Jane E. Goodman F'08

Jane E. Goodman
Associate Professor
Communication and Culture
Indiana University Bloomington

ACLS Fellowship Program 2008
Associate Professor
Communication and Culture
Indiana University Bloomington
Producing Algerian Publics: Theater, Ideology, and Civic Life

This project examines Algerian vernacular theater as a pedagogical vehicle used by both secularizing and Islamist political movements to model new practices of citizenship. It studies theatrical initiatives from two periods when the ideological cleavage between Islamist and secularist currents was particularly acute: the struggle between Reform Islam and communism in the 1930s, and the conflict between Islamist and secularist movements of the 1990s-present. At both moments, theater emerged as a privileged site where Algerians of opposed ideological and political persuasions could give voice to shared concerns about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Research includes archival and ethnographic components and takes place in France and Algeria.