Jan. 13, 2020

Building 74, room 516

How was Algerian Jews’ position as the “indigenous foreigners” of French Algeria to make sense after the independence in 1962? As they massively emigrated to France, Algerian Jews were left with an essentially and inherently paradoxical identity: at once immigrants and repatriates, foreigners and French citizens, in exile and at home. Recent formulations in literature of a Jewish Algerian identity predicated upon Algerian Jews’ ancient connection with Berbers, are a means of recreating Algeria as a territory of belonging. They also embody the difficulties to grapple with the afterlife of colonial mythologies.