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Join us for a special event hosted by the Global Perspectives on Migration and Displacement Working Group.


Experience two thought-provoking films by Ariella Aïsha Azoulay:


  • Un-Documented – Unlearning Imperial Plunder I
  • The World Like a Jewel in the Hand – Unlearning Imperial Plunder II

Stay for an engaging panel discussion featuring Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Susan Slyomovics, Muriam Haleh Davis, and Michael Zalta.

Wednesday, March 20, 7 pm, SCA 112


Un-Documented shows that statues do not die, as Alain Resnais and Chris Marker claimed in their film Les statues meurent aussi. Focusing on plundered objects in European museums and listening to the call of asylum seekers to enter European countries, the countries of their former colonizing powers, the film defends the idea that formerly colonized people’s rights are inscribed in these objects, which are actually their documents.

The World Like a Jewel in the Hand travels over open books, looted objects, and postcards to look for the imperial foundations of the world in which we live. Within this wide landscape it focuses on
the destruction of the Jewish Muslim world that existed in North Africa, making it imaginable and inhabitable again. Narrated in the first person, by an Algerian Jew and a Palestinian Jew, the film refuses imperial histories of those places.


Ariella Aïsha Azoulay is Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Comparative Literature at Brown University. A curator and film essayist, she is the author of The Jewelers of the Ummah -Potential History of the Jewish Muslim World and The Civil Contract of Photography.

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay will join via Zoom

Muriam Haleh Davis is Associate Professor of History at UCSC. She is the author of Markets of Civilization: Islam and Racial Capitalism in Algeria.

Susan Slyomovics is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at UCLA. She is the author of Monuments Decolonized: Algeria’s French Colonial Heritage.

Michael Zalta is an LA-based writer, producer, and PhD student in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture at USC.

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