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Family Life in Tunisia after the Revolution of 2011

Two Women and Two Men in a Changing Time

Irene Maffi

societies ( Hasso 2011 ). Tunisia Postcolonial Tunisia offers a meaningful example of biopolitics in that state policies shaping the intimate life of citizens were explicitly meant to build a new society under the control of a technocratic elite

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Virginie Rey

This article presents an analysis of the evolution of ethnographic museums in Tunisia, tracing their development from the period of French colonial rule until the present. It documents and interprets the trajectory of museography in the country over nearly a century, demonstrating changes and continuities in role, setting and architecture across shifting ideological landscapes, from the colonial, to the postcolonial to the more recent revolutionary setting. It is argued that Tunisian ethnographic museums, both in their processes of conception behind the scenes and in their scenography itself, have been key sites in which to read debates about national identity. The article excavates the evolution of paradigms in which Tunisian popular identity has been expressed through the ethnographic museum, from the modernist notion of 'indigenous authenticity' to efforts at nation-building after independence, and more recent conceptions of cultural diversity. Based on a combination of archival research, participant observation and interviews with past and present protagonists in the Tunisian museum field, this research brings to light new material on an understudied area.

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The Olive Grove of Rome

Romanization and the French Colonial Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Tunisia

Jessica Biddlestone

On 8 February 1892, the resident general of France in Tunisia promulgated a decree regulating the sale of roughly two hundred thousand hectares of land surrounding the city of Sfax at the fire-sale price of ten francs a hectare. 1 Part of an

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Amy Kallander

Writing to a Tunisian women's magazine, Femme (Woman), in the 1960s, ML, a twenty-eight-year-old teacher with two kids, struggled with the demands of her job and family, while still hoping to find time to go to the movies. Describing her

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Debating the “Jewish Question” in Tunisia

War, Colonialism, and Zionism at a Mediterranean Crossroads, 1914–1920

Chris Rominger

On 12 November 1918, one day after the armistice ending World War I, a violent incident unfolded in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. Tunisia had been a Protectorate of France since 1881 and was home to more than 100,000 soldiers and laborers who

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Corinna Mullin and Ian Patel

, former political prisoner, speaking at an artistic commemoration of torture committed during the former regime held in November 2012 at the Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice ( Abdellaoui 2012 ). Five years after Tunisia’s uprising in the

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The Morally Fraught Harga

Migration Blame Games in a Tunisian Border Town

Valentina Zagaria

Zarzis harga central On 14 January 2011, dictator Ben Ali fled Tunisia following the month of protests known as the Tunisian Revolution of Dignity and Freedom. That same night, a wooden fishing boat carrying sixty-two men left for the

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The Democratic Grotesque

Distortion, Liminality, and Dissensus in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Charis Boutieri

In late springtime every year, Tunisian high school seniors celebrate the onset of their Baccalaureate exam (final-year state-sanctioned examination) with a student-organised event called dakhla . The dakhla , which means ‘entry,’ succeeds the

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The Tunisian Stage

Shakespeare's Part in Question

Rafik Darragi

Last March, a well-known Tunisian critic wondered about the motivations that had led Mohamed Driss, the head of the Tunisian National Theatre and one of the greatest directors in the country, to direct a Shakespeare play: What is today the purpose of reproducing a Shakespearean tragedy, when all over the world directors are desperately searching for new creative ways, new means for attracting a public who is more and more disinterested by the theatre?

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Sonia Mlayah Hamzaoui


This study focuses on the analysis of eating practices rituals during the different phases of the Tunisian funeral rite. It is based on direct surveys, collected from resource people from different regions of Tunisia as well as on participant observation established on mourning families and relatives. The objective of this study is to highlight the diverse nature of these eating practices compared to Tunisian everyday life, to understand their meaning and the symbolism that they underlie and to appreciate the extent of the changes they have undergone. Field surveys have allowed us to analyse these eating practices rituals according to the objectives that the community seeks to achieve through their observation.


Cet article porte sur l'analyse des pratiques alimentaires rituelles au cours des différentes phases du rite funéraire tunisien. Elle est basée sur des enquêtes directes auprès de personnes ressources de différentes régions de Tunisie ainsi que sur l'observation participante à des deuils familiaux et de proches. L'objectif de cette étude est de faire ressortir le caractère exceptionnel de ces pratiques alimentaires par rapport au quotidien tunisien, de saisir leur sens et la symbolique qu'elles sous-tendent et d'apprécier l'ampleur des changements qu'elles ont subis. Les enquêtes de terrain nous ont permis de classer ces pratiques alimentaires rituelles en fonction des objectifs que la communauté cherche à atteindre à travers leur observation.