History, Oral Culture, and Ethnography in the Central Atlas: A contribution to ‎Regional Socio-cul (GEHE 2009)

Venue: Faculty of Letters & Humanities

Location: Beni Mellal, Morocco

Event Date/Time: May 06, 2009 End Date/Time: May 07, 2009
Registration Date: May 05, 2009
Early Registration Date: Apr 30, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: May 30, 2009
Paper Submission Date: May 06, 2009
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Thanks to its ethnic and cultural diversity, Tadla Azilal region is a rich and varied one. ‎It is situated at the center of Morocco, which has given birth along the past centuries to a ‎certain symbiosis between the various populations, Arabs, Amazigh tribes, and Jewish ‎community. On its turn, this symbiosis has given birth to two distinguished forms of ‎culture and two different ways of life, which are: sedentary life in plains and ‎transhumance in Central Atlas. ‎
These rich traditions and patrimony have given birth to a number of works that stressed ‎on the importance of the historical processes that fashioned the past and present of ‎Tadla-Azilal region, and the way of life of its inhabitants. Nevertheless, some ‎shortcomings are still found in the studies concerning the mountain region. Such ‎shortcomings can only be overcome through combining the ethnographic method ‎‎(distance management and social morphology inventory) to the historical critical ‎method, and through the yoking of the different types of historical sources to oral ‎witnesses and direct inquiries, in order to enhance the value of the region’s cultural ‎diversity and rich traditions handed down through generations. ‎
The preliminary enquiries undertaken by the members of the GEHE (Group of ‎Historical and ethnographical Studies) in Central Atlas have permitted to unveil an ‎invaluable laboratory, where different studies can be made on economic, social, and ‎cultural structures of the cities and the countryside. Results were very encouraging. On ‎the one hand, students, not having a good knowledge of regional history, have ‎discovered for the first time a treasure of events, customs, and traditions which have ‎been forgotten so far. Such treasure triggered in them a fascination and developed a ‎feeling or belonging that helped in a better integration in their regional milieu. On the ‎other hand, the results of such enquiries have shown the importance of socioeconomic ‎and cultural research and its contribution in durable development at the regional and ‎national levels. Finally, if published works have permitted so far to know the great ‎events regional and national history, theories, methods, and objectives have known ‎some inferior results, hence the idea of organizing this colloquium on regional history. ‎The aims of this event can be summarized in the following points: ‎
‎-‎ To determine the major issues of regional history and to elaborate an adequate ‎plan
‎-‎ To initiate academicians and young researchers to methods of regional history
‎-‎ To improve regional approaches by contacts and by national and international ‎scientific relations
‎-‎ To maintain interdisciplinary relations with researchers in other social sciences ‎‎(geography, sociology, linguistics, ethnography) who work on similar issues

In order to initiate the debate over all issues, we suggest the following axes:‎

I-‎ ‎ Methodologies of social sciences and their contribution in regional history.‎
II-‎ ‎ The present state of monographic research: regional, nation and international.‎
III- “Central Atlas” Cases Studies: geographical space – historical space – religious‎
‎ space – social space – economic space – linguistic and cultural space. ‎

Titles and abstracts (not more than 500 words) can be sent, before 30 April 2009, to:‎
Pr. Mohammed Lamli, Coordinator
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