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Fazia Aitel is an Associate Professor of French and post-colonial studies at Claremont McKenna College in California. Her areas of Expertise are African Literature, French language and Literature and immigration. Her research examines the representation of the Amazigh people in contemporary Algerian fiction. While in New York, Fazia Aitel continued to advocate for the Imazighen people, and she spoke twice at the United Nations on their behalf. Her most recent book is We Are Imazighen: The Development of Algerian Berber Identity in Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture, published in 2014.

Dr. Fazia Aitel

NYFAF 2018


Bruce Maddy-Weitzman is an Associate Professor,  Dept. of Middle Eastern and African History, and Senior Research Fellow, The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University. He is also an Associate Scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a Contributing Editor, The Jerusalem Report. He has written extensively on North Africa and on the Imazighen including: The Berber 
Identity  Movement and the Challenge to North African States

Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman

NYFAF 2017


Nabil Boudraa is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Oregon State University. He received an MA from the CUNY Graduate Center and has gone on to publish on a range of topics related to the francophone world and North African cultures. His books include Francophone Cultures through Film (2013) and Algeria on Screen: The Films of Merzak Allouache (2018). 

Dr. Nabil Boudraa

NYFAF 2017

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