Morocco: From World War Two to Independence

Published: 07 May 2013

'An international group of scholars will explore the roots of Morocco’s political landscape in a foundational, but little understood, period of its modern history at an event this week.' (Cambridge Research News)

To read the full news story please click here: Morocco in the Modern Era: Exploring an enigma

To read Martin Rose's blog please click here: Mercurius Maghrebensis: Cultural Relations from the Director of the British Council in Morocco

The Centre of Islamic Studies, together with The Moroccan British Society and The British Council Morocco, held its first Morocco Research Workshop, entitled 'Morocco: From WWII to Independence', at the University of Cambridge, on 23-25 May 2013. Starting with a keynote address, the workshop was organised around four panels: Morocco in the International System; The Moroccan Jewish Experience; Moroccan Nationalism and International Politics; and Representing the Nation.

This workshop, which is also supported by The Woolf Institute at Cambridge, seeked to introduce a new initiative to foster academic links between Britain and Morocco. This partnership has been formalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The May event was the first of a series of workshops and conferences designed to illuminate aspects of Morocco and of the relationship between Morocco and Britain that have, until now, remained obscure.

To view the full programme click here


Friday May 24

8:50 am Registration
9:20 Welcoming remarks
Panel 1: World War II: Morocco in the International System
Chair: Dr. Amira Bennison, University of Cambridge
9:45 The American Landing in Morocco (November 1942): A Turning Point in the Country's Contemporary History – Prof. Jamaâ Baida, Director of Moroccan Archives
10:10 The Goumiers in World War II: History and Colonial Representation – Dr. Driss Maghraoui, Al Akhawayn University
10:35 Race, Empire, and Vichy Slave Labour Camps in the Western Maghreb – Prof. Susan Gilson Miller, University of California & Visiting Fellow, The Woolf Institute
11:00 Discussion
12:00 Lunch
Panel 2: World War II: The Moroccan Jewish Experience
Chair: Dr. Edward Kessler, The Woolf Institute
1:00 Moroccan Jews and the Vichy regime, 1940-1942 – Prof. Mohammed Kenbib, Mohammed V University
1:25 Moroccan Jewish Elites During World War II – Prof. Mohammed Hatmi, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University
1:50 The Body as a Site of National Identities in Morocco, 1942-1956 – Samir Ben-Layashi, Tel Aviv University
2:15 Discussion
3:15 Coffee break
Panel 3: Moroccan Nationalism and International Politics
Chair: Martin Rose, British Council in Morocco
3:30 The Spanish Zone from 1945 to 1956: High Commissioner Varela’s Repressive Policy against Moroccan Nationalism versus High Commissioner García Valiño’s pro-Arab Policy – Dr. Maria Rosa de Madariaga
3:55 Networking for Independence: The Moroccan Nationalist Movement and its Global Campaign against European Colonialism – David Stenner, University of California
4:20 Moroccan Nationalism and the Myth of the 'Intelligence Service', 1912-56 – James Roslington, University of Cambridge
4:45-5:45 Discussion
7:30 Dinner

Saturday May 25
Panel 4: Representing the Nation
Chair: Dr. Andrew Arsan, University of Cambridge
9:30 From Puppet to Hero: The Transformation of Muhammad V and the Endurance of the Moroccan Monarchy – Dr. Moshe Gershovich, University of Nebraska
9:55 The Depiction of World War II and Independence in Moroccan Textbooks – Katherine Maye-Saidi, University of Cologne
10:20 Discussion
11:00 Coffee break
11:15-11:35 Concluding remarks – Prof. Susan Gilson Miller, University of California & Visiting Fellow, The Woolf Institute.