Laura Jeffery

Laura Jeffery is Professor of Anthropology of Migration at the University of Edinburgh. She has nearly two decades of experience working on forced displacement, collective identification, community mobilisation, and politics of victimhood. She currently specialises in: 1) healthcare at the intersection of gender and protracted displacement; 2) creative engagement with migration and displacement; and 3) intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and human-environment relations in the context of protracted displacement.

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Sébastien Bachelet

Sébastien Bachelet is a Lecturer at the University of Manchester. He has been engaged in ethnographic research on migration in Morocco and the wider Maghreb region since 2011, exploring issues around uncertainty, illegality, and immobility. He has published on political subjectivity and migrants’ organisations (2018), trust amongst irregular migrants (2019), transit and migrants’ existential mobility (2019), and participation in arts-based projects (2019, with Prof. Jeffery). He is also co-investigator on MADAR: Maghreb Action on Displacement and Rights (GCRF Development Award, 2019-20), in collaboration with civil society organisations  and colleagues at universities in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisa.


Mariangela Palladino

Mariangela Palladino is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial and Cultural Studies at the University of Keele. She has experience in the field of migration, and is PI of the AHRC-funded project ‘Responding to Crisis: Forced Migration and the Humanities in the Twenty-First Century’ (2016-8), developing academic and creative responses to the current migrant crisis. A founding member of GRAMNet, since 2010 she has collaborated with the third sector and led on outreach events. She has published on migration and culture (e.g. Palladino 2014; 2015) and on interdisciplinary legal/cultural approaches to migration (Palladino and Gjergji 2016). She is a member of Keele University’s interdisciplinary Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC), which aims to co-create knowledge through community engagement and artistic/creative methods. Latest works include: a co-edited book [with John Miller, Sheffield] titled The Globalization of Space: Foucault and Heterotopia (Pickering and Chatto 2015) which explores the concept of heterotopia by examining a range of contested spaces from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her longer term research plans centre on a study of representations of contemporary migration between Africa and Europe and the idea of a postcolonial Mediterranean. Traversing postcolonial studies and cultural studies, this work will also address questions concerning identity, space culture and the environment.


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Dounia Benslimane

A doctor in general medicine (2004, Faculty of Medicine of Casablanca), Dounia worked in the pharmaceutical industry until 2011. Fascinated by culture, she joined the association Casamemoire for the protection of the architectural heritage of the 20th century (in 2008), then co-founded in 2010 the association Racines for Culture and Development in Morocco and Africa. She became its Executive Director (2013-2019) after holding various positions in cultural and artistic structures. As a self-taught woman, Dounia obtained the European Diploma of Administration of Cultural Projects (Marcel Hicter Association, Belgium, in 2014). She has published articles on cultural policies, freedom of expression and creation, arts education, live arts, etc. and actively participated in the design and implementation of many cultural development projects. Recently established as a self-employed entrepreneur, she is a trainer in cultural projects’ management and a member of several NGOs.

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Aadel Essaadani

Aadel Essaadani holds a master's degree in urban planning (University of Perpignan, France) and a diploma of advanced studies (DEA) in urban geography "Spaces, societies and cities in the Arab world" (University of Tours, France). Aadel Essaadani is also a consultant in cultural policies, a technical scenographer, a technical director of performing arts, a consultant in installation and equipment of theatres and the educational director of administrative training at the Institut des Métiers du Spectacle. He has conducted numerous missions in training and consulting in cultural projects and policies in France and Morocco. Aadel Essaadani is a co-founder of the Moroccan association "Racines" which organized 3 editions of the "General Assembly of Culture in Morocco" in 2014, 2016 and 2018. He also served, from 2011 to 2015, as the vice-president and president of the African cultural network Arterial Network.

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The Minority Globe

The Minority Globe is a non-profit association which aims to foster cultural cooperation between Morocco and other African countries and promotes intercultural education as a means to build a united and cosmopolitan society. The Minority Globe is based in Casablanca and acts locally, regionally and nationally. Our action is based on musical creation, the creation of storytelling and theatre workshops, and intercultural education. In 2011, we created a multidisciplinary group and we have developed artistic and educational projects to strengthen African cultural heritage and promote knowledge of African cultures and societies. Art is a vector for the promotion of cohabitation between people of different origins who, through historical evolution or contemporary migration dynamics, have arrived in Morocco. Our action develops on three aspects:

- musical creations

- storytelling and theatre workshops

- intercultural education

We set up our projects with the help of a network of local and international partners. We formalized our association in 2016 with the aim of working in Morocco and interrogating the cosmopolitan conscience of its identity. Our association is an open and cosmopolitan creative laboratory for the development of cultural projects, a place for artists, actors of the civil society and associations to meet and collaborate.

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