Tuesday 30 January 2018

École française d’Athènes

Speaker: Leyla Dakhli
Discussant: Eugenia Palieraki

Some thoughts on exiles, roots and mobility in modern Arab revolutionary experiences

Arab revolutionary experiences are often linked to the experience of anti-colonial struggles and to their national character. The Arab dimensions of it are very much romanticized in the local literature, but the transnational aspects are much less studied and understood as a major component. Through the examination of some « revolutionary journeys », I would like to open a space for reflection on these dimensions of connectivity and transnationality in relation to the Arab space ».


Leyla Dakhli is a full-time researcher in the French Center for National Research (CNRS), presently settled in the Marc Bloch Center in Berlin. She is a historian, and her work focuses particularly on the study of Arab intellectuals and cultural history of the South Mediterranean region. She has a special interest on social history of intellectuals – and specifically on Women Intellectuals and on the question of languages in the MENA region, considered as a way to understand the entangled history of the region.

Eugenia Palieraki is an associate professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Cergy-Pontoise, France. She has been a visiting scholar at Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile and at Princeton University. In 2016, she conducted a seminar at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Her current research interests focus on the political connections between Latin America and the Mediterranean during the postwar period. She is the author of a series of articles and book chapters on the history of Latin American and European revolutions. Her book 
¡La revolución ya viene! El MIR chileno en los años 1960 was published by LOM in Chile in 2014.

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