UCL Institute of Jewish Studies


Summer Lecture

7:15 pm to 9:00 pm, 02 May 2013

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UCL Pearson Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Title: Synagogues, Cemeteries and Street Signs: Memorialising the Jewish Quarter in Morocco

Held in conjunction with the Woolf Institute, Cambridge

Professor Susan Miller UC Davis (University of California)

  • Reception 6.30pm
  • Lecture 7.15pm

First Summer Lecture
Thursday May 2nd
Reception 6.30pm, room G23    Lecture 7.15pm,  lecture theatre G22, Pearson Building
(to the left just inside UCL main gate, north-east entrance in the far corner)

Susan Gilson Miller is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis.  She is a life-long scholar of North African History who has taught at Wellesley College, Brandeis University and Harvard University, where she served as Director of the Moroccan Studies Program from 1991 to 2008. Her research interests focus on Islamic urbanism, travel and migration, and minorities in the Muslim world, with a special emphasis on North Africa and the Mediterranean region. She has lived and worked in North Africa, starting her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco in 1971-1973, where she learned fluent Moroccan Arabic.  Since that time, she has immersed herself in the study of Maghribi society and history, focusing on the intertwined themes of governance, political resistance, and the human capacity to endure, adapt and change. Among her  publications are The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter of the Muslim Mediterranean City.  (Harvard University Press, 2010), and Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib (Indiana University Press, 2010; translation to Chinese, 2012). Her book, Disorienting Encounters, Travels of a Moroccan Scholar in France in 1845-46 (Univ. of California Press, 1992), was awarded the Ibn Battuta Prize by the Abu Dhabi Foundation for Culture in 2006.  Her most recent book is A History of Modern Morocco, 1830-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2013). She is the recipient of awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies,  the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Articles and book reviews have appeared in the Journal of North African Studies, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Historical Review, the Journal of Modern History, the Journal of Contemporary History, and the International Journal of Middle East Studies. She is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Woolf Institute, Center for Muslim-Jewish Relations, University  of Cambridge.


Voluntary contributions welcome!