New lecture series on Morocco at Leiden University
A new elective course, 'History of Morocco and the Moroccans in The Netherlands", will start in September. The lectures (in Dutch) will be given by Dr. Nadia Bouras, who obtained a doctorate in the subject of institutional and personal ties between the Netherlands and Morocco. The lectures will take place at Leiden University.
The series of lectures starts with a review of the seventh century, the period of Arabic conquests in North Africa, which explain some of the subsequent developments and relations in the region. Next, students will study the colonial and semi-colonial periods and the Europeans in Morocco. The subject of migrations will also be examined: in the 1960s hippies from England, the Netherlands and France went to live in Morocco, and Moroccans in their turn came to Belgium, the Netherlands and France as migrant workers.
What value do all these meetings of cultures have? The series of lectures attempts to answer this question in the context of literature, popular culture and the modern political and economic history of Morocco. There will also be guest speakers from diverse backgrounds, such as Petra Sijpesteijn (Professor of Arabic Language and Culture at Leiden University), Dr. Herman Obdeijn (author of Geschiedenis van Marokko), Prof. dr. Frank Bovenkerk (author of Marokkaan in Europa, crimineel in Nederland), Hassnae Bouazza (author of Arabieren kijken), M'hamed el Abdouni (auteur Abdelkrim El Khattabi en de Riffijnse Republiek) en Léon Buskens (directeur Nederlands Instituut Marokko in Rabat).
In the second semester Nadia Bouras will teach the elective course "Ties between the Netherlands and Morocco, 1605 up to the present" to advanced history students. In this seminar students will study the economic, political and social ties between the Netherlands and Morocco from a historical perspective. How did these ties develop over time and how can we characterise the ties between these two countries?