Discourses of Modernity and the New:
Performing Colonization from Morocco to Iraq

[Presented at the conference: “Rethinking Modernity”  in Jaipur, India in 2003] Modernity and Tradition Berman characterizes modernity through four central conditions, two of which I would like to examine here.  First, Berman contends that modernity is a uniquely European phenomenon.  Secondly, Berman states that modernity…

Nomadic Sexualities and Nationalities:
Postcolonial Performative Words and Visual Texts

[Presented at this conference and later published within the collection of the same name: “Inscriptions in the Sand”, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta,  Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, 2003] In Nomadism and Its Frontiers (2001), El Mokhtar Ghambou makes paradoxical the literary, ethnographic and conceptual understandings…