Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam

The Battle of Algiers – screening and symposium

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

From ‘Yesterday’s Mujahiddin’ to today’s Postcolonial Classroom

A screening and symposium at the University of Leeds

Friday 4 May 2018

Hosted by the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures (CWCDC) and the Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam.

The event is free and all are welcome. However, space is limited for the afternoon session, so please sign up (afternoon session only) on the Eventbrite page at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-battle-of-algiers-1966-from-yesterdays-mujahiddin-to-todays-postcolonial-classroom-tickets-44631242247?aff=es2

Times and venues

Morning session (screening and discussion) 09:30-13:00: Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 14: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/campusmap?location=5162
Afternoon Session (academic presentations and roundtable) 13:00-17:30: Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), 29-31 Clarendon Place:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/campusmap?location=5099

Programme

 Morning session: screening and discussion (Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 14)

Participants are asked to read Nicholas Harrison’s article ‘Yesterday’s Mujahiddin: Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers’, in R. Weaver-Hightower and P. Hulme (eds), Postcolonial Film (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 23-46. The article is available to download here:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jXOYr2NmbxJqLbBt7xUXDzKzyJTW10gE/view?usp=sharing

09:30   Introduction

09:45   Screening of new restoration of The Battle of Algiers (Cult Films 2018)

12:00   Discussion: Islam in The Battle of Algiers

Chair Dr Mustapha Sheikh (Co-director Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam, Leeds)

Discussants

Dr Fozia Bora (Lecturer in Middle Eastern History and Islamic History, Leeds)

Prof Nicholas Harrison (Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, King’s College London)

Prof S Sayyid (Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought, Leeds)

Afternoon session: academic presentations and roundtable (LHRI)

13:15   Buffet lunch (provided)

13:45   Introduction

14:00   Presentations

Chair Dr Tajul Islam (Co-director Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam, Leeds)

14:00     Presentation 1 Prof Alan O’Leary (Professor of Film and Cultural Studies, Leeds): ‘The Battle of Algiers and the Orientalist Tradition’. Respondent Prof S Sayyid (Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought, Leeds)

14:45     Presentation 2 Dr Neelam Srivastava (Reader in Postcolonial and Comparative Literature, Newcastle): The Battle of Algiers in the Postcolonial Classroom’. Respondent Beatrice Ivey (Postgraduate Researcher in French, Leeds)

15:30     Presentation 3 Dr Carl Vincent (Principal Lecturer of Classical Music, Leeds College of Music): ‘East and West: Music in The Battle of Algiers’.Respondent TBC

16:15   Coffee break

16:30   Roundtable

                Chair Dr Neelam Srivastava (Reader in Postcolonial and Comparative Literature, Newcastle)

Participants

Dr Laura Ager (Co-director/programmer, Leeds Film Fringe)

TBC Prof Martin Evans (Professor of Modern European History, Sussex)

Prof Nicholas Harrison (Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies, King’s College London)

Prof John Mowitt (Leadership Chair in Critical Humanities, Leeds)

Prof S Sayyid (Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought, Leeds)

17:30   End

This event has been generously supported by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (Leeds), and the Society for Italian Studies. It has been convened by Alan O’Leary in consultation with Neelam Srivastava and organised with the assistance of Rachel Johnson (Postgraduate Researcher, Leeds).

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