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October Update: Let the Drafting Begin!

By • Oct 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past month, my main focus has been to finish reading my primary sources and to begin outlining my thesis. I stayed in Williamsburg over fall break to wrap up most of my reading, meaning that I didn’t have the most exciting of breaks, but it was certainly productive. With most of my reading covered,…
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September Update: An Exciting Development!

By • Sep 29th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since the beginning of the summer, I worried that my argument that the works of Harkis (particularly Harki daughters) have helped contribute to increasing recognition of the community by the French government was a bit of a stretch. However, about a week ago on the Journée nationale d’hommage aux Harkis (National Day of Harki Recognition),…
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August Update: New semester? On y va!

By • Aug 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have only had one day of classes so far this semester, but I’m already really excited about my classes and my research! Since I’m almost done with my major, I only need to take one French class this semester. I’m taking a class called Translation & Stylistics, which focuses on the challenges of translating from…
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July Update: A New Perspective

By • Jul 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve spent the majority of the past month analyzing memoirs by Harki daughters to aid my understanding of what measures the French government should take to apologize for their treatment of the Harkis. Though these texts were both written nearly fifteen years before the French government issued an apology to the Harkis in 2016, the two authors…
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June Update: Back in the Burg

By • Jun 29th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After a successful three-week trip to France, I am now back in Williamsburg. While I did enjoy my time in Paris at the beginning of my trip, I found many more useful resources in southern France, as several Harkis and their descendants still live there. During the latter part of my trip, I was able…
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May Update: Je suis en France!

By • May 28th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As you may have been able to guess by the title, I am in France! I just spent a week in Paris beginning my research on the Harkis. My first stop in Paris was the Mémorial national de la guerre d’Algérie et des combats du Maroc et de la Tunisie, which was inaugurated in 2002 under President…
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Je suis Harki: Identity, Memory and Generation as Tools of Political Recognition

By • Apr 13th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Little known outside of their home country of Algeria and their adopted country of France, the Harkis are a group of Algerian Muslim soldiers who fought alongside the French Army during the Algerian War (1954-1962), largely due to financial necessity. Finding themselves unwelcome both in Algeria and France, the Harkis’ voices remained largely unheard until…
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