Deborah Harrold

Penn Humanities Forum Regional Fellow

20092010 Forum on Connections

Deborah Harrold

Lecturer, Political Science, Bryn Mawr College

Algeria Reconnecting: Cultural and Political Imagination after Civil War

This project seeks to map and analyse the role of dense, attentuated, and broken connections in Algeria. This is particularly salient after the civil war when many aspects of national history and contemporary society are suspect. However, Algeria remains constituted through networks of global connections; energy, people, ideas. I foreground the meaning and articulation of these connections internally: in Algerian political economy and political imaginary. The strong internal print media, robustly Algerian wedding celebrations, internal transportation networks, and cell phones are critical sites for the project. While all these aspects of social, economic and political life have global connections, they are intensely national in their operation, and offer rich and nuanced understanding of national culture and national identity in an age of globalization.