Dr. Larbi Touaf
Mohammed I University, Oujda
Faculte des lettres et des Sciences Humaines
Department of English
Complexe Universitaire Hay Al-Qods BP 457 Oujda 60050
Fulbright Scholar State University of New York- Cortland & Syracuse University (2013-14)
Fellow of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (2011-2012)
Post-Doc Scholarship, State University of New York at Buffalo (1999-2001)
Ph.D., Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), English, 1997.
M.A., Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), English, 1992.
B.A., Université Ibn Zohr Agadir, English, 1990.
Previous & Current Positions
Associate-Professor of English at Mohammed I University, Oujda, Morocco.
2010-2012: Chair of the English Department
2006-Founded and continue to coordinate the “Research Group on Identity and Difference” at Mohammed I University, Oujda, Morocco. http://identityanddifference.drupalgardens.com
2012- Coordinator of a Tempus project on Social Entrepreneurship at a consortium of Moroccan universities in collaboration with Hogeschool van Amsterdam and the University of Antwerp, Belgium.(800.000 euros)
2010- Coordinator of HED (Higher Education for Development) sponsored partnership "The Collegiate Entrepreneurship and Collaborative Strategies Project" between Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI, and Université Mohammed Premier, Oujda (Grant $450,000, duration 36 months).
2008-Present: Associate Professor at the English Department, Mohammed I University, Oujda.
2004- 2010: Assistant Professor English Department Mohamed I University, Oujda
2001-2004: Assistant Professor, Université Hassan II Casablanca, Faculty of Sciences, Coordinator of the Language and Communication Program.
1999-2001: Teaching Assistant, University at Buffalo, College of Arts And Sciences, Modern Languages and Literatures (currently Romance Languages and Literatures)
Expertise and Research Interests
Identity and Gender studies
English, Francophone and Comparative Literatures
North African Postcolonial Studies
English Language Teaching
Youth Civic Engagement
Ethics in Literature & criticism
Postcolonial & Postmodern Literatures and Theory
Political and social issues in the Maghreb and in the Middle east
post/colonialism gender and migration
- In The Eye of the Storm: Women in North Africa. Forthcoming in 2016)
- Larbi Touaf, Lucy Melbourne (eds) 2010. Voices of Moroccan Youth. Rabat: Marsam.
- Larbi Touaf & Soumia Boutkhil (eds) (2008) The World as a Global Agora: Critical Perspectives on Public Space. Newcastle, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Larbi Touaf, Soumia Boutkhil (eds) (2006) Representing Minorities Studies in Literature and Criticism, Newcastle, UK, Cambridge Scholars Press.
- Larbi Touaf, Soumia Boutkhil (eds) (2005) Minority Matters: Literature Theory Society, Oujda, Morocco, Cahiers de La faculté des Lettres - Oujda, 409 pages
- Larbi Touaf, Soumia Boutkhil, Julie Hyland (eds) (2002) La Violence à L'Oeuvre, Montréal, Celat: Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.
Book Translations :
- Larbi Touaf (2008) Une Américaine au Maroc (translation of Lucy melbourne's An American in Morocco Cross-cultural Reflections, Rabat, Morocco, Editions Marsam.
- Larbi Touaf (1998) Narration Représentation et Lecture dans Le Roman Anglais Postmoderne, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 395 pages.
Book reviews :
- Larbi Touaf, "Family Law and the politics of nation building in North Africa" Review of Mounira Charrad's States and Women's Rights: The making of Postcolonial Tunisia Algeria and Morocco (Berkeley University of California Press, 2001), H-Net Mid East - Reviews, Michigan State University, H-Net.org, Sep 2003
Book Chapters and articles
- " Deterritorializing Postcolonialsim" in Otherness Unbound: Spaces of Identity in The Postcolonial MENA Region. edited by Najib Mokhtari. Rabat: UIR. (forthcominng).
- "The Legacy Of Dissent: Mohamed Khair-Eddine and The On-going Cultural Diversity Debate in Morocco." The Journal of North African Studies. Vol 21. 2016. Special Issue on The Aesthetics and Politics of Contemporary Cultural Production in Morocco. Edited by Karima Laachir. London: Routledge.
- "Rebuilding a house, reconstructing a world, Anthony Shadid’s House of Stone: a Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East." Leaves, 1, 2015. 270-277. Climas, Universite de Bordeaux 3.
- The Sense and Non-Sense of Cultural Identity in Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s Fiction Alif Ajournal of Comparative Poetics, 32, 2012.
- Head Notes to Blanche Bendahan’s Mazaltob in Women Writing Africa, Volume IV the Northern
Region, Fatima Sadiqi et al eds. New York, NY: The Feminist Press, 2009.
- “The new Moroccan Public Space: Memory and Identity between Opposition and Containment” in Larbi Touaf & Soumia Boutkhil (eds) (2008) The World as a Global Agora: Critical Perspectives on Public Space, Newcastle, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- “Memory, History, and Narrative Ethics in the Writing of Edmond Amran Elmaleh” In Larbi Touaf & Soumia Boutkhil (eds), Representing Minorities Studies in Literature and Criticism, Newcastle, UK, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.150-160.
- "Reality is an Empty Vessel" metaphores of space in Waterland by Graham Swift In Naguib Lahlou et al (eds), Space in/and Literature, Fes, Morocco, Faculté des Lettres Saïs-Fes, Morocco.
- (2005) Displacement and Dislocation: Culture and Identity in the fiction of Mohamed Khair-Eddine In Larbi Touaf, Soumia Boutkhil (eds), Minority matters: Literature Theory Society, Morocco, Faculté des Lettres, Oujda, Morocco.
- "Identité Altérité et Violence: Le Déterreur" de Mohamed Khair-Eddine In Larbi Touaf, Soumia Boutkhil, Julie Hyland (eds), La Violence à l'Oeuvre, Université du Québéc à Montréal.
Undergraduate: (English Department courses)
- “Extensive Reading in English Literature,” levels 1, 2 & 3 (introductory courses to literature)
- “A Survey of English Poetry” (17th to 20th century)
- “Studies in Culture and Civilization”
- “History of Ideas”
- “Introduction to Criticism and Critical Theory”
- “Literatures of the Western World”
Graduate: (Postcolonial Studies Program 2004-2010)
- “ Postcolonial projections of the colonial in Films and documentaries”
- “Ethics of Representation: Postcolonialism and Postmodernism”
- “Introduction to Literary and Critical Theory”
- “Minority literature”
Graduate: (master program on “Gender, Society and Human Development”) 2010 to Present
- “Gender and Politics” (2010-2014)
- “Gender and Migration (in French spring 2011-2014)
- “Socio-linguistic studies/Gender and Language” (in French, spring 2012)
Conferences attended and/or co-organized
- Spectres of Justice: The Aesthetics of Dealing with Violent Pasts (27-30 May 2015 Marburg University, Germany.) International Conference Organized by the Research Network Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East & North Africa
Paper title: Appeasement, forgetting and forgiving in “years of lead” prison narratives in Morocco.
- Séminaire du Ministère Chargé des Marocains Résidant à l’Etranger et des Affaires de la Migration (MCMREAM) 31 March 2015, Rabat.
Paper title: “Nos lieux communs : penser l’interculturel dans l’espace public marocain.”
- The Aesthetics and Politics of Contemporary Moroccan Cultural Production, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London on 21-22 March 2014. Read a paper titled: “The legacy of Dissent: Mohamed Khaïr-Eddine and the ongoing debate on cultural diversity in Morocco.”
- The Second Civic Education and Leadership Fellows Conference and Meeting, (CELF Alumni Conference) Aqaba, Jordan. 26-30 June, 2013. Participated in all Seminars and workshops on how to get students civically engaged.
- Co-organized the International Conference The Reality and Prospects of Gender Equality after the “Arab Spring”, University Mohammed I, Oujda, Morocco. May 2013. Read a paper titled “The Ambivalent Public Sphere: On the Ups and Downs of Political Participation of Women in Morocco”
- International conference "After Terror : 2. Rebuilding". CLIMAS - University of Bordeaux 3, Bordeaux, France. November 8-9-10, 2012. Read a paper titled “Rebuilding a house, reconstructing a world, Anthony Shadid’s House of Stone: a Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle.”
- The First Civic Education and Leadership Fellows Conference, (CELF Alumni Conference), Casablanca, Morocco. July 12-15, 2012. Read a paper titled “Service learning: bridging the gap between academic concerns and civic education in Moroccan Universities”.
- International Conference at Fes Sais University, Fes, Morocco. Questions of Identity: class, nation and gender in a globalized and changing world. December 21-22, 2011: Read a paper titled: “Rethinking national identity in a multicultural society: Morocco after the Arab Spring”
- NEMLA (North East Modern Language Association) 39th Convention at Buffalo, NY (USA) 10-13 April, 2008 read a paper titled “The Song of Freedom/ Le chant de la liberté in Le Baptême Chacaliste (1987) by Abdelatif Laâbi .”
- Co-Organized the 3nd international Conference on "Minorities and Minor Literatures: Public Space: Text and Context” at the Faculty of letters of the university of Oujda, March 15-16 2007. Read a paper titled “The New Moroccan public space: the edification of memory between opposition and the politics of containment.”
- Co-Organized the 2nd international Conference on "Minorities and Minor Literatures: the Ethics and Politics of De/constructing Identity in Literature, Art and the Humanities” at the Faculty of letters of the university of Oujda, March 9-10 2006. Read a paper titled “Memory, history, and Narrative Ethics in the writings of Edmond A El Maleh”.
- Conference at Oujda University on “Globalization, Culture and Specificity”. Read a paper titled “The sense and non-sense of space: migration and literature.” March 1-2 2005.
- Conference at Fez University on Space and/in Literature. Read a paper titled “metaphors of space in the works of Graham Swift”. (December 2004).
- Co-Organized the First international Conference on "Minorities and Minor Literatures" at the Faculty of letters of the university of Oujda, held on January 21st , 22nd , and 23rd 2004. Read a paper titled “Displacement and dislocation: culture and Identity in the works of M. Khair-Eddine”.
- British Council Conference at Université de Tétouan on" Margins of Theories and Theories of Margins (December 12-14, 2002). Read a paper titled " Centers of theory: mapping the Geography of Postcolonial Reason"
- Conference of the Department of Romance Languages, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a paper on the Moroccan poet and writer Abdellatif Laâbi. (May, 2001).
- Co-organized a Conference on "Violence in French and Francophone Literatures" at The State University of New York At Buffalo (March 16-17, 2001) and read a paper titled, “Identité, Altérité et Violence: Le Déterreur de Mohammed Khair-eddine”.
- SUNY Cortland Brooks Museum 2013-2014 Lecture Series. Lecture: Democracy and Women’s Rights after “the Arab Spring” November 13, 2013.
- Tompkins Community College, Cortnad, NY. Lecture “The Arab Spring between secularism and religion” October 21st 2013.
- Syracuse University Department of Middle East Studies: Lecture: “Has The Arab Spring Failed?” October 4th 2013.
- English Department Saint Augustine college, Raleigh, North Carolina: “Youth engagement and political change” October 18th, 2011
- English Department, Meredith College, Raleigh North Carolina: “ youth, social media and politics in MENA October 19th, 2011.
- Foreign Languages & Literatures, Journalism, International Development Studies , Colorado State University, Fort Collins: “Morocco Youth Movement and political change” October 12th, 2011.
- October 28th, 2011 Buffalo, paper: who’s afraid of democracy? The west’s ambiguous responses to the Arab spring.
- Moynihan Insitute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University “Round Table on North Africa and Europe Past and Future” October 3rd, 2011.
- Talim’s April Seminar chaired by Dr. William Zartman John Hopkins University, director of The Institute of the American Legation for Moroccan Studies) Tangier April 14th, 2012.
- “The Civil Rights Movement in the United States” African-American Hitory Month Presentation at The American Corner, Oujda, February 27th, 2009.
- Invitation of the Romance Languages and Literatures of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Talk on “The New Moroccan public space: the question of Identity and the search for reconciliation February 18th, 2008.
- Invitation by Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, Center for African Studies First Annual Graduate Student and Research Fellows Workshop, March 5, 2008 paper titled “Recording the past for the sake of the future: Edmond Amran EL Maleh”
- Presented weekly Radio Talk Shows in Paris: Radio Aligre and Radio Frequence Paris Pluriel.(1991-94)
Honors, Awards and Fundings
2013-14 Fulbright Visiting Scholar, SUNY Cortland, NY.
2011-12 Fellow of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY.
2011: HED (Higher Education for Development, Washington DC) Funding for Entrepneurship Project at UMP in collaboration with Gateway Technical College ($ 450,000).
2001-2002, Travel Expenses, Melodia E Jones Chair, Suny Buffalo, Conference participations and book launch.
1999-2001, Assistantship, Modern languages and literatures department, State University of New York at Buffalo
Bicentennial Scholar, US Embassy in Morocco 1987.
Graduate Grant, Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education (1990)
(Reading, Writing, Speaking with native or near native competency.
Standard and Classical Arabic : native competency in reading and writing
Moroccan Arabic (Darija): native competency in reading and writing
Berber (Tamazight): near native (speaking)
English: near native competency in reading and writing
French: near native competency in reading and writing