan nationalism from local to national networks. Her research is mainly focused on issues related to nationalism and social movements, gender and socio-political transformations, history and memory, youth cultures, social media and migration.


Dr Lucia Sorbera's research is in the field of women's history focuses on the study of Egyptian feminism. Her PhD thesis, titled Nationalism, cosmopolitism and internationalism in the discourse of the Egyptian Feminist Union (in Italian) analyses the origins of Egyptian Feminist and its relationships with the international suffragist movement between the First and the Second World War. She has published also on Arab women's autobiography, Arab women's political leadership, and contemporary Iraqi cinema.


Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald joined UNSW as a Future Fellow in May 2012, having finished a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship at the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds. She spent two years in the UK during the fellowship on leave in Liverpool and London but returned to take it up again in July 2016. Following a first degree in Chinese at the University of Oxford and a DPhil on Chinese film at University of Sussex (1997), she emigrated to Australia, where she has worked ever since. Her research covers film, urban studies (branding), the media, and children’s experiences in the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on visual culture. Previous positions held include Professor of Chinese Media Studies at the University of Sydney, and Foundation Dean of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. Recent work is published by Theory, Culture and Society, New Formations, and MIA.


Dr Laetitia Nanquette is a Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the School of the Arts and Media. She was trained in France, the United Kingdom, Iran and the United States (Fulbright fellow at Harvard) before coming to Australia in 2013. She frequently travels to Iran for research fieldworks. She is interested in modern and contemporary Middle Eastern literatures, particularly in Persian literature; the circulation of literature and culture between the Middle East and the diasporas; the relations between the West and the postcolonial world; World Literature; literature and globalization, exile and diaspora literatures. Her current work project as a DECRA Fellow (2015-2019) is entitled: "A Global Comparative Study of Contemporary Iranian Literature".


A/Prof Bronwyn Winter is Deputy Director of the European Studies Program at the University of Sydney, where she also teaches in the International and Global Studies Program. Her research and teaching are interdisciplinary, transnational, and feminist, and her publications include Hijab and the Republic: Uncovering the French Headscarf Debate (Syracuse UP 2008) and Women, Insecurity and Violence in a Post-9/11 World (Syracuse UP, 2017). She is currently working on various political ‘crises’ besetting the European Union, as well as a new monograph critiquing the political economy of same-sex marriage.

SAM Seminar Series

This series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work. No need to book, all welcome.

Find out more and see the full program.
Enquiries contact: SAM Seminar Convenor, Collin Chua –

Also at UNSW with Dr. Ait Mous

Postgraduate Masterclass followed by staff networking event

Monday 21 August, 1-4pm
Morven Brown Building, Room 310
UNSW Sydney

Dr Ait Mous will be leading a PhD workshop on the 21st August, for up to 12 selected participants (and others may take part as observers). In preparation for this, we are inviting PhD students (and Masters by Research students), to submit Expressions of Interest for inclusion in the workshop. On the day, successful applicants will be asked to present for up to 10 minutes to their peers and to Dr Ait Mous and a small group of other academics for feedback and advice.

If you are an Honours or 4th year student with a particular interest in undertaking a PhD in any of these fields of interest – you are also welcome to submit an EoI. It is hoped that this will be a truly interdisciplinary and cross-Faculty event, speaking to shared themes and interests, such as nationalism and social movements, gender and socio-political transformations, history and memory, youth cultures, social media and migration, North Africa.

If you would like to be involved please send us a 500 word expression of interest, with 300 words on your research and 200 words about yourself and your scholarship/ wider interests.

Please send you EOI’s to Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (


Women claiming justice – Rights to land: The Soulaliyate Movement and the collective lands in Morocco

Thursday 31 August, 5pm (reception), 5.30-6.30pm (lecture)
Goodsell Building, Rooms 221/223
UNSW Sydney

This presentation will focus on the Soulaliyate movement that has recently emerged in Morocco. This social movement is calling for the right of women to receive compensations for land transferred from their tribe to real estate companies; a right which until recently was reserved to men. The name “soulaliyate” came from the “soulala” – the genealogy linking the protesters to their respective communities.

Further information - Tim Wong (

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