Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity
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Faculty and Staff
Souad Eddouada, Ph.D., Academic Director
Souad Eddouada, a native of Rabat, holds a Ph.D. in cultural and gender studies from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. Dr. Eddouada is currently assistant professor of cultural studies and gender studies at Iben Tofail University in Kenitra, Morocco. Following the completion of her doctorate on women, gender, and the state in Morocco (completed in 2004), she conducted a research project on women’s NGOs in Tunisia. In 2007, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Lund University in Sweden. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Eddouada was a Fulbright fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where she took part in various workshops and conferences on gender, Islam, and women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa. Expanding on her dissertation Women, Gender and the State in Morocco, Dr. Eddouada is currently completing the book Women and the Politics of Reform in Morocco. Dr. Eddouada has been involved with SIT programs in Morocco since 2006, initially as a lecturer and Independent Study Project advisor and, subsequently, as associate academic director of the Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity program.
Asmae Haddaoui, Program Assistant
Asmae serves as program assistant of the SIT Morocco: Migration and Transnational Identity program. Asmae has a B.A. in law from the University Mohammed V, Rabat, and extensive experience as a group leader at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning. She also has led the Experiment in International Living's summer program in Morocco.
Key Lecturers for this Program Include:
Dr. Ahmed Abadi
Dr. Abadi is a professor of theology and comparative religions as well as the General Secretary of the Mohamedan League of Ulemas (Muslim Scholars). He is an expert in Sufi philosophy and thought. Dr. Abadi has organized and participated in international conferences and roundtable discussions on interfaith issues and cross-cultural dialogue.
Dr. Youssouf Amine Elalamy
Dr. Elalamy is a professor of media studies at Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra. Dr. Elalamy is also a novelist and artist who has produced works in Morocco and internationally. He is the author of A Moroccan in New York and Sea Drinkers (published by Lexington Books) and of a transnational book project entitled "Un roman dans la ville" (a novel in the city).
Dr. Khadija Elmadmad
Dr. Elmadmad is an attorney with the Rabat Bar Association of Law and holder of the UNESCO "Migration and Human Rights" Chair at the University Hassan II in Casablanca. Additionally, she is President of the Casablanca Center on Migration and Humanitarian Laws; the legal coordinator for Morocco of the Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM) in Florence; a member of the Scientific Board of the Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project; and the UNESCO Chair on "Women and their Rights". She is a consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNESCO, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Moroccan Red Crescent. Dr. Elmadmad's published books include Asile et réfugiés dans les pays afro-arabes (Asylum and Refugees in the Afro-Arab Countries) and Les migrants et leurs droits au Maghreb (Migrants and Their Rights in the Maghreb).
Said Graiouid, Ph.D.
Said Graiouid received his Ph.D. in communication and cultural studies from the University of Surrey in the UK. Dr. Graiouid is head of the Research Group on Migration and Culture at University Mohammed V in Rabat; editor of Langues et Littératures, University Mohammed V's journal of arts and human sciences; a member of the University's Research Unit on Culture and Development; and a research member with the Africa Network Group (Sterling University, UK). He has served as guest lecturer and ISP advisor with SIT in Morocco since 2000 and as an academic director since 2006 before launching the Migration and Transnational Identity program in the spring of 2008. In 2009, Dr. Graiouid was appointed SIT Study Abroad’s Dean for North Africa and the Middle East.
Dr. Driss Maghraoui
Dr. Maghraoui is a professor of history and international relations at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. Dr. Maghraoui teaches courses on North African immigration in Europe, modern imperialism and its culture, history of the Arab world, and history and memory in 20th century Europe. He has been a visiting professor at Yale and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His most recent publications include "Secularism in Morocco: A Stagnant Word in Motion", "Northern Africa: Historical Links with Sub-Saharan Africa", "Perceptions of External Pressure to Democratization: The Moroccan Case", and "The 'Grande Guerre Sainte': Moroccan Colonial Troops and Workers in the First World War".
Dr. Hassan Mekouar
Dr. Mekouar is a professor of American literature. He is also a former president of Mohammed First University in Oujda and former Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences in Rabat. Dr. Mekouar is currently president of the Moroccan American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (a Fulbright bi-national commission) and the founding president of the Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association. He is the author of several collections of poetry written in English which include The Future Remains, The Wings of the Walrus, and Stories in (Very) Free Verse and 7.
Dr. Fatima Sadiqi
A professor of linguistics and gender studies, Dr. Sadiqi is an affiliated researcher at Harvard University. Additionally, she is head of the Fondation Esprit de Fes (Spirit of Fes) and the Fes Sacred Music Festival. Dr. Sadiqi is also a member of the Administrative Council of the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture. She has authored a number of publications including: Women, Gender and Language in Morocco; Women Writing Africa: the Northern Region; and Migration and Gender in Morocco: The Impact of Migration on Women Left Behind (with Moha Ennaji).
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Morocco, Rabat
Language Study: Arabic
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