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Middle East Studies Center Lunch & Learn: After the Image: Photography, Text, and History in Flandrin’s Casablanca
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 12:00pm
Middle East Studies Center Lunch & Learn: After the Image: Photography, Text, and History in Flandrin’s Casablanca

Smith Memorial Student Union, room 296/8, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland State University
Free & open to the public


Throughout the colonial era, photographers such as Marcelin Flandrin, an Algerian pied-noir who settled in Morocco at the establishment of the protectorate, collaborated with the government and tourism boards to construct a European vision of North African society and history. Known as the photographer of Casablanca because of his heavy involvement with the Protectorate government, in the era immediately following independence Flandrin’s work was criticized for reproducing Orientalist stereotypes and supporting the colonizing mission. Since the 1980s, however, Flandrin’s images have been appropriated as a critical part of Moroccan identity in order to resituate the protectorate as a part of Moroccan, rather than solely French, history. This talk traces Flandrin’s transformation from an archetypal French colonial photographer to a part of Moroccan heritage through an analysis of key events in Flandrin’s colonial career, and the subsequent appropriation of Flandrin by Moroccan scholars and cultural institutions.


Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop is Assistant Professor of History at Western Oregon University where she teaches courses in French and North African colonial history. Goldsworthy-Bishop earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine and was a Mellon Post-doctoral Fellow at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010–2011. She is presently working on a book manuscript entitled Colonial Negatives that examines the role of photography in early twentieth-century Moroccan history.


The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.

The Center’s Lunch & Learn series offers students, faculty, and members of the community an opportunity to learn about events in the region from experts in the field.  Through informal presentations followed by discussion, scholars offer academic analysis of current events including subjects such as the Egyptian revolution, humanitarian aid in Libya, and the UN vote on Palestinian statehood.  These conversations provide a forum for the community to engage in thoughtful dialogue about the region, ask questions, and share their opinions.  This responsive series fosters an increase in international awareness and a community of learning with a shared interest in the Middle East. | | 503-725-4074