Year of Morocco Conference

Youth in Morocco

Gender, Identity and Youth Empowerment in Morocco

Dates: March 15 - 16, 2019 
Location: Kennesaw State University

As part of KSU’s award-winning Annual Country Study Program, the goal of this conference is to examine ever-changing Moroccan

identities with a special focus on the cultural, economic, political and social agency of young women and men.


Registration costs $150 and will include:

• All plenary sessions, concurrent sessions and presentations
• All refreshment breaks and meals throughout the conference. These include:
• Lunch (Friday March 15, Saturday March 16)
• Dinner (Saturday March 16)
• Concert by Innov Gnawa: Saturday, March 16, 8:00 PM, Bailey Performance Hall

Early registration is due by March 8, 2019. After March 8, 2019, the registration fee will increase to $200.

*Students are welcome to attend individual sessions for free. However, students wishing to attend the entire conference (w/meals and concert) must pay the registration fee.

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Hotel Information:

We have reserved rooms at the Residence Inn in Kennesaw, Ga for conference attendees. To take advantage of the special group rate, please book your room below.

Reservation Details:

  • This rate will apply to hotel reservations for any dates/nights between March 11, 2019 and March 18, 2019.
  • Last day to book at special group rate: 1/31/19
  • Special group rate: 119 USD per night
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Conference Overview


Gender, Youth, Media, Globalization and Identity in Morocco
Dr. Loubna Skalli Hanna, University of California, Washington Center


Accepted Papers Listed by Themes:

  • Moroccan Artistic Presence at the Centre Pompidou Collections, Sirine Abdelhedi, Paris 8 University
  • Moroccan Female Artists: One thousand and One Paintings, Samir El Azhar, Hassan II Univ. Casablanca
  • Colonialism, Immigration, Moroccan Art-Culture-Identity Samia Touati, Dir. Arab Heritage Learning, Raleigh, NC
  • The Challenge of Urban-Rural Accessibility to Education Across Morocco, Asmaa Benbaba, Auburn University
  • The Civic Agency of Moroccan Educators: Teaching for Critically Engaged Denizenship Through Public Speaking Competitions, Jennice McCafferty-Wright, Missouri State University
  • The Linguistic Evolution in Morocco After February 20th Movement, Mariya Chakir, Valdosta State University
  • The Language Debate and the Future of Education in Morocco, Taoufik Jaafari, Hassan II Univ. Casablanca
  • Toward Prestige Planning for Mother Tongue Languages in Morocco, Ayoub Loutfi, Hassan II Univ. Casablanca
  • Consequences of Language Contact: The Case of Moroccan Arabic and Moroccan Amazigh, Abdelaziz Boudlal, Chouaib Doukkali University
  • Moroccan Arabic Segmental Variation, Samira Rguibi, Hassan II Univ. Casablanca
  • Intricate Amazigh Phonological and Morphological Substratal Phenomena in Moroccan Arabic, Karim Bensoukas, Mohammed V University Rabat
  • Compiling of a Berber-French Dictionary, Mohamed Yaou, Chouaib Doukkali University
  • A Model to Implement Moroccan Development, Yossef Ben-Meir, President, High Atlas Foundation
  • Gender and Female Land Rights Activism in Morocco, Souad Eddouada, Iben Tofail Univ., Kenitra-Morocco
  • The Future of Global Citizenship in Morocco: Incorporating Comics into the Classroom, Jennifer Howell, Illinois State University
  • Hip-Hop Music as form of Activism in the ‘Moroccan Spring’, Youssef Igrouane, College of Europe, Warsaw, Poland
  • The Role of the Media and Youth in the Moroccan Arab Spring Khalid Lahlou, Hassan II Univ. Casablanca
  • Storytellers in the “Youth Bulge”: Economic Precarity of Youth Performers in Marrakech, Erin Gould, University of California, Riverside
  • Women and Tbourida in Sporting Morocco, Gwyneth Talley, UCLA
  • A Study of the Vernacular Literacy Practices of a Newly Literate Moroccan Woman: An Ethnographic Perspective, Reddad Erguig, Chouaib Doukkali University
  • You are just Saharawi: Negotiating and Constructing New Racial Subjectivities in Meknes, Morocco, Lewis Bradford, Indiana University
  • Gendered Labor In- and Outside the Household for Middle-Class Moroccan Couples, M. Ruth Dike, Univ. of Kentucky
  • A Space to Express Yourself: Akaliyat Magazine and the Creation of Queer Community in Morocco, Benjamin Ale-Ebrahim, Indiana University
  • Mobility and the Aesthetics of Violence in Leila Marrakshi’s Film Rock the Casbah, Touria Khannous, Louisiana State University
  • The Evolving Political Behavior of Moroccan Youth, Kirstie Lynn Dobbs, Loyola University Chicago
  • Historicizing Heterogeneity in Political Protest across North Africa: A Comparative Case Study of the Post-Colonial Experience in Morocco and Tunisia, Jonathan Walsh, Leiden Univ.
  • What is the state in Morocco doing for the youth?Unpacking neoliberal discourse on education, employment, and political participation, Nada Berrada, Virginia Tech
  • Morocco on the Move: Myth or Reality, Zakaria Fatih, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • The Politics of Extraction in Moroccan Heritage Pop Kendra Salois, American University
  • Modes of Feminine Resistance and Testimony in the Wake of the Mudawana reform and the Arab Uprisings, Naima Hachad, American University
  • Moroccan Women from Tradition to Modernity in Fictional Accounts, Mohamed Benzidan, H2UC
  • Comparing Feminist Views from the Global North and South: The Gap between Discourse and Political Practice, Abdelkader Sabil, Hassan II Univ. Casablanca
  • Two Moroccan Women Leaders, Said Zaidoune, Hassan II Univ. Casablanca
  • What (is) Moroccan Identity? A Cultural Analysis, Yahya Laayouni, Bloomsburg University
  • Colonialism’s Impact on Identities, KSU Model African Union Team
  • Gender Politics and Carnivalesque Inversions within Moroccan Youth Subcultures, Badr Guennoun, The International University of Rabat



Hicham Berrada Exhibit and Gallery Talk Joe Thomas, Zuckerman Museum



Innov Gnawa Concert

“Almost Black” (musician) Mr. Marouane Sibari