Agata Daniela Melfa

Associate Professor of SPS/13 - STORIA E ISTITUZIONI DELL'AFRICA
Sede: SEDI DI CATANIA Via Vitt. Emanuele, 49 -Palazzo Calì
Email: melfa@unict.it
Phone: 0957347219
Office Hours: Mercoledì 10.30-12-30


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ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020


ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/2019


ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018


ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/2017


ACADEMIC YEAR 2015/2016

PRIN 2010-2011, State, plurality, change in Africa. Research team directed by Federico Cresti (University of Catania), Minorities and Nation-states in Mediterranean Africa (http://www-5.unipv.it/africa/index.htm)

FIR 2014, Transnational Social Spaces: Migratory Trajectories in a Comparative Approach. Research team directed by Rita Palidda (University of Catania)

04/04/2016
Workshops Knowing contemporary Africa: press review, music and radio broadcast (Job Abilities)

The Study Centre on the Contemporary Muslim World and Africa (CoSMICA) of the University of Catania has organised for the academic year 2015-16 the workshops Knowing contemporary Africa: press review, music and radio broadcasts. The initiative is part of the broader project African Intersections, launched in collaboration with Isola Quassùd and Radio Zammù, which will culminate in the Conference of the Association for African Studies in Italy (ASAI), scheduled for next September (Catania, 22-24 September 2016).

The 18-hour course (which is part of the Job Abilities activities) is articulated in common classes and group works focusing on different African countries (Egypt, Eritrea, Senegal/Gambia, Sudan). Knowledge of English and/or French is required.

The first phase of the workshops (12 hours) is intended to analyse online newspapers of the selected African countries and to provide basic knowledge about how to prepare a press review and a radio broadcast. In the second part of the course (4 hours) students will take part in a radio broadcast on Radio Zammù, scheduled for late April and May.

The workshops will start on 4 April in room L (third floor of Palazzo Pedegaggi – Via Vittorio Emanuele 49) and will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 pm. Students will be informed of any change to the course hours at the beginning of the activities. The deadline for registration is 10 March 2016.

Further information may be required to Professor Daniela Melfa (melfa@unict.it).

01/02/2016
GLOPEM North African History

ID number 

Paper presentation

Assessment

O68000110

25

O68000113

24

O68000121

28

O68000106

28

O68000114

23

O68000111

23

O68000115

20

O68000116

23

O68000112

23

O68000108

25

O68000109

26

O68000122

24

O68000107

25

O68000117

24

O68000120

20

 

02/11/2015
GLOPEM North African History

Detailed course hours and schedule

1.      5 Nov. Course presentation.

2.      10 Nov. Periodisation and a critical approach to modernisation. The Mamlūks and Barbary Regencies. The Sa‘dis and the Alawis in Morocco.

3.      17 Nov. The French expedition in Egypt. The reign of Muhammad ‘Ali (1805-1849).

4.      19 Nov. Egypt under Said and Ismail. The Suez Canal. Institutional reforms in Tunisia. The first reformists.

5.      24 Nov. The British occupation of Egypt. Islamic reformism. Al-Afghani and ‘Abduh.

6.      26 Nov. The conquest of Algeria. Great Powers’ interests and politics in the Mediterranean. The scramble for North Africa.

7.      1 Dec. Natives’ resistance. European administrations in North African territories (colonies, protectorates, condominium).

8.      3 Dec. Italian colonialism in Libya.

9.      10 Dec. Colonial economy and society.

10.  15 Dec. The development of nationalism from the early-twentieth century to WWII.

11.  17 Dec. The struggle for independence in French North Africa. The kingdom of Libya after WWII.

12.  12 Jan. The process of nation and State-building. Neocolonialism, authoritarianism and the development challenge.

13.  14 Jan. (9.00-12.00 am) The 1952 Egyptian Revolution. Gamal Abdel Nasser’s regime. Gamal Abdel Nasser, The Philosophy of the Revolution, 1954.

14.  19 Jan. (9.00-12.00 am) The Algerian War of Liberation. Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, 1961.

15.  21 Jan. (9.00-12.00 am) Islamism and the Muslim Brotherhood. Sayd Qutb, Milestones, 1964.

16.  26 Jan. (9.00-12.00 am) Qadhafi’s regime in Libya. Muammar al-Qadhafi, The Green Book (http://greencharter.com/files/gb.htm).

02/11/2015
GLOPEM North African History

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course Title: Global and North African History

Teacher responsible: Daniela Melfa

Office hours: Tuesdays 4.00-5.00 pm; Wednesdays 10.30-12.30 am. It is recommended to make an appointment by e-mail (melfa@unict.it).

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to situate the history of North Africa in relation to European countries and to understand its internal development.

Brief course description

The course will focus on the history of North Africa from the Ottoman period to independence. Studying the processes of modernisation, colonisation, nationalism, authoritarianism, Islamism, etc. will permit us to highlight continuities and discontinuities in historical development. The particular experience of each country will be taken into account, as well as the history of the wider Arab and Muslim world.

Course contents

Module 1: European integration history

Module 2: Current European integration

Module 3: State and Nation building in North Africa

Module 4: Contemporary socio-political evolution

Teaching methods

Lessons are organised around lectures and students’ paper presentations. In order to facilitate class discussion, basic questions will be suggested every week for debate or written short texts. Articles, book excerpts, and online material will also be provided. Historical documents, newspapers, maps, film excerpts, photos and videos will be used during the lessons.

Reading list

Naylor, Phillip C. (2009), North Africa. A History from antiquity to the Present, Austin: University of Texas Press, pp. 109-246, pp. 275-301 (chapters 5-6-7-8-9).

Addi, Lahouari (2011), ‘Algeria’. In Lust, Ellen (ed.) (2011), The Middle East, Washington D.C.: CQ Press, 12th edition, pp. 371-386.

Masoud, Tarek (2011), ‘Egypt’. In Lust, Ellen (ed.) (2011), The Middle East, Washington D.C.: CQ Press, 12th edition, pp. 387-410.

Martinez, Luis (2011), ‘Libya’. In Lust, Ellen (ed.) (2011), The Middle East, Washington D.C.: CQ Press, 12th edition, pp. 551-575

Maghraoui, Driss, Zerhouni, Saloua (2011), ‘Morocco’. In Lust, Ellen (ed.) (2011), The Middle East, Washington D.C.: CQ Press, 12th edition, pp. 576-602

Coupe, Jeffrey A. (2011), ‘Tunisia’. In Lust, Ellen (ed.) (2011), The Middle East, Washington D.C.: CQ Press, 12th edition, pp. 702-729.

Optional readings

Vatikiotis, P.J. (1991), The History of Modern Egypt: from Muhammad Ali to Mubarak, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson [AA 6 124].

Vandewalle, D. (2006), A History of Modern Libya, Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press [AA 6 550].

Perkins, K. (2004), A History of Modern Tunisia, Cambridge: Cambridge University.

Ganiage, J. (1994), Histoire contemporaine du Maghreb: de 1830 à nos jours, Paris: Fayard, [AA 6 165].

Islamism in North Africa I: The Legacies of History, Middle East/North Africa Briefing N°12 20 Apr 2004,

http://www.crisisgroup.org/~/media/Files/Middle%20East%20North%20Africa/North%20Africa/B012%20Islamism%20in%20North%20Africa%201%20The%20Legacies%20of%20History.ashx.

Assessment

Assessment will be based on students’ attendance, paper presentation, and participation in class debates. The final exam will also count towards overall assessment.

Course hours and Schedule

The course starts on 5 November 2015 and takes place on Tuesdays and on Thursdays from 10.00 to 12.00 am.

26/10/2015
Office hours

Tuesdays 4.00-5.00 pm; Wednesdays 10.30-12.30 am. It is recommended to make an appointment by e-mail (melfa@unict.it).

14/05/2015
The revival of dhimma. Minorities in the Muslim World

On Thursday the 14th of May at 9.30 am the study day The revival of dhimma. Religious minorities in the Muslim World will take place. Gianluca Parolin, law professor at the American University in Cairo, will deliver a paper on Law, State and Religious Differences. A roundtable involving some professors from the Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali will follow.

13/05/2015
Book presentation

On Wednesday the 13th of May at 4 pm Massimo Zaccaria (University of Pavia) will discuss his book, Anch’io per la tua bandiera. Il V battaglione ascari in missione sul fronte libico (1912), with Federico Cresti, Rosario Mangiameli and Daniela Melfa. The book is about the involvement of Eritrean soldiers in the conquest of Libya and their travel prize to Italy. Issues such as representations, collective identities and citizenship are at stake.

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