[P4823] Imagery in Jewish Morocco

Created by Patricia M. Goldsworthy
Tuesday, 11/21/17 8:00am


This panel seeks to examine the production, distribution, and consumption of imagery of and by Moroccan Jews. As one of the largest Jewish populations in the Middle East, imagery in and of the Jewish community became increasingly politicized in the colonial and postcolonial eras. Moroccan Jews have historically played a significant role in the production of visual culture in Morocco. Beginning in the nineteenth century, Europeans relied extensively upon the Jewish community as models for visual representations of Morocco. With the French and Spanish conquest, Jews continued to be central to European representations of the region, and began establishing their own photography studios and means of representation. After independence Moroccan Jews used visual culture as a way of positioning themselves within debates surrounding Moroccan identity and in transforming the religious and cultural practices of the community.

This panel seeks to analyze the relationship between visual culture and the Jewish community in Morocco through the following questions:
-What types of imagery are produced and consumed by Moroccan Jews, and how do they circulate?
-How do representations of Jews by outside groups (particularly the French and Moroccan Muslims) compare to visual forms of self-representation?
-How do the changing representations of Moroccan Jews reflect shifts in Moroccan Jewish identity through the modern era?
-What are the connections between imagery and religious practice?
-How did colonialism and independence affect imagery within Jewish Morocco?


American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS)


Anthro; Art/Art Hist; Hist



Oren Kosansky

(Lewis & Clark College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Katarzyna Pieprzak

(Williams College)
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant;

Aomar Boum

As a socio-cultural anthropologist, my main research explores how Moroccan Muslims remember, picture, and construct Jewishness and Moroccan Judaism. I have published a number of academic articles on the representation of Jews in Moroccan museums, the...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Patricia M. Goldsworthy

(Western Oregon University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Emma Chubb

(Smith College Museum of Art)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;