Ben M'sik College

Hassan II Mohammadia University

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Arab Spring and its Implications for American Studies

Conference organized by the Department of English and the Moroccan American Studies Lab 5 to 8 December 2012 in Marrakech.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Eddy Harris talks about Being Black in the US

The Moroccan-American Studies Lab at Ben M'sik Faculty and Dar America organize a conference under the theme : Being Black, Being American : A Conversation with writer Eddy Harris on Thursday 13 February 2014 at 10:30. Eddy Harris is the author of Mississippi Solo (1988), Native Stranger (1992), south of Haunted Dreams (1993), Still Life in Harlem (1996), Jupiter et Moi (2005), paris en Blanc et Noir (2009).

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Visit of Shabbir Mansuri

Shabbir Mansuri, the founding director of IRCV, The Institute for Religion and Civic Values, will be visiting Ben M'sik faculty on Monday, February 03, 2014. During  his visit, he will meet Dean Gonegai, members from the faculty and the Moroccan-American Studies Masters program students. Mr Shabbir will then deliver a lecture on “IRCV’s role in the American educational system”.  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cultural Policies in Morocco

The Moroccan-American Studies Lab organizes a study day about the Cultural Policies in Morocco on January 25.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Development of Jihad as a Political Tool

Pr. Amira K. Bennison from the University of Cambridge is giving a talk on Friday 10th 2014 at 15:00 at Ben M'sik Faculty. The subject of her talk is 'The development of jihad as a political tool in al-Andalus and the Maghrib from the Umayyads to the early modern era.' Amira K. Bennison is Reader in the History and Culture of the Maghrib at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Magdalene College. Her research interests include the medieval Islamic West (Islamic Iberia and Morocco), Maghribi modes of legitimation and cultures of power, and 18th-19th century Muslim religio-political discourse and engagement with modernity. In addition, Amira is an experienced cultural tour lecturer who has led numerous trips to Morocco, southern Spain, Syria and Egypt. She also contributes regularly to television programmes on Islamic history and is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time’. Her publications include The Articulation of Power in Medieval Iberia and the Maghrib (Oxford, 2014); The Great Caliphs: the Golden Age of the ‘Abbasid Empire, (London: I. B. Tauris, 2009); Cities in the Premodern Islamic World: the urban impact of religion, state and society, edited with Alison L. Gascoigne, (London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2007); Jihad and its Interpretations in Pre-Colonial Morocco, (London: Curzon, 2002), as well as numerous articles. She is currently working on a monograph about legitimation in Morocco over the longue durée, a history of the Almoravids and the Almohades, and a general history of culture on the two sides of the Strait of Gibraltar.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Lab Meeting

The Moroccan American Studies research Lab is meeting  on Wednesday 25 Dec 2013 at 13:00 to officially launch the activities of the lab.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Paul Bowles: Works and Reactions

Pr M. Kandoussi is giving a talk on the " Scholarly Reactions to Paul Bowles Fiction in Morocco" as a part of a round table organized by the Short Story Research Group at Ben M'sik Faculty on 19 Dec. 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Future of English

David Graddol will deliver a lecture on “The Future of English” at the Faculty of Letters, Ben M’sik, Casablanca on Friday 20 December at 10:00.
David Graddol is a British linguist with an expertise in the area of English as a world language. He has written widely on the subject, including the landmark publication English Next, looking in detail at the developing role of English around the world. David works around the world at a policy level, and follow up publications have focused on India, China and Brazil.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Meeting of Art Club

Art Club held a regular meeting on wednesday 4 dec at the department office. The main point on the agenda was the reinforcement of the club's organizational structure through inviting more students to join the different groups that constitute the club. Coordinators of the different artistic groups will respectively issue a call for participation to all students of the department of English before submitting a final list of participants to the department, and starting to prepare a calendar for their activities.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Visit of TALIM director

Gerald Loftus, director of the American Legation, visited Ben M'sik faculty on wednesday 4 december 2013. The imminent creation of the association of  American studies in Morocco was at the center of discussions between Mr Loftus and some members of
the department of English. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Research Projects

Ms Lantz and Prof Kandoussi are meeting their research students on Tuesday 26 nov. at 13:00 in the department office to launch work on their research  projects. Students' attendance to this meeting is mandatory.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Art Club Pre-organizational Meeting

The department of English at Ben Msik Faculty will host a pre-organizational meeting to create and organize a new Art Club. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. in the department office. Students interested in signing up for theclub are requested to notify the department secretary.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Book Club Regular Meetings

Book Club with Ms. Lantz will take place every Thursday at 2pm in the English Department, Room 35. It is open to all the students of the English Department. The first meeting will be this Thursday (31/10/2013). Visit the book club website for more information:
If you have any questions, contact Ariel Lantz: