Lecture by Prof. Ali Ahmida (University of New England).
Professor Ali Abdullatif Ahmida was born in Waddan, Libya and educated at Cairo University in Egypt and The University of Washington, Seattle. He is a professor and chair of the Department of political science at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA. His specialty is Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and Historical sociology. His scholarship focuses on power, agency and anticolonial resistance in North Africa especially modern Libya. He published major articles in Italian Studies, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Arab Future, Third World Quarterly and the Arab Journal of International Studies. He is also the author of The Making of Modern Libya: State Formation, Colonialization and Resistance, a book published by State of New York University Press, 1994. This book also translated into Arabic and now is published in second edition by the Center of Arab Unity Studies, 1998, Beirut, Lebanon. He is the editor of Beyond Colonialism and Nationalism in the Maghrib: History, Culture and Politics, published by Palgrave Press in 2000.
Professor Ahmida has lectured in a variety of U.S., Canadian, European, Middle Eastern, and African Universities and colleges. He has contributed several book reviews, articles and chapters to books on the African state, identity and alienation, class and state formation in modern Libya. He has received many academic grants and awards such as the Social Science Research Council national grant award, the Shahade award, and recently the Keannely Cup Award for distinguished academic service of the year at University of New England and in 2003. Routledge press published his new book, Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya in 2005, and currently it is being translated into Italian and Arabic editions that will be published in 2009. The Center of Arab Unity Studies, Beirut, Lebanon, will publish his book Post-Orientalism: Critical Reviews of North African Social and Cultural History in December 2009.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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