Abdelkader Berrahmoun
Office
IIRC Building 2
Tel
(831) 647-6500
Email
aberrahmoun@middlebury.edu

Professor Berrahmoun is a native of Oran, Algeria. He began his career as a language professor in Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught Arabic and French at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College and a number of other educational institutions.

Berrahmoun’s classes thoughtfully and dynamically engage students in research, writing and discussion of history, religion, literature, media, cultural traditions and current affairs in the Arab world. Students demonstrate and share their individual and collaborative learning through projects such as video podcasts, digital storytelling, Arabic TED Talks, blogs, and radio shows.

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Fall 2022 - MIIS

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Fall 2022 - MIIS

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Spring 2022 - MIIS

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The French-speaking countries of the African continent provide focused study for FRLA 8290. Against the backdrop of the legacy of colonialism, this course will investigate compelling contemporary issues, conflicts, challenges and opportunities relevant to countries in four regions: North Africa, Central Africa, West Africa and East Africa. These regional investigations will comprise four units of study. Sample topics of consideration for each region may include: re-source development and environmental impacts, human rights, public health, climate change, the role of NGOs and civil society, identity concerns (ethnic, religious, cultural, gender), food securi-ty, refugees and immigration, education, trade, micro enterprise and other current issues.

In each region, we will examine the most relevant issues along with the respective roles and in-volvement of members of the international community - most specifically the United States, Chi-na and Europe.

Students will choose topics of personal interest/significance as the basis for unit-based independ-ent research, analysis, project work and presentations.

The course will culminate with a collaborative roundtable in which students compare and analyze their findings and contribute to a group audiovisual product.

This course will be conducted entirely in French, and all texts studied will be in French.

Required language proficiency: ACTFL Intermediate High

Reading: No textbook is assigned. All materials are prepared by Professor, and in consultation with students.

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Spring 2023 - MIIS, MIIS Second Half of Term

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During this course, students will explore themes that are key to understanding societies in France and Africa and the relationship between these regions:

- The evolving role of tradition (coutume) and its impact on modern societies;

- Women and leadership; changing place of women in business, politics, and evolving role in society;

- The role of culture in citizens’ daily lives, with an emphasis on West/Central francophone Africa and France. Reciprocal influence between France and Africa on a cultural level. How cultures influenced each other over decades, with an emphasis on current trends and cross-influences (including literary work, gastronomy, music, fashion and other art forms).

- The changing nature of Francophonie, a bridge/glue between our regions, in an increasingly English-speaking world.

- Evolution of economies, transitions and rise of digital economy in both regions.

- Formal and citizen/soft diplomacy between the two regions.

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Fall 2021 - MIIS

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Spring 2023 - MIIS

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Throughout the contemporary Francophone world, numerous women and women’s groups have emerged in activist and leadership roles: promoting social agendas, demanding freedom and equality, helping topple repressive regimes, and responding to a range of crises and conflicts. From issues of anti-colonialism and nationalism to gender rights, educational and economic equity and more, women activists have played a critical role in shaping their societies. Furthermore, women’s activism has manifested throughout the transnational community and the French/Francophone diaspora.

FRLA 8426 A offers directed projects and analytical tools with which students can question, unpack and evaluate the contexts for women’s grassroots activist movements and rising leaders, the issues addressed, end goals, strategies employed, and outcomes achieved.

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Fall 2021 - MIIS

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This course offers a focused exploration of key issues impacting the Francophone world in recent history through the present day. Using case studies and a variety of authentic materials, students will gain understanding through research, discussion, analysis, class activities, and projects. An inquiry model will provide structure as students work to identify the background context, challenges, solutions/opportunities, and impacts of each key issue.

Special Topics in French is structured as a learner-centered and collaborative course. Within the key topic areas, students will have the opportunity to choose sub-topics and countries/regions of interest for more in-depth investigation.

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Fall 2021 - MIIS

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Fall 2022 - MIIS

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Spring 2023 - MIIS

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Spring 2022 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Professor Berrahmoun’s professional interests include the pedagogy of language acquisition, integration of technology and cultural studies into the language curriculum, conflict and peace in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region, the history of colonialism and its aftermath in North Africa, socio-political and economic roots of popular uprisings in the Arab world, and political Islam.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD candidate in Philosophy, Université Paris X-Nanterre, 1994-1996 (not completed)
  • Dissertation: “La politique et la Religion dans l’Islam Contemporain”
  • Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in Philosophy, Université Paris XII-Créteil Val de Marne, 1993-1994
  • Maîtrise in Philosophy, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, 1992-1993
  • Licence in Philosophy, Université Es-Senia, Oran, Algeria, 1987-1991

Professor Berrahmoun has been teaching at the Institute since 2013.

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