For over four decades, the question of Western Sahara has remained at an impasse despite numerous resolution attempts at the hands of the international community. With the idea of an independent Western Sahara seeming all but impossible, the question of sovereignty becomes paramount in contending with the Moroccan state’s claim.
This event will explore the limits of the colonial frame to describe politics and relations of power in Morocco and North Africa more broadly. focusing on Moroccan statecraft vis-a-vis Western Sahara, we will interrogate a marked shift in conceptions of Moroccan political authority and the politics carried out to make that conception a reality. That being said, how exactly can a polity and its actions (the Moroccan monarchy), that in many regards is more explicitly imperial than its predecessor (the French protectorate), be rendered as something inherently anti-colonial? Where does the colonial end, and in which conditions does a post-colonial start?
Imperial Endurances: Moroccan Statecraft and Western Sahara
June 10, 2021 / 12:30-2PM (NYC/EST Time) / Zoom signup
Join the Kevorkian Center with Emilio Spadola, Samia Errazzouki, and our very own Mahdi Blaine on June 10, 2021 at 12:30 pm (EST) to think through these questions and discuss together issues of Western Sahara and sovereignty. To register please follow the link here or copy and paste the link to your browser: bit.ly/NYUKevo610