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In the Intimacy of the Sultan’s Palace: Photography, Power, and Authority in Abd al-Aziz’s Court

A Lunch Bunch lecture with Patricia Goldsworthy

Friday, May 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

As the private photography instructor for Sultan Abd al-Aziz in pre-Protectorate Morocco, Gabriel Veyre played a central role in establishing and representing a French presence in the country. This talk examines the relationship between the sultan and his photographer as a way of understanding the cultural and political negotiations in this era between France and Morocco. Sultan Abd al-Aziz and Gabriel Veyre each used photography as a tool of political power and control in order to negotiate between European technology and Moroccan tradition, and in doing so contributed to the making of Moroccan modernity.

 Patricia Goldsworthy is Assistant Professor of Transnational Europe and Middle East History at Western Oregon University. She earned her PhD from the University of California, Irvine, and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Colonial Negatives that examines the history of the making and circulation of images in 20th century Morocco. This project analyzes the role of imagery in writing, resisting, and refashioning colonial history.


Milam Hall (campus map)
Room 301
Corvallis
OR
Free
Robert Peckyno
(541) 737-8560
robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion