Keynote Speakers

Dr María Reyna Carretero Rangel
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM

Title: Maghreb today: An "another culture" and its sonorous narrative.

Dr. Carretero holds a PhD. in Philosophy, from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas Hidalgo (UMSNH) and a PhD. in Political Science, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Currently she is a reseacher at the Regional Multidisciplinary Research Center (CRIM-UNAM), at the Laboratory of Sentimental Culture and Ethics of Coexistence. She is also a Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters-UNAM and at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, at UNAM.

Dr. Carretero is the Coordinator of the Extraordinary Chair "Fátima Mernissi", CH-UNAM, and Ibn Zohr University (UIZ), Agadir, Morocco. She is a member of University Program for Asia and Africa Studies (PUEAA). Her current project title is: "Maghreb today: open doors for the epistemological foundation of a nomadic world", within the framework of the Ibn Zohr University-UNAM International Agreement.

Professor Amar Guendouzi

Mouloud Mammeri University of Tizi Ouzou

Title: The French Colonial Modernity in Algeria

Amar Guendouzi is a Professor of African literature and Postcolonial studies at Mouloud Mammeri University in Tizi-Ouzou, and a visiting Professor at several other Algerian universities. He was awarded his PhD degree

in African comparative literary studies in 2009 from the University of Tizi Ouzou. Since then, his research has focused on Comparative Studies involving Algerian contemporary literature, literature and society, postcolonial trauma and memory studies, the teaching of English as a foreign language, and university governance. He is currently the chief of the domain of foreign languages, having previously served as the head of the departments of English and Translation and Interpreting.

He was appointed Erasmus+ coordinator at the university in 2017.

He has been serving on the university's Quality Assurance Committee for all disciplines since the beginning of this year.

Dr Paula Serafini
Queen Mary University London

Title: Worlds otherwise: decoloniality, art and postextractivism

Dr Paula Serafini is Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries at Queen Mary University of London. Her research is situated in the field of cultural politics, and her interests include extractivism, social movements, art activism, cultural labour and policy and alternatives to development. She is author of Performance Action: The Politics of Art Activism (Routledge 2018) and Creating Worlds Otherwise: Art, Collective Action, and (Post)Extractivism (Vanderbilt University Press, 2022).

This paper will reflect on the potential of art in the construction of decolonial, postextractive imaginaries. Drawing from empirical research in Argentina, I will present a series of artworks and practices that emerge from within the frontlines of extraction, and/or are intertwined with movements against extractivism. Situated in the Argentine context, this paper engages with questions around the meaning of sovereignty and autonomy, and the experiences of imperialism and coloniality lived by differently situated subjects. As a way of framing the socio-political role of art in movements against extractivism and postextractivist futures, I will also present a contextualised framework of analysis consisting of five functions: denunciation, documentation, democratisation, deconstruction and design.

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