May 24 from CBSR: "Between Languages: The Modular Typography of Dardja on Social Media" with Dr. Iman Djouini

by Adrienne Tsikewa, Graduate Programming Assistant
Thursday, May 18, 2023 9:20 AM

Join UCSB's Center for Black Studies Research (CBSR) for "Between Languages: The Modular Typography of Dardja on Social Media," a talk by Dr. Iman Djouini, Assistant Teaching Professor in the College of Creative Studies at UCSB.  

In her presentation on May 24 at 5pm on Zoom, Dr. Djouini will discuss an ongoing research-based art project that draws from Algerian national archives to highlight the colonial impact and contemporary development of the Dardja dialect in post-colonial Algeria and throughout the Algerian diaspora in France and North America. More specifically, there will be a focus on how women shape Dardja to artistically facilitate and preserve the creolization of language as a form of anti colonial resistance, in tradition with Indigenous text and textile design-based art practices, and how this can provide a non-Western perspective into the French feminist notion of écriture féminine, or "women's writing". 

This presentation is also concerned with how the typography of Dardja manifests on social media using letters, glyphs, numbers, and emojis to visually and phonetically reflect the diverse grammatical systems that frame languages like Tamazight, Semitic and Andalusian Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Spanish, French, and English. 

Please register for the Zoom link. More details can be found in the flyer below.