A Great Lakes Colleges Association initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Naturally Obscure Margins_Hamdi

Project Statement

Naturally Obscure Margins of Arcadian and Distant Spaces NOMADS

This project will explore the lives of the nomads in Morocco. The project will be based on recording the stories of the nomads and their nomadic life in modern age. This project aims to ensure that the nomads’ stories are digitized, recorded, and made accessible to future generations by preserving it in Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane’s (AUI) digital repository or within repositories of collaborative and contributing libraries and/or academic and cultural settings. The project involves establishing connections with the community of nomads, moving to identified areas of Morocco where they are located, and recording their stories using audio or video equipment. The collected stories will then be transcribed, translated, traced geographically, and analyzed in order to create a digital archive that can be accessed and shared online.

Our intentions as researchers are to guide participating students to appreciate the nomadic culture and be involved in that identity building. With this research we hope to preserve the culture of the nomads through their stories and ultimately raise the awareness of the nomads’ young generation to value their cultural values and practices. we plan to archive the nomads life and their movements in Morocco to better understand nomadism beyond folkloric rituals but as a culture to preserve and bring forward connection between technology and the storis of the nomads.

I am likely to share your interview content, in part or in full, in these ways:
Those stories can be published online through documentaries, radio podcasts, and articles. The stories will be published in part or in full through inclusion in class assignments, in a public digital project online, using publishing platform tools. Should the copyright released interview content be published and exhibited, that content will still be part of the project until it is taken down or adopted by an institutional archive.
Interviewees can opt for not participating or ending their participation at any time before or during the interview. You can also choose to release all or part of the interview using the release form.
For further information, please contact Jaouad El Bakili and Hamdi Echkaou from AUI.

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This project is in the fieldwork phase. Searchable interviews coming soon.

Additional Materials

This project is in the fieldwork phase. Links to archival materials coming soon.

Funding & Support

This project is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Global Liberal Arts Alliance.

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Written by

Dr. Hamdi Echkaou is an Assistant Professor of Communications Media and PR at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) in Morocco. His work has been published in the Journal of North African Studies and authored number of edited book chapters on the youth movement and cyberspace, online newspapers, and internal migration. He has also collaborated with a number of universities in Germany, United States, and China on field projects that involved both research and teaching. In 2018, Dr. Echkaou earned his first Ph.D. in Humanities from Mohamed V University in Rabat. He studied Cyberspace Discourses of the Youth Movement. This academic year Dr. Echkaou is finalizing his 2nd dissertation in Communications Media and Instructional Technology doctoral program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) where he also was working as a Teaching Associate in the Communications Media Department. Hamdi has taught both graduate and undergraduate students at Mohamed V University in Rabat, IUP and AUI.

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