The 2014 NEH Summer Institute Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Literature, the Arts, and Cinema since Independence will be held at Oregon State University from June 23 to July 11, 2014. Because to date no comprehensive assessment has been attempted of post-colonial Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia from the perspective of the region’s cultural artistic vitality, the intent of this institute is to shed light on the significance of North African artistic expressions today. Expressions in the literary, visual and musical arts with origins in Berber, Arabic and European idioms; expressions that have adapted to modernity, postcolonialism, the reality of globalism and advances of social media. The institute will bring together leading scholars in North African studies and twenty-five college and university teachers wishing to expand their coursework or research on contemporary North Africa.

This proposal builds on a 2007 NEH Institute devoted to Berber North Africa. Its purpose is to initiate college and university teachers to the transformative periods that have marked Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia since decolonization.  The institute intends to present the Maghreb’s transformative periods from the perspective of writers, painters, filmmakers and other artists.  It will be organized around three themes uniting politics and the arts since the 1960s:  Nationalism, Exile and Revival.  Three themes corresponding in overlapping ways to three periods: the post-independence and cold war years (1960-1990); the years marked by the political and economic instability of globalization (1990-2010); and the recent changes since the Arab Spring.  Bringing together six visiting scholars, the objective of the institute is to explain the relation between these themes and periods through the works of established and recent artists who have contributed to social changes in North Africa.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.