Tag Archives: Comorian

Vortrag im Afrikakolloquium der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: “Translokale Narrative in franko-komorischem HipHop in Marseille”

Am 18. November 2015 präsentiert Birgit Englert Teile ihrer Forschung in einem Vortrag im Rahmen des Afrikakolloquium am Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:

“Translokale Narrative in franko-komorischem HipHop in Marseille”

Wann: 18.11.2015 von 18:00 bis 19:30

Wo: Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, 4. Etage, R. 410

Abstract:

In diesem Vortrag geht es um HipHop in einem diasporischen Kontext, konkret um Franko-komorische Künstler in Marseille. In der zweitgrößten französischen Metropole im Süden des Landes hat ein hoher Anteil der Bevölkerung Bezug zu den Komoren, der Inselgruppe im Indischen Ozean. Im Zentrum der Analyse, die eine Mobilitätsperspektive einnimmt, stehen Soprano, einer der gegenwärtig populärsten Rapper in Frankreich, und Ahamada Smis, der als Slam-Künstler eher in einer “Weltmusikszene” verortet ist.

Die aktuellen Alben beider Künstler tragen bereits Dimensionen von Mobilität in ihren Titeln: “Cosmopolitanie” (2014) von Soprano und “Origines” (2013) von Ahamada Smis. Beide schaffen – auf sehr unterschiedliche Art – in ihrem Werk translokale Narrative, welche die Dichotomie zwischen „Komorisch“ und „Französisch“ herausfordern und neue Perspektiven auf die Stadt Marseille und die vermeintliche „Komorische Gemeinschaft“ werfen. Aber auch die Verortung der Komoren und nicht zuletzt auch die Verortung des Genre Rap selbst wird verschoben.

Presentation at the Conference “Postcolonial Mobilities in the Francophone World”

This weekend Katharina Fritsch will present a paper based on her research within the POCUTRAS project at a conference organised by the

Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies
In association with Liverpool University Press

Postcolonial Mobilities in the Francophone World

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 November 2015

Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London,
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

–> Panel 5b: Mobility and the Diaspora (Torrington Room)

    Chair: Claire Launchbury (IMLR/IHR, University of London)

Katharina Fritsch (University of Vienna), ‘Mobilizing ‘Comorian diaspora’ in Marseilles – Twarab and Marseilles’ biopolitics of communitarization

Sheila Petty (University of Regina), ‘Relational Histories in African Cinema’

Clément Cayla-Giraudeau (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), ‘Politics from Abroad: the Case of the Senegalese and Djiboutian Diasporas’

Talk: Postcolonial and intersectional im-/mobilities – Economic and artistic activities among migrants from the Comoros in Marseille

In the context of the series “Afrika Kolloquium” at the Department of African Studies at the University of Vienna, the following talk will take place. You are all cordially invited to attend!

Postcolonial and intersectional im-/mobilities – Economic and artistic activities among migrants from the Comoros in Marseille

Ahmad Abdoul-Malik (Aix Marseille University) and Katharina Fritsch (University of Vienna)

Monday, 30th of November, 2015, 5 p.m.

Seminar room 1, Department of African Studies, UniCampus AAKH, Hof 5, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna

This talk presents first analyses of two different PhD projects, which share as much difference as well as points of encounter.

Ahmad Abdoul-Malik analyzes informalized trading activities among migrant women from the Comoros in Marseille. Situating these activities within a transnational space, he argues that the respective economic activities have been shaped by what Hirai (2009) describes as a ‘market of nostalgia’. Further, he analyzes these transnational activities as forms of resistance towards gendered power relations, located in the women’s family spaces in France as well as on the Comoros.

Katharina Fritsch focuses on the popular culture practice of Twarab, a cultural market embedded within socio-cultural, political and economic practices of Franco-Comorian communities in Marseille. She argues that the place of Twarab in Marseille has been shaped by a biopolitics of communitarization. It is then against the backdrop of such a biopolitics that she will analyze Twarab events and artists’ positionalities, letting appear the intrinsic relation of ethnicity/’race’, class and gender, with processes of im-/mobilization.

Ahmad Abdoul-Malik is a PhD student at Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, LEST UMR 7317, 13626, Aix en Provence, France.

Katharina Fritsch is a  PhD student at the Department of Political Science, and researcher in the FWF-funded research project ‘Popular culture in translocal spaces’ at the Department of African Studies, University of Vienna.

The talk is organized in cooperation with the research project ‘Popular Culture in Translocal Spaces’ which runs at the Department of African Studies, University of Vienna from 2014-2018.

Film “Creating Comoria” gets its own blog!

“CREATING COMORIA – a documentary on the Franco-Comorian music group Afropa in Marseilles” – the film which resulted from our audiovisual fieldwork conducted before the official start of research project POCUTRAS has been shown in Bayreuth in June 2014, in Vienna in October 2014, at various occasions in Marseille in winter 2014/15 and recently parts of the film have been shown as part of a presentation at a conference in Innsbruck (March 2015).

Each screening provided us with lots of feedback and numerous changes were made in reaction to these. The changes are probably most visible in the continuous shortening of the film which was first shown with a length of 96 minutes, later with 86 minutes and is now down to 76 minutes… And even the title of the film changed as a result of this process… :-)

Our most recent achievement is the blog where the film is presented, at present a password is still required – please don’t hesitate to contact us in case you want to watch it!

So please have a look at http://creatingcomoria.com/

First screening of “Creating Comoria” in Vienna

Afropa_at_BrickCity01Screening of the Documentary

“CREATING COMORIA. Popular Culture and the Comorian Diaspora in Marseilles”

(88 Minutes, HD, French with English subtitles)

by Birgit Englert and Andres Carvajal

Featuring the group AFROPA

Popular culture among Franco-Comorians in Marseilles is viewed through the lens of artists who are on the one hand outsiders with regard to the “Comorian community”, and on the other hand contributing to the creation of “Comoria” in the sense of a translocal and transcultural space. Two musicians, Cheikh and Chaharani, who founded the group „Afropa“ which plays Afro-folk in Shingazidja and French, are at the center of this music documentary which stars also slam artist Ahamada Smis and others.

When: October 30, 2014, 6 pm

Where: Seminar room 1 in the Department of African Studies, UniCampus Hof 5, Spitalgasse 2-4, 1090 Vienna

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

Free entrance – all welcome!

Film-Preview: “Creating Comoria” in Bayreuth

Afropa_at_BrickCity01

Pre-view of the Documentary

“CREATING COMORIA. Popular Culture and the Comorian Diaspora in Marseilles”

by Birgit Englert and Andres Carvajal

95 Minuten, HD, French with English subtitles

Featuring the group AFROPA

9. Juni 2014, 7 pm,

Bayreuth University, Venue: AI, H33

Popular culture among Franco-Comorians in Marseilles is viewed through the lense of artists who are on the one hand outsiders with regard to the “Comorian community”, but on the other hand contributing to the creation of “Comoria” in the sense of a translocal and transcultural space.

Two musicians Cheikh and Chaharani, who form the group „Afropa“ and their Afro-folk in Shingazidja and French are at the centre of this music documentary which stars also slam artist Ahamada Smis and others.

The screening is part of the Swahili Kolloquium and Afrikanistentag.

Free entrance – all welcome!