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Global Africa and The Humanities Series

  • Zakia Salime
  • Rutgers University
  • Abstract Title: “Gendered Counter-Archive: Mining and Refusal in Morocco”


In August 2011 villagers climbed Mont Alebban, in the South East of Morocco, to shut off the valve diverting water from the mountain’s reservoir to flush a neighboring silver mine. They established an encampment that resisted prison sentences, state violence, and soft policing for eight years.  I analyze the camp as a living counter-archive of mining and illustrate how life in the camp and around it inscribed and worked through social, sexual, and gendered registers. The notion of counter-archive captures the spatial, subjective, embodied, and poetic intrications of power, extraction, subalternity, and record-making, as resistance.  

Zakia Salime is a Fulbright scholar, and Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and Sociology at Rutgers University.  She was The Presidential Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University, and a Visiting Professor at the University Paris-8 Vincennes- Sanit Denis. She is the author of Between Feminism and Islam: Human Rights and Sharia Law in Morocco (Minnesota 2011) and co-editor of Freedom Without Permission: Bodies and Space in the Arab Revolutions (Duke 2016). She has published extensively on gender, women's movement, Moroccan Islamism, and youth cultural and political movements in the MENA region, and is currently working on a book manuscript on gender and land rights in Morocco. Salime's work was featured in the New York times and the Washington Post.

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